Walter Bussey

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Walter Bussey
Personal information
Full name Walter Bussey
Date of birth (1904-12-06)6 December 1904
Place of birth Eckington, England
Date of death 1982 (aged 77–78)
Place of death Exeter, England
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924 Denaby United
1924–1932 Stoke City 185 (46)
1933–1934 Blackpool 25 (8)
1934–1936 Swansea Town 72 (18)
1936–1938 Exeter City 75 (16)
Total 357 (88)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Walter Bussey (6 December 1904 – January 1982) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Blackpool, Exeter City, Swansea Town and Stoke City. He made 185 appearances for Stoke.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Bussey was born in Eckington on the Yorkshire border and began working as a collier. Whilst employed in the mines Bussey played amateur football with teams in the Doncaster area.[2] He was spotted by scouts at Stoke City and signed for the club in March 1924 initially retaining his amateur status so he could also turn out for Denaby United.[2] He eventually signed a professional contract in November 1925 becoming one of 34 players used by Tom Mather in 1925–26 as Stoke suffered relegation from the Second Division. Bussey broke into the side in 1926–27 campaign scoring eight goals in 15 appearances as Stoke went on to win the Third Division North title.[2]

Despite lacking in height Bussey became a vital member of Mather's team being used mainly as a playmaker and provided many goals for Charlie Wilson whilst also having a decent scoring record himself.[2] His most prolific season in a Stoke shirt came in the 1928–29 season with saw him score 12 goals in 38 appearances. Whilst Bussey was a clear favourite with Mather and the supporters he was notoriously inconsistent being described as having "spasms of form and scoring".[2]

With the emergence of Harry Ware and Tommy Sale, Bussey left Stoke in October 1933 for Sandy MacFarlane's Blackpool.[2] He scored 9 goals in 27 appearances for the Seasiders before moving on to Swansea Town. He spent two season at the Vetch Field before ending his career with Exeter City. He later moved as a painter and decorator in the Exeter area until his death in January 1982.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Walter Bussey profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1925–26 Second Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
1926–27 Third Division North 15 8 0 0 15 8
1927–28 Second Division 21 8 4 1 25 9
1928–29 Second Division 37 11 1 1 38 12
1929–30 Second Division 31 6 1 0 32 6
1930–31 Second Division 39 5 3 0 42 5
1931–32 Second Division 37 8 3 2 40 10
1932–33 Second Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 185 46 12 4 197 50
Blackpool 1933–34 Second Division 25 8 2 1 27 9
Total 25 8 2 1 27 9
Swansea Town 1934–35 Second Division 37 7 2 1 39 8
1935–36 Second Division 32 11 0 0 32 11
1936–37 Second Division 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 72 18 2 1 74 19
Exeter City 1936–37 Third Division South 20 5 3 1 23 6
1937–38 Third Division South 36 6 2 0 38 6
1938–39 Third Division South 19 5 0 0 19 5
Total 75 16 5 1 80 17
Career total 357 88 21 7 378 95

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554.