William Lavery

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William Lavery
Personal information
Full name William Lavery[1]
Date of birth c. 1887[1]
Place of birth Thornton, Lancashire, England[1]
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
Fylde
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1906–1909 Preston North End 22 (0)
1909–1911 West Ham United
1911–1913 Belfast Celtic
1913 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
1913–1916 Raith Rovers
1919–1921 St Mirren
1921 Johnstone
1921–1923 Port Vale 5 (0)
Total 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Lavery (born circa. 1887; date of death unknown) was an English footballer who played for Fylde, Preston North End, Leicester Fosse, West Ham United, Belfast Celtic, Middlesbrough, Raith Rovers, St Mirren, Johnstone and Port Vale in the period before and after World War I. During that war he served with other footballers and fans in McCrae's Battalion of the Royal Scots.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Lavery played for Fylde, Preston North End, Leicester Fosse (on trial), West Ham United, Belfast Celtic (in two spells), Middlesbrough, Raith Rovers, St Mirren and had a trial with Johnstone, before joining Port Vale in December 1921.[1] He made his debut on 24 December, in a 3–2 defeat by Burnley at Turf Moor, filling in for Bob Pursell.[1] He played the next four of five Second Division games, but did not feature again in the remainder of the 1921–22 season.[1] During the next season he only played one FA Cup game, a 2–0 defeat to Wrexham at The Old Recreation Ground, before being released in the summer.[1]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from William Lavery profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Preston North End 1906–07 First Division 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
1908–09 First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 22 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
Middlesbrough 1913–14 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Port Vale 1921–22 Second Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1921–22 Second Division 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 168. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Wear These Shirts With Pride". raithrovers.net. Retrieved 1 March 2015.