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Eddie Hapgood

Arsenal FC

30 appearances, 0 goals

P 30 W 16 D 3 L 11 F 75: A 38
58% successful

1933-39

disciplined: none
captaincies:
21
minutes played:
2700

Profile

Full name Edris Albert Hapgood
Born 24 September 1908 in Bristol, Gloucestershire [registered in Bristol, December 1908].
Childhood notes He spent the first six years of his life in The Dings, district of East Bristol, first at 5 Clark Buildings, Union Road, St. Philips, and then 34 Days Road. Eddie was the second youngest in a family of six girls and four boys. He went to Emmanuel School, Barton Road, St. Philips. In 1914 the family moved to 23 Ranelagh Street, Barton Hill. In 1920 Eddie left Emmanuel School for Hannah More School, St. Judes leaving at the age of 14 in 1923.

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, Edris is the youngest of nine children (four sons) to Henry and Emily. Six of Edris' older siblings were born in Wales. His father is a general labourer. They all live at 19 Oxford Street in The Dings, Bristol.

Cannot be found on the 1939 register, although his wife is about to give birth to their second child. 
Married to Margaret A. Althorpe [registered in Edmonton, Middlesex, December 1929], four children, Edris Anthony (b.summer 1930) and Margaret Ann (b.16 September 1939) were born in Kettering, Elizabeth L. (b.mid-1943) in Wellingborough and Michael P. (b.winter 1947) born in Darwen.
Died Good Friday, 20 April 1973 at Honiley Hall, near Kenilworth, aged 64 years 209 days [registered in Warwick, June 1973]. Living at 44 Heath Terrace in the Milverton area of Leamington Spa, at the time of his death. Buried in Brunswick Street Cemetery, Leamington, following a service at St. Mark's Church.
"Mr. Hapgood collapsed while taking part in a forum for students at Honiley Hall residential youth centre, near Warwick, last night with Stan Cullis." - Saturday 21 April 1973, Sports Argus
notes "Referee Gordon Hill and Birmingham City manager Freddie Goodwin are among top personalities who will attend an ambitious international youth football training conference starting at Honiley Hall, near Kenilworth, tomorrow. An 18-strong squad from the Birmingham County F.A. and a squad from the Saarland District of Germany will attend the conference, where they will listen to a series of lectures as well as playing a number of games. Conference director Alan Perry says: 'We have had two previous tours to Germany and this is a way of responding to the kindness we were shown over there.' Other guests include ex-Arsenal player Eddie Hapgood, and former Birmingham City and Wolves manager Stan Cullis. The conference ends on April 26 and one of the highlights will be a match between Warwickshire and Saarland teams at Nuneaton Borough's Manor Park ground on Sunday (3.0)." - Wednesday, 18 April 1973, Coventry Evening Telegraph.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 0lbs [1927 & 1934]. 5' 8", 11st. 2lbs [1938].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies Football Ambassador - E.A. (Eddie) Hapgood.
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Bristol, particulary St. Phillips FC, and became an amateur with Bristol Rovers FC when he was eighteen years old but did not play in any first team matches. Signed for Kettering Town FC in 1927, after just twelve appearances, he joined Arsenal FC on 18 October 1927 for £750. Beating Aston Villa FC, Birmingham FC and Millwall FC to his signature. Guested for Luton Town AFC and Chelsea FC during the war, when he was a policeman. After making 393 league appearances, scoring just twice. After leaving Blackburn Rovers FC, he returned to playing with Shrewsbury Town AFC, captaining them in the Midland League, in August 1947 until 18 February 1948, when Town released him so he could become Watford FC's manager, he played his final match on 20 February.
Club honours Football League Champions 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, runners-up 1931-32; FA Cup winners 1929-30, 1935-36, runners-up 1931-32; FA Charity Shield winners 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, runners-up 1935, 1936; Midland League winners 1947-48;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances)
Distinctions Father of Tony Hapgood (Burnley FC, 1950's)

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) Before the war ended, the managership at Luton Town AFC was vacant and offered to Hapgood, but he refused the position. On 24 July 1944, whilst still a Flying Officer with the RAF, Hapgood was signed to become the manager at Blackburn Rovers FC, effective almost eighteen months later on 3 January 1946. He resigned on 19 February 1947. Hapgood was then released from the Midland League to become the manager at Watford FC, beating hundreds of other applicants and effective from 23 February 1948. However, he walked away from the club on 15 March 1950. After seeking a new three year contract, the club told him it would be reviewed ta the send of the season, so the following day, he was appointed as secretary-manager of Southern League club, Bath City AFC. He remained in charge until 13 February 1956 when he was sacked.
notes "Eddie Hapgood, the former Arsenal and England Assocition football captain, was awarded £1,500 damages for libel and £10 for slander against the chairman of Bath City Football Club at Bristol Assizes yesterday.
"The action arose from a statement which Mr. Hapgood—Edris Albert Hapgood—said that the club chairman, Mr. Arthur Mortimer, made to a Daily Mirror sports writer after Mr. Hapgood's contract as secretary-manager of the club was terminated in February, 1956.
"Mr. Hapgood, of Penn Lea Road, Bath, had said that on that occasion Mr. Mortimer, of Broadmoor Vale, Weston, Bath, told the correspondent: "During the past five years the club has done absolutely nothing. Little wonder our gates have dropped as low as 1,200. Our new board is dedicated to putting Bath back in the limelight, and that means no Hapgood". He claimed that the interview, published next day, implied that the club had incurred a record of continuous failure becuase of his incompetence, whereas it achieved considerable success.
"The jury, who were out for 45 minutes, had been told by Mr. Justice Salmon that Ediie Hapgood had spent his whole life in football. He had played for England 43 times and captained England 34 times, and enjoyed the highest reputation in professional football. Now this statement had gone out to the world that had caused his reputation to suffer. His reputation as a footballer was one which he was entitled—if he succeeded in the action—to have vindicated by the jury. The only way the jury could vindicate that reputation was to award him such a sum as would show the world that there was no truth in the implication. After the hearing Mr. Hapgood said that he thought the result meant that his reputation had been restored so that he could go back into football."
- Friday, 22 November 1957, The Birmingham Post & Gazette

England Career

Player number One of six who became 582nd players (582) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 186, 13 May 1933, Italy 1 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista, Parioli, Roma, aged 24 years 231 days.
Last match No. 225, 18 May 1939, Yugoslavia 2 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Stadion Beogradski Sport Klub, Beograd, aged 30 years 236 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1933-34, 1934-35, 1935-36, 1937-38, 1938-39;
Team honours British Championships shared 1934-35, 1938-39, winners 1937-38;
Individual honours England wartime (nine appearances)
Distinctions The first Bristolian to captain England.

Beyond England

Early in his life, he was a milk roundsman and after leaving football, he worked with his wife, Margaret, in Harwell, Weymouth, in charge of a residential hostel for the YMCA, before spending his retirement in Leamington, where he became a season-ticket holder for Coventry City FC, shortly before his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.117/8.

 

Eddie Hapgood - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
33 30 13 2700 0 0 min 0 21 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Eddie Hapgood - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 11 7 1 3 28 9 +19 1 5 2.55 0.818 68.2 +4
Away 19 9 2 8 47 29 +18 1 5 2.474 1.526 52.6 +1
All 30 16 3 11 75 38 +37 2 10 2.50 1.267 58.3 +5

 

Eddie Hapgood - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 29 15 3 11 72 38 +34 2 9 2.483 1.31 56.9 +4
Blue 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 30 16 3 11 75 38 +37 2 10 2.50 1.267 58.3 +5

 

Eddie Hapgood - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 13 7 1 5 29 15 +14 2 4 2.231 1.154 57.7 +2
Friendly 17 9 2 6 46 23 +23 0 6 2.706 1.353 58.8 +3
All 30 16 3 11 75 38 +37 2 10 2.50 1.267 58.3 +5

 

Eddie Hapgood - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1933-34 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 0 2 2.333 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1934-35 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 1 1 2.00 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1935-36 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 0 0 1.667 1.333 50.0 =0
BC 1937-38 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
BC 1938-39 3 2 0 1 11 5 +6 0 1 3.67 1.667 66.7 +1
BC All 13 7 1 5 29 15 +14 2 4 2.231 1.154 57.7 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 13 7 1 5 29 15 +14 2 4 2.231 1.154 57.7 +2
All 13 7 1 5 29 15 +14 2 4 2.231 1.154 57.7 +2

 

Eddie Hapgood - Match History

 Club: Arsenal F.C. - 30 full appearances (2700 min)

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - 30 full appearances (2700 min)x


Age 24
1 186 13 May 1933 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio NPNF, Roma tour AD Start lb
2 187 20 May 1933 - Switzerland 0 England 4, Stadion Neufeld, Bern AW Start lb

Age 25
3 188 14 October 1933 - Ireland 0 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start lb
4 189 15 November 1933 - England 1 Wales 2, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne BC HL Start lb
   
5 191 14 April 1934 - England 3 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start lb
6 192 10 May 1934 - Hungary 2 England 1, Stadion Üllõi út, Budapest tour AL Start lb
7 193 16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, Stadión Letná, Praha AL Start lb

Age 26
8 194 29 September 1934 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start lb
9 195 14 November 1934 - England 3 Italy 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Captain lb
10 196 6 February 1935 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Captain lb
11 197 6 April 1935 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Captain lb
12 198 18 May 1935 - Netherlands 0 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AW Captain lb

Age 27
13 199 19 October 1935 - Ireland 1 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Captain lb
14 200 4 December 1935 - England 3 Germany 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Captain lb
15 201 5 February 1936 - England 1 Wales 2, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HL Captain lb
16 202 4 April 1936 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Captain lb
17 203 6 May 1936 - Austria 2 England 1, Praterstadion, Wien tour AL Captain lb
18 204 9 May 1936 - Belgium 3 England 2, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles AL Captain lb
   

Age 28
209 14 May 1937 - Norway 0 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo tour AW reserve
210 17 May 1937 - Sweden 0 England 4, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna AW reserve
19 211 20 May 1937 - Finland 0 England 8, Töölön pallokenttä, Helsinki AW Start 4
   

Age 29
20 215 9 April 1938 - England 0 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Captain lb
21 216 14 May 1938 - Germany 3 England 6, Olympiastadion, Berlin tour AW Captain lb
22 217 21 May 1938 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Hardturm Stadion, Zürich AL Captain lb
23 218 26 May 1938 - France 2 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Captain lb

Age 30
24 219 22 October 1938 - Wales 4 England 2, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL Captain 3
25 220 26 October 1938 - England 3 Rest of Europe 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Captain 3
26 221 9 November 1938 - England 4 Norway 0, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW Captain 3
27 222 16 November 1938 - England 7 Ireland 0, Old Trafford, Manchester BC HW Captain 3
28 223 15 April 1939 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Captain 3
29 224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Civico San Siro, Milano tour AD Captain 3
30 225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL Captain 3
226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW injured reserve
   

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