Lievesley, Wilfred

Birth Date

9th October 1902


Staveley, England



Biographical Text

Wilf Lievesley was one of three brothers, all of whom played at Football League level. Fred played for Manchester City, Southend United and Rotherham United, whilst Joe was a goalkeeper for Sheffield United and Arsenal. His nephew and Joe's son, Leslie, played for Manchester United and moved on to coach Torino for a successful run, but tragically passed away in a plane crash with his squad in 1949.

Wilf started his career with Staveley Old Boys and then signed for Derby County in 1920 making his one and only league outing for them in game at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur.

He then moved to Manchester United in 1922 where he featured in two league games. Exeter City signed the player in the summer of 1923 and he made his Grecians’ debut against Newport County at Somerton Park.

His best season with the Grecians was in 1925-26 when he was City’s leading scorer with 18 goals from 29 league games, which included a hat-trick in a 6-2 home win over Merthyr Town.

He remained at St James’ Park until moving to Wigan Borough in 1928, where he scored 14 goals in 26 Third Division North matches.

His final League club was Cardiff City, joining them in 1929, but he only added another three league appearances.

Wilfred died in 1979.






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