Varco, Percival

Birth Date

17th April 1902

Birthplace

Fowey, Cornwall, England

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

A proud native of Fowey, so much so that after he retired form playing he was eventually twice elected Mayor of the Cornish town of his birth.

Varco was not a tall man - just 5ft 9 inches - but weighed in at 13 stones. He was a hard, tough character who could withstand shoulder charges and rough tackling. His beefy, robust style was also backed up by an incredible eye for goal.

He played for his local side Fowey Town before moving to then Southern League, Torquay United in August 1923.

He left Plainmoor in 1924 to join Aston Villa for a fee of £200, scoring twice in 10 league games.

Varco subsequently moved to Queens Park Rangers in 1926 (4 goals in 16 league games), before joining Norwich City in 1927.

He quickly became a hero at Carrow Road, scoring 32 times in his first season, including 10 goals in his first 7 league games. He netted on his debut for Norwich in a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.

In February 1930, after 37 goals in just 57 league games for Norwich (and 47 in 65 overall), he moved to Exeter City. He made his debut in a 4-0 home win over Clapton Orient.

The following season proved to be a highly successful one for City and for Varco, who scored 25 league goals and helped the team reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Varco was also top scorer in 1931-32 with 16 league goals, but at the end of it he moved to Brighton and Hove Albion, but he only played once for the Sussex club.

Returning to Fowey to live and work in the fishing industry, Varco then played for St Austell and then St Blazey.

Percy Varco died on the 29th January 1992.

Appearances

81

Goals

41

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