Appleton, Leonard (Len)

Birth Date

16th November 1892





Biographical Text

Lancashire team, Atherton, was his first professional club where he was a team mate of Exeter City player Joe Coleburne.

Prior to signing for Atherton he had been playing for Scowcroft’s Colliery.

After playing for Atherton for 12 months, Appleton was signed by Blackpool who regarded the player as one who could fill a number of positions.

Barring a brief spell with Bolton Wanderers in war time football, Appleton made 33 league appearances for Blackpool, scoring three goals, during his six years with the Bloomfield Road club.

Appleton could play in every position in the forward line, although was primarily a right-winger.

It was his speed and cleverness on the wing that helped Blackpool reserves win the Central League championship in 1920.

Signed for Exeter City in the summer of 1920, he lined up in in the Grecians’ first ever game in the Football League, as Brentford were beaten 3-0.

Although a regular in the City first team he moved on at the end of that season to join Southport, adding a further 21 league appearances to his tally. He died in 1970.






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