Bassett, Spencer





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As a boy Bassett played for the Earl Street School, which was situated close to the ground of Woolwich Arsenal.

On leaving school he joined North Kent United who competed in the East London Thursday and East Wickham League.

Bassett then played for Eltham United in the West Kent League and helped them win the Kent Senior Cup and the Thames and Medway League.

He was signed on professional forms by Maidstone at the age of 18, playing at centre-half for one season.

Joining two of his team mates who made the same move, Bassett realised one of his ambitions by signing for Woolwich Arsenal.

For the four seasons prior to linking up with Exeter City, Bassett played regularly in the Gunners reserve team at Plumstead and made just one Football League appearance for them.

Signing for Exeter City in the summer of 1910, he quickly settled into the Grecians team after making his debut against Brentford in the Southern League at St James’ Park. He became an ever present in the City side during 1911-12, with speed and pluck noted as his exceptional attributes.

Bassett joined Swansea Town for the 1913-14 season and for Southend United the season after, but Bassett's heart remained in City; he often returned to visit teammates and reignite footballing chemistry.

The half-back's career halted by 1915 as a result of war, where he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery and was sent to the Western Front. Here, he was killed on 11th April 1917, and buried at the Pozieres War Cemetery.






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