Coates, Arthur


Feetham, Reeth



Biographical Text

Coates was born in 1882. One of nine children, being the second youngest, Coates was living in Radcliffe, Lancashire according to the 1901 Census.

A speedy defender who first played for his local club, Parish Church Amateurs, and then Unsworth in the Manchester Amateur League, where he helped them win the league title.

At the age of 19 he signed professional forms for Salford, playing in the Manchester League.

He remained there for two seasons before moving to Heywood United of the Lancashire Combination.

Exeter City proved to be his first senior club whom he joined in the summer of 1910, making his first team debut in a Southern League fixture at Leyton in September 1910.

After two seasons at St James’ Park, Coates left to sign for Southampton.




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