Priestley, Gerry

Birth Date

2nd March 1931


Halifax, Yorkshire



Biographical Text

Gerry Priestley had two seasons with Exeter City between 1953 and 1955. He joined the club from Nottingham Forest and later played a hundred league games for both Grimsby Town and Halifax Town.

Gerry began his career with Nottingham Forest signing as a professional in December 1950 although he was destined never to make an appearance in the first-team. 

Moving to Exeter City in June 1953, Gerry made his debut in the opening day win over  Leyton Orient and, in spite of missing seven of the first ten league games, went on to make 33 appearances during the season scoring five goals against Colchester, Swindon, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Watford. Retained for the next season, he made nine further league appearances with a goal against Shrewsbury. 

Joining Grimsby Town in June 1955, Gerry enjoyed 110 league outings (scoring 11 goals) during his time on the Lincolnshire coast before spells with Crystal Palace (netting twice in 28 league starts) and Halifax Town - his home town club - where he scored 23 goals in 105 league matches.

Gerry died on 20 January 2020 in the Halifax area.







Ian Barnard

Gerry passed away 21 January 2020.

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