Golightly, Martin

Birth Date

17th October 1891





Biographical Text

Before taking up football on a serious basis, Golightly was a fireman on the North Eastern Railway, having not taken part in any schoolboy football whatsoever.

His first club was St Vincent’s a junior team in Gateshead. After a couple of seasons in the junior ranks, Golightly then signed for Fatfield, competing in the Sunderland area. He netted 48 goals in one season and this led to him signing for Gateshead in the North Eastern League. He scored 19 goals for Gateshead in 1911/12. 

It was from Gateshead that he made the move south to link up with Exeter City in the summer of 1912, as a 21 year old with a goal scoring reputation, making his debut at Upton Park against West Ham United in a Southern League fixture in September 1912. Despite playing in the opening three games for City, and scoring twice in the 2nd practice game , he lost his place and was not recalled to the team until appearing in the final four matches of the campaign.
He was leading scorer with the reserves netting at least 13 goals (In some games the goal scorers are not recorded)

He left Exeter at the end of the one season at St James’ Park and became player-manager of Bideford. He was trainer to Grimsby Town in season 1920-21.

Martin died in 1953




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