Sturge, Harold


Newport, Monmouthshire 1884



Biographical Text

Goalkeeper Harold (Henry) Sturge, played once during the recently-renamed Exeter City’s first season in 1904/05. After later playing for Exmouth United he made a solitary appearance for the Grecians in the Southern League during 1909/10 to become one of the few players to represent the club in both the amateur and professional eras. 

His first league game was in the East Devon Senior League against 111th Battery Royal Artillery in the final game of the 1904/05 season. Taking over from Peters, the previous ‘keeper, he played in eight of the ten recorded first-team games in 1905/06 followed by just one during the next campaign.     

He subsequently left the club to later return from Exmouth United in 1908 to play in the reserves of the now-professional club. Staying for two seasons, he made one first-team appearance in the Southern League in a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in December 1909. 

Shown on the 1911 census as Henry Sturge, a 27-old-old painter and decorator born in Newport, Monmouthshire living at Littleham near Exmouth.   





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