Copestake, Levi


Kiveton Park, England



Biographical Text

A member of Exeter City’s first ever professional squad of players, Copestake was described as being the smallest man in the team, “but one whose trickiness has won popular favour.” He was actually 5’ 5” tall.

He played junior football at the age of 15 for his local team, Kiveton Park, but two years later signed for Worksop as a professional playing in the Midland League.

Copestake was then transferred to Blackpool in 1905 and he spent two seasons with the Lancashire club, scoring once in 19 league outings.

He moved to Bristol City for 1907-08, but only made two league outings, scoring once.

Although Copestake didn’t feature in the very first professional match played by the Grecians, he soon made his debut in a 3-2 home win over Norwich City in September 1908.

A fairly consistent performer during his two season stay with Exeter, he returned to play for Bristol City until the end of the 1912-13 season, making a further 42 league appearances and scoring five goals.

In 1945 the winger was in charge of coaching Exeter City's young talent as they resumed playing after the war.

Copestake made a return visit to St James’ Park in November 1956 to see his longtime friend, City club secretary George Gilbert.






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