Percy Wyfold STOUT, OBE\r\n\r\nPercy Stout is a Gloucester sporting legend. Excelling in almost every sport he could, he played for Gloucester City AFC, Gloucester City Cricket Club, and with international distinction at Gloucester Rugby.\r\n\r\nHe also became undoubtedly the finest footballer in the early era of the football club.\r\n\r\n

Percy Stout (from Gloucester Rugby Heritage)

\r\n\r\nBorn in Barnwood on 20th November 1875, he grew up only a stone’s throw from the infant Gloucester City’s ground at Buddings Field, making his debut at only 16.\r\n\r\nA trailblazer for the football club, he became the first man to score over 20 goals in a season, including a four goal salvo against Bristol Rovers.\r\n\r\nRepresenting Gloucestershire he scored in sublime exhibition games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers, three of the country’s finest teams at the time. He had also become the club’s all-time record appearance holder and goalscorer.\r\n\r\nThe Gloucester Journal described Percy Stout as ‘one of the best, if not quite the very best centre forward ever called upon to wear the black and white shirt of the Gloucestershire FA’, high praise indeed.\r\n\r\nBy the time of his final game for the club, he was only 19-years-old, but greater riches were to come in Rugby Union where he spent the following five years becoming a star at Kingsholm with his brother Frank.\r\n\r\nHe played five times for England Rugby, including away to Scotland, Ireland and Wales. His name remains on the International Honours Board at both Kingsholm and Crypt Grammar School.\r\n\r\nAt only 25, Stout moved to Cairo, Egypt to become a stockbroker where he remained for most of his life.\r\n\r\nThis didn’t stop him serving his country during the First World War with distinction where he was a Second Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps.\r\n\r\nStout was awarded an OBE on his return due to his ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ leading an attack to save members of his regiment.\r\n\r\nHe died at the age of 61 in Marylebone, London at the site of where the Cumberland Hotel is situated, remaining one of the only men to play all three sports in Gloucester with distinction.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDebut – 30/01/1892 v Saint George (H), Lost 3-4\r\n\r\nFinal – 14/04/1895 v Saint George (Kingswood), Lost 3-4 (scored two)\r\n\r\n1891/92 1 app 0 gls\r\n\r\n1892/93 2 apps 0 gls\r\n\r\n1893/94 18 apps 11 gls\r\n\r\n1894/95 18 apps 22 gls\r\n\r\nTOTAL 39 apps 33 gls\r\n\r\nClub Record: Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester, Clifton Association, Wotton-under-Edge, Wickwar, Bristol City (0), Corinthians, Bristol South End +.

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