Stanley (Stan) MYERS
Undoubtedly one of the greatest players in the history of the football club, Stan Myers was the ultimate gentleman both on and off the pitch. For over a half century, the Lancashire born right half was our record appearance holder with 413 appearances, before current City stalwart Tom Webb broke the record, with Myers watching shortly before his death, in 2010.
Myers’ played in one of the most glorious eras of the football club, winning five trophies, reaching the FA Cup First Round three times and being one of the scorers in the famous victory over Tottenham Hotspur in front of the club’s all-time record attendance of 10,500.
Born 19th March 1929 in Ulverston, Myers joined the Royal Air Force before spells at Charlton Athletic and Millwall, where he failed to secure first-team recognition.
City Manager Doug Hunt decided to bring Myers in, with the recommendation of another Millwall newcomer Jackie Elliott, and the rest was history.
Myers went on to make 413 appearances over the next decade, forming a formidable partnership with City Hall of Famer Frank Tredgett.
Many of the matches the two spearheaded have entered City folklore, including the 1954/55 Southern League Cup Final where the Tigers came back from 4-1 down in the first leg, to win 5-1 against Yeovil Town in front of a rapturous Longlevens crowd.
One of the most universally popular players in the club’s history, on the day which Webb broke the appearance record, against Chelmsford City in November 2010, Myers smiled widely throughout and muttered to members of the club nearby, ‘this is absolutely marvellous, absolutely marvellous.’
A little over a month later, on Boxing Day 2010, Myers passed away. On his grave, at the Crematorium in Coney Hill, a huge Gloucester City badge is emblazoned on the back with the simple message: ‘413 Appearances’.
A true legend.
Debut – 19/08/1950 v Worcester City (H) Drew 3-3
Final – 15/04/1961 v Kettering Town (A) Lost 1-6
1950/51 49 apps 7 gls
1951/52 48 apps 1 gl
1952/53 48 apps 1 gl
1953/54 40 apps 0 gls
1954/55 52 apps 2 gls
1955/56 49 apps 6 gls
1956/57 34 apps 6 gls
1957/58 11 apps 0 gls
1958/59 22 apps 0 gls
1959/60 34 apps 3 gls
1960/61 26 apps 0 gls
TOTAL 413 apps 26 gls
Club Record: Royal Air Force, Charlton Athletic (trial) (0), Millwall (0), Gloucester City, Cinderford Town, Mitcheldean.
Robert Alexander (Rob) COLDRAY
One of the greatest servants in the history of Gloucester City is Rob Coldray.
The only player to play over 300 times and score over 100 goals, he served the club as a player, a manager and a director. In 1964/65 he also became the inaugural Player of the Season, a yearly award that is still given to this day.\
Gloucester born and bred, he was educated at Sir Thomas Rich’s, where he was described as he could ‘develop into something outstanding at inside right’, they weren’t wrong.
The prolific goalscorer made his Southern League debut in 1954 after his release from the Army and saw a lifelong affiliation to his local team begin.
Arguably his finest moment for the club was a brace, including an extra-time winner, in the sensational 1955/56 Southern League Cup final fightback against Yeovil Town.
Brief switches to Cheltenham Town and Cinderford Town sandwiched his three spells with the Tigers and after retirement he became an honorary director of the club.
Rob passed away on Saturday April 16 2016 after a seven month battle with stomach cancer.
Debut – 08/01/1955 v Guildford City (A) Lost 1-2
Final – 02/05/1970 (as sub) v Hillingdon Borough (H) Lost 1-4
1954/55 22 apps 9 gls
1955/56 28 apps 9 gls
1956/57 35 apps 17 gls
1957/58 29 apps 16 gls
1958/59 52 apps 21 gls
1959/60 19 apps 10 gls
1962/63 37 apps 9 gls
1963/64 46 apps 10 gls
1964/65 39 apps 6 gls
1965/66 36 apps 0 gls
1969/70 3 apps 2 subs 1 gl (1 nps)
TOTAL 346 apps 2 subs 108 gls (1 nps)
Club Record: Longford, Gloucester City, Cheltenham Town, Gloucester City, Cinderford Town, Gloucester City, Stonehouse.
John Edward (Eddie) PARRIS
The first black player to represent the Wales national football team, Eddie Parris enjoyed over a decade long stay at Gloucester City near the end of his career. He captained the club but interrupted by war-time, a large percentage of his games for the Tigers came in friendlies, scoring 89 times in 81 appearances overall.
Born 31st January 1911 in Pwillmeyric, Chepstow, he was born to a Welsh mother and a West Indian father. He starred notably for his hometown team, Chepstow Town, before being spotted by Bradford Park Avenue, then a leading Football League outfit.
He established himself on the left wing and was even dubbed, maybe originally, the Welsh wizard. In December 1931, he made his international debut against Ireland in Belfast, although sometimes cited as the first black player to play for any of the ’home nations’ research now suggests that in fact the first was the Scotland player Andrew Watson.
Parris later played for Bournemouth, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town and Gloucester City where he became Club Captain in 1941 before serving in the Second World War.
Since his death in 1971, Parris has been called ‘one of the most important figures in the history of Welsh football’.
Debut – 25/11/1939 v Bath City (A) Won 5-2 (scored two)
Final – 26/04/1948 v Barry Town (A) Lost 0-5
1939/40 19 apps 10 gls
1941/42 7 apps 10 gls
1942/43 19 apps 30 gls
1947/48 2 apps 0 gls
TOTAL 47 apps 50 gls
Club Record: Chepstow Town, 1928-33 Bradford Park Avenue (133-38), 1934-36 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic (100-23), 1936-37 Luton Town (7-2), 1937-38 Northampton Town (25-7), Bath City, Cheltenham Town, Gloucester City.
International Record: Wales (1).
Percy Wyfold STOUT, DSO, OBE
Percy Stout is a Gloucester sporting legend. Excelling in almost every sport he could, he played for Gloucester AFC, Gloucester City Cricket Club, and with international distinction at Gloucester Rugby. He also became undoubtedly the finest footballer in the early era of the football club.
Born 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.
A trailblazer for the football club, he became the first man to score over 20 goals in a season, including a four goal salvo against Eastville Rovers (now known as Bristol Rovers). Representing 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.
The 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.
By 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.
He 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.
At only 25, Stout moved to Cairo, Egypt to become a stockbroker where he remained for most of his life.
This 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. In 1917 was awarded the DSO ‘for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ leading an attack to save members of his regiment. In 1918 an OBE was added.
He died at the age of 61 in Marylebone, London at the site of where the Cumberland Hotel is situated.
Debut – 30/01/1892 v Saint George (H), Lost 3-4
Final – 14/04/1895 v Saint George (Kingswood), Lost 3-4 (scored two)
1891/92 1 app 0 gls
1892/93 2 apps 0 gls
1893/94 18 apps 11 gls
1894/95 18 apps 22 gls
TOTAL 39 apps 33 gls
Club Record: Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester, Clifton Association, Wotton-under-Edge, Wickwar, Bristol City (0), Corinthians, Bristol South End.
Reginald William (Reg) WEAVER
His goal scoring exploits are the stuff of Gloucester City folklore, with 103 goals in 84 appearances Reg Weaver has the best scoring rate in the history of the football club.
Arguably one of the finest footballers ever to grace a Gloucester City line-up, Weaver played for Chelsea in the First Division and along with spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newport County, scoring 61 goals in the Football League in 119 appearances.
During his four seasons at Stamford Bridge the club were promoted and consolidated a top division place, and arguably his finest moments for the West London club came on a South American tour in 1929.
The striker played in some of the world’s greatest stadia; including on the land of the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro, then a Horse Racing Arena, the El Monumental in Buenos Aires and played in one of the first ever matches at the Estadio Centenario, home of the soon-to-be World Champions Uruguay and host of the 1930 World Cup final.
Stints at Bradford City, Chesterfield and a return to Newport County followed before the Somerset native joined local side Bath City, where he once scored nine goals in one game against Devizes Town.
After two years in Bath he moved to join Gloucester City where he scored 67 goals in his debut season, including 10 hat-tricks. The Second World War split his time at the club, including a brief spell at Cheltenham Town, before returning for a final spell at the age of 41. He finished his career at the company he worked for, Rotol.
Born on the 14th September 1905 in Clutton, Somerset, he died in Gloucester in 1970, aged 64.
He remains one of only three men to score over 100 goals for Gloucester City and is undoubtedly one of the finest forwards to ever play for the club.
Debut – 28/08/1937 v Birmingham ‘A’ (H), Won 4-1 (scored four)
Final – 16/11/1946 v Worcester City (H), Lost 4-6 (scored two)
1937/38 39 apps 67 gls
1938/39 42 apps 33 gls
1946/47 3 apps 3 gls
TOTAL 84 apps 103 gls
Club Record: Llanhilleth United, 1926-27, Newport County (23-13), 1927-28 Wolverhampton Wanderers (50-29), 1928-31 Chelsea (20-8), 1932 Bradford City (8-3), 1932-33 Chesterfield (11-2), 1934 Newport County (29-8), Bath City, Gloucester City, Cheltenham Town, Gloucester City, Rotol AFC.
Walter John (Jerry) CAUSONDescribed in his prime as a prolific goalscorer with heaps of pluck and an electrifying burst of speed and also the “demon attacker”. Jerry Causon was the most consistently successful leader of the forwards Gloucester City have ever possessed.
Was playing in the Gloucester Thursday League with Gloucester City Albion for the 1927/28 season at the age of 16 and joined Gloucester City in 1930. Jerry became the first Gloucester player to score 100 competitive goals and is still the all-time record scorer for the club having exceeded 200 goals. In November 1932, representatives of a Third Division League club were present at a match to watch Causon.
Was a member of the team that won the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1933/34. Signed for Bath City in June 1935 scoring 9 goals in 15 appearances returning to Gloucester City in December 1935 . In September 1936 when Maurice Hukin resigned the Secretaryship of the club to concentrate on just Managing, Jerry took over as Secretary. In 1938 was playing for Gloucester Rangers in the North Gloucester League.
Born on the 9th September 1911 in Gloucester and died in 1990 in Gloucester, aged 79.
Debut – 27/09/1930 v Viney Hill (A) Lost 1-4 (scored)
Final – 21/11/1936 v Halesowen Town (A) Won 4-1 (scored)
1930/31 27 apps 26 gls
1931/32 32 apps 40 gls\r\n1932/33 34 apps 37 gls\r\n1933/34 41 apps 47 gls\r\n1934/35 39 apps 51 gls\r\n1935/36 19 apps 4 gls\r\n1936/37 2 apps 1 gl\r\nTOTAL 194 apps 206 gls\r\nClub Record: Saint James, Gloucester City Albion, Gloucester City, Bristol City (0), Bath City, Gloucester City, Gloucester Rangers.\r\n\r\n—————————————————————————–\r\n\r\n