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Louis Page
Personal information
Full name Louis Antonio Page
Date of birth 27 March 1899(1899-03-27)
Place of birth Kirkdale, Liverpool, England
Date of death 11 October 1959 (aged 60)
Place of death Prenton, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Everton ? (?)
South Liverpool ? (?)
1919–1922 Stoke City 21 (1)
1922–1925 Northampton Town 122 (24)
1925–1931 Burnley 248 (111)
1931–1932 Manchester United 12 (0)
1932–1933 Port Vale 18 (2)
1933–1935 Yeovil & Petters United ? (?)
National team
1927 England 7 (1)
Teams managed
1933–1935 Yeovil & Petters United
1935–1937 Newport County
000?–? Glentoran
000?–? Carlton
1945–1953 Swindon Town
1953–1956 Chester
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Louis Antonio Page (27 March 1899 – 11 October 1959) was an England international football player and football manager. He was the younger brother of Tom Page.

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Playing career

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Club career

Page began his senior career with Merseyside clubs Everton and South Liverpool. He entered professional football with Stoke City, with whom he made 21 appearances before leaving to make over 100 league outings for Northampton Town. Page later left the Cobblers for Burnley where he made 248 league appearances and scoring 111 goals. During his spell with the club, Page achieve the remarkable feat of scoring 6 goals (a double-hat-trick) in a single game, with a hat-trick scored in either half.

After leaving Burnley, Page joined Manchester United, before moving on to Port Vale in October 1982. He played 19 games in all competitions during the 1932–33 season, falling out of favour in March 1933 before becoming player-manager at Yeovil & Petters United, having been released at the end of the season.[1]

International career

Page featured for England seven times in 1927, alongside England and Everton great Dixie Dean. He played four British Home Championship games and three friendlies, he scored against Belgium on 1 May 1927,[2] in the 63rd minute bagging one in a 9–1 victory.[3]

He also played for the English baseball team, along with his brother.[1]

Management career

Page's first managerial post was with Yeovil & Petters United, also being registered as a player. He left the position in 1935 to become manager at Welsh club Newport County, where he stayed for two years.

After leaving Newport he became trainer-coach at Glentoran and then, afterwards, manager of Liverpool-based Carlton.

Swindon Town

When league football resumed after the Second World War, he was appointed manager of Swindon Town. The club had closed down during the war, meaning they were at a disadvantage to other clubs – the only player to keep a regular place in the side from before the hostilities was Billy Lucas. Page was therefore forced to build a completely fresh team, meaning that the Town's fourth place finish in 1946–47 was seen as a major success – especially as many players still needed permission to play as they had not yet been demobbed.[4]

Swindon slumped to 16th place the following season – just two points off the bottom spot, though did accomplish some giant-killing in their FA Cup run, in which the Town knocked out the previous year's runners-up, Burnley, before being beaten in the Fifth Round by Southampton. In 1948–49, the Town again finished fourth in the Third Division South, without ever challenging for the promotion spot. They failed to finish in the top half of the table for the next eight seasons.[4]

With the Town in financial difficulties, Page was granted a pitiful sum with which to strengthen the team, and was forced to sell many of his top players. At the end of the 1952–53 season, when Swindon had finished in the bottom nine for three seasons running, Page was relieved of his duties and handed £500 in compensation.[4]

Post-Swindon

After being relieved of his duties he became manager of Chester and later a scout for Leicester City.

International career

Appearances

Cap Date Venue Opposition Att. Result Goals
1 12 February 1927 Wrexham Wales 16,100 (D) 3–3 0
2 2 April 1927 Glasgow Scotland 111,214 (W) 2–1 0
3 11 May 1927 Brussels Belgium 35,000 (W) 9–1 1
4 21 May 1927 Luxembourg Luxembourg 5,000 (W) 5–2 0
5 26 May 1927 Paris France 25,000 (W) 6–0 0
6 22 October 1927 Belfast Northern Ireland 30,000 (L) 0–2 0
7 13 March 1911 Millwall Wales 32,089 (W) 1–2 0

Honours

References


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