Percy Humphreys

Percy Humphreys
Personal information
Date of birth (1880-12-03)3 December 1880
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Date of death 13 April 1959(1959-04-13) (aged 78)
Place of death London, England
Playing position Inside right
Youth career
Cambridge St Mary's
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1900–1901 Queens Park Rangers ? (?)
1901–1907 Notts County 189 (66)
1907 Leicester Fosse 26 (19)
1907–1909 Chelsea 45 (13)
1909–1911 Tottenham Hotspur 45 (24)
1911–1912 Leicester Fosse 14 (2)
1912–1913 Hartlepools United 28 (11)
National team
1903 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1912–1913 Hartlepools United
1913–1914 FC Basel
1920–1922 Alessandria

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Percy Humphreys (3 December 1880 – 13 April 1959)[1] was an English international footballer, who played at inside-right, who later became a football manager.


Club career

Born in Cambridge, Humphreys started his football career with Cambridge St Mary's before signing professionally for Queens Park Rangers, then playing in the Southern League.

In 1901, he moved up to the Football League when he joined Notts County where he spent six seasons, making 202 appearances in total, scoring 73 goals. During these six seasons, County consistently finished in the lower half of the First Division table.

In the 1907–08 season, Humphreys joined First Second Leicester Fosse but returned to the First Division with Chelsea for the latter part of the season. He remained with Chelsea until December 1909 when he lost his place to Vivian Woodward.[1]

Humphreys swapped places with Woodward moving across London to join Tottenham Hotspur. Humphreys only made 45 league appearances for Spurs, scoring 24 goals, none of which were as vital as the one that he scored against Chelsea in the final match of the 1909–10 season which ensured that Chelsea were relegated instead of Spurs.[1] In the following season he was unable to hold down a regular place in the Spurs side, with Billy Minter being preferred at inside-right.

In October 1911, he was transferred back to Leicester Fosse where he spent the rest of the season, before dropping out of the league to join Hartlepools United.[2]

International career

Humphreys made one appearance for England, on 4 April 1903, in a 2–1 defeat to Scotland.[3]

Coaching career

Humphreys managed Hartlepools United between 1912 and 1913.[4]

Humphreys then coached Swiss side FC Basel between 1913 and 1914.[5]

He managed Alessandria, in Italy, from 1920 and 1922.[6]


  1. 1 2 3 Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.
  2. In The Mad Crowd
  3. "England 1 Scotland 2 (Match summary)". 4 April 1903. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  4. "Percy Humphreys". League Managers Association. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  5. "Ehemalige Trainer des FCB" (in German). FC Basel. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  6. Caligaris, Mimma. 100 volte Grigi, supplement to the newspaper «Il Piccolo», 17 February 2012, 20, p. 51.
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