Howard Spencer

Howard Spencer
Spencer in 1897
Personal information
Full name Howard Spencer [1]
Date of birth (1875-08-23)23 August 1875
Place of birth Edgbaston, England
Date of death 14 January 1940(1940-01-14) (aged 64)
Place of death Sutton Coldfield, England
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m) [1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1892–1907 Aston Villa 258 (2)
National team
1897–1905 England 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Howard Spencer (23 August 1875 – 14 January 1940) was an English professional footballer. Often referred to as the "prince of full-backs" due to his sportsmanship, Spencer joined Aston Villa in 1892 having played for several clubs at amateur level. He made his professional debut in October 1894 at the age of 18 and would go on to become a first-team regular for the club. In his 13 years as a senior player, he helped the side to three First Division championships and three FA Cup victories as well as earning six caps at international level for England.

Early life

Born in Edgbaston, Spencer was one of seven children and attended Albert Road School in nearby Aston. [2] His father Josh was an oil merchant. [1]

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