Percy Humphreys

Percy Humpgreys, who may have not played for the Lilywhites in the true sense of the word as he played for our founder club (Cambridge St Mary's), was the first Cambridge player to play for England.

Percy Humphreys

Born in Cambridge on December 3rd, 1880, Percy played for Cambridge St Mary's before being transfered to QPR in the summer of 1900. An inside or centre-forward, he was to join Notts County twelve months later. While at Notts County he played for the Football League and on April 14th, 1903 played for England against Scotland at Sheffield. Up front he partnered Vivian Woodward, who then was at Tottenham.

Vivian Woodward

Leaving Notts County, for whom he scored 66 league goals in 189 appearances, Percy joined 2nd Division side, Leicester Fosse. Not long later he returned to the First Division with Chelsea for £350 in February 1908. Having lost his place in the Chelsea side following the arrival of Vivian Woodward, Percy joined Tottenham Hotspur in December 1909. His last appearance for Chelsea had been against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on November 27th. For Spurs he scored 29 goals in 54 first team appearances before joining Leicester in October 1911. Probably the most important of his goals for Spurs came in the last game of the 1909/10 season against his former club, Chelsea. That goal ensured that Chelsea were relegated into the Second Division rather than Spurs. 

In 1912 he joined Hartlepool United as player-manager and then had a brief spell coaching in Switzerland with FC Baselbefore returning to England to help at Norwich. 

After serving in the First World War, he was to manage Alessandra in Italy from 1920 to 1922 and  was to die in Stepney, London on April 13th, 1959.

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