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Full Name: Herbert George Batten
Born: 14 May 1896
Came from: Bristol City Went to: Everton
First game: 26 November 1921 Last game: 13 February 1926
Appearances: 94 (94/0) Goals: 27
Batten began his career with Bristol City, joining Argyle after just one season with his hometown club. In nearly five years at Home Park he was a consistent performer and goalscorer at inside-forward and this led to his selection for the FA Tour of Australia in 1925. Down Under he set a new record for goals scored by an English player on a Colonial tour, featuring in 25 of the 26 matches played and netting 45 times, including six goals against South Australia in Adelaide on May 16th and five against the Australian team on July 11th.
This form brought him to the attention of Everton and, after a delayed start to the following season because of the return voyage from Australia, he was sold to the Goodison Park club. Batten could not maintain a place in the side and moved to Bradford City a year later. He went on to play for Reading and Clapton Orient.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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