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Full Name: William George Northey
Born: 15 May 1881
Came from: Green Waves Went to: Green Waves
First game: 27 March 1905 Last game: 27 March 1905
Appearances: 1 (1/0) Goals: 0
Northey was a Plymouth born inside-right who played just once for Argyle. He began his career in 1897 with local side Green Waves and played for the club for several seasons. He also represented Devon between 1899 and 1905 and captained the side on seven occasions. In 1901-02 he had a trial with Southampton, which included a Southern League appearance against Luton Town on the final day of the season. After the game he was offered the chance to sign for the Saints, but, advised by his father, he turned it down because of his apprenticeship as a sparmaker (a carpenter specialising in ships' masts) in Plymouth. During that season he also played twice for Argyle FC as a guest player.
His love for football and his sporting prowess and fitness was not in doubt; he once played for the Plymouth Rugby side against Paignton and for Green Waves on the same day. To top that feat, on another occasion he played for Devon County against Surrey at 11am, then for Green Waves against Ford in a cup tie in the afternoon, and then in the evening, he played for the Shakespearians against Old Paradians, completing three matches in one day.
In 1904 he scored the winner for Green Waves when they beat Swindon Town in the FA Cup fifth qualifying round and later that season made his single appearance for Argyle. In 1905 he had a brief spell with Aston Villa but did not make a first team appearance, and the following year joined Gainsborough Trinity, for whom he made his Football League debut, playing 22 times (two goals) during the Lincolnshire side's Football League years (1896-1912). He then returned to Plymouth to end his career back at Green Waves.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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