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Ken Gadsby

Position Left back
Born 03 Jul 1916, Chesterfield (England)
Height 175 cm
Weight 74 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Oct 1934 01 Jun 1948 87 0  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1936 - 1937 1  0  0  0  0 
1938 - 1939 37  2  0  0  0 
1939 - 1939 3  0  0  0  0 
1939 - 1940 14  0  0  0  4 
1940 - 1941 23  0  0  0  2 
1941 - 1941 1  0  0  0  0 
1941 - 1942 4  0  0  0  0 
1942 - 1942 4  0  0  0  0 
1942 - 1943 3  0  0  0  0 
1943 - 1943 7  0  0  0  0 
1943 - 1944 31 0  0  0  0 
1944 - 1944 6  0  0  0  0 
1944 - 1945 7  0  0  0  0 
1945 - 1946 6  2  0  0  0 
1946 - 1947 16  1  0  0  0 
1947 - 1948 24  1  0  0  0 
Total 81  6  0  0  0 
Total (inc war years) 1591 6  0  0  6 

Jabba's Comments

Ken Gadsby had the worst possible start to his first team career with Leeds - having waited three years he found himself on the wrong end of a 1-7 thrashing at Everton. He went on to win a regular first team place and went on tour with the FA to South Africa in 1939. He played for Leeds and guested for a couple of other sides during the war, but his career never got going again in peacetime.

Edward Couzens-Lake says: Ken Gadsby. He was my PE Teacher at Smithdon High School, in Hunstanton, Norfolk, in between 1974-1976. Of rather rotund build, he was very keen on subjecting us lads to rigorous gymnastic routines, barking his orders-and rather uncannily resembling-the late, great Brian Glover's portrayl of a PE teacher in "Kes". "Ken" looked like Glover, sounded like Glover, and cajoled and encouraged a'la Glover, but he still had his moments when he took us out onto the football pitch, though he never said much about his Leeds days-we were all in awe of him though, even if most of us supported Norwich City! Mind you, I still feel let down by the fact that he expected us to do all these complicated exercises in the gym, whilst he never did them himself!

Robert Scott-Puttock says: As an evacuee,from London, to the Kings Lynn area of Norfolk, I saw Ken Gadsby play football for Kings Lynn. They were in some minor league, the name of which escapes me. He was the player-manager and played in the right back position if I recall correctly. He had, I believe come from Leeds Utd. I was attending the King Edward V11 grammar school in Kings Lynn amd had stayed on after the war in order to complete schooling. When I saw Gadsby play it would be around 1950-2 although I cannot be sure of the dates. During that time he came to the grammar school on one occasion to coach us at football. By some fluke I scored quite a good goal and Ken Gadsby was complimentary. I left school in 1952 and I remember this was shortly before then. He was a popular coach on that occasion and gave the impression of knowing his subject thoroughly. I liked his no-nonsense approach. Leaving school I returned to London and of course never knew what happened in East Anglia after that. I returned on one occasion to wrestle in the local Corn Exchange in, I think, 1965 but was not in the area long enough to enquire what was happening to people like Gadsby.

Dave Conway says: I met him yesterday in Elm Ward in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn. He has had his left leg removed. 18/03/03

Nigel Cross says: You may not be aware that Ken passed away on June 13th at Shoulham Hall Nursing Home. nr. Downham market in Norfolk. I met Ken during the late seventies. he was very proud of England caps and took great pride in showing them off. A lovely man.

Chris Goodchild says: Around 1948-1952 I saw Ken Gadsby play many times for King's Lynn when they were in the Eastern Counties League. I believe he was centre forward and very popular with his aggressive play. Ken lodged in a house opposite where I lived in Kent Road, King's Lynn.


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