Bateup Edwin Image 1 Gillingham 1908

Bateup Edwin Image 1 Gillingham 1908


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Horley, Surrey born goalkeeper Edwin Bateup played for Croydon Glenrose (the 7th Dragoon Guards) and for Faversham before joining Arsenal in 1905 where he was understudy to Jimmy Ashcroft, making his Football League debut at Manchester City in April 1906 and playing 6 matches over the next 2 years before joining Southern League New Brompton in 1908. He returned to Arsenal in 1910 taking over the gloves from Ashcroft who had joined Blackburn Rovers and playing 30 times for The Gunners before moving to Burslem Port Vale in August 1911. He kept a clean sheet on his debut at the Athletic Ground, in a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic Reserves in a Central League match on 4 September 1911. He remained the club’s first choice keeper until September 1916, making 153 Central League and FA Cup appearances, helping them to win the Staffordshire Senior Cup, Birmingham Senior Cup and North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup on the way. After two years as a back-up keeper he retired from the game in 1918. He had kept goal for Vale on 193 occasions all told, including the first round of the FA Cup on 10th January 1914 against Bolton Wanderers.

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