Baverstock Bert Image 1 Bolton Wanderers 1920

Baverstock Bert Image 1 Bolton Wanderers 1920


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Dudley, Worcestershire born right back Bert Baverstock began his football career with Netherton St James in 1903 and Brierley Hill Alliance in 1904 from where he joined First Division Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 1905, making his Football League debut at Notts County that September in their second game of the season. He immediately became Bolton’s regular right back, playing in all the remaining games of his debut season, and he was an ever present in 1906-07 as The Trotters finished 6th in the League Championship both seasons.

After Bolton’s relegation in 1908 he missed only one match as they won the Second Division Championship in 1909, however they were immediately relegated in 1910, only to once again win promotion in 1911 as Second Division runners up, Baverstock missing two matches in their promotion campaign. He then played regularly as The Trotters re-established themselves as a force in the top flight, finishing 4th in the League Championship in 1912 and 6th in 1914.

His career was interrupted by the onset of the First World War, during which Baverstock served as a private in the Royal Flying Corps, latterly the Royal Air Force. He resumed peacetime football with Bolton in 1919 and played 34 games in their 1920-21 campaign when they finished 3rd in the League Championship. However he had lost his place by the start of the 1921-22 season and made only one further appearance, having scored 4 goals in 388 matches for The Trotters before joining Second Division Blackpool in January 1922. He scored once in 18 games for The Seasiders before retiring in 1923.

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