Crompton Wilf Image 1 Luton Town 1935

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Crompton Wilf Image 1 Luton Town 1935


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Blackburn, Lancashire born winger Wilf Crompton joined First Division Blackburn Rovers in the late 1920’s and made his Football League debut for Rovers against Grimsby Town in September 1929, scoring in a 4-1 victory. He scored against Newcastle United two days later as Rovers won 4-2 but lost his place in January 1930, playing only 4 times more in 1930-31 before moving to Second Division Burnley after 5 goals in 20 appearances for his hometown club.

He was a regular in his first season at Turf Moor scoring 8 goals in 28 appearances, but again lost his place in 1933-34 scoring once more in 6 further games for The Clarets before joining Gillingham in June 1934. He didn’t stay long at Priestfield, however, being signed that November by Luton Town after 6 goals in 15 appearances for The Gills.

His initial two seasons at Luton were productive, and they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division in 1935-36 finishing as runners up in the Third Division (South), however he lost his place in the Luton team after the season’s opening game (a season that saw Luton go one better finishing as Champions) and finished his professional football career after 16 goals in 54 appearances for The Hatters.

NB the other player in the photograph is George Martin.

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