Iceton Jake Image 2 Clapton Orient 1937

Iceton Jake Image 2 Clapton Orient 1937


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West Auckland, County Durham born goalkeeper Jake Iceton began his football career in north east junior football with Cockfield, from where he joined Second Division club Hull City, spending 1925-26 on their books without breaking into the first eleven. He joined Shildon in 1926 and was then signed by Third Division (South) club Fulham in the summer of 1930, making his Football League debut against Watford that August.

A regular in goal for The Cottagers during his first two seasons at Craven Cottage, he played 38 matches in their 1931-32 campaign which saw them promoted to the Second Division by winning the Third Division (South) Championship, and at the higher level the following season he lost his place to Alf Toothill at the start of December as Fulham finished third in the Second Division, narrowly missing out on promotion to the top flight, but he played only 6 more matches for Fulham over the next three seasons before joining Aldershot in the 1935 close season after 99 appearances for Fulham.

Iceton had a single season at The Recreation Ground, but made only 10 appearances before returning to London to join Clapton Orient in the summer of 1936, where he was understudy to ever present Charlie Hillam during 1936-37. He broke into The O’s first team in December 1937, playing 17 matches before the season end, and from August 1938 he was The O’s number one choice before losing his place in January 1939 to Stan Hall, after which he left Clapton Orient to join Birmingham & District League club Worcester City having made 44 appearances for The O’s. His career was then effectively ended by the outbreak of the Second World War.

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