Newcastle-on-Tyne born centre or inside forward Arthur Temple began his football career with Newcastle East End in 1905 and played for Wallsend Park Villa in 1906, from where he was signed by Second Division Hull City in the 1907 close season, making his Football League debut at Clapton Orient in September the same year. A consistent goalscorer over each of the next five seasons, he second top scored in his debut season, when he was an ever present, with 19 goals and he was the club’s leading scorer in 1908-09 with 18 goals, finishing as The Tigers’ joint top scorer with Tommy Browell in 1911-12, both netting 16 times. A contemporary writer described him as a “very speedy and judicious player”.
Although he lost his place in 1912 he stayed with the club until the eve of the First World War, making his final appearance in April 1914, having scored 81 goals in 184 appearances. This haul included a hat-trick against Leicester Fosse in a 3-2 win in November 1907, a hat-trick against Birmingham in December 1909 and a hat-trick against Burnley in September 1911. He joined Blyth Spartans in the summer of 1914, and his career was ended by the First World War.
His nephew Jimmy Temple played for Fulham, Sunderland and Gateshead in the 1920’s and 1930’s.