Player #164

Appearances:

140

Starts:

140

Goals:

9

Seasons:

7

Alex Leake
Alex Leake

Source: Football card #10 Alex Leake issued by Singleton & Cole’s under the Footballers series, 1905.

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Alex Leake
Alex Leake

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Alex Leake

Position

Midfielder

From

1902-03

To

1907-08

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Alex Leake

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

31
32
33
34
35
36

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

140
32
30
36
26
12
4

Starts

140
32
30
36
26
12
4

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

9
3
2
4
0
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Alexander Leake

Birth Date

Tuesday, 11 July 1871

Birth Place

Small Heath, Birmingham

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Birmingham

From

For

Free

On

June 1902

Previous Clubs

Jenkins Street School |
Little Green Lane School |
Hoskins and Sewell FC |
Kings Heath Albion |
Saltley Gas Works FC |
Singers FC |
Hoskins and Sewell FC |
1892-94 Old Hill Wanderers |
1894-02 Small Heath |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Burnley

For

Free

On

December 1907

Subsequent Clubs

1907-10 Burnley |
1910-11 Wednesbury Old Athletic |

Alex Leake
Alex Leake

Source: Football card #10 Alex Leake issued by Singleton & Cole’s under the Footballers series, 1905.

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Alex Leake
Alex Leake

Source: Football card #10 Alex Leake issued by Singleton & Cole’s under the Footballers series, 1905.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1902-07 Aston Villa, Free, 140 | 9 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 13 September 1902

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 13 September 1902

Nottingham Forest (a), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 29 November 1902

Final Appearance

Saturday, 9 November 1907

Manchester City (h), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 9 November 1907

Honours

1904-05 FA Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

29 March 1938, Aged 66

Alex Leake

Player #164 for Aston Villa, Alexander Leake, known as Alex Leake and nicknamed The Clown Prince of Soccer played as a midfielder for the club.

Alex played for Villa between 1902-03 and 1907-08 making 140 appearances goals across his 6 seasons with the club.

Alex was born in Small Heath, just 4 miles from Villa Park on 11th July 1871 and made his first appearance for Villa as a 31 year old on 13th September 1902.

Villa had signed Alex from Small Heath and during his time with Villa won the FA Cup in 1904-05.

Alex was an ever present in the FA Cup winning campaign including the final hosted at Crystal Palace, London which saw Villa vanquish Newcastle United 2-0 in front of a crowd of 101,117.

Having spent his career with Small Heath from 1894-1902 including acting as their captain it was only on arriving at Villa, at the age of 31, that Alex’s opportunity for silverware and international recognition arose.

Following Small Heath’s relegation, joining Villa, Alex helped Villa to two 2nd place finishes, 5 top 5 finishes and 6 top 10 finishes in his 6 seasons with the Villa.

It was at Villa that Alex realised his potential and won England recognition, being capped on 5 occasions.

The Villa News and Record of 1st September 1906 paid tribute to Alex:

“A good-tempered, honest worker; safe rather than showy. Hard to beat in a tackle, and good at spoiling an opponent’s pass. Alert, keeps his head, and never tires in the hardest matches. His unfailing good humor has made him a general favourite.”

Alex is also noted for exposing an attempt by Manchester City to bribe him to fix a match between the clubs.

Manchester City were so desperate to beat Villa to the league title that Billy Meredith, Manchester City’s outside forward, attempted to induce the Villa captain to throw their game.

The Manchester upstarts had picked the wrong player and wrong club as Alex’s revelation led to Meredith being banned from football for 18 months and his club receiving life bans for 5 directors, 17 players banned from ever playing for the club again and the club being forced to sell its playing staff.

Alex played his last game for Villa aged 36 on 9th November 1907 after which he joined Burnley in December 1907.

Alex had played under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

Alex passed away in Birmingham on 29th March 1938 aged 66.