Player #281

Appearances:

112

Starts:

112

Goals:

0

Seasons:

7

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Cyril Spiers

Position

Goalkeeper

From

1920-21

To

1926-27

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Cyril Spiers

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Seasons

1920-21
1921-22
1922-23
1923-24
1924-25
1925-26
1926-27

Age*

18
19
20
21
22
23
24

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

112
2
3
35
5
38
27
2

Starts

112
2
3
35
5
38
27
2

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

0
0
0
0
0
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

Cyril Henry Spiers

Birth Date

Friday, 4 April 1902

Birth Place

Witton, Birmingham

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Halesowen Town

For

Free

On

December 1920

Previous Clubs

Deykin Avenue School |
Aston Boys |
Midland Boys |
Witton Star |
Birchfield Boys’ Brigade |
The Swifts |
Brookvale United |
Soho Rovers |
Handsworth Central |
Halesowen Town |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Tottenham Hotspur

For

Free

On

August 1927

Subsequent Clubs

1927-33 Tottenham Hotspur |
Wolverhampton Wanderers |

Villa Career

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

1920-27 Aston Villa, Free, 112 | 0 |

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Billy Smith led Management Committee |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 25 December 1920

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 25 December 1920

Manchester United (h), Division One

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Monday, 30 August 1926

Liverpool (h), Division One

Final Squad Appearance

Monday, 30 August 1926

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

21 May 1967, Aged 65

Cyril Spiers

Player #281 for Aston Villa, Cyril Henry Spiers, played as a goalkeeper for the club.

Cyril played for Villa between 1920-21 and 1926-27 making 112 appearances.

Cyril was born practically on the steps of Villa Park in Witton on 4 April 1902 and he made his debut appearance for Villa on 25 December 1920 aged 18.

Villa had signed Cyril from Halesowen Town AFC just a few days earlier in December 1920.

Cyril was the 32nd custodian of the Villa goal in League and Cup football and made 2 appearances in his debut season of 1920-21.

However with Villa’s long term number one Sam Hardy’s career winding down opportunity arose.

From 1922-23 Cyril was vying with Tommy Jackson for the next 4 seasons to be Villa's number one and although appearances in 1923-24 proved sporadic he accumulated 112 appearances over his 7 seasons with Villa, conceding 167 at a ratio of 1.49 whilst keeping 28 clean sheets before injury put paid to his ambitions of a longer stay.

Cyril was forced to retire due to the seriousness of his injury as, believing that he would never play again, Villa released him.

Cyril however underwent experimental surgery that meant he was able to subsequently resurrect his career with Tottenham Hotspur.

Cyril had played his last game for Villa on 30 August 1926 aged just 24.

Cyril played under both the George Ramsay and Billy Smith led Management Committees.

Cyril passed away on 21st May 1967 aged 65