Player #291

Appearances:

157

Starts:

157

Goals:

100

Seasons:

9

Len Capewell
Len Capewell

Source: Football card #1748 Len Capewell issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Len Capewell
Len Capewell

Source: Football card #1748 Len Capewell issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Len Capewell

Position

Forward

From

1921-22

To

1929-30

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Len Capewell

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Seasons

Age*

26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

157
5
17
45
19
38
22
6
5
0

Starts

157
5
17
45
19
38
22
6
5
0

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

100
3
5
26
9
34
16
4
3
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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Leonard King Capewell

Birth Date

Saturday, 8 June 1895

Birth Place

Bordesley Green, Birmingham

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Wellington Town

From

For

£700

On

August 1920

Previous Clubs

Bordesley Green School |
Washwood Heath School |
Saltley Baptists |
Wolseley Athletic Works FC |
Wellington Town |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Walsall

For

Exchange

On

February 1930

Subsequent Clubs

Walsall |
Wellington Town |

Len Capewell
Len Capewell

Source: Football card #1748 Len Capewell issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Len Capewell
Len Capewell

Source: Football card #1748 Len Capewell issued by Godfrey Phillips Ltd under the ‘Pinnace’ photo series, 1922-24.

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Villa Career

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

1922-30 £700, 157 | 100 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

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

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 1 April 1922

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 1 April 1922

Blackburn Rovers (a), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 1 April 1922

Final Appearance

Monday, 1 April 1929

Leicester City (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Monday, 1 April 1929

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

12 November 1978, Aged 83

Len Capewell

Player #291 for Aston Villa, Leonard King Capewell, known as Len Capewell and nicknamed King and Nobby, played as a forward for the club.

Len played for Villa between 1921-22 and 1928-29 making 157 appearances scoring at a rate of well over a goal every other game.

Len was born in Bordesley Green, just 4 miles from Villa Park, on 8 June 1895 and he made his debut appearance for Villa on 1 April 1922 aged 26.

Villa had signed Len from Wellington Town for a fee of £700 in in August 1920 and although it took time for his to make his first team breakthrough he soon became a regular on the team-sheet thereafter.

In 1923-24 Len had a strong season in front of goal with 20 goals in 39 league appearances but it was in 1925-26 that Len had his most remarkable season hitting the net on 32 occasions in just 34 appearances.

Len had begun his football career with Saltley Baptists in 1913 and Wolseley Motors in 1914, and had then served with The Royal Engineers during the First World War.

It was from the war days that Len was playing for Wellington Town from where Villa brought the boy back home.

Like many Villa greats, Len scored on his debut.

That was to be the first of his 100 goals for Villa over the next seven years.

Len was a losing FA Cup Finalist in the 1924 Wembley defeat to Newcastle United.

Len picked up a number of special milestones in his Villa career - not only scoring 34 goals in only 38 games in all competitions in 1925-26, but also hitting 4 against Port Vale in an FA Cup tie in January 1925, and scoring within 20 seconds of the start of the league season when he hit the net in the home with Burnley in 1925-26.

Len eventually scored 5 in that 10-0 thrashing of Burnley.

He also scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield Town in November 1925.

Len’s 100th goal, in keeping with how remarkable his career had been, came in his final Villa game at Leicester City on 1st April 1929 aged 33.

The emergence of Pongo Waring had begun to reduce Len’s first team opportunities and in February 1930 he moved to Walsall - in exchange for Fred Biddlestone - where he played 7 times before the end of that season before retiring from the professional game, and returning to Wellington Town in 1932.

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

Len passed away in Evesham on 12th November 1978 aged 83.