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Wilf Copping

Leeds United AFC, Arsenal FC

20 appearances, 0 goals

P 20 W 14 D 1 L 5 F 61: A 23
73% successful

1933-39

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1800

Profile

Full name Wilfred Copping
Born 17 August 1907 in Middlecliffe, Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Hemsworth, September 1907].

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, the three year-old Wilfred is the fourth of five children, all sons (another three siblings had died), to William and Elizabeth, living at 26 Middlecliffe Cottages in Little Houghton, Barnsley. His father is a labourer at the colliery.

Married to Iva J. Pilmer [registered in Leeds South, September 1933].
Died June 1980 in Southend-on-Sea, aged 82 years nk days [registered in Chelmsford, Essex, June 1980].
Height/Weight 5' 7", 10st. 13lbs [1936].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career with Dearne Valley Old Boys FC, and also played in his local side, Middlecliffe Rovers FC, from where Leeds United AFC signed him in as an amateur in March 1929, turning professional in 1930. After 162 league appearances, Arsenal FC paid a £6000 transfer fee for Copping in June 1934 and made another 166 league appearances. He returned to Leeds United AFC on 3 March 1939 and managed to fit in another twelve league appearances before war broke out. He retired from playing during the war, but not before he guested for Hartlepools United FC and Doncaster Rovers FC.
Club honours Football League Champions 1934-35, 1937-38; FA Cup winners 1935-36;
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions Member of '100 League Legends';

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of six who became 582nd players (584) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 186, 13 May 1933, Italy 1 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista, Parioli, Roma, aged 25 years 269 days.
Last match No. 226, 24 May 1939, Romania 0 England 2, an end-of-season tour match at Stadionul Agenţia Naţională de Educaţie Fizică, Bucureşti, aged 31 years 280 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1938-39;
Team honours British Championships winners 1937-38, shared 1938-39;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Originally a miner, before he earned his profession as a footballer. After he was demobilised, Copping coached Royal Beerschot AC, Belgium, until he was appointed trainer at Southend United FC on 27 July 1946. Became a trainer at Bristol City FC in July 1954 and then trained the Coventry City FC players in November 1956 until May 1959. He retired to Southend-on-Sea. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.74.

 

Wilf Copping - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
25 20 8 1800 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Wilf Copping - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 7 0 2 23 12 +11 1 2 2.556 1.333 77.8 +5
Away 11 7 1 3 38 11 +27 0 6 3.455 1.00 68.2 +4
All 20 14 1 5 61 23 +38 1 8 3.05 1.15 72.5 +9

 

Wilf Copping - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 8 5 0 3 18 10 +8 1 2 2.25 1.25 62.5 +2
Friendly 12 9 1 2 43 13 +30 0 6 3.583 1.083 79.2 +7
All 20 14 1 5 61 23 +38 1 8 3.05 1.15 72.5 +9

 

Wilf Copping - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1933-34 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 0 2 2.333 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1934-35 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1937-38 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 1 0 2.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1938-39 1 0 0 1 2 4 -2 0 0 2.00 4.00 0.00 -1
BC All 8 5 0 3 18 10 +8 1 2 2.25 1.25 62.5 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 8 5 0 3 18 10 +8 1 2 2.25 1.25 62.5 +2
All 8 5 0 3 18 10 +8 1 2 2.25 1.25 62.5 +2

 

Wilf Copping - Match History
 Club: Leeds United A.F.C. - 6 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 20 full capsx

Age 25
1 186 13 May 1933 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio NPNF, Roma tour AD Start lh
2 187 20 May 1933 - Switzerland 0 England 4, Sportplatz Neufeld, Bern AW Start lh
Age 26
3 188 14 October 1933 - Ireland 0 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start lh
4 189 15 November 1933 - England 1 Wales 2, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne HL Start lh
5 190 6 December 1933 - England 4 France 1, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start lh
6 191 14 April 1934 - England 3 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start lh
- 192 10 May 1934 - Hungary 2 England 1, Stadion Üllõi út, Budapest tour AL withdrawn injured
- 193 16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, Stadión Letná, Praha AL
 Club: Arsenal F.C. - 13 full caps  
Age 27
7 195 14 November 1934 - England 3 Italy 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start lh
8 196 6 February 1935 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start lh
Age 28
9 203 6 May 1936 - Austria 2 England 1, Praterstadion, Wien tour AL Start lh
10 204 9 May 1936 - Belgium 3 England 2, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles AL Start lh
Age 29
11 209 14 May 1937 - Norway 0 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo tour AW Start 6
12 210 17 May 1937 - Sweden 0 England 4, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna AW Start 6
13 211 20 May 1937 - Finland 0 England 8, Töölön pallokenttä, Helsinki AW Start 6
14 212 23 October 1937 - Ireland 1 England 5, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 6
15 213 17 November 1937 - England 2 Wales 1, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough HW Start 6
16 214 1 December 1937 - England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 6
17 215 9 April 1938 - England 0 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start lh
Age 30
18 219 22 October 1938 - Wales 4 England 2, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL Start 6
19 220 26 October 1938 - England 3 Rest of Europe 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 6
 Club: Leeds United A.F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 31
- 223 15 April 1939 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW reserve
- 224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Civico San Siro, Milano tour AD reserve
- 225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL
20 226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW Start 6

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