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Len Oliver

Fulham FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 1
100% successful

1929-31

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Leonard Frederick Oliver
Born 1 August 1905 in 47 Everington Street, Fulham, London [registered in Fulham, September 1905].

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, Leonard is the youngest of two children to Frederick and Mary Ann (née Smith). It his his mother's second marriage, as they have an older step-sister living with them at 47 Everington Street in Hammersmith. His father is a greengrocer.
According to the London Electoral Registers, the Oliver's were still living at 47 Everington Street until 1933, after which Len married, he and Florence lived at 55 Harbord Street, Hammersmith for 1934, the next year, they were at 63 St. Paul's Close in Richmond until 1936, by 1938, they were living at 37 Munster Street, Hammersmith until at least 1939. 
According to Passenger Lists, Leonard Oliver was one of eighteen footballers on an FA Tour, courtesy of Canadian Pacific Railway Company, had left the port of Liverpool on 11 May 1931, bound for Montreal, Canada, on the Duchess of Richmond. They returned from Quebec, arriving at Southampton on 23 July 1931, on board the Empress of Britain. He was living at 47 Everington Street.
His father died on 31 January, and still living at 47 Everington Street 1945.

Cannot be found on the 1939 register.
Married to Florence McKeown [registered in Fulham, September 1933].
Died 3 August 1967 in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, aged 62 years 2 days [registered in Hitchin, September 1967]. Oliver lived in Letchworth since returning from the war.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 2lbs [1925].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Represented Fulham Schools, including Fairbairn House FC, an East End Settlement club, before playing junior football with Alma Athletic FC in 1920. Played for Tufnell Park FC, in the Isthmian League, in early 1924 and also signed amateur forms with Fulham FC, undergoing a trial with them for the remainder of the season, turned professional in June 1924. He remained with the Craven Cottage club, becoming club captain. On 14 February 1935, when Frank Osborne took over the reigns while the manager, Jimmy Hogan, was poorly and convalescing, Len Oliver was appointed as Osborne's assistant, mainly in charge of scouting. The appointment lasted a month. Oliver returned to the side, making his final appearance, a charity match, in September 1936. Oliver had made 405 league appearances and scored three goals during his Fulham career.
Club honours Football League Division Three (South) winners 1931-32;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played cricket for Hellingly Mental Hospital CC in 1929, as a bowler. He also featured for Wimbeldon FC CC in 1936.

Source

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

England Career

Player number 544th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
Only match No. 166, 11 May 1929, Belgium 1 England 5, an end-of-season tour match at Parc Duden Stadion, Forest, Bruxelles, aged 23 years 283 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours FA Tour of Canada 1931;
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Before taking up football full-time, Oliver has employed as a clerk in a West End store. Appointed as a coach to the Cliftonville FC players in on 25 July 1938, until the war. After serving as an Army Physical Training Instructor throughout the war, Oliver held a similar capacity with Arlesey Town FC in Hertfordshire. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.187.

 

Len Oliver - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
4 1 0 90 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.

 

Len Oliver - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Len Oliver - Match History
 

 Club: Fulham F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x


Age 23
165 9 May 1929 - France 1 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AW reserve
1 166 11 May 1929 - Belgium 1 England 5, Parc Duden Stadion, Bruxelles AW Start rh
167 15 May 1929 - Spain 4 England 3, Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid AL reserve

Age 25
175 28 March 1931 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD reserve

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