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Albert Arthur Gosnell (10 February 1880 – 6 January 1972) was an England international footballer who played in two FA Cup finals for Newcastle United in the early 20th century and later managed Norwich City.

Bert Gosnell
Personal information
Full name Albert Arthur Gosnell[1]
Date of birth (1880-02-10)10 February 1880[1]
Place of birth Colchester, England[1]
Date of death 6 January 1972(1972-01-06) (aged 91)[1]
Place of death Norwich, England[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Outside left
Youth career
The Albion (Colchester)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Colchester Town
New Brompton
1904–1910 Newcastle United 106 (15)
1910 Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
1910–1912 Darlington
1912–1913 Port Vale 23 (1)
Total 134+ (16+)
National team
1906 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1921–1926 Norwich City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

An outside-left, he began his career with local club Colchester Town, before joining Newcastle United following spells with New Brompton and Chatham. He featured in the 1905 and 1906 FA Cup finals, both of which ended in defeat. During his time at Newcastle, the club won the First Division title three times: 1904–05, 1906–07 and 1908–09. In 1910, he had a brief spell at Tottenham Hotspur, before moving on to Darlington. He ended his career after spending the 1912–13 season with Port Vale. During his time with Newcastle, he won one cap for England in February 1906.

He took his first and only management job at Norwich City in 1921. He took charge for 233 games in five years, maintaining a win record of just over 25%.


Club careerEdit

Gosnell, an outside-left, played for Colchester based non-league teams The Albion and Colchester Town, before joining New Brompton. After playing in the Southern League for New Brompton, he moved on to Kent League outfit Chatham. He joined Newcastle United in 1904, and helped the "Magpies" to win the Football League First Division title in 1904–05. He also played in the 1905 FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace, which ended in a 2–0 defeat to Aston Villa following two goals from Harry Hampton. United finished fourth in the league in 1905–06, and again reached the final of the FA Cup. Gosnell again picked up a runners-up medal, following a 1–0 defeat to Everton after a goal from Alex Young.

Newcastle again won the Football League title in 1906–07, finishing three points ahead of Bristol City. They dropped back to fourth in 1907–08, before finishing as champions again in 1908–09 with a seven-point lead over second-place Everton. Once more they could only manage a fourth-place finish in defence of their title, in the 1909–10 campaign, Gosnell's last at the club. They did though win the FA Cup for the first time in 1910 after beating Barnsley in a replay at Goodison Park; Gosnell did not feature though in either the original tie or the replay. In total, he made 106 appearances and scored 15 goals in six years at St James' Park.

Gosnell then signed for Tottenham Hotspur, where he featured in seven matches in all competitions.[3] He only had a brief spell at White Hart Lane, before he went on to play at Northern League club Darlington.[4] In the summer of 1912 he signed with Port Vale, who at the time were plying their trade in the Central League.[1] He appeared fairly regularly over the course of the 1912–13 season, though on 9 November, in a match at Liverpool Reserves, he was mistakenly sent off for kicking an opponent during a 1–0 defeat.[1] He was a member of the side that took home the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1913, but left the club in the summer of that year.[1]

International careerEdit

Gosnell earned an England cap on 17 February 1906, in a 5–0 win over Ireland.[5]

Management careerEdit

Gosnell was Norwich City's seventh manager, replacing Charles O'Hagan in charge at The Nest in January 1921. The "Canaries" finished 15th in the Third Division South in 1921–22. They went on to finish 18th in 1922–23, 11th in 1923–24, 12th in 1924–25, and 16th in 1925–26. They regular reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, though exited at the First Round stage in his last season in charge. He was replaced as manager by former boss Bert Stansfield in early 1926.

Personal lifeEdit

He was the youngest of nine children; his father was a harness maker and saddler.[2] Outside of football he worked as an engine fitter, and was married to Margaret Helen Brownlow in Newcastle upon Tyne in December 1909.[2] He had two sons, Albert and John Gosnell and one stepson, George Watson Brownlow.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Playing statisticsEdit


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 1904–05 First Division 25 4 8 2 0 0 33 6
1905–06 First Division 35 8 8 1 0 0 43 9
1906–07 First Division 26 3 1 0 1 0 28 3
1907–08 First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1908–09 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1909–10 First Division 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 106 15 18 3 1 0 125 18
Tottenham Hotspur 1910–11 First Division 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Port Vale 1912–13 Central League 23 1 4 4 0 0 27 5

Managerial statisticsEdit

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Norwich City 1921 1926 233 59 79 95 025.3
Total[7] 233 59 79 95 025.3



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 114. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
  2. ^ a b c d "profile". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  3. ^ A-Z of Tottenham Hotspur players Retrieved 1 October 2012
  4. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records. soccerdata. p. 103. ISBN 1-899468-63-3.
  5. ^ "England Player Profile". Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  6. ^ Bert Gosnell at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  7. ^ "So just who was City's top boss?". Eastern Daily Press. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010.

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