arthur bridgett

Player of the Day: Arthur Bridgett

by Kate Smith

Wing wizard takes spotlight.

Signed from Stoke in January 1903, Arthur Bridgett weighed in to deadly effect from the wing to score more than a century of goals for Sunderland.

Stoke built a new wooden stand with the fee received for Bridgett, who scored in nine successive games for Sunderland spanning the end of the 1906-07 season and the start of the following campaign.

He scored 116 goals in 348 appearances for the club.

A lay preacher who refused to play on any religious day, Bridgett joined South Shields in May 1912, managing them before the First World War and, afterwards, managing North Shields.

He returned to the professional game after an absence of 11 years with Port Vale in 1982 before completing his career with Sandbach Ramblers.

Bridgett won 11 caps for England while with Sunderland, finishing on the winning side on 10 occasions.