General Clyde Honeysett
Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Westhanger, Kent, England


From Wikipedia:

Clyde H. Purnell was the son of John Purnell and Emily Purnell (née Blandford Benham). Clyde was an avid sportsman, being involved in cycling, cricket, tobogganing, and billiards. In 1895, he became the captain of the Olympic Sporting Club at the age of 18. From 1897 to 1902 he was on the winning team in the Lawn Tennis Shield competition. In 1905 he picked up the runners-up medal at Shepherd’s Bush in the Football Association Amateur Cup, but two years later he got gold with Clapton Football Club, scoring once in the final in a 6–0 win over Eston United.

International football career

Purnell played six matches and netted eight goals for the England amateur team in 1907 and 1908. He was a member of the English amateur team that represented Great Britain at the 1908 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal in the football tournament. He scored four goals in the first-round match, a 12-1 drubbing of Sweden, which still is Sweden’s highest defeat in its history.

He also appeared in the final against Denmark, helping his side with a 2-0 win. Purnell scored a further two goals for the amateur side in an unofficial match against Ireland on 7 December 1907 to help his side with a 6-1 win, thus bringing his goal tally to 10 goals.

Clyde Purnell was later a commercial traveller. He collapsed and died at Folkestone racecourse in August 1934, leaving a widow (née Beatrice Maud Rogers) and a son, Harold Clyde Purnell.


Archive statistics 1907 - 1911

Tournaments Düsseldorf International - 1911 Championships of Bonn - 1911 Southampton - 1909 Baden-Baden - 1907

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