Pat Glover

Pat Glover
Personal information
Full name Ernest Matthew Glover
Date of birth (1910-09-09)9 September 1910
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Date of death 9 September 1971(1971-09-09) (aged 61)
Place of death Tamerton Foliot, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1929 Swansea Town 0 (0)
1929–1939 Grimsby Town 227 (180)
1939–1940 Plymouth Argyle 3 (1)
National team
1931–1939 Wales 7 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ernest Matthew "Pat" Glover (9 September 1910 – 9 September 1971) was a Welsh international footballer who played as a centre forward. He played in the Football League for Grimsby Town and Plymouth Argyle, and was capped seven times by the Wales national team.

Life and career

Born in Swansea, Glover began playing football for The Forward Movement, a church group set up to support poor and working-class people.[1][2] He joined Football League club Swansea Town in 1928, but failed to make a league appearance before moving to Grimsby Town the following year.[1] Over the next decade, Glover scored 180 league goals in 227 games for Grimsby,[1] and won seven international caps for Wales, scoring seven goals.[2] He was the leading goalscorer in the Second Division for the 1933–34 season with 42,[3] and also received a Second Division winners medal at the end of the campaign as Grimsby were promoted to the First Division. Glover remains Grimsby's all-time highest scorer.[4]

Glover was transferred to Second Division club Plymouth Argyle in 1939, along with team-mate Cyril Lewis, and made three appearances at the start of the 1939–40 season before it was abandoned due to the Second World War.[2][5] He continued to play for the club in the South West Regional League until January 1940, scoring five goals in six matches, and played for Wales in a wartime international before joining the Police War Reserve.[2][5] Glover became a publican in Tamerton Foliot in 1945,[2][5] and continued to live there until his death on 9 September 1971, which was his 61st birthday.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 101. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Pat Glover". GoS–DB. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  3. Ross, James M. (15 July 2011). "English League Leading Goalscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on June 8, 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  4. "Legends – Ron Rafferty". Grimsby Town F.C. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 Knight, Brian (1989). Plymouth Argyle: A Complete Record 1903–1989. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-907969-40-2.
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