Versatile Scotsman Davy Gordon was the lynchpin of the Hull City squad from its inception as a football league side in 1905 through to the beginnings of the First World War in 1914. Although presented primarily a a half back, Gordon was capable of playing further forward, as evidenced by the 11 goals he scored in City’s inaugural season. Gordon was practically an ever-present for two and a half seasons, missing only single and very occasional matches. He spent the early part of 1908 out of the team after injury in an FA Cup tie at Woolwich Arsenal, but returned in September 1908 and missed only two games all season. By now he was deployed exclusively as half back, showing his strength in the tackle as well as his ability to commence attacks. For three more seasons he was a near-constant presence as City flirted with the prospect of promotion to the First Division, falling narrowly short in agonising fashion in 1910. 1913/14, Gordon’s final season at Anlaby Road, saw him playing a support role as the rigours of eight seasons in the first team caught up with him. He left the Tigers in June 1914 as a stalwart of the first era of Hull City AFC, perhaps the most important player of that time in terms of sheer longevity and loyalty, at least.
Born in Leith, the waterfront area of Edinburgh, Gordon joined Leith Athletic in 1902 while also working as a french polisher. When he left the Tigers in June 1914 Gordon returned to Leith Athletic as player/manager, moving on to Hibernian in 1916 in a playing role. He had three seasons as a player for the Hibees, reprising his reputation as dependable first team regular. In 1919 a flu pandemic claimed the life of Hibernian boss Dan McMichael and Gordon was elevated to the manager’s hotseat. In two seasons his side won 32 of the 100 games he managed and Gordon resigned in April 1921. He returned to playing with short spells at Kilmarnock, St Bernard’s and Leith Athletic once again, before he was appointed manager of Hartlepools United in 1922. After two years on the North East coast of England, Gordon headed back north of the border and managed Edinburgh based side St Bernard’s until 1928. Gordon died in Leith on 25 August 1963
Date/Place of Birth: 29 December 1882, Leith
Hull City First Game: 2 September 1905, Barnsley H (Division Two), 22 years, 247 days old
Hull City Final Game: 13 April 1914, Bury H (Division Two), 31 years, 105 days old
Leith Athletic (1902-1905), Hull City (1905-1914), Leith Athletic (1914-1916), Hibernian (1916-1919), Kilmarnock (1921), St Bernard’s (1921), Leith Athletic (1921)
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Career: 295 apps, 17 goalsDavy Gordon