290 Gordon Dreyer

Biography

Half back Gordon Dreyer joined the Tigers in the 1935 close season after having impressed at Hartlepools United the previous season. He began the season in the centre of Jack Hill’s defence but the fifth game of the season, a 2-4 defeat at home to Charlton, was Dreyer’s last and he saw out the rest of the season out in City’s reserves.

Dreyer was born in Sunderland and was a contemporary of Raich Carter at schoolboy level. While Carter was breaking into the Sunderland first team in the early 1930s, Dreyer was making his way with Washington Colliery in the North Eastern League. He had two trials for Bolton Wanderers in 1932, but it wasn’t until 1934 that Gordon broke into the professional game with Hartlepools United. He made 17 starts for Pools in all competitions during 1934/35 and impressed sufficiently to attract interest from City.

Dreyer returned to Hartlepools in the 1936 close season and resumed his first team place in the Pools defence. Another fine season at Victoria Park saw Dreyer make 31 starts and attract a move to Second Division Luton Town. Signing for the Hatters in May 1937, Dreyer played two seasons prior to the outbreak of World War Two. When the hostilities began and league football was halted, Dreyer worked in in a Luton chemicals factory and played 50 wartime matches for Luton Town plus three starts for Watford in 1942/43 and six starts for Orient in 1943/44. With the war over in 1946, Dreyer resumed his football in the non-league scene, having a trial at Cheltenham Town then signing for Bedford Town in September 1946. He later turned out for Gravesend & Northfleet and Rushden Town. He remained in Luton after his playing days, dying in February 2003.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 1 June 1914, Sunderland
Hull City First Game: 31 August 1935, Fulham H (Division Two), 21 years, 91 days old
Hull City Final Game: 14 September 1935, Charlton Athletic H (Division Two), 21 years, 105 days old

Clubs

Washington Colliery (1931-1934), Hartlepools United (1934-1935), Hull City (1935-1936), Hartlepools United (1936-1937), Luton Town (1937-1939), Bedford Town (1946-1947), Gravesend & Northfleet (1947-1949), Rushden Town (1949-1950)

Hull City Record

Career: 5 apps, 0 goals

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