Len Dunderdale

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Len Dunderdale

Appearances: 7 Goals: 5

Date / Year of birth: 6th February 1915

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 1948/49

Season of last appearance: 1948/49

Also played for: Goole Town, Sheffield Wednesday (0), Walsall (32,19), Watford (81,38), Leeds United (3,0), Lincoln City (0), Mansfield Town (0), Grimsby Town (0) and Sittingbourne

6' 1" tall centre-forward born in Willingham-by-Stow near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire who was known for his hard shots.

Len started his career with Goole in 1933 before joining Sheffield Wednesday in March 1934 but he couldn't break into the Owls' first team and in March 1936 he moved on to Walsall.

Len went on to score 19 goals in 32 first team games for Walsall and also once scored seven goals whilst playing for their reserves.

In May 1938 he was transferred to Watford for their then club record fee of £1,000 and Len scored at a rate of better than a goal every other game whilst with the Hornets which led to Leeds signing him for a fee of £3,750 in March 1939. Len made three first team appearances without scoring for Leeds before World War II led to all football being suspended. He then made guest appearances for Lincoln, Mansfield and Grimsby during the conflict before playing four times for Leeds in the Football League Northern Section (Second Championship) during the 1944/45 season. Len scored twice - both goals coming in a 5-0 win at York in January 1945.

In April 1946 he rejoined Watford in a £1,000 deal and during 1946/47 and 1947/48 he took his career goal tally for the Hornets to 38 in 81 first team appearances.

Len joined Margate in August 1948, initially on a month's trial from Watford, and scored twice on his debut - a 6-1 Kent League win over Snowdown at Hartsdown on 25.8.48. One of his goals was a penalty and the other a 20 yard effort. He went on to make a total of seven appearances during the early weeks of the 1948/49 season and scored five goals before having to leave the club in October 1948. Len had to go as Watford asked for a £100 transfer fee plus 50% of any future transfer fee if he joined a Football League club and Margate couldn't afford it.

However he returned to Kent early in 1949 and joined Margate's Kent League rivals Sittingbourne, scoring a hat-trick in one of his first matches for them.

After retiring at the end of the 1948/49 season Len had three separate spells as coach of Berkhamsted Town, the last of them starting in June 1960, and also coached a local Hertfordshire club called Sun Sports. In addition he was leader of Berkhamsted YMCA.

Len also did some scouting for Watford before retiring to live in Sturton-by-Stow, Lincolnshire. He died in Saxilby, Lincolnshire on 11.1.89 aged 73.

His full name was William Leonard Dunderdale.











1948/49 (MFC)