Francis Cuggy

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Francis Cuggy
Personal information
Date of birth (1889-06-16)16 June 1889
Place of birth Walker, Northumberland, England
Date of death 27 March 1965(1965-03-27) (aged 75)
Place of death Walker, Northumberland, England
Playing position Right half
Youth career
Willington Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1909–1921 Sunderland 166 (4)
1921–1923 Wallsend
National team
1913–1914 England 2 (0)
Teams managed
1921–1923 Wallsend
1923–1926 Celta Vigo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Francis Cuggy (16 June 1889 – 27 March 1965) was an English footballer who played at right half. He won the Football League championship with Sunderland in 1912–13 and made two appearances for England.



Cuggy was born in Walker, Northumberland and played youth football with Willington Athletic, where he was spotted by scouts from Sunderland. He joined the Roker Park club in March 1909 making his debut in a 3–2 defeat at Aston Villa on 12 February 1913. Sunderland narrowly missed out on the Double, losing the FA Cup final 1–0 to Aston Villa, who themselves were runners-up in the League.

Both his appearances for England came against Ireland. The first was on 15 February 1913 at Windsor Park, Belfast and Cuggie was teamed up with his Sunderland colleagues Charlie Buchan and Jackie Mordue. Although Buchan scored early in the game, England went down 2–1.[1] The second international appearance was also against Ireland a year later on 14 February 1914, when he was joined by his Sunderland colleague Henry Martin who was making his solitary England appearance. The match was played at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough and England were defeated 3–0.[2] This was the first time that England had been beaten by Ireland on home soil.[3] Thus Cuggy's England career ended with two defeats from two appearances.

The outbreak of the First World War then interrupted his football career. After the war he returned to the side for the 1919–20 season, but he left the club in May 1921 to become player-manager of Wallsend. In his twelve years at Roker Park, he made a total of 190 appearances in all competitions, with four goals.

Later career

He spent two years with Wallsend before, in November 1923, he accepted a five-year contract to coach Celta Vigo.

When his involvement in football came to an end he worked in the shipyards on Wearside.[4]

In 2002, the shirt that he wore in the 1913 FA Cup Final was auctioned at Christie's in London. The shirt sold for £5,875, far exceeding the estimate of £1,000–1,500.[5]



Celta Vigo

  • Galician Championship: 1923


  1. ^ Ireland 2 - England 1, 15 February 1913 (Match summary)
  2. ^ England 0 - Ireland 3, 14 February 1914 (Match summary)
  3. ^ Today's England squad go fourth into history
  4. ^ Graham Betts (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 81. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.
  5. ^ Auction details

External links

  • Francis Cuggy at
  • England profile
  • Full details of Sunderland career
  • Profile on Sunderland AFC website
  • Sunderland profile
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