cyril trailor - fact file

1937-1948            forward

Born on 15th May 1919 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

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Cyril Trailer's appearances for Wales Schoolboys in 1932-33 impresed Tottenham, as he scored three times in two games. 

Initially, Cyril joined the Junior team and worked in Hayward's in Enfield, lodging in Ponders End at the time.

Another impressive scoring showing, grabbing two goals in a 7-1 win over South Wales Juniors at the Lane, earned Trailor an amateur contract with the club the very next week.

At the tender age of 16, the centre forward made his reserve team debut and signed as a professional for Tottenham's nursery team Northfleet United and his haul of 46 goals in the 1937-38 season won him a Kent Senior Cup winners medal.

In the October of 1938, Cyril signed as a professional with Tottenham and his first game in the first team came in December 1941, as Spurs faced Aldershot in a war-time match, by which time he had converted to a half back.

During World War II, Trailor served with the Royal Artillery and in 1946, he returned to the club and played for the first team and A team.  In total, Cyril made 11 League matches and one FA Cup match, without a goal and below the first team, he scored 24 goals in 118 games.

In July 1948, Trailor joined Leyton Orient for a fee of 600 and he made 40 first team matches before joining Bedford Town.  Cyril retired from the game when an ankle injury prevented him playing any further, so he returned to his home town and was said to work for the Hoover company there. 

Cyril died on 28th August 1986 in Merthyr Tydfil. 



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Northfleet United - - - - -
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR October 1939 - December 1941 v  Aldershot  12 0
Leyton Orient July 1949 600 - 40 -

- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---



My uncle left Spurs to enlist in the Army - he came from a Army family and felt it was his duty to enlist.

He was an incredibly fit man; a fantastic golfer and cricketer, with football being his real love. He swam and drove which was very unusual for most working class boys pre war in this country.

He became a despatch bike rider and travelled across roads, lanes and fields in the final retreat at Dunkirk, relaying information and details to other army personnel.

He was in the rearguard leaving Dunkirk and was machine gunned in the sea sustaining injuries to his upper legs, but he made it a boat.  He was sent to hospital and treated and sent back into the thick of things a few months later.

Due to his injuries he lost the speed and strength in his legs he once had and eventually left Spurs for Leyton Orient.

He had some smashing stories of when he scored a hat trick in one game and was given some silver plated candlesticks as a bonus.  Some peculiar presents followed Tie Press/Cutlery/Silk Scarves. I wonder what some of the players would say today if they were given these rewards !!

My uncle never lost his love of the game.  He was a gentle, extremely smart man, with a suit and a trilby being the order of the day.

He contracted Parkinsons in the late seventies and was nursed by my wonderful aunty Eileen, his wife, who is now 93 and tells everybody she was one of the original Footballer Wives or WAGS - the Dorchester and the Ritz were home to the boys and their wives and girlfriends after matches, where they mixed with the celebs and ''gangsters'' of the day.

If he'd been born in a different era things would have been different for Uncle Cyril.

Elaine McDonald Stewart (niece)





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