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Peter Kyle

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Full namePeter Kyle
Date of birthSeptember 1880
Place of birthRutherglen, Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death1961
Playing positionCentre forward

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Peter Kyle (September 1880 1961) was a Scottish footballer.

Born in Rutherglen, Glasgow, Kyle played at centre-forward, first for junior clubs Larkhill and Royal Albert before joining Clyde. Reportedly rejected by Clyde due to his fierce temper, he moved south of the border to join Liverpool in 1899, and figured for Liverpool in their first four games of the 1899-00 season, but lost his place to John Walker and only played one more match that season. Unhappy with reserve-team football, he left in summer 1900 and went on to play for a range of Southern League clubs, including Leicester City (1900 01), West Ham United (1901 02), Kettering Town (1902 05) and Tottenham Hotspur (1905 06). At Tottenham, he was reportedly involved in a fracas with team-mate Chris Carrick and suspended by the club.

In April 1906 he joined Woolwich Arsenal and made his debut on the first day of the 1906-07, in Arsenal's First Division win over Manchester City on September 1, 1906. That season, he was prolific in front of goal, scoring thirteen goals in 29 league appearances (although Charlie Satterthwaite was Arsenal's top scorer that season) as Arsenal finished seventh. The following season, Kyle was the Reds' top scorer with nine goals (eight in the league and one in the FA Cup), although Arsenal's form was much poorer and they only finished 14th.

With the club strapped for cash, Kyle was sold to keep the club's finances viable, to Aston Villa in March 1908. In all he scored 23 goals in 60 appearances for Woolwich Arsenal. Kyle was not as big a success at Villa as he had been with Arsenal, and after less than a year he had moved on to Sheffield United, (with Robert Evans for a combined fee of £1100). He finished his career back in the Southern League with Watford.




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