David Parsons

David Parsons played for Redcar, Lincoln and Hartlepools

Known as Mickey to his friends, Parsons had a successful amateur career before appearing in the Football League. Beginning his career in 1911 with Eston United, he won the Northern League in his debut season. He also featured in Eston’s narrow loss to league compatriots Stockton in the FA Amateur Cup final at Ayresome Park.

Midway through the following season he signed for Redcar’s new Northern League side. A handful of goals and assisting in some rare wins saw Parsons become an integral part of the side. Some of his best footballing years were taken away from him, though, when the outbreak of war put football on ice for the next four years, although he did represent South Bank in a truncated 1914/15 season.

Parsons returned to Redcar in when league affairs resumed in 1919. He helped the team finish 10th place, their best finish. He then appeared for Eston, finally making his Football League debut in 1920 when he signed amateur forms with Lincoln City. It took just days for him to get off the mark, scoring within three minutes in a game against Grimsby in front of 10,000 fans. He moved to Hartlepools the following season, stepping up from the reserve side in 1921 to play centre forward.

David Parsons played in Redcar's 1919/20 season
Parsons, bottom row, third from left, in Redcar’s 1919/20 squad

He returned to the Northern League shortly afterwards. In 1921 he was given the honour of playing in the prestigious North vs South match, which was used to select England Amateur internationals. He also represented Yorkshire Amateurs in a game against the famous Corinthians at Leeds the same year. He played against Corinthians again, this time in 1924, representing the Northern League.

See also

Redcar AFC