Archie Dyke

Archibald Samuel Dyke (1886-1955) was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme during September 1886 and died in Audley, Staffordshire in 1955. A diminutive and pacy winger, Dyke played for a number of clubs either side of the First World War, during which he would put his career on hold and enlist in the British Army.

Football Career

Dyke’s career began with spells at amateur sides Chesterton, Newcastle Congregational and Newcastle PSA. In 1909, he joined Southern League outfit Stoke where he would play 40 games and score three goals. In 1913, Dyke signed for local rivals Burslem Port Vale where he would make 14 appearances before leaving in January 1913 to join Aston Villa.

Handed his Villa debut in a 3-2 win at The Wednesday on 14 February 1914, Dyke went on to play five further games during the 1913/14 campaign and  made another three appearances in 1914/15. He then played as a wartime guest for Bellis, Morecambe and Port Vale before joining Stafford Rangers in 1919. Brief spells at Coventry City and Blackpool followed before Dyke finally finished his career at Congleton Town in 1922.

First World War Service

Private 226 Dyke originally enlisted in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) on 6 September 1915 before later transferring to the Royal Horse Artillery (RHA). Gunner 206398 Dyke was then posted to Ireland before serving in Palestine with XIX Brigade RHA (TF). He would later contract dysentery and spend time in a military hospital in Cairo before returning to Britain where he was discharged from the British Army on medical grounds (King’s Regulations 392 (xvia) Sick) on 21 August 1919. 





Season Club League Pos FA Cup   League Games League Goals FA Cup Games FA Cup Goals
1906/07 Chesterton              
1907/08 Newcastle Congregational              
1908/09 Newcastle PSA              
1909/10 Stoke 1st (S.League Two) R1          
1910/11 Stoke 2nd (S.League Two) R1          
1911/12 Stoke 10th (S.League One) R1   24 2    
1913/14 Port Vale       19 1    
1913/14 Aston Villa 2nd (First Division) SF   6      
1914/15 Aston Villa 14th (First Division) R2   3      
1919/20 Stafford Rangers              
1920/21 Coventry City 21st (Second Division) Q6   3      
1921/22 Blackpool 19th (Second Division) R1   1      
1922/23 Congleton Town              
  Aston Villa       9      
  Blackpool       1      
  Coventry City       3      
  Port Vale       19 1    
  Stoke       40 3    
  Totals       72 4    



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