Great players: Larry Gage

Laurence Albert Gage was born on September 20, 1922, in Walthamstow, London, England. Larry started his career with Walthamstow Avenue. He spent six years in the Royal Air Force during World War II and was located at Arbroath in Scotland. He completed 285 parachute jumps while in the R.A.F.

The 6’0″ and 170 lbs goalkeeper played in wartime soccer with Leyton Orient and Aberdeen. He spent the period of 1944 to 1946 as a player with Fulham. He was released by Fulham so that he could be signed by Aldershot in July 1946. He played in 39 league games for Aldershot in the 1946-47 season.

Larry came to Canada in 1948 and starred for Ulster United in the Ontario Major Soccer League in the 1948 season. On June 15, 1948, Ulster United played against Liverpool Football Club and Larry was said to be the star of the game. The exhibition game was the big happening of Canadian soccer in the 1948 season. Liverpool won 5-1 in front of 17,000 soccer fans.

In August 1948 Larry signed for Fulham. He made his debut in the league side in May 1949 and played in three league games for the Cottagers in the 1948-49 season.

Larry joined Gillingham in June 1950. He played in 40 of Gillingham’s 46 games in the Third Division South in the 1950-51 season. He spent the next seasons with Bedford Town in the Southern League.

Larry then became a publican in Colchester. He passed away in May 1996 in Norwich, England.

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