Norman Proctor

Norman Proctor : West Ham United

Norman Proctor was born in Alnwick, Northumberland, on 11th May 1896. A talented footballer he represented Durham as a schoolboy. After leaving school he played Blyth Spartans before joining Rotherham United in 1922.

Proctor, an inside-forward, played only 22 games for his new club before he was signed by Syd King, the manager of West Ham United, at the end of the 1922-1923 season. The club had just been promoted to the First Division and Proctor joined a squad that included Edward Hufton, Jack Young, Billy Henderson, George Kay, Jack Tresadern, Sid Bishop, George Carter, Billy Brown, Tommy Hodgson, William Thirlaway, Jack Hebden, Dick Richards, Billy Moore, Vic Watson, Billy Williams, Tommy Yews and Jimmy Ruffell.

Proctor made his debut on 22nd September, 1923, against Middlesbrough. After playing three games he was dropped from the first team. He was recalled for the games against Notts County on 8th March, 1924 and scored in the 1-1 draw. However, he only played in three more games for the club that season.

At the end of the 1923-24 season Proctor was sold to Leicester City in the Second Division. After only making five appearances he moved to Tranmere Rovers. During the next two seasons he scored 13 goals in 56 games.

In 1927 he moved to Halifax Town. During his time at the club he scored 3 goals in 128 games.

Norman Proctor died at Winlaton Mill, County Durham, in February, 1947.