Remembering Sidney Sugden

Sidney Herbert Sugden was born in Battersea on 30th October1880.

He started his career with Ilford before moving on to West Ham United in 1902 and then a year later Sidney joined Nottingham Forest.

QPR signed him in 1905 and he made his Southern League debut later that year on 2nd September against New Brompton. Rangers won the match 4-0 and Sidney scored a hat-trick!

Sidney went on to score a total of 21 goals in his 69 appearances before moving on to Brentford in 1908. He later played for Southend United, where he was to end his playing career in 1910.

Someone described him as a: “wonderfully dashing player with a splendid turn of speed and a deadly shot. However, he is not a good team man!”

He took a job in a London office and during WW1 he was stationed in Warwick. Sidney was mentioned in dispatches for rescuing a soldier from a canal, close to where he had been playing a round of golf!

Sidney sadly passed away aged 50, on 17th December 1930.

Steve Russell