Arsenal sign, lose, sign and lose goalkeeper Bateup.

Mr E Bateup (16 May 1881 – 29 April 1939)

Why the formality with the name?  Because there is disagreement as to his name, as with almost everything else about this player’s life.

The first name was either Edward (Arsenal, the Football Facts) or Edwin (, wikipedia), and he was also known as Teddy.  The dates of birth vary too – has those dates above, Arsenal the Football Facts has him born in 1886. has him playing for Croydon Glenrose, and the Dragoon Guards, while the book goes for Faversham as the opening club.   But all sources seem to agree that he joined  Woolwich Arsenal at this point.

Then it was off to New Brompton (the club that became Gillingham) followed by Woolwich Arsenal again (although misses out on this move) before a final trip to Port Vale where he stayed as the first choice keeper until (according to Wikipedia) until September 1916, followed by a couple of years in the reserves and then retirement in 1918.

Now this last bit looks a bit odd too, because the leagues all came to a halt in   1915 (the 1914/15 season was played despite the outbreak of war, but the leagues then all stopped), so having details of him being first choice and then reserve choice during the rest of the war years needs some explanation.  Football was played at this time, but it was minor stuff.

The other point to note, before we return to matters Arsenal, is that Port Vale were in severe financial problems after 1907 and the club left the football league, not returning to the league until October 1919, when they took over Leeds City’s fixtures.  So Bateup may well have played at Port Vale as an amateur – indeed given what is said below about the end of his career at Arsenal, this is very likely.

Unfortunately the playing record of E Bateup doesn’t help us much either.  Here is the list of seasons when he was with Woolwich Arsenal and the number of league games played

  • 1905/6 (1) – Bateup was third choice keeper after Ashcroft and McDonald
  • 1906/7 (3) – he had clearly moved up to second choice playing when Ashcroft was injured
  • 1907/8 (2) – as with the previous year – he got games when Ashcroft was out.  McDonald got no games.
  • 1908/9 (0).  McDonald was now number one keeper and present at every match, so we can’t really draw any conclusions.
  • 1909/10 (0).  McDonald did get injured this season and Fisher played in goal.  This could be the New Brompton year for Bateup.
  • 1910/11 (28).  Bateup’s year, and he was ever present until 11 March at which point Burdett took over.  Bateup did appear once more, on 25 March for the 3-0 win over Bristol City, but that was it.

So it looks like an injury, with an attempt to come back for one game, but the injury recurred, so he left, took a while to recover, and then played for Port Vale outside the Football League, probably as an amateur.

It’s hardly a definitive statement, but it is the best that can be done.  The following season Burdett held on to his position as number 1 in the side.

Woolwich Arsenal – the index

Untold Arsenal – the Gunners today

The book of Arsenal in 1910

6 Replies to “Arsenal sign, lose, sign and lose goalkeeper Bateup.”

  1. Tony

    Take a look at his wikipedia page. It looks like the Port Vale statistican has got hold of his birth certificate.

    1909/10 he didn’t play an reserve games
    1910/11 it looks like he got dropped after the 0-3 defeat at Oldham as he played in the reserves on 11 March and stayed there apart from the game you mentioned.

  2. One more thing. The 1911 census (filled in by himself) shows his name as Edwin Bateup and his age as 29.

  3. Here’s another twist Tony… (sorry its a month late)

    I’ve got the book “Who’s Who of Arsenal” by Tony Matthews (a West Brom-fan I think) who covers every Arsenal player since 1886, well, except Graham Barrett and probably some others aswell.

    Anyway, according to Matthews: Edwin “Ted” BATCUP (*and even some references books list him as BATECUP) was a former Guardsman, 6ft 3in tall and made 34 league and 2 cup appearences for Arsenal.

    Born: Hooley near Croydon, summer 1886.

    Clubs: Croydon Glenrose, 7th Dragoon Guards, Faversham (Kent), ARSENAL (amateur, April 1905; professional May 1905), New Brompton (July 1908), ARSENAL (July 1910), Burslem Port Vale (April 1911, retired May 1918)

    But I have no idea where Matthews get his info from (well, I don’t really care either). And the book countains at least 5236754412 factual errors as I myself have learned. And how Matthews is trying to “guessing” nicknames of every single player makes me laugh! There’s some good info though, but you’ll have to be “critical” when you read it.

    PS. I have read EVERY post of yours and I’m a big fan. I hate the way football fans and football in general are going these days. People seem too care more about the next POTENTIAL signing than 100 years of history.

  4. Tony Matthews got most of his information from Fred Ollier’s Complete Record or the Arsenal Who’s Who from 1995. Matthews’ book is one of the worst reference books I’ve ever seen. As Daniel says, the number of mistakes is incredible.

    I’ve never seen Edwin Bateup’s name recorded as Batcup or Batecup. I’ve never seen him referred to as Ted either.

    When it comes to historical information, Fred Ollier is the man (your’s truly is close behind him). Fred is now the club’s official statistician.

  5. My dad mr Peter bateup was related to Edwin bateup and that’s why he has always supported arsenal

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