Les Talbot

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Les Talbot
DWS-GVAV 2-0 trainer Leslie Talbot (kop) DWS, Bestanddeelnr 921-7602.jpg
Personal information
Full name Frank Leslie Talbot
Date of birth (1910-08-03)3 August 1910
Place of birth Hednesford, England
Date of death 5 December 1983(1983-12-05) (aged 73)
Place of death Alkmaar, Netherlands
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1930 Hednesford Town ? (?)
1930–1936 Blackburn Rovers 90 (20)
1936–1939 Cardiff City 94 (21)
1939–1947 Walsall 18 (4)
Teams managed
1947–1960 RC Heemstede
1960–1961 Zandvoortmeeuwen
1961–1962 Be Quick 1887
1962–1966 DWS
1966–1967 Heracles Almelo
1967–1968 AZ Alkmaar
1968–1969 DWS
1970 RC Heemstede
1970–1972 EVV Eindhoven
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Frank Leslie "Les" Talbot (3 August 1910 – 5 December 1983) was an English professional footballer. He was born in Hednesford, Staffordshire.


Talbot began his career playing non-league football for his hometown side Hednesford Town before signing for Blackburn Rovers in 1930. Several years later he secured a first team place in the side, but was sold to Cardiff City in 1936 as part of a two player deal which saw Albert Pinxton also travel to Ninian Park. At the time of his signing the club had been in decline over the five previous seasons, but Talbot was part of the side that managed to improve the club's fortunes. In 1939 he was sold to Walsall, but the outbreak of World War II meant he only played one season for the club, the 1946-47 season, before retiring. During the war he also guested for Bath City.[1] Following his retirement he remained active in football as a coach, including working in the Netherlands from 1947 to the early 1970s. In 1953 and 1964 he became with respectively Racing Club Heemstede (RCH)[2] and DWS champion of the Netherlands.

Talbot died in December 1983 at a hospital in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.[3]


  1. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 181–182. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  2. ^ http://www.rch-voetbal.nl/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1192&Itemid=37[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Voetbalberichten, Leeuwarder Courant, 6 December 1983.