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19 June 2012 by Lucy

Our wonderful volunteer Jamie McFadden has been blogging again. This time, he’s on the trail of Liverpool’s footballing Olympian.


Red or blue? It was gold for Arthur Berry…

Born in 1888, Arthur Berry was destined to be one of Liverpool’s most successful footballers, but not necessarily at Anfield or Goodison Park! Arthur’s stage was at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. The first Olympics that Arthur Berry competed in were, like the 2012 Games, held in London. Playing alongside some of his previous team mates, he was part of the Gold medal winning football team.

Unlike some other medal winners, Arthur was able to replicate his success when he travelled to Stockholm, Sweden in 1912. Great Britain’s football team again won Gold, making Arthur the most successful Liverpool Olympian of all time! As well as playing for the Gold medal winning England squad, Arthur also went on to play for Liverpool, Everton, Fulham and Wrexham.

Whilst taking part in the 1908 Olympics, Berry was studying for a degree at Oxford University.  When he ended his playing career in 1914, he went on to become a barrister, later serving as Chairman and Director at Liverpool Football Club.

Arthur Berry passed away in 1956.

Visit the Museum of Liverpool’sWondrous Place gallery to learn more about sport in the city. 

  1. Audrey Foreman says:

    In response to Lucy who posted. My mother, Audrey Foreman [nee Berry] was really interested to read it.

    She is Arthur Berry’s daughter and is now 85. Arthur’s first wife – Beryl had twin daughters – Joan [deceased] and Audrey. Unfortunately the marriage ended before WWII, and there was no further contact with Arthur, who remarried.

    My mother still has a few of Arthur’s things – an England badge, and she did have an Olympic competitors medal, and other football badges.

    We are always very interested in any news of Arthur Berry, who along with his father Edwin must have been a unique father/son combination.

    It’s difficult living so far away, here in New Zealand to have access to facilities to find out more.

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