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Came from: Whitwick Imperial Went to: Burnley
First game: 30 April 1921 Last game: 07 May 1921
Appearances: 3 (3/0) Goals: 0
As teammates at Leicestershire amateur club Whitwick Imperial, Thorpe arrived with Ernest Brooks for a trial in Argyle's reserve side in April 1921. Unlike Brooks, Thorpe was also given the chance of first team action when he was drafted in to the right-half slot for the final three games of the Pilgrims' inaugural Football League season. A Western Morning News
report after his debut in first-class football said, "Perhaps a little on the slow side when compared with the rest of the defence, he made up for this by his skill in tackling and disposing of the ball, and should develop into an extremely useful wing half."
Neither trialist was offered a professional contract, with record books suggesting that Thorpe moved to Burnley, who had just been crowned English Football League champions. How long he stayed at Turf Moor is not known but he saw no senior action, and a photograph of the Whitwick Imperial team that won the Leicestershire Senior League and the Ashby & Hinckley Charity Cup in 1924-25 shows him back with the Imps as captain.
Footnote: the image is an extract from the Whitwick Imperial team photo of 1924-25, four years Thorpe's time in Plymouth. Grateful thanks to volunteers at Loughborough Library and the Whitwick History Group and for their help.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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