Gary Poole and Agda Montelius

Gary John Poole (born 11 September 1967) is an English former professional footballer who played as a right-back. He made more than 250 appearances in the Football League, and a further 76 in the Conference.

Contents 1 Biography 2 Honours 3 References 4 External links


Poole was born in Stratford, London. He came through the juniors at Tottenham Hotspur and was given a professional contract, but made no appearances for the first team and was released after two years. He signed for Fourth Division club Cambridge United, and after 18 months was sold for £3,000 to Conference side Barnet, managed by Barry Fry. In his first full season Barnet were promoted as champions to Division Four, and reached the play-offs in 1991–92.

He was then allowed to leave on a free transfer to Plymouth Argyle in the newly designated Second Division (third tier), where he captained the side. While at Plymouth he was involved in an incident which ended Rotherham United winger John Buckley's Football League career. Buckley was knocked unconscious in a clash of heads with Poole, requiring emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from the brain, and remained in a coma on life support for four days.

Poole spent just one season at Plymouth before Fry brought him to Southend United of Division One for a club record fee of £350,000. Another year later he joined up with Fry again, this time at Birmingham City, newly relegated to the third tier of English football, for a fee of £50,000. Success followed in 1994–95 with the Second Division championship and victory in the Football League Trophy at Wembley. The next season Poole took over the captaincy after Liam Daish was sold to Coventry City, captaining the side in the League Cup semi-final against Leeds United.

In the match against Manchester City at Maine Road in September 1996, referee Richard Poulain awarded a penalty late on; Poole, who had conceded the free kick which led to the penalty, lost control and pushed the referee from behind such that he needed treatment for whiplash after the game. The Football Association imposed an instant suspension on the player; after a hearing, the length of the ban was set at four matches. A month later manager Trevor Francis sold him to fellow First Division club Charlton Athletic for a fee of £250,000.

He played 16 games for Charlton that season, but a knee injury sustained in a reserve team match put an end to his first-team career. Still contracted to the club when they gained promotion to the Premier League the following season, he attempted a comeback in the reserves after more than a year out, but never appeared in the top flight and retired in August 1999.

A qualified coach, he became a director of a company providing investment opportunities for sportspeople. Honours with Barnet Conference champions: 1991 with Birmingham City Second Division champions: 1995 Football League Trophy winners: 1995

Agda Montelius and Gary Poole

Agda Montelius née Reuterskiöld (23 April 1850 in Köping – 27 October 1920) was a Swedish philanthropist and feminist. She was a leading figure of the Swedish philanthropy, active for the struggle of woman suffrage, and chairman of the Fredrika-Bremer-förbundet in 1903-1920.

Montelius was the daughter of the government defence minister and noble General-Lieutenant Alexander Reuterskiöld and Anna Schenström. She married professor Oscar Montelius in 1871. She is described as small, calm, kind and thoughtful and always busy with her many projects; she had a bad eyesights and eventually became blind in one eye.

Contents 1 Philanthropic work 2 Women's rights activism 3 Peace activism 4 References

Philanthropic work

Agda Montelius was the leading figure of the Swedish philanthropy in the early 20th century. She was a member of the central comity in the "Sällskapet för uppmuntran av öm och sedlig modersvård" (Society for the Encouragement of Tender and Decent Motherly Care); the "Centralförbundet för socialt arbete" (Central Comity of Social Work) and "Svenska fattigvårdsförbundet" (Swedish Poorcare Society); she was the chairperson of the literary society "Nya Idun" (New Idun); the "Maria skyddsförening" (Maria Protection Society); chairperson of "Föreningen för välgörenhetens ordnande" or FVO (Society of Organised Charity) as well as managing director of the FVO central committee in 1889–1911. Women's rights activism

In 1886, Agda Montelius became a member of the women's rights organisation of Sophie Adlersparre: Fredrika-Bremer-förbundet (Fredrika Bremer Society) or FBF. Formally, the FBF was headed by Hans Hildebrand because Adlersparre thought it necessary for the society to be taken seriously. In reality, however, Adlersparre functioned as its chairperson, and upon the death of Adlersparre in 1895, she was succeeded by Agda Montelius. Montelius was initially called vice chairman, but in 1903, she formally became chairman, officially the first female chairperson of the FBF.

The goal of the FBF was to work for women's rights, but previously, it had not worked for woman suffrage. In 1899, a delegation from the FBF presented a suggestion of woman suffrage to prime minister Erik Gustaf Boström. The delegation was headed by Montelius, accompanied by Gertrud Adelborg, who had written the demand. This was the first time the Swedish women's movement themselves had officially presented a demand for suffrage. In 1902, the Swedish suffrage movement Landsföreningen för kvinnans politiska rösträtt, or LKPR was founded. Montelius never became a formal member, probably because of her chairmanship of the FBF, but she was informally active for the LKPR. She performed many tasks for the LKPR, she made the resources and the members of the FBF available for service in the LKPR, and she made the paper of the FBF, Dagny, the spokes organ of the LKPR until 1911. In 1911, when the LKPR abandoned its political neutrality by a resolution of boycott against political partys opposing woman suffrage, she stopped the use of the FBF:s paper Dagny as the paper of LKPR. Peace activism

Agda Montelius was also active within the peace movement, during which FBF again collaborated with the LKPR. During World War I, the LKPR took the initiative for a peace organisation formed by women of the neutral countries with the aim to form pressure on the neutral governments to act as mediators between the warring parties. The Peace Movement was formed by the LKPR with members also from Fredrika-Bremer-förbundet, KFUK, the social democratic women's organisations among others, with Anna Whitlock, Emilia Broomé and Kerstin Hesselgren as leading members. A great peace manifestation was to take place 19 February 1915 organised by the Swedish women with support and participation also from the women of Denmark and Norway. The 18 February, however, Agda Montelius was called to the Queen, Victoria of Baden, who demanded a stop of "The foolish presumption of women" to involve in politics. King Gustav V of Sweden interrupted and said that women were of course entitled to present demands to the government, but that the situation made it difficult, and referred to the minister of foreign affairs, who warned them that such an action could damage the Swedish neutrality. The action is therefore silenced in both Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and the blame is by the women involved place on Victoria of Baden. The Swedish Peace Movement does, however, send 16 delegates to the international women's peace movement in the Hague in April 1915.

Agda Montelius was given Illis Quorum in 1910.
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