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Cliff Britton

Everton FC

9 appearances, 1 goal

P 9 W 7 D 0 L 2 F 29: A 11
78% successful

1934-37

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
810

Profile

Full name Clifford Samuel Britton
Born 27 August 1909 at Bush's Hill, Hanham, Gloucestershire [registered in Keynsham, Somerset, December 1909]. The 1939 registers states he was born on 29 August.

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, Clifford is the only son to George and Beatrice.  His father is a bootmaker and they live at Bush's Hill in Hanham.

According to the 1939 register, Clifford, a joiner, is living with his parents, shoemaker George, and Beatrice. They live at 14 Chapel Road in Kingswood. 
Married to Bridget G. Moores, on 27 May 1944 in Ringmer [registered in Lewes, June 1944].
Died 1 December 1975 in Anlaby, Hull, aged 66 years 96 days [registered in Hull, December 1975].
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 11st. 0lbs [1935, 1937].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career with local sides Jennings Ltd FC, in the Bristol Suburban League. Hanham Athletic FC and then Hanham United Methodists FC and Bristol St George's FC. Britton joined Bristol Rovers FC as an amateur in 1926, turning professional in the 1928 close season. After fifty league appearances, Everton FC paid a four-figure sum for Britton on 3 June 1930. The Toffee's had intended to buy Britton and his teammate, Ronnie Dix, for 3200, but Dix refused to leave Bristol. Blackburn Rovers FC also offered 3000 for them both. Britton guested for the Western Command side, in a match against the Czech army in September 1940, and rivals, Liverpool FC, the same month. Britton represented the army on various occassions during the war period, and also played for Northampton Town FC and Aldershot FC. After 221 league appearances, and two goals, he retired after he was appointed a manager on 16 May 1945.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1930-31; FA Charity Shield winners 1932, runners-up 1933; FA Cup winners 1932-33; Football League Champions 1938-39;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances)
Distinctions The 50th (Northumbrian) Division representative side, trained by Britton, was unbeaten during WWII, and regarded as one of the best army teams on the continent.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) An appointment as Burnley FC's manager was made on 16 May 1945, and effective from 17 October, when he was demobbed. He returned to Everton FC as their manager on 21 September 1948 for 60 per week - until his resignation on 24 February 1956, following a disagreement with the Everton FC board of directors. His self-exclusion from the footballing world ended when he became the manager of Preston North End FC on 29 August 1956 until he resigned again, on 26 April 1961 after the club were relegated. Becoming the manager of Hull City AFC on 12 July 1961 with a ten-year contract, he was then appointed as the club's general manager on 19 May 1970, when Terry Neill was put in charge of coaching, until his retirement on 30 October 1971, following the expiration of his contract.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1946-47, 1953-54; FA Cup runners-up 1946-47; Football League runners-up 1956-57; Football League Division Three winners 1965-66;

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 600th players (600) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 194, 29 September 1934, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, aged 25 years 33 days.
Last match No. 210, 17 May 1937, Sweden 0 England 4, an end-of-season tour match at Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, aged 27 years 263 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1934-35, 1936-37;
Team honours British Championships shared 1934-35;
Individual honours England wartime (ten appearances), FA tour of South Africa (1939)
Distinctions Only the fifth Gloucestershiran to represent England

Beyond England

Turned out to have a talent for management, cut his teeth by becoming an instructor sergeant-major in the 50th (Northumbrian) Division. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.46.

 

Cliff Britton - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
9 8 5 810 1 810 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Cliff Britton - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 4 4 0 0 14 6 +8 0 0 3.50 1.50 100.0 +4
Away 5 3 0 2 15 5 +10 1 3 3.00 1.00 60.0 +1
All 9 7 0 2 29 11 +18 1 3 3.222 1.222 77.8 +5

 

Cliff Britton - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 5 3 0 2 10 7 +3 1 1 2.00 1.40 60.0 +1
Friendly 4 4 0 0 19 4 +15 0 2 4.75 1.00 100.0 +4
All 9 7 0 2 29 11 +18 1 3 3.222 1.222 77.8 +5

 

Cliff Britton - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1934-35 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 1 2.00 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1936-37 2 1 0 1 4 4 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC All 5 3 0 2 10 7 +3 1 1 2.00 1.40 60.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 3 0 2 10 7 +3 1 1 2.00 1.40 60.0 +1
All 5 3 0 2 10 7 +3 1 1 2.00 1.40 60.0 +1


Cliff Britton - Match History

 Club: Everton F.C. - nine full appearances (810 min), one goal

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - nine full appearances (810 min)x


Age 25
1 194 29 September 1934 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start rh
2 195 14 November 1934 - England 3 Italy 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start rh
3 196 6 February 1935 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start rh
4 197 6 April 1935 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start rh
  

Age 27
5 206 18 November 1936 - England 3 Ireland 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent BC HW Start rh
6 207 2 December 1936 - England 6 Hungary 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 52 rh
7 208 17 April 1937 - Scotland 3 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start rh
8 209 14 May 1937 - Norway 0 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo tour AW Start 5
9 210 17 May 1937 - Sweden 0 England 4, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna AW Start 5
211 20 May 1937 - Finland 0 England 8, Töölön pallokenttä, Helsinki AW reserve
  

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