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Norman Creek

Corinthians FC & Darlington FC

1 appearance, 1 goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 1
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disciplined: none
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Full name Frederick Norman Smith Creek MC MBE
Born 12 January 1898 in Darlington, county Durham [registered in Darlington, March 1898].
Attended Darlington Grammar School


According to the 1901 census, Frederick is the eldest of two sons to Arthur F and Edyth, living at 16 Greenbank Crescent in Darlington. His father is a railway clerk.

According to the 1911 census, Frederick Norman Smith has another brother, and the five of them still live at 16 Greenbank Crescent, now with a servant. His father is still a railway clerk.

Died 26 July 1980 in Folkestone, Kent, aged 82 years x days [registered in Shepway, Kent, September 1980].
Height/Weight 5' 8½", 11st. 4lbs [1922].


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

Club Career

Club(s) He captained the football team at Darlington Grammar, moving onto Cambridge University AFC and earned his blue in 1920-22, although he was unfit to take part in 1921. Joined the Corinthians FC side from 1919 until the 1932, in 103 matches, he amassed 120 goals. Also signed amateur forms with his hometown club, Darlington FC, in April 1922, where he made two league appearances in the two years he was there.
Club honours None
Individual honours Award the Military Cross during WW1 and MBE in 1943.
Distinctions Played minor counties cricket for Wiltshire CC 1926-36.


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 445th players (449) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 134, 10 May 1923, France 1 England 4, a friendly match at Stade Pershing, Paris, aged 25 years 118 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England Amateur (five appearances, four goals on his debut)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Joined Durham Light Infantry in 1916. He was a schoolmaster at Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire between 1926 and 1936. Worked for the Football Association from January 1954 until October 1963. He managed the Amateur time and the side that went to the Olympic Games. Football Writer for the Daily Telegraph and wrote the Official History of the Corinthians (Longmans 1933) - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.78/79.


Norman Creek - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 90 1 90 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.


Norman Creek - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1


Norman Creek - Match History
 Club: Corinthians F.C. & Darlington F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 25
1 134 10 May 1923 - France 1 England 4, Stade Pershing, Paris Fr AW Start 55 cf