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Bill Ellerington

Southampton FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 7: A 2
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captain: none
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  William Ellerington
Birth 30 June 1923 in Southampton, Hampshire [registered in Southampton, September 1923].
  According to Passenger Lists, William Ellerington was a part of Southampton FC party that left Southampton port for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 29 April 1948. His address was recorded as 62 Rampart Road in Southampton. The ship he and his teammates travelled on was the Andes, bound for Buenos Aires, under the mastership of H.L.Way.
Marriage to Rosalind W. Gregory [registered in Winchester, Hampshire, September 1949].
  Ellerington was then was one of numerous professional footballers (The FA Tourists of Canada) returning to the Port of Liverpool on 30 June 1950 from Montréal, Québec. He is aboard the Empress of Canada. His address is stated as 62 Rampart Road in Southampton.
Death 4 April 2015 in Southampton, aged 91 years 278 days [registered in Southampton, April 2015].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Played with Sunderland schools, before joining Sunderland AFC as an amateur. Playing with Fatfield Juniors FC as he did.  As his family returned to Southampton, Bill signed amateur forms with Southampton FC in August 1940, signing professionally in August 1945.  Before the decade had ended, Bill suffered with serious pneumonia, but soon returned to represent England.  He retired after 227 league appearances, scoring ten times, in 1961.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Son of Bill Ellerington, Middlesbrough FC and Nelson FC wing-half.
Height/Weight 6' 0", 12st. 3lbs [1949].


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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 683rd players (683) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. 247, 18 May 1949, Norway 1 England 4, an end-of-season European tour match at Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo, aged 25 years 322 days.
Last match No. 248, 22 May 1949, France 1 England 3, an end-of-season European tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris, aged 25 years 326 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (one appearance, 1949). England Schoolboy (three appearances, 1937). Also part of the FA XI Tour of United States and Canada 1950.
Distinctions The ninth Hampshirian to represent England.

Beyond England

Remained in Southampton following his retirement from playing. Sadly suffered a major stroke in 2007. - The Stroke Association

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
3 2 180 0 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
both his matches were played at an away venue, were friendly matches, and played in a white shirt

Match History

 Club: Southampton F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - two full appearances (180 min)x

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Age 25
246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna tour AL party member
one appearance - Finland A 15 May 1949
1 247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4
Ullevål Stadion, Oslo
  AW   2

one of three who became the 683rd player (683) to appear for England.
the twelfth Southampton player to represent England

party member - Netherlands A 18 May 1949
2 248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris
  AW   2