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Ernest Needham

Sheffield United FC

16 appearances, 3 goals, one penalty

P 16 W 11 D 3 L 2 F x: A x
78% successful

1894-1902

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none

minutes played:
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Profile

Full name Ernest Needham
Born 21 January 1873 in Sheffield Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire [registered in Chesterfield, March 1873].
Baptised 23 March 1873 in Great Barlow, Derbyshire

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, George and Mary (née Wright) are living at Sheffield Road in Newbold. They already have four children, Sarah Alice, Emily Florence, Wright and John. George is a butcher.

According to the 1881 census, to George and Mary are now living at Chesterfield Road in Staveley. George is now a coalminer, and although Sarah and Emily have moved on, Wright, John and now Ernest and Herbert live with their parents.
What is clear is that this is the Needham family, but their name in the census is stated as Crook(e)s.

According to the 1891 census, the Needham family, that is, parents George and Mary, daughter Sarah Alice and three sons, John, Ernest and Herbert, all live at Barnfield Villas in Staveley. His father remains a coalminer, a vocation Ernest has also taken up.

According to the 1901 census, Ernest is now married to May and they have two children, Minnie and Florence. They live with his in-laws, the Jones' family, parents William and Lucy, sons George and Arthur. They all live at 6 Hartington Cottages in Staveley. Ernest is stated as a professional footballer.

According to the 1911 census, Ernest is a professional cricketer, as well as footballer. He and May still have Minnie and Florence, but also a six year old nephew lives with them. Frank Jones. They live at Edge Mount on Chesterfield Road in Staveley.

Married to May Jones [registered in Chesterfield, March 1893]. Two daughters, Minnie and Florence
Died 8 March 1936 at The Royal Hospital, Chesterfield, aged 63 years 47 days [registered in Chesterfield, March 1936]. He was living at Chesterfield Road in Staveley. He left £4489 10s. 8d. to his widow
Height/Weight 5' 5½", 10st. 8lbs [1901].

Source

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

Biographies Association Football - Ernest Needham (1901)
Association Football - Ernest Needham and Michael Robinson (reprint, Soccer Books, 4 November 2003)

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career playing with Waverley FC, and then joined neighbours Staveley Wanderers FC in 1889. In the 1890-91 season, Needham was playing with Staveley Town FC, joining Sheffield United FC in April 1891, where he remained until his retirement in 1909. He completed 424 league appearances, scoring 49 goals.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1892-93; Football League runners-up 1896-97, 1899-1900, Champions 1897-98; FA Cup winners 1898-99, 1901-02, runners-up 1900-01
Individual honours Football League (ten appearances)
Distinctions Had a brother and nephew, George Wright Needham, who were also professionals.
Also played cricket for Derbyshire between 1901 and 1912 (Once scored two centruries in a match vs. Essex, 1908).

Source

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

England Career

Player number 217th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 52, 7 April 1894, Scotland 2 England 2, a British Championship at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 21 years 76 days.
Last match No. x, 3 March 1902, Wales, aged 29 years 41 days.
Major tournaments x
Team honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions x

Beyond England

Later a steel worker. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.184.

 

Ernest Needham - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
- 16 - - 3 - min - 1
2
one 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.

 

Ernest Needham - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Away - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Ernest Needham - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Friendly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Ernest Needham - Match Record - Tournament Matches
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
x - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Ernest Needham - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - x full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - x full capsx

Age 21
1 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow BC AD Start lh
Age x
- 58 4 April 1896 - Scotland 2 England 0, Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow BC AL withdrew injured
1 - x - x, x x x x x
Age x
- 75 22 March 1902 - Ireland 0 England 1, Balmoral Showgrounds, Balmoral, Belfast BC AW withdrew

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