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Ernie Simms

Luton Town FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 1: A 1
50% successful

1921

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Ernest Simms
Born 22 July 1891 at 74 Pilgrim Street, Murton Colliery, Easington, county Durham [registered in Easington, September 1891].
His death registration confirms his birthdate. The 1939 register states that he was born on 23 January 1891, but if he was, surely he would have a March registration, as well as an 1891 cenusus entrant.

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Annie. who is pregnant with her fourth child who will become Ernest, is living with her husband, a deputy overman at the coalmine, at 74 Pilgrim Street in East Murton.

According to the 1901 census, Ernest is the fourth of five children, to Oliver and Annie, living at 537 John Williamson Street in South Shields. His father is a coal trimmer.

According to the 1911 census, Ernest is a stoneman in the coalmines, he and his younger sister, Sarah Jane, still live at home with their parents at 324 Alice Street in South Shields. His father is still a trimmer in the same mines.
According to his army attestation on 16 December 1914, stated as living at 31 Kenilworth Road in Luton, his father, the next of kin, was living at 5 Florence Street in South Shields. He re-enlisted on 8 September 1915 and joined the RFA as a signaller. By which he was married and living at 113 Guildford Street in Luton. He was discharged on 15 October 1918 to return to the mines.

According to the 1939 register, Ernest, a sheet metal inspector for Vauxhall motor works, is married to Grace, a hat trimmer, and are living at 2 Winch Street in Luton, along with children, Greta J. and Ernest.
Married to Grace Roberts [registered in Luton, March 1916].
Died 11 October 1971, aged 80 years 81 days [registered in Biggleswade, Befordshire].
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 10lbs [1913], 5' 9", 12st. 7lbs [1922].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior career with South Shields Adelaide FC. Also played with Murton Colliery FC, from where he signed for Barnsley FC. Luton Town FC signed Simms in 1913. Member of the Footballers' Battalion during the war, as well as the Royal Field Artillery, where he received a serious hip injury in France on 2 May 1918. Despite that, he remained with Luton and scored 109 goals in 160 league appearances, when he returned north with South Shields FC on 10 March 1922 for a little over a thousand pounds. He was placed on their transfer list in December 1922, with four clubs vying for him, but he remained with the club until he was suspended on 13 December 1923, followed swiftly by a transfer to Stockport County FC on 3 January 1924, having made 51 league appearances and scoring seventeen goals. At County, he scored twenty goals in 66 league outings. Midland League side Scunthorpe & Lindsey United FC signed him in July 1926 and after a fall with the directors, he went to York City FC on 9 February 1928, he made just six league appearances, scoring twice.
Club honours Southern League Division Two runners-up 1913-14; Midland League winners 1926-27 (as captain);
Individual honours FA Charity Shield runners-up with Professionals 1925;
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 421st players (425) to appear for England
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 127, 22 October 1921, Ireland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 30 years 121 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1921-22;
Team honours None
Individual honours FA Tour of Australia 1925 (as captain);
Distinctions Second player from a third tier club to represent England.

Beyond England

Worked latterly at Vauxhall Motors and assisted their football team. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.224.

 

Ernie Simms - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
3 1 1 90 0 0 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.

 

Ernie Simms - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Ernie Simms - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1921-22 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Ernie Simms - Match History
 Club: Luton Town F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 29
- 124 14 March 1921 - Wales 0 England 0, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD reserve
- 125 9 April 1921 - Scotland 3 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL reserve
Age 30
1 127 22 October 1921 - Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start cf

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