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Eric Stephenson

Leeds United AFC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 7: A 1
50% successful

1938

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name Major Joseph Eric Stephenson
Born 4 September 1914 in 25 Leybourne Road, Leytonstone, Kent [registered in Dartford, December 1914]. One of seven children to Joseph and Fanny (nee Taylor). Moved to Leeds in May 1930.
Birthdate confirmed by the 1939 Register.
Attended Tom Hood School, Leytonstone

Register notes

According to the 1939 register, Joseph E. is a professional footballer and a cost clerk at the carriage works, married to Olive, living at 3 Chelwood Drive in Leeds.
Married to Olive Cook, 28 May 1938 at Lidgett Park Methodist Church, Roundhay, Leeds [registered in Leeds North, June 1938]. Two daughters, Janet and Rosalind.
Died: 8 September 1944 in Burma, aged 30 years 4 days [registered in Army Records]. Killed in Action. Address stated as being 3 Chelwood Drive in Moortown area of Leeds.
Buried on 15 September 1944 in Taukkyan.
Height/Weight: 5' 6½", 10st. 2lbs [1938].

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], FindMyPast.com & Steve Fogden's excellent website.

Biographies: The Happy Warrior; From Leeds United to Burma - Jan Rippin (Tricorn Books, April 2014)

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy and junior football in Leeds and Harrogate. He joined Leeds United AFC as an amateur in January 1933. Signing professional forms in September 1934. He went on to make 111 league appearances and scored 21 goals, up until the war curtailed his career. He played for Leeds during the war also.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions "Leeds United, with Doherty (Huddersfield Town), Kelly and Baxter (Barnsley), and Dodds (Everton) as guest players, lost 3-1 to Celtic at Elland Road yesterday [27 May 1947] in the benefit match arranged for the dependents of Eric Stephenson, the Leeds United and England inside-forward, who was killed during the war. The young Celtic team combined better than United and scored through Sirrel, Hazlitt and Rae. Dodds scoring late in the second half for Leeds United. Attendance 19,000"

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 643rd players (644) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left
First match No. 215, 9 April 1938, England 0 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 23 years 217 days.
Last match No. 222, 16 November 1938, England 7 Northern Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester, aged 24 years 73 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1937-38, 1938-39;
Team honours British Championship winners 1937-38, 1938-39;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Had become a Major, 3rd Battalion, 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirfmoor Rifles), when he was killed in action in Burma.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.

 

Eric Stephenson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 180 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.

 

Eric Stephenson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 2 1 0 1 7 1 +6 1 1 3.50 0.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 7 1 +6 1 1 3.50 0.50 50.0 =0

 

Eric Stephenson - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1937-38 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
BC 1938-39 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 1 0 1 7 1 +6 1 1 3.50 0.50 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 7 1 +6 1 1 3.50 0.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 7 1 +6 1 1 3.50 0.50 50.0 =0

 

Eric Stephenson - Match History
 Club: Leeds United A.F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 23
1 215 9 April 1938 - England 0 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start il
Age 24
2 222 16 November 1938 - England 7 Ireland 0, Old Trafford, Manchester BC HW Start 10

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