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Tim Coleman

Woolwich Arsenal FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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captain: none
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  John George Coleman MM
Birth 26 October 1881 in Kettering, Northamptonshire [registered in Kettering, December 1881]

According to the 1881 census, Sarah A. is pregnant with the child that is who became the John George. She is married to Samuel and have one son, six month old Samuel. They live at Lower Havelock Street in Kettering. Samuel senior is a bricklayer.


According to the 1891 census, George is now the second of six children to Samuel and Sarah A., living at 18 Albert Street in Kettering. His father is now a bricksetter.

Marriage to Sarah Ellen Moore [registered in Kettering, December 1900].

According to the 1901 census, John is a shoe rivetter and married to Ellen and they live at 36 Albert Street, with her parents Charles and Lydia Moore, and younger siblings. Charles is a furnace labourer.


According to the 1911 census, John is a professional footballer, living with his wife Nellie and two children, Arthur and victor (another three had died!). As well as two visiting members of the family, the Coleman's had a servant and three boarders, all fellow Sunderland footballers, William Cringan, Harry Read and David Main. They lived at 38 Roker Baths Road in Sunderland.
During the war, he was stated as living at Northgate Street in Kettering, he was a member of the Footballer's Battalion.

"Tim Coleman, the well-known Forest inside-right, should have appeared at the Nottingham Police court today to answer a charge of being drunk and disorderly in Millstone Lane last night, but when his name was called he had not put in an appearance, and a warrant was accordingly issued for his arrest." - Nottingham Evening Post, 5 February 1915
  He was reported as dying during the war on 29 December 1915, but despite three separate reports making its way to Northampton stating he was killed in action, it was reported on 1 January 1916 that he was alive and well.
According to the 1921 census, John George, now a shoe maker, is still married, and with his children, his mother-in-law, his sister-in-law aand a boarder, they live at 24C Buer Road in Fulham.
  According to the 1939 register, John G., a general labourer, and Ellen Sarah, are still married and still living at 24C Buer Road.
Death 20 November 1940, aged 59 years 25 days [registered in Kensington, December 1940].
Died as a result of an accident. Living in Fulham, he sustained fatal injuries when he fell off a roof.


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

Biographies Fighting For Football: From Woolwich Arsenal to the Western Front: The Lost Story of Football's First Rebel - George Myreson (Aurum Press, London 2009)

Playing Career

Club(s) Started at Kettering FC before signing with Northampton Town FC in 1901. Woolwich Arsenal FC signed him in May 1902. Scored 79 goals in 172 league appearances when he joined Everton FC in February 1908 and made 71 league appearances, scoring thirty goals. Sunderland AFC followed in May 1910, as did another twenty goals in 32 league appearances. Returned to London and Fulham FC on 19 May 1911, followed by 94 league appearances and scoring 45 goals, before joining Nottingham Forest FC on 20 July 1914 and played 37 league matches, scoring fourteen times. Although he retired during WW1, he was assisting Tunbridge Wells Rangers FC following the war. Scored 39 goals in 37 appearances.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 6½", 11st. 4lbs [1900's].


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became 321st players (324) to appear for England
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 89, 16 February 1907, England 1 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 25 years 113 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1906-07;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information. However, he was one of the four final candidates out of 200 replies that applied for the vacant Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic FC coaching role in 1923. He was ultimately unsuccessful. So he went to Rotterdam up until the outbreak of the second world war, coaching. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.71.


Tim Coleman - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
3 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none 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.


Tim Coleman - 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 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Tim Coleman - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1906-07 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Tim Coleman - Match History
 Club: Woolwich Arsenal F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 24
- 87 19 March 1906 - Wales 0 England 1, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff BC AW reserve
- 88 7 April 1906 - Scotland 2 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL reserve
Age 25
1 89 16 February 1907 - England 1 Ireland 0, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start ir