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Norman Creek

Corinthians FC & Darlington FC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Flight Lieutenant Frederick Norman Smith Creek MC MBE
Smith is his mother's maiden name
Birth 12 January 1898 at 16 Greenbank Crescent, Darlington, County Durham [registered in Darlington, March 1898].
Attended Darlington Grammar School
Baptism 13 February 1898 in Darlington

According to the 1901 census, Frederick is the eldest of two sons to Arthur Frederick and Edyth (née Smith), living at 16 Greenbank Crescent in Darlington. His father is a railway clerk.


According to the 1911 census, Frederick Norman Smith has another brother, and the five of them still live at 16 Greenbank Crescent, now with a servant. His father is still a railway clerk.
His army officer records confirm he was still living at 16 Greenbank Crescent in 1917-19.

  According to the 1921 census, Frederick Norman Smith is a medical student at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Marriage to Lilian Grace Booth on 22 April 1924 at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge [registered in Cambridge, June 1924].
Norman is a schoolmaster at Dauntsey School in West Lavington, his father is an accountant. Lilian lived at 11 Market Hill in Cambridge.
  According to the 1939 register, Frederick Norman, an assistant school-master at Dauntsey's School, is married to Lillian Grace, and living at Skelwyth in Devizes.
Death 26 July 1980 in Folkestone, Kent, aged 82 years 196 days [registered in Shepway, Kent, September 1980].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) He captained the football team at Darlington Grammar, moving onto Cambridge University AFC and earned his blue in 1920-22, although he was unfit to take part in 1921. Joined the Corinthians FC side from 1919 until the 1932, in 103 matches, he amassed 120 goals. Also signed amateur forms with his hometown club, Darlington FC, in April 1922, where he made two league appearances in the two years he was there.
Club honours None
Individual honours Award the Military Cross during WW1 and MBE on 2 June 1943.
Distinctions Played minor counties cricket for Wiltshire CC 1926-36.
Creek, and Ivan Sharpe, were the commentators for the 1936 FA Cup Final, chosen from numerous tested. Afterwhich, he became a BBC commentator in his own right.
Height/Weight 5' 8½", 11st. 4lbs [1922].


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 445th players (449) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 134, 10 May 1923, France 1 England 4, a friendly match at Stade Pershing, Paris, aged 25 years 118 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England Amateur (five appearances, four goals on his debut)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Joined Durham Light Infantry in 1916. He was a sportsmaster at Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire between at least 1924 and 1936. Worked for the Football Association from January 1954 until October 1963. He managed the Amateur time and the side that went to the Olympic Games. Football Writer for the Daily Telegraph and wrote the Official History of the Corinthians (Longmans 1933) - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.78/79.


Norman Creek - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 90 1 90 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.


Norman Creek - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1


Norman Creek - Match History
 Club: Corinthians F.C. & Darlington F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 25
1 134 10 May 1923 - France 1 England 4, Stade Pershing, Paris Fr AW Start 55 cf