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Andy Ducat

Woolwich Arsenal FC, Aston Villa FC

6 appearances, 1 goal

P 6 W 3 D 1 L 2 F 11: A 9
58% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Sergeant Andrew Ducat
Birth 15 February 1886 in Brixton, Surrey [registered in Lambeth, March 1886]. Birthdate confirmed by the 1939 register
Notes: Brixton was part of the Surrey County Registration until 1889.
Attended Brewery Road School and Compton House School, Brixton.

According to the 1891 census, the young Andrew is the only child to Scottish (Forfar) father, Andrew, a carpenter, and mother, Florence Alice (née Crabb). They live at 27 Ducie Street, Lambeth, with his widowed grandmother, Eleanor Crabb, and his aunty Gertrude Crabb.
The London Electoral Registers confirm Andrew living at 27 Ducie Street in 1892-94. By 1896 however, they had moved to 55 Rita Road, now in Kennington.


According to the 1901 census, Andrew was now living with his parents and aunty Gertrude at 7 Hermitage Road in Prittlewell, Rochford. His father is a builder.
The 1902 edition of Kelly's Directory places the Ducats at 7 Hermitage Road.


According to the 1911 census, Andrew is now a Professional Footballer with Woolwich Arsenal FC and a Professional Cricketer with Surrey CC, still living with his parents in his aunty Gertrude's house, at 20 Drayton Road in West Ealing. His father is now a joiner.
At the time of him being recruited by the Royal Garrision in 1915, Andrew and Vera were living at the Holte Hotel in Aston. He eventually joined 17 May 1916, discharged on 4 February 1919 due to disability. The attestation states that he is a ganger, employed by Flowers & Sons, of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The London Electoral Registers place Andrew and Vera at 31 Mentone Mansions in Kennington in 1920-21.

Marriage to Vera Barbour, on 20 June 1914 at St. Stephen's Chuch, Hounslow [registered in Brentford, Middlesex, June 1914]. Vera is daughter of Aston Villa player, Horace Barbour. One daughter, Daphne Joyce (b.19 January 1918)
  According to the 1921 census, Andrew, a professional cricketer for Surrey CCC and a professional footballer for Fulham FC is alone on the census, despite now being 'married'. He lives at 31 Hereford House in Kensington.
Passanger Lists confirm Andrew and Vera Ducat visited Australia in April 1930. They arrived back in London from Sydney on 17 April, on board the Maldera. Their address is stated as 36 Bournemouth Park Road in Southend.
The BT Phone Books confirms Ducat was living at Ardmore in Branksome Road, Southend in 1922, telephone number Southend 1163, and his sports outfitters shop, Andrew Ducat Ltd, was based on 239 London Road in the town (Southend 560). By 1927 his address was in Bournemouth Park Road, (Southend 4129). In 1928, Ducat had a Sports Club, on the Pleasure Beach (Southend 1530). By 1930, the same home address was contactable on Marine 67529, and his outfitters had moved to 171 Hamlet Court Road, in the Westcliff area of the town (2660). In 1936-40, they were living in London, 25 Silchester Court, London Road (THOrnton H. 2547).
"Andrew Ducat is lying in the West London Hospital in a rather serious condition, following an operation, it was reported. Some food which he ate last week stuck in his throat, and he has since been unable to eat anything, and only drink with the utmost difficulty and much suffering. On Wednesday, he visited. the West London Hospital with the club doctor to have his throath X-rayed, and was operated on later."  
- The Daily Mail, Thursday, 26 November 1925.
"Upon inquiry at Craven Cottage yesterday morning the Press Association were informed that Andrew Ducat, the manager of Fulham FC, who has undergone a serious operation for an obstruction in the throat, was going on very nicely, and unless anything unforeseen happens hopes to leave the nursing home on Monday." -
The Yorkshire Post, Saturday, 28 November 1925.
  According to the 1939 register, Andrew, a paper salesman, and Vera remain married, and live at 25 Silchester Court in Croydon.
Death 23 July 1942 at the wicket, Lords Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London, aged 56 years 158 days [registered in Marylebone, London, September 1942]. Living at Great Enton in Witley at the time. Left £555 4s. 10d. to his widow, Vera.
That Ducat should collapse and die, bat in hand, was the last thing anyone would have expected of such a well-set-up, vigorous, healthy-looking and careful-living man. Evidence of those in the field proved clearly that he expired directly after playing a stroke and as he prepared to receive another ball, for he was dead when carried to the pavilion. The medical report gave the cause of death as failure of a heart that showed signs of definite weakness. The loss of Ducat in this way may be attributed to the war, but for which there would not have been the Home Guard for him to join. His Surrey Unit were playing their Sussex brothers-in-arms, and Ducat was not out at lunch-time. On resuming, he raised his score from 12 to 29 before the catastrophe occurred. - ESPNCricInfo
Funeral 27 July 1942 at Golders Green Crematorium, attended by many dignitaries from the world of cricket and football.
"Leading figures in the cricket and football world were present at Golder's Green Crematorium yesterday. His old Surrey colleagues Jack Hobbs, A. Sandham, H. Strudwick, E. W. Brooks, and R. J. Gregory were present, as well as Mr. E. D. G. Leveson-Gower, the former Surrey president. Other representatives were Sir Pelham Warner (M.C.C.), Messrs. H. J. Huband (Football Association), W. J. Smith (Aston Villa), H. J. Peters, J. Shaw (Arsenal), J. Peart (Fulham) and R. Jack (Plymouth and Southend). Two former opponents, Charles Buchan (Sunderland) and Arthur Grimsdell (Spurs), also attended. - The Western Morning News, Tuesday, 28 July 1942.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played local football in Southend-on-Sea, including schoolboy as a full-back, Westcliff Athletic FC and Southend Athletic FC, from where Woolwich Arsenal FC signed him in February 1905. He played in 175 league appearances, scoring nineteen goals. On 14 June 1912, Aston Villa FC acquired Ducat's services for £1500. He broke his leg on 14 September 1912, missing the rest of that season. He served with the Royal Garrison during the war, and guested for The Arsenal during the hostilities. For Villa, Ducat scored four goals in 74 league appearances. Returning to London and Fulham FC on 13 May 1921 for £2000, retiring three years later in May 1924, he made 64 league appearances. After giving up the post as Fulham FC manager, Ducat returned to Amateur status and joined the Casuals club.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1919-20;
Individual honours None
Distinctions A noted first-class cricketer with Surrey CCC (1906-31) and one test appearance for England in 1921 alongside Wally Hardinge.
Height/Weight 5' 10", 11st. 11lbs [1910]. 5' 8½" [1915]. 5' 9" 11st 6lbs [1916].


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

Managerial Career

Club(s) Upon retiring from playing with Fulham FC, and following manager Phil Kelso's resignation, Ducat was offered the position on 14 May 1924, Surrey CC released him from his contract on 5 June, to allow him to become the club's manager, although he was to fulfill his cricketing commitments until the end of the cricketing season. He held the post until May 1926.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 344th players (346) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 105, 12 February 1910, Ireland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast, aged 23 years 362 days.
Last match No. 123, 23 October 1920, England 2 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Roker Park Ground, Association Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, aged 34 years 251 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1909-10, 1919-20, 1920-21;
Team honours None
Individual honours England's Joint-Top Goalscorer (one 1910 - the first non-forward)
Distinctions The 250th England player to die

Beyond England

Held differing positions in differing jobs, including sports outfitter, journalism and hotel management.  He was the cricket coach in Queensland in 1929-30, and at Eton College 1931-36. He was a sports reporter at the time of his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.91/2.

Andy Ducat - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
13 6 6 540 1 540 min 1 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.


Andy Ducat - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 1 1 0.667 1.00 50.0 =0
Away 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2 0 1 2.667 2.00 66.7 +1
All - British Championship 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 1 2 1.667 1.50 58.3 +1


Andy Ducat - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1909-10 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 1 1 0.667 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1919-20 2 1 0 1 6 6 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
BC 1920-21 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 1 2 1.667 1.50 58.3 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 1 2 1.667 1.50 58.3 +1
All 6 3 1 2 10 9 +1 1 2 1.667 1.50 58.3 +1


Andy Ducat - Match History
 Club: Woolwich Arsenal F.C. - 3 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 6 full capsx

Age 20
- 92 15 February 1908 - Ireland 1 England 3, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC HW reserve
- 95 6 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 6, Cricketer Platz, Wien tour AW withdrawn reserve
- 96 8 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 11, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW
- 97 10 June 1908 - Hungary 0 England 7, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW
- 98 13 June 1908 - Bohemia 0 England 4, Stadión Letná, Praha AW
Age 22
1 105 12 February 1910 - Ireland 1 England 1, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AD Start rh
Age 23
2 106 14 March 1910 - Wales 0 England 2, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff BC AW Start 66 rh
3 107 2 April 1910 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL Start rh
Age 25
- 109 13 March 1911 - England 3 Wales 0, The Den, New Cross BC HW reserve
Age 26
- 112 11 March 1912 - Wales 0 England 2, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW reserve


 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 3 full appearances


Age 34
4 121 15 March 1920 - England 1 Wales 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury BC HL Start rh
5 122 10 April 1920 - England 5 Scotland 4, Hillsborough, Sheffield HW Start rh
6 123 23 October 1920 - England 2 Ireland 0, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Start rh