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Ernie Hart

Leeds United AFC

8 appearances, 0 goals

P 8 W 5 D 0 L 3 F 19: A 11
63% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Ernest Arthur Hart
Birth 3 January 1902 in Woodville Road, Overseal, Derbyshire [registered in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, March 1902].

According to the 1911 census, Ernest Arthur is the fourth of six children to John William and Alice (née Buckley). They live at 37 South Street in Highfields, Adwick-le-Street. His father is a coal mine hewer. 


According to the 1921 census, Ernest Arthur, now a professional footballer (for Leeds United FC), is the third of seven children living at home with their parents at 36 Great North Road in Adwick-le-Street. 

Marriage to Caroline Ward, on 1 November 1923 [registered in Holbeck, December 1923].

According to passenger lists, Hart, along with other footballers, was part of a tour of South Africa that returned to Southampton on 5 August 1929 from Cape Town on board the SS Arundel Castle. His address was stated as 28 Grosvenor Road in Woodlands area of Doncaster. 

"Harry Hart (36), of Washington Road, Woodlands, was killed by a heavy fall of roof in Bullcroft Main Colliery, near Doncaster, to-day. He was working at one of the conveyor coal faces, and workmates had a lucky escape. The body was not recovered until five hours of arduous rescue work by the man's workmates, and others who came on specially relieve them. Hart was one of six brothers, five of whom worked at the pit along with their father. The older brother is Ernest Hart, the Leeds United footballer, and before going to Leeds, Ernest and Harry played football for the old junior club, Woodlands Wesleyans. Harry was then, over 15 years ago, a full-back, and Ernest a centre-half. Harry Hart leaves an invalid wife and two young children."
- Friday, 22 November 1935, The Leeds Mercury
  Cannot be found on the 1939 register.
Death 21 July 1954, in the General Infirmary, Leeds, aged 52 years 199 days [registered in Leeds, September 1954], after being seriously ill for a few months.
Probate "HART Ernest Arthur of 87 Tenter Balk-lane Ardwick-le-Street near Doncaster died 21 July 1954 at The General Infirmary Leeds Probate Wakefield 29 August to Caroline Hart widow Effects £20398 18s. 9d."


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy and junior football in Overseal, then turned out in the Doncaster & District Junior League with Woodlands Wesleyans FC. Newly-formed Leeds United AFC signed Hart on 18 December 1919. He put in years of service, becoming club captain...
"Ernest Hart, the England international half-back and Leeds United captain, has suffered punishment of exceptional severity for the insulting remark he made to the referee in the West Riding Senior Cup Final. A West Riding Commission sitting in Leeds last night suspended him for a month, and an even worse blow followed to-day when the Football Association announced that Hart would not be allowed to take part in the Continental Tour of Italy and Switzerland for which he had been chosen along with two other Leeds United players. Hart's place in the touring team will be taken by White of Everton. As the West Riding Commission suspension comes into force for the last week of the present season, and will be continued over the opening three weeks of 1933-34, it had been thought that Hart's position in the normal close season would remain unprejudiced, and that he would be able to take part in the Continental Tour, for which the party leaves England next week after football is finished here. The position, of course, would have been anomalous that a player while virtually under sentence of suspension should play for England, but as the Continental matches were in the close season it was hoped that the F.A. would not take an extreme view of the case. The news of the substitution of White, however, was received at mid-day to-day. Hart himself was naturally extremely upset when the news of this further blow was conveyed to him at the Elland Road ground this morning and made no comment, while the officials of the Leeds United club, of course, decline to express their opinion; but it may be taken that there is great indignation felt by Hart's friends and admirers, who consider the penalty utterly disproportionate to the players offence.
It may be recalled that the Leeds United captain was sent off the field by the referee, Mr. J. E. Mellor, of Bradford, in the early stages of the West Riding Senior Cup Final between United and Huddersfield Town at Valley Parade, Bradford, last Wednesday evening. The referee had given a decision which Hart believed to be incorrect, and he was provoked into protesting to the referee. He used an expression which no one would attempt to defend, though whether, considering all the circumstances, it merited instant dismissal from the field, is matter of opinion. The referee thought it did.
Hart had not previously been in warned in the matter. During the thirteen seasons he has played for Leeds United, Hart's conduct on and off the field has been exemplary. He is an exceptionally clean player, especially in a position in which vigorous tackling has come to be generally accepted, and he had never been reported for any breach of discipline throughout his long and distinguished career. Nevertheless, the Commission sitting at the Griffin Hotel, Leeds, last night suspended him from yesterday until Saturday, May 6, inclusive, and from August 26 next season until September 17, inclusive. Hart cannot receive any pay during this period, and thus loses £32 in wages, apart from any bonus which might have been earned by the success of his team, and of course the pay, the pleasure and the honour which would come of his visit to the Continent."
  - Wednesday, 3 May 1933, The Yorkshire Evening Post
"The chairman of the Leeds United Football Club, Alderman Eric Clarke, together with another director and the secretary of the club, yesterday despatched a protest to the West Riding F.A. It is pointed out that the suspension covers a period of seven matches, allowing for two evening games early next season." - Tuesday, 9 May 1933, The Leeds Mercury
"Following the suspension of Ernest Hart, the Leeds United Club have lodged an appeal with a covering fee of 10 guineas with the West Riding F.A.  At last night's meeting of the West Riding F.A. in Leeds, Mr. Mark Barker, who represented the Leeds United Club, inquired whether the club would be represented when the appeal was heard. Mr. W. L. Hardcastle (Huddersfield), the President, who is a member of the Football Association, replied that in his opinion Leeds United were entitled to be represented, and that it was scarcely fair not to have Hart present when the appeal was heard. It was decided to send a letter to Mr. Brunt, the secretary of the West Riding F.A., who has been seriously ill, wishing him a speedy recovery." -
Wednesday, 10 May 1933, The Leeds Mercury
"In the case of Ernest Hart, the West Riding County Football Association has decided there is no appeal against the decision of the Cup Committee. Hart's suspension extends to the opening matches of next season." - Monday, 12 June 1933, The Daily Mail
  Hart was placed on the 'transfer list' on 23 April 1936, his transfer to Mansfield Town FC on 5 August for the season. A spell as Coventry City FC scout was ended when he was appointed as the player-manager of Tunbridge Wells Rangers FC on 26 July 1938. He remained with Rangers until the club disbanded on 2 February 1940.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1923-24, runners-up 1927-28, 1931-32; FA CHarity Shield winners 1929 (with Professionals); West Riding Senior Cup runners-up 1932-33 (sent-off);
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions Uncle-in-law to Johnny Arnold.
Height/Weight 5' 10", 12st. [1919]. 11st. 10lbs [1928 to 1930].


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

England Career

Player number 538th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
First match No. 163, 17 November 1928, Wales 2 England 3, a British Championship match at Vetch Field, Glamorgan Street, Swansea, aged 26 years 319 days.
Last match No. 193, 16 May 1934, Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Stadión Letná, Milady Horákové, Praha, aged 32 years 133 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1928-29, 1929-30, 1932-33, 1933-34;
Team honours British Championship winners 1929-30;
Individual honours FA Tour of South Africa 1929;
Distinctions None

Beyond England

On retirement, he bought a bus and began a coach business based in Doncaster as E.A. Hart, which traded as the Beehive Bus Company (he had bought out the Foden company, which included KWU 24, left, and KWU 25-27), this prospered and later the company was purchased by Wilfreda Coaches of Bawtry and soon after they moved to the new Headquarters at Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster. The joint company traded as Wilfreda Beehive, a luxury coach company operating from Doncaster and now nationally known. However, in July 1947, after the Doncaster Co-op took over control of Beehive, Hart left to set up another bus company, Kildare Coaches of Knottingley. Kildares lasted until 1983 when they were bought by Smiths-Happiways Travel - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.122./Old-bus-photos


Ernie Hart - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
10 8 5 720 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.


Ernie Hart - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 3 0 0 13 3 +10 0 2 4.333 1.00 100.0 +3
Away 5 2 0 3 6 8 -2 0 1 1.20 1.60 40.0 -1
All 8 5 0 3 19 11 +8 0 3 2.375 1.375 62.5 +2


Ernie Hart - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 5 4 0 1 13 4 +9 0 3 2.60 0.80 80.0 +3
Friendly 3 1 0 2 6 7 -1 0 0 2.00 2.333 33.3 -1
All 8 5 0 3 19 11 +8 0 3 2.375 1.375 62.5 +2


Ernie Hart - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1928-29 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1929-30 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 0 2 3.00 0.00 100.0 +2
BC 1932-33 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1933-34 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 5 4 0 1 13 4 +9 0 3 2.60 0.80 80.0 +3
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 4 0 1 13 4 +9 0 3 2.60 0.80 80.0 +3
All 5 4 0 1 13 4 +9 0 3 2.60 0.80 80.0 +3

Ernie Hart - Match History

 Club: Leeds United A.F.C. - eight full appearances (720 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - 8 full appearances (720 min)x

Age 26
1 163 17 November 1928 - Wales 2 England 3, Vetch Field, Swansea BC AW Start ch

Age 27
2 168 19 October 1929 - Ireland 0 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start ch
3 169 20 November 1929 - England 6 Wales 0, Stamford Bridge, Fulham HW Start ch

Age 30
4 184 7 December 1932 - England 4 Austria 3, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Fr HW Start ch

Age 31
5 185 1 April 1933 - Scotland 2 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start ch
186 13 May 1933 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio NPNF, Roma tour AD suspended
187 20 May 1933 - Switzerland 0 England 4, Stadion Neufeld, Bern AW

Age 32
6 191 14 April 1934 - England 3 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start ch
7 192 10 May 1934 - Hungary 2 England 1, Stadion Üllõi út, Budapest tour AL Start ch
8 193 16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, Stadión Letná, Praha AL Start ch