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Ernest Needham

Sheffield United FC

16 appearances, 3 goals
one penalty, two penalties missed

P 16 W 11 D 3 L 2 F 55: A 14
78% successful

1894-1902

captain: one
minutes played:
1440

Timeline

  Ernest Needham
Birth Tuesday, 21 January 1873 in Sheffield Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire [registered in Chesterfield, March 1873].
Baptised Sunday, 23 March 1873 in Great Barlow, Derbyshire
 

According to the 1871 census, George and Mary (née Wright) are living at Sheffield Road in Newbold. They already have four children, Sarah Alice, Emily Florence, Wright and John. George is a butcher.

 

According to the 1881 census, to George and Mary are now living at Chesterfield Road in Staveley. George is now a coalminer, and although Sarah and Emily have moved on, Wright, John and now Ernest and Herbert live with their parents.
What is clear is that this is the Needham family, but their name in the census is stated as Crook(e)s.

 

According to the 1891 census, the Needham family, that is, parents George and Mary, daughter Sarah Alice and three sons, John, Ernest and Herbert, all live at Barnfield Villas in Staveley. His father remains a coalminer, a vocation Ernest has also taken up.

Marriage to May Jones, Tuesday, 31 January 1893 at St John the Baptist Church, Staveley [registered in Chesterfield, March 1893]. Two daughters, Minnie and Florence.
"SERIOUS ILLNESS OF ERNEST NEEDHAM
"Followers of football all over the country will regret to learn that Ernest Needham, the popular and well known International half-back, and member of the Sheffield United team, is lying at his home in Staveley seriously ill with inflammation of the bowels. He should have gone to Bolton on Saturday with the team to meet the Wanderers at Pike's Lane, and to journey thence to Scotland. However, he failed to put in an appearance, and this, in the case of so reliable a man as Needham, was felt to presage something out of the common. As a matter of fact a telegram was sent to the club office in Sheffield, but through an oversight none was sent to Bolton. Two representatives of the United Committee (Mr Stones and Mr T A Tomlinson) visited him at Staveley on Sunday, and reported somewhat seriously as to his condition. Dr Court, who has been called in, states that the illness arises evidently from severe exposure or chill, and on being reminded of the blizzard at Birmingham when Needham, with others, became unconscious through exposure stated that the present seizure was quite likely to arise from that As a matter of fact Needham has never ceased to speak of his experience in that match, and has many times expressed his belief that he had not fully recovered. The doctor, we may add, has enjoined perfect rest for the present. We are pleased to learn that Needham is improving." - The Derbyshire Times, Wednesday, 2 January 1895
 

According to the 1901 census, Ernest is now married to May and they have two children, Minnie and Florence. They live with his in-laws, the Jones' family, parents William and Lucy, sons George and Arthur. They all live at 6 Hartington Cottages in Staveley. Ernest is stated as a professional footballer.

 

According to the 1911 census, Ernest is a professional cricketer, as well as footballer. He and May still have Minnie and Florence, but also a six year old nephew lives with them. Frank Jones. They live at Edge Mount on Chesterfield Road in Staveley.

Death Sunday, 8 March 1936 at The Royal Hospital, Chesterfield, aged 63 years 47 days [registered in Chesterfield, March 1936].
He was living at Chesterfield Road in Staveley. He left £4,489 10s. 8d. to his widow.
Death notes "Admitted into hospital ten days [before his death], suffering from an internal complaint which developed after an attack of bronchitis and pleurisy."

Source

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

Biographies Association Football - Ernest Needham (1901)
Association Football - Ernest Needham and Michael Robinson (reprint, Soccer Books, 4 November 2003)

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his career playing with Waverley FC, and then joined neighbours Staveley Wanderers FC in 1889. In the 1890-91 season, Needham was playing with Staveley Town FC, joining Sheffield United FC in April 1891, where he remained until his retirement in 1909.
League History
464 appearances, 52 goals
Sheffield United FC 1892-1910 225 appearances, three goals.
debut: 3 September 1892 Sheffield United FC 4 Lincoln City AFC 2.
last: 22 January 1910 Bolton Wanderers FC 1 Sheffield United FC 0.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1892-93 (20 apps, 5gls);
Football League Division One
runners-up 1896-97 (29, 6gls), 1899-1900 (25), Champions 1897-98 (29, 8gls), fourth place 1902-03 (26, 1gl), 1906-07 (33, 4gls).
FA Cup winners
1898-99 (9, 3gls), 1901-02 (8, 1gl), runners-up 1900-01 (7);
Individual honours Football League (ten appearances); Sheffield FA;
Distinctions Had a brother and nephew, George Wright Needham, who were also professionals.
Also played cricket for Derbyshire between 1901 and 1912 (scored two centuries in a match vs. Essex, 1908).
Height/Weight 5' 5¾", 11st. 5lbs [1899], 5' 5½", 10st. 8lbs [1901].

Source

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

England Career

Player number 217th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 52, 7 April 1894, Scotland 2 England 2, a British Championship at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 21 years 76 days.
Last match No. 74, 3 March 1902, Wales 0 England 0, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 29 years 41 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1893-94, 1894-95, 1896-97, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1899-1900, 1900-01, 1901-02;
Team honours British Championship winners 1894-95, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1900-01;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Later a steel worker. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.184.


The Numbers
parties Apps comp. apps minutes Goals goals ave.min comp. goals penalties captain
17 16 16 1440 3 480 min 3 1 2 one
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
16 11 3 2 55 14 +41 1 9 3.438 0.875 78.1 +9

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 10 8 1 1 11 7 +4 0 6 1.10 0.70 85.0 +7
Away 6 3 2 1 44 7 +37 1 3 7.333 1.167 66.7 +2

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1893-94 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1894-95 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1895-96 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC 1896-97 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 0 2 2.667 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1897-98 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 0 1 3.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC 1898-99 3 3 0 0 19 3 +16 0 1 6.333 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1899-1900 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 0 1 1.50 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1900-01 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 2 2.667 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1901-02 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC All 16 11 3 2 55 14 +41 1 9 3.438 0.875 78.1 +9

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 16 11 3 2 55 14 +41 1 9 3.438 0.875 78.1 +9
16 11 3 2 55 14 +41 1 9 3.438 0.875 78.1 +9

Match History

 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - sixteen full appearances (1440 min), 3 goals

F.A. International Select Committee - sixteen full appearance (1440 min)x


Age 21
1 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AD Start lh
   

Age 22
2 55 6 April 1895 - England 3 Scotland 0, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start lh
   
Age 23
58 4 April 1896 - Scotland 2 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow   BC AL withdrew injured

Age 24
3 59 20 February 1897 - England 6 Ireland 0, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham BC HW Start lh
4 60 29 March 1897 - England 4 Wales 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW Start 23 lh
5 61 3 April 1897 - England 1 Scotland 2, Sports Arena, Penge BC HL Start lh
   

Age 25
6 63 28 March 1898 - Wales 0 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start lh
7 64 2 April 1898 - Scotland 1 England 3, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AW Start lh

Age 26
8 65 18 February 1899 - England 13 Ireland 2, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Start lh
9 66 20 March 1899 - England 4 Wales 0, Ashton Gate, Bristol BC HW Start 30 lh
10 67 6 April 1899 - England 2 Scotland 1, Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham BC HW Start lh

Age 27
11 68 17 March 1900 - Ireland 0 England 2, Lansdowne Road, Dublin BC AW Start lh
   
12 70 7 April 1900 - Scotland 4 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AL Start lh
   

Age 28
13 71 9 March 1901 - England 3 Ireland 0, The Dell, Southampton BC HW Start lh
14 72 18 March 1901 - England 6 Wales 0, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne BC HW captain
  51
lh
15 73 30 March 1901 - England 2 Scotland 2, Sports Arena, Penge BC HD Start c.5 lh

Age 29
16 74 3 March 1902 - Wales 0 England 0, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AD Start c.40 lh
75 22 March 1902 - Ireland 0 England 1, Balmoral Showgrounds, Belfast BC AW withdrew
   

Needham drinks Cadbury's Cocoa

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