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Ernie Williamson

The Arsenal FC

2 appearances, 3 goals against
0 clean sheets

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 7: A 3
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Private Ernest Clarke Williamson
Born 24 May 1890 at 46 Pilgrim Street in East Murton, county Durham [registered in Easington, June 1890].

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, ten month old Ernest is the youngest of three children, to Ralph and Mary Francis, living at 46 Pilgrim Street in East Murton. His father is a coalminer.

According to the 1901 census, Ernest C. is now the third of four children, now all sons, to their parents, living at 26 Durham Road in East Murton. His father still works in Murton Colliery as a Deputy Overman in the underground.

According to the 1911 census, Ernest Clark is a rolleywayman, underground in the coalmine where his father remains the Deputy Overman. He is still at home, one of four sons, living at 10 North Street in Murton. The same census reveals that he is one of six children, and that two have died.
According to his army records, at the time of his attestation on 15 December 1914, Williamson, a footballer, was living at 41 White Horse Lane in South Norwood. He was discharged on 30 March 1915 because of a disability (an enlarged 1st metatarso-phalangeal joint), of which he was then living at 17 Ladbrook Lane in South Norwood. He was awarded the Silver War Badge on 23 April 1917.

According to the 1939 register, Ernest C., a licensed victualler, is married to Elizabeth, living at 131 Earlham Road in Norwich, along with son, Kenneth.
Married to Elizabeth Miller, at St Mary's Church in New Seaham, 18 March 1912 [registered in Easingtom, March 1912]. Died in Norwich, summer 1964. Three children, Ernest Cecil (b.7 February 1914), possibly Douglas (b.1920), Kenneth (b.28 May 1923), and Anthony (b.1933)
Possibly remarried to Jeanne F. Ducker [registered in Norwich, September 1946].
Died 30 April 1964 at his home in Norwich, aged 73 years 342 days [registered in Norwich, June 1964].
Height/Weight 5' 10", 12st. 6/7lbs [1913]. 5' 8½" 12st. 0lbs [1914]


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior career in the Wearside League with Murton Red Star FC, before a transfer to the North-Eastern League club, Wingate Albion FC. Williamson was signed by Croydon Common FC, of the Southern League, on 22 June 1913. He joined the army during the war, where he kept up his football with the Footballers Battalion (17th Middlesex Regiment). He guested for The Arsenal FC, then signed for them in 1919. The transfer fee was set at £150 by the League Committee on 14 April. On 29 June 1923, after 105 league appearances, Norwich City FC obtained his services for two seasons. Retired in 1925 after 43 league appearances.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Williamson acted as one of the linesmen in a fancy dress charity match between the Policemen and trademen of Lewes, 29 March 1922.


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 451st players (451) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 135, 21 May 1923, Sweden 2 England 4, an end-of-season tour match at Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm, aged 32 years 362 days.
Last match No. 136, 24 May 1923, Sweden 1 England 3, an end-of-season tour match at Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm, aged 33 years 0 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England victory (one appearance, 1919)
Distinctions The 25th Durhamer to represent England.
Died 24 days after Tom Holford.

Beyond England

From his Norwich City days, he became a licensee in the town, as well as being a groundsman for his local bowling club. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.270.


Ernie Williamson - Career Statistics

Squads Apps Comp
Mins. GA GA Av.
Comp GA Clean
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
2 2 0 180 3 60 min 0 0 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 Williamson - 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 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 0 0 3.50 1.50 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 0 0 3.50 1.50 100.0 +2


Ernie Williamson - Match History
 Club: The Arsenal F.C. - 2 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 32
1 135 21 May 1923 - Sweden 2 England 4, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm tour AW Start gk
Age 33
2 136 24 May 1923 - Sweden 1 England 3, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm tour AW Start gk