Lucien Boullemier

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Lucien Boullemier
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Boullemier in a Burslem Port Vale team photo.
Personal information
Full name Lucien Emile Boullemier[1]
Date of birth Q1 1877[1]
Place of birth Stoke-upon-Trent, England[1]
Date of death 9 January 1949(1949-01-09) (age 72)[1]
Place of death Newcastle-under-Lyme, England[1]
Playing position Right-half
Youth career
Stoke Alliance
Chesterton White Star
Stone Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1896 Stoke 7 (0)
1897–1902 Burslem Port Vale 152 (6)
Philadelphia Hibernian
1905 Northampton Town
1905 Burslem Port Vale 1 (0)
Northern Nomads
North Staffs Nomads
Total 160+ (6+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lucien Emile Boullemier (Q1 1877 – 9 January 1949) was an English footballer and ceramic designer. A right-half, he played competitively for Stoke, Burslem Port Vale, Philadelphia Hibernian (United States), Northampton Town, and Northern Nomads. He was the younger brother of Leon Boullemier, also an accomplished sportsman.

Playing career[edit]

The son of the French-born ceramic artist Antonin Boullemier,[2] who had moved to Stoke in 1872 to work as a decorator at Minton's factory, Lucien Boullemier worked as a ceramic artist and painter. He played for Stoke Alliance, Chesterton White Star and Stone Town, before joining Stoke in August 1896. He played in seven First Division matches for the "Potters" during the 1896–97 season.[3] He then signed for Burslem Port Vale in the summer of 1897.[1] He played all 45 games of the 1898–99 season, and helped the Vale to a ninth place finish in the Second Division and to win the Staffordshire Senior Cup.[1] He played 41 games in the 1899–1900 campaign, and scored his first league goal in a 1–0 win over Luton Town at the Athletic Ground.[1] He also scored goals in home wins over Burton Swifts and Newton Heath.[1] He played 32 matches in the 1900–01 season, scoring goals in home wins over Blackpool and Chesterfield.[1] He made 41 appearances in the 1901–02 campaign, playing every one of the club's 34 league games.[1] He claimed the only goal against Leicester Fosse at Filbert Street and also scored past Wrexham in an FA Cup qualifier.[1] After eight games in the 1902–03 season, he announced his retirement from football to concentrate on his artwork. He emigrated to the United States, where he played for Philadelphia Hibernian,[1] and worked for the Lenox China factory in New Jersey.[4]

His art career seemingly not taking off in the way he had envisaged, he returned to England in 1905 and joined Northampton Town; in November he made an unsuccessful comeback at Port Vale, where he played just one league game.[1] He retired for good after playing for Northern Nomads and North Staffs Nomads.[1]

Ceramic Design[edit]

On his return to England, Boullemier worked at Mintons factory and then at the Soho Pottery in Cobridge, before being recruited by C.T. Maling of Newcastle upon Tyne to take charge of their decorating department. Until 1926 he had been engaged in painting quite high class porcelain, and he introduced a range of more glamorous designs into the mass-market Maling range, using gold printing techniques and lustred surfaces.[4]

In 1933 he was joined at the company by his son, Lucien George. Three years later, he left to work for the New Hall Pottery Company in Staffordshire, where he produced a range called "Boumier Ware", each piece of which carried his facsimile signature.[5]

Honours[edit]

with Burslem Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 36. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Anton Boullemier". antiqueszone.co.uk. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  4. ^ a b Moore, Steven; Catherine Ross (1992). Maling The Trademark of Excellence. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Tyne and Wear Museums. pp. 40–42. ISBN 0-905974-56-5. 
  5. ^ Moore, Steven; Catherine Ross (1992). Maling The Trademark of Excellence. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Tyne and Wear Museums. p. 99. ISBN 0-905974-56-5.