Ernest Williams (footballer)

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Ernest Williams
Personal information
Full name Ernest W. Williams
Date of birth 24 August 1882
Place of birth Ryde, England
Date of death 5 August 1943(1943-08-05) (aged 60)
Place of death Portsmouth, England
Playing position Outside-left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
????–1906 Ryde
1906–1909 Portsmouth 32[1] (5)
1909–1910 Chelsea 6 (0)
1910–1912 Portsmouth
1912–1913 Southampton 1 (0)
National team
1910–1911 England amateur 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ernest W. Williams (24 August 1882 – 5 August 1943) was an English footballer who played at outside-left for Portsmouth, Chelsea and Southampton in the 1900s and 1910s. He remained an amateur throughout his career.[2]

Football career[edit]

Williams was born at Ryde on the Isle of Wight and played for his local team before crossing the Solent to join Portsmouth of the Southern League in December 1906.

Williams remained at Portsmouth for three years, where he vied with Joe Dix for the No. 11 shirt.

In December 1909, Williams moved to London to join Chelsea of the Football League First Division where he made six league appearances in the 1909–10 season.[3] He also played twice in the FA Cup, scoring in a 2–1 victory over Hull City on 15 January 1910.[4] During his time at Stamford Bridge, Williams won two England amateur caps in 1910–11.[2]

Williams returned to Portsmouth the following year, spending a further two seasons with the Fratton Park club. In all he spent five years with Portsmouth, making 32 league appearances, scoring five goals,[2] before moving to Southampton in the summer of 1912.

He made only one appearance for the "Saints", replacing the injured Len Andrews at Brighton on 19 October 1912, before retiring at the end of the season.[5]

Later career[edit]

After retiring from football, Williams took up a career in teaching.[2]


  1. ^ Combined total for both periods with Portsmouth
  2. ^ a b c d Juson, Dave (2004). Saints v Pompey - A history of unrelenting rivalry. Hagiology Publishing. p. 231. ISBN 0-9534474-5-6. 
  3. ^ Chelsea career details
  4. ^ Collett, Mike (2003). The Complete Record of the FA Cup. Sports Books. p. 220. ISBN 1-899807-19-5. 
  5. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 366. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.