Ernie Carless

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Ernie Carless
Personal information
Full name Ernest Francis Carless
Born (1912-09-09)9 September 1912
Cadoxton, Glamorgan, Wales
Died 26 September 1987(1987-09-26) (aged 75)
Barry, Glamorgan, Wales
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Wicketkeeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1947–1949 Devon
1946 Glamorgan
1934 Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 3
Runs scored 35
Batting average 11.66
100s/50s –/–
Top score 25
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 30 June 2010

Ernest Francis Carless (9 September 1912 – 26 September 1987) was a Welsh cricketer. Carless was a right-handed batsman who played primarily as a wicketkeeper. He also bowled right-arm off-breaks though he did not bowl in first-class cricket. Carless played football in the Football League for Cardiff City and Plymouth Argyle as an inside forward. He was born at Cadoxton, Glamorgan.

Carless made his first-class debut for Glamorgan in 1934 against Middlesex, though Tom Brierley kept wicket in this match; he played one further match for the county in that season, against Surrey, when Carless kept wicket. During the Second World War he played for the club in fund-raising matches. Following the end of the war and the resumption of County Cricket in 1946, Carless made his final first-class appearance, 12 years after his previous first-class match, in a Glamorgan side which was beset by injuries and struggling to field a team. His final first-class match was against Essex.[1] In his 3 matches he scored 35 runs at a batting average of 11.66 and a high score of 25.[2]

In 1947, Carless joined Devon, where he made his Minor Counties Championship debut for the county against Cornwall. From 1947 to 1949, he represented Devon in 7 Minor Counties fixtures, with his final appearance for the county coming against the Glamorgan Second XI.[3]

A multi-talented sportsman,[4] Carless played football as an inside forward.[5] He began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but did not make a first team appearance, and then returned to Wales to play for Barry Town.[5] Carless made his Football League debut in 1932 with Cardiff City and spent several years there without establishing himself in the first team.[4][5] He went on to play for Altrincham and return to Barry Town before the Second World War.[4] Carless joined Plymouth Argyle in 1946, playing 11 games as a guest in the Football League South and then signing up to make four Second Division appearances when the full league programme returned.[4]

In 1947, soon after his last appearance for Argyle, Carless accepted an offer to become the club's head groundsman, having gained experience doing the job for Cardiff City before moving to Plymouth.[4][6] The role enabled him to continue his cricket career with Devon.[4]

Carless died at Barry, Glamorgan on 26 September 1987.


  1. ^ First-Class Matches played by Ernie Carless
  2. ^ First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Ernie Carless
  3. ^ Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Ernie Carless
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ernie Carless". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 48. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  6. ^ Brief profile of Ernie Carless

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