Ernie Coleman

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Ernie Coleman
Personal information
Full nameErnest Coleman
Date of birth 4 January 1908
Place of birth Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, England
Date of death 20 January 1984(1984-01-20) (aged 76)
Playing position(s) Centre forward
Youth career
Senior career*
1927–1929 Halifax Town 19 (5)
1929–1932 Grimsby Town 85 (57)
1932–1934 Arsenal 45 (26)
1934–1937 Middlesbrough 85 (21)
1937–1939 Norwich City 63 (25)
Teams managed
Linby Colliery
1961–1963 Notts County
1965–1966 Notts County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ernest "Ernie" [1] Coleman (4 January 1908 – 20 January 1984) was an English footballer.



Born in Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, Coleman started his career as a youth playing for Hucknall. After being turned down by Nottingham Forest he joined Halifax Town of the Third Division North in 1927. He scored five times in nineteen appearances, enough to catch the attention of Grimsby Town of the Second Division, joining them in March 1928. In just eight appearances in the 1928-29 season he scored seven times, helping Grimsby reach the First Division. Coleman remained at Grimsby for the next three seasons, and was Grimsby's top scorer in 1930-31 and 1931-32, and in March 1932 was signed by Herbert Chapman for £7,500 to join the reigning league champions, Arsenal; he made 85 league appearances for Grimsby, scoring 57 goals.

Intended as a replacement for Jack Lambert, Coleman made his Arsenal debut in a 2–1 win against Leicester City at Highbury on 5 March 1932 and played a total of six games that season, as Arsenal finished runners-up to Everton. In his first full season at the club, 1932-33, Coleman scored 24 times in just 27 league games, including two hat-tricks as Arsenal reclaimed their title, earning Coleman a championship medal. However, his form dropped in 1933-34 and he only scored once in 12 league appearances. The signing of Ted Drake in March 1934 meant Coleman was forced out of the Arsenal team, and he signed for Middlesbrough in August 1934. In total he had played 47 games for Arsenal, scoring 26 goals.

Coleman spent three seasons with Middlesbrough, scoring 21 goals in 85 league appearances, before finishing his career with Norwich City. After the Second World War, he was manager of Linby Colliery he left Linby to manage Notts County and saved them from relegation from the Football League. He died in 1984, aged 76.


  1. He was also nicknamed "Tim", although literary sources such as Harris & Hogg, Arsenal Who's Who (1995)) use "Ernie" as his primary given name. Another "Tim" Coleman, born in 1881, played for clubs including Arsenal, Everton and Sunderland in the 1900s and 1910s — the two should not be confused.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sam Bowen
Norwich City Captain
Succeeded by
Tom Smalley