Ernie Swinton | 1910/11 - 1913/14 |
Heritage Number: Date of Birth:
31.12.1910 vs. Ebbw Vale. Age:
18.04.1914 vs. Batley. Age:
Ernie was born in Widnes on 5 December 1889 to Thomas Swinton of Runcorn and Alice Swinton from Warrington. Educated at Farnworth Grammar School, he qualified in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Liverpool University where he was President of the Engineering Society and editor of its magazine. He became a Station Engineer for Liverpool Corporation at their Lister Drive Power Station and also lectured at Widnes Technical School.
A noted sprinter, Ernie played some association football before signing for Widnes FC in August 1909. He made a try scoring first team debut on the right-wing at home to Ebbw Vale on New Year's Eve 1910 and he appeared in most games for the rest of that season, scoring 9 tries in total including a hat-trick in a 29-0 win over Dewsbury. Ernie's last game was at Batley in April 1914 and his career total of 42 tries in 84 games included a club record (at the time) of 18 in the season 1911/12.
The family at one time lived at 4 Birchfield Road but, by 1914, his father was the licensee of the Queens Arms on Moor Lane. Ernie enlisted in the forces on 12 August 1914 and by the following spring he was serving as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery at the Battle of Festubert, where he was wounded by shellfire, requiring the amputation of his right arm and leg. Although repatriated to London for treatment, he died of his wounds on 28 May 1915.
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