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Player Database - Ernest Clifford Price

Ernest Clifford Price

Debut game
v Linby Colliery (h) May 1950

Final game for Gresley Rovers first team
v Parkhouse Colliery (a) 8th May 1950

Played for the reserves.

Ernest was born in Ibstock, Leicestershire in 1895 and died in Basford, Nottinghamshire in 1955.

Career: 1914 Gresley Rovers; Ibstock Albion; Coalville Swifts; am Jan 1917 FOSSE; Nov 1919-loan-Coalville Swifts; pro Oct 1920 Leicester City; June 1922 Halifax Town; Dec 1923 Southampton; June 1926 Nottingham Forest; Oct 1928 Loughborough Corinthians; cs 1929 Nuneaton Town; Feb 1932 Gresley Rovers; Oct 1933 Snibston United.

Fosse debut (WW1) v Notts County (H) 13.1.1917; (postwar) v Tottenham Hotspur (H) 11.9.1919 (scored twice) Fosse's leading marksman in wartime competition, Cliff hit three counters in his first two senior games for City, and was finally persuaded by Peter Hodge to sign professionally just over a year later.

The local inside-left didn't find it easy, however, to compete for a first-team slot with imports like Jim Macauley and Harry Graham, and eventually moved on to make his mark elsewhere: as a goalscorer in Division Three (North), and as a more studious contributor to the attacks of Second Division Saints and Forest.

Cliff, the youngest of eleven children, had been an elastic web factory hand, then a teenage collier during WW1, and was sent back to pit work only four days after enlisting for active service in the summer of 1918.

Twenty years later, he was noted as cricket captain of Hugglescote Albion CC. (Culpably, we have assigned an erroneous birthdate to Cliff in all previous versions of this work, and we have thus had to remove our claim for him as the club's youngest WW1 scorer from the Records section). His brother Tom played at centre-forward for Lincoln City in 1902-03; and his nephews Fred and Jack were also on the Filbert Street books.
LFFC/LCFC Apps: FL 28; WW1 75. Goals: FL 8; WW1 33.

Notes by Paul Taylor.

Previous clubs

Coalville Swifts, Leicester City, Halifax Town June 1922, Southampton Dec 1923, Nottingham Forest 1926, Loughborough Corinthians, Nuneaton Town, Whitwick Colliery, Gresley Rovers Aug 1949, Snibston United
First Name Ernest Clifford
Last Name Price
Signed August 1949
Position Inside Left
Appearances 2
Goals Scored 0
Clean Sheets N/A
Left May 1950

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