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Ernest Williamson

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Full nameErnest Clarke Williamson
Date of birth24 May 1890
Place of birthMurton, County Durham, England
Date of death30 April 1964
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Ernest Clarke Williamson (24 May 1890 30 April 1964) was an English football goalkeeper.

Born in Murton, County Durham, Williamson began his career at local sides before moving to London in 1913 to join Croydon Common. During World War I he served in the Royal Army Service Corps and also turned out for various teams as a guest, including over 120 appearances for Arsenal. After the war ended, Williamson officially signed for Arsenal, who had just been promoted to the First Division; after sharing the keeper's jersey with Stephen Dunn in 1919-20 he made it his own the following season, playing 33 of the Gunners' 42 matches in 1920-21, and only missing one match the season after that.

His consistency for Arsenal brought the attention of the England selectors, and he became Arsenal's first post-First World War international, playing in both of England's matches away to Sweden on 21 May and 24 May 1923. However, by this time his Arsenal place was under threat; after conceding fourteen goals first in five matches during 1922-23 he had been dropped in favour of Dunn, and later Jock Robson. In June 1923 he left Arsenal for free to go to Norwich City. In all he played 113 official first-class matches for Arsenal, in addition to his unofficial wartime matches.

After playing for Division Three South Norwich for two seasons, Williamson retired from football altogether in 1925. He died in 1964, aged 73.

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