Tuesday, April 7, 2009

7 April 1894 - No, I Don't Know What The Nickname Means

On 7 April 1894, 21-year old Sheffield United midfielder Ernest "Nudger" Needham made the first of his 16 appearances for the English national team - the most England caps of any Sheffield United player. His national team debut came in a 2-2 draw against Scotland at Celtic Park, Glasgow before a crowd of 45,107.

All of his 16 caps were in competitive matches in the British Home Championship. He captained the side once, in the 18 March 1901 match against Wales which England won 6-0, including one goal from Needham - one of the three he scored for England over the course of his national team career.

Needham played for Sheffield United from 1892-1909, totaling 554 matches and 65 goals. He helped the Blades achieve promotion to Division One in 1893 and then, as captain, helped them to the Division One title in the 1897-98 season and the FA Cup trophy in 1899 and 1902.

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