Ernie Coleman

Ernie Coleman was a prolific force during Arsenal's title-winning season of 1932/33.

The inside/centre forward joined from Grimsby Town for £7,500 in March 1932 after finishing as the Mariners' top goalscorer in the previous two campaigns.

Profile

Name Ernie Coleman
Arsenal Career 1932 - 1934
Position: Striker
Appearances 47 (47 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 26

Coleman did not feature heavily in his first season after making his debut against Leicester City in March 1932, playing six times as the natural heir to Jack Lambert. Arsenal finished as runners-up to Everton.

But the striker proved his worth and kept Lambert out of the side the following season as the Gunners reclaimed their title, scoring 24 goals in 27 games.

That proved to be Coleman's only full season at Highbury and, after scoring just once in 12 games the next season, he left to join Middlesbrough for £2,500 in August 1934.

The signing of Ted Drake also went some way to pushing Coleman out. It was a decision which paid off quite spectacularly as Drake scored 136 goals in 182 matches.