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Joseph Eric Stephenson (17 September 1914 – 8 September 1944)[1] was an English footballer who played as an inside left at both professional and international levels.

Eric Stephenson
Personal information
Full name Joseph Eric Stephenson
Date of birth (1914-09-17)17 September 1914
Place of birth Bexleyheath, England
Date of death 8 September 1944(1944-09-08) (aged 29)
Place of death Burma
Playing position Inside left
Youth career
1933–1935 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1941 Leeds United 111 (21)
1939–1941Leeds United (war) 32 (7)
Total 143 (28)
National team
1938 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in Bexleyheath, Stephenson signed for Leeds United in 1933, turned professional in 1934, and made his first-team debut in 1935.[2]

Stephenson also earned two international caps for England in 1938.[3]

War serviceEdit

After leaving Leeds in 1941 to become a Major in the Gurkha Rifles, Stephenson died in active service in Burma in September 1944.[2][4] His younger brother Ernest had died in action August 1943, at the age of 27.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "England players: Eric Stephenson". englandfootballonline. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Player profile". Oz White LUFC. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Player profile". EnglandStats.com. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Major Stephenson, Joseph Eric". CWGC. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Soldiers of St John's". St John's Church, Roundhay. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Private Stephenson, Ernest Frank". CWGC. Retrieved 10 July 2018.