By Tony Attwood
Ernest William Tuckett to some degree is one of Arsenal’s mystery men although I have just about patched together most of the information that there is available in public records.
He was born on 1 January 1914 in Lingdale according to Hayes, or 1 March 1914 according to Smith and Russell and the 11 v 11 website. There is a suggestion made elsewhere that he was born near Wallasey, but that seems a minority view.
Lingdale is a village in North Yorkshire, England. The village was created through the start of ironstone mining in the area, in the early 19th century. It is near Guisborough, and credence is given to this origin by the fact that he started out with Scarborough, and was considered to show great promise in his early years as a footballer, and joined Arsenal on 27 June 1932 as an amateur at the age of 18.
Ernie first came to notice as an Arsenal man with six goals in a London Midweek League match in 1933 and then moved on to the nursery club Margate between 1934 and 1936 become a professional for Arsenal in 1936.
The now defunct Margate History website had him playing over 70 games for Margate in his time there.
He made his debut on 28 March 1936 away to Wolverhampton and played his second and final match on May 2, the last day of the season. Both games were 2-2 draws with Ernie playing at centre half (number 5) in both games.
Arsenal finished sixth that year and their prime interest was in the FA Cup, which the club won, so these league matches towards the end of the season were clearly times when Allison was experimenting with his team and selecting a side for the future.
Ernie was however not to be part of that future and on 12 February 1937 he moved to Bradford City, in a move which saw Arsenal acquire Laurie Scott.
There is also a report that Ernie moved on to Fulham, and in that case it would seem that he moved back to his native Yorkshire when the war broke out. He certainly featured for Bradford during wartime football until his death on active service in an airfield accident whilst serving in the RAF on 27 May 1945. He was just 31 at the time.
I am sorry I have no more, and what I have found is at time contradictory. As always, if you do know more, please do get in touch.