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James Ernest Mangnall

James Ernest Mangnall is one of the more famous Mangnalls. He was born in Belmont, Bolton in 1866, the son of Joseph Mangnall (GM133) and Anne (GM134). The 1871 Census shows Ernest living with his father Joseph who was a joiner, his mother Ann, and his younger sister Augusta, at 39 Bamber Street in Great Bolton. At the time of the 1881 census he was living with his parents and his sister Augusta (FM109) at 45 Coe Street in Great Bolton.

He was educated at Bolton Grammar School where he played inside right for the school football team and then for the Old Boys. He was a keen cyclist, and in his youth he cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats. At some point he played goal keeper for Lancashire County football team.

Ernest was a keen supporter of Bolton Wanderers and became their director and then secretary. He moved to become the secretary at Burnley on the 27th December 1899 (see Jacob Skals web page) where he was appreciated for his skills in spotting talented players. At the time of the 1901 census he was visiting Albert and Mary List at Kestor Street in Bolton. I've no idea what his connection with the family was.

On 30th September 1903 Ernest became manager at Manchester United where he was responsible for the building of the Old Trafford ground. The story goes that shortly after the team moved into the new ground at Old Trafford, the stand at the old ground blew down in a gale (see http://geocities.com/TimesSquare/Portal/7353/history2.htm).

Ernest married Eliza Sharpe Hobson on the 12th July 1906 at the Parish Church in South Shore, Blackpool.
1906 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish
of South Shore in the County of Lancaster
No. Where married Name and surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage
Father's Name and Surname
Rank or Profession of Father
392

July

12th

1906

James Ernest
Mangnall

36

Bachelor

Secretary

13 Hill Street

Joseph Mangnall (decd)

Builder
 

Eliza Sharpe Hobson 29 Spinster   13 Hill Street Thomas Hobson (Decd) Estate Agent
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me,
This Marriage
was solemnized
between us
James Ernest Mangnall

Eliza Sharpe Hobson

in the
presence
of us
Bernard Hobson

Mary Anne Hobson

Fred H Powell

Vicar

On 20th August 1912, Ernest moved to become the manager at Manchester City where he remained until 1924. He died in January 1932.

No.
When and
where died
Name and
surname
Sex
Age
Occupation
Cause of death
Signature, description and residence of informant
When
registered
Signature of
registrar
466
Thirteenth
January 1932
3 Osborne
Road
St Annes on
the Sea U.D.
James
Ernest
Mangnall
Male
66
years
Football Club
Manager
(retired)
I.A.Cerebral embolism
II.Arterio Sclerosis
NO.P.M.
Certified by
L O'Brien M.B.
E Mangnall
Son
present at the death
3 Osborne Road
St Annes on the Sea
Fourteenth
January
1932
Robert J.
Waring
Registrar

You can read more about Ernest on the following web sites about Manchester United:-

  • http://geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palms/2930/mangnall.htm
  • http://www.fa-carling.com/club/mufc/mumangal.html
  • http://www.mufc-online.simplenet.com/history/managers.htm
  • http://geocities.com/TimesSquare/Portal/7353/history2.htm


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