Ellis Crompton

Ellis Crompton : Blackburn Rovers

George Ellis Crompton was born in Ramsbottom on 17th July 1886. A right-half or inside right, Crompton joined Blackburn Rovers in 1906.

Crompton took time to establish himself in the first team. In the 1907-08 season Blackburn Rovers was knocked out of the FA Cup in the first round when they were defeated by Second Division Leicester Fosse. They also had a first round exit in the Lancashire Cup.

Blackburn's league form was little better and after a late rally they finished in 14th place. That year Crompton scored four goals.

Robert Middleton appointed the former Preston North End star, Bob Holmes, as trainer. This had a good impact on the team as they obtain 4th place in the 1908-09 season. Billy Davies scored 19 goals in 27 league appearances. This included four goals against both Bristol City and Everton. Ellis Crompton scored ten goals that season.

Blackburn Rovers continued their good form the following season and by October 1909 they became leaders of the First Division of the Football League. They lost their position in January 1910 and finally finished in 3rd place behind Aston Villa and Liverpool. Blackburn's 45 points was the best total they had ever accumulated in a season. Blackburn's defence was outstanding but an injury to Billy Davies caused the club serious problems in front of goal. Wattie Aitkenhead was top scorer with 14 goals and the consistent Edwin Latheron added 10 more. Crompton, once again, had only a few games for the first-team. Over four years at Blackburn he had the impressive record of scoring 20 goals in 35 games.

In 1910 Ellis Crompton signed for Tottenham Hotspur. After the First World War he played 41 games for Bristol Rovers and 145 for Exeter City. He retired from football in 1925.

Ellis Crompton died in 1953.