Leicester born wing half Ernest Bacon had a brief football career despite winning England Schoolboy international honours prior to the First World War. He joined Second Division Leicester Fosse (later to become Leicester City) immediately after the War and he made his Football League debut for them in September 1919 against Fulham but only played four matches for them that season, before joining Watford in May 1920.
Although he played in Watford’s inaugural Football League match he never played more than 3 matches consecutively and by the end of the season having made 12 appearances, he was given a free transfer, joining Charlton Athletic in July 1921. His two seasons at The Valley yielded just 5 first team appearances and having been released he went into non league football in May 1923 with Nuneaton Town.
He joined Kettering Town in December 1923, joining Barwell United in 1924, playing with them until 1926. He then joined Rothwell Town in June 1927, before finishing his playing days with Erith & Belvedere and Callender Athletic joining them in 1928 and 1929 respectively.