In most respects, Norwich born inside forward Eddie Mummery’s career would not be considered out of the ordinary. Mummery played for amateur clubs Lichfield and Yarmouth, before enlisting for national service during the First World War. After the War he joined Coalville Swifts, before turning professional with Third Division (South) club Watford in May 1920.He made his Football League debut against Swindon Town in February 1921 and broke into Watford’s first eleven on a regular basis from April 1922.
A generally occasional scorer who mainly played at inside or outside left, but who also played at left half, centre half, centre forward, inside right, even once appearing at left back, playing inside left that day, Mummery scored five goals in an 8-2 win against Newport County at Vicarage Road on 5th January 1924. He remains the only Watford player to have scored 5 goals in any Football League match. His red letter day saw him score 5 of the 12 goals he scored that season, and 24 scored in 126 appearances through to his final appearance for The Hornets in September 1925, when he scored the only goal in a win at Southend United and may have suffered injury leading to him losing his place.
Mummery also played for Watford a week after his 5 goal spree as they caused a giant killing by knocking First Division Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup, winning 1-0 at Ayresome Park in front of 24,000 spectators, beating Exeter City in a replay in the next round before losing 1-0 to eventual Cup winners Newcastle United in front of 23,444 at Vicarage Road the following month, Stan Seymour’s goal enough to see The Toon through to the quarter final.
Mummery left Watford in August 1926 joining Clapton Orient, but never appeared for their first team, and returned to East Anglia with non league Yarmouth Town in November the same year before his eventual retirement in 1928. Mummery became a coach at Yarmouth, a role he retained until his death from influenza aged 39 in January 1937.