Centre half Ellis Hall was born in Ecclesfield, a small town north of Sheffield, the sixth of nine siblings of which four played professional football. Ellis joined the Tigers in January 1906 at the tender age of 16 along with his brother Harry. He was introduced to the City first team shortly afterwards, deputising three times for William Robinson. He returned to the City first eleven at Christmas 1906, playing three more times, and made two further appearances early in 1907. He spent the entire 1907/08 season in the reserves – a chance to make a first team start in December 1907 was thwarted when a late running train meant Ellis was unable to deputise at short notice for an unwell Arthur Temple – and he left the club in the 1908 close season.
Hall spent 1908/09 season at Hastings and St Leonards, and helped the South Coast side to finish runners-up in the Southern League Second Division. In May 1909 he joined Stoke, who at the time were playing in the Birmingham & District League after bankruptcy led to the Potters being jettisoned from Division Two, and he was an immediate first team regular. A year later he moved to Huddersfield Town, who had just been elected to Division Two, and Ellis made 40 appearances for the Terriers across two seasons before joining North Eastern League side South Shields in August 1912. He served South Shields for three seasons until World War One halted football in the summer of 1915.
During the war Hall remained in England and served several clubs in wartime fixtures including Huddersfield, Derby, Sheffield United, Grimsby and – in 1916 and 1917 – Hull City. Hall returned to South Shields in early 1919 but when the Football League resumed in September 1919 Ellis had moved north of the border to join Hamilton Academical. He had three seasons at the Accies before joining Halifax Town in August 1922 – after a summer transfer the Millwall Athletic was aborted. Hall was captain of Halifax Town for three seasons and made 129 first team starts before he left for Rochdale in November 1925, only to retire in early 1926 after an impressive twenty year senior career.
Hall moved to London to find work after his football career had ended, but had returned to his home town Ecclesfield by March 1947 when he died at the age of 57.
Date/Place of Birth: 22 June 1889, Ecclesfield
Hull City First Game: 14 March 1906, Blackpool A (Division Two), 16 years, 265 days old
Hull City Final Game: 23 March 1907, Lincoln City H (Division Two), 17 years, 274 days old
Hull City (1906-1908), Hastings and St Leonards (1908-1909), Stoke (1909-1910), Huddersfield Town (1910-1912), South Shields (1912-1915), Hamilton Academical (1919-1922), Halifax Town (1922-1925), Rochdale (1925-1926)
Hull City Record
Career: 8 apps, 0 goalsEllis Hall