No relation, but I thought this article was kind of funny since this Ernest Needham was a famous football & cricket player in England. They had cards similar to baseball cards with his photo on them. He played in a game against Woolwich Arsenal in 1891, and it is possible the Needhams of Plumstead / Woolwich heard about him. I wonder if our relation Ernest Needham was proud of sharing the same name? 🙂