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Index
England's Match Captains
1872-1914
with club affiliations
1872-1914
1919-39
1946-60
1960-70
1970-80
1980-90
1990-2000
2000-10
2010-20
 
All Captains Chosen By The FA International Committee
1872-76
1 30 November 1872 0-0 vs. Scotland, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow Fr HW

Cuthbert Ottaway
 Oxford University

2 8 March 1873 4-2 vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HW GK Alec Morten
 Crystal Palace
3 7 March 1874 1-2 vs. Scotland, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow AL

Cuthbert Ottaway
 Oxford University

4 6 March 1875 2-2 vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HD Charles Alcock
Wanderers
5 4 March 1876 0-3 vs. Scotland, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow AL Hubert Heron
 Wanderers

Some less reliable sources give the 4 March 1876 captaincy to Hubert's younger brother, Frank Heron.  But the more reliable sources give the captaincy rightly to Hubert.

1877-80
6 3 March 1877 1-3 vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HL William Rawson
 
Oxford University
7 2 March 1878 2-7 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow AL Arthur Cursham
 
Notts County
8 18 January 1879 2-1 vs. Wales, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HW  
9 5 April 1879 5-4 vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Henry Wace
 
Wanderers
10 13 March 1880 4-5 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow AL Charles Wollaston
 
Wanderers
11 15 March 1880 3-2 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW Francis Sparks
 
Clapham Rovers
1880-81
12 26 February 1881 0-1 vs. Wales, East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn Fr HL Jack Hunter
 Sheffield Heeley
13 12 March 1881 1-6 vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HL Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers
1881-82
14 18 February 1882 13-0 vs. Ireland, Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast Fr AW Charlie Bambridge
 
Swifts
15 11 March 1882 1-5 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow AL Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers
16 13 March 1882 3-5 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AL
1882-83
17 3 February 1883 5-0 vs. Wales, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers
18 24 February 1883 7-0 vs. Ireland, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool HW Jack Hudson
 Sheffield
19 10 March 1883 2-3 vs. Scotland, Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield HL Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers
1883-84
20 23 February 1884 8-1 vs. Ireland, Ulster Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW   Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers
21 15 March 1884 0-1 vs. Scotland, Cathkin Park, Cathcart Road, Glasgow AL
22 17 March 1884 4-0 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW
1884-85
23 28 February 1885 4-0 vs. Ireland, Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester BC HW Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers
24 14 March 1885 1-1 vs. Wales, Leamington Street, Mile End, Blackburn HD
25 21 March 1885 1-1 vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HD
1885-86
26 13 March 1886 6-1 vs. Ireland, Ulster Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW Percy Walters
 
Old Carthusians & Corinthians

There is a small possibility that Tinsley Lindley, debuting in this match on 13 March 1886, was the captain, making him the youngest ever.  At least three sources name Percy Walters, another names George Shutt.

27 27 March 1886 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow BC AD Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers & Corinthians
28 29 March 1886 3-1 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW
1886-87
29 5 February 1887 7-0 vs. Ireland, Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield BC HW Charlie Bambridge
 
Swifts & Corinthians
30 26 February 1887 4-0 vs. Wales, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HW Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers & Corinthians
31 19 March 1887 2-3 vs. Scotland, Leamington Street, Mile End, Blackburn HL
1887-88
32 4 February 1888 5-1 vs. Wales, Recreation Ground, Nantwich Road, Crewe BC AW Tinsley Lindley
Cambridge University, Nottingham Forest & Corinthians

Lindley must be favourite on 4 February 1888, he was captain in both the other two matches in this year, and he was an amateur, as well as the most capped player in the line-up.  But he had never been the England captain before this point, so is therefore not cast-iron.  Moreover, the Manchester Guardian, The London Times, The Field, Wrexham Advertiser, Sporting Life, Athletic News Annual 1891-92, Northern Whig, North Wales Guardian, or The Sportsman specifically mention any captain.

33 17 March 1888 5-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow BC AW Tinsley Lindley
Cambridge University, Nottingham Forest & Corinthians
34 7 April 1888 5-1 vs. Ireland, Ulster Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast AW
1888-89
35 23 February 1889 4-1 vs. Wales, Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent BC HW Percy Walters
Old Carthusians & Corinthians

A small minority list the captain on 23 February 1889 as Arthur Walters.

36 2 March 1889 6-1 vs. Ireland, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Jack Brodie
 Wolverhampton W.
37 13 April 1889 2-3 vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HL Percy Walters
Old Carthusians & Corinthians
1889-90
38 15 March 1890 3-1 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham BC AW Percy Walters
Old Carthusians & Corinthians

A small minority list the captain on 15 March 1890 as Arthur Walters.

38 15 March 1890 9-1 vs. Ireland, Ulster Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW Unknown

Football historian Cris Freddi, himself the author of a book on the England team, has done extensive research in the English and Irish newspapers of March 1890 and has not found a single contemporaneous record of England's captain for this match.

40 5 April 1890 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow BC AD Arthur Walters
 
Old Carthusians &
 Corinthians

Almost certain it was Arthur Walters on 5 April 1890, instead of his brother, Percy - but there is doubt.  The London Times, The Sportsman, Sporting Chronicle, Alcock's Annual 1890, Athletic News Annual 1891-92, Preston Herald and Glasgow Herald decline to mention any England captain.  In The Field, Arthur Walters is listed as captain in the line-up, the Athletic News reads as 'PM and AM Walters (Capt)'.  But Arthur Walters is usually no. 2 in the line-up, and this publication could have got the brothers mixed-up.  Besides, The Field notes that it was Percy who gave the post-match dinner speech, not Arthur.

1890-91
41 7 March 1891 4-1 vs. Wales, Ashville Ground, Newcastle Road, Sunderland BC HW John Goodall
 Derby County
6-1 vs. Ireland, Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St.Peter's, Wolverhampton HW Tinsley Lindley
Nottingham Forest & Corinthians
43 4 April 1891 2-1 vs. Scotland, Ewood Park, Blackburn HW GK Billy Moon
 
Old Westminsters & Corinthians
1891-92
44 5 March 1892 2-0 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham BC AW Arthur Dunn
 Old Etonians & Corinthians
2-0 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast AW Unknown

Football historian Cris Freddi, himself the author of a book on the England team, has done extensive research in the English and Irish newspapers of March 1892 and has not found a single contemporaneous record of England's captain for this match.

46 2 April 1892 4-1 vs. Scotland, Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Glasgow BC AW Arthur Dunn
 Old Etonians & Corinthians
1892-93
47 25 February 1893 6-1 vs. Ireland, Wellington Road Football Ground, Perry Barr, Birmingham BC HW George Cotterill
 
Old Brightonians
& Corinthians
48 13 March 1893 6-0 vs. Wales, Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent HW Bob Holmes
 
Preston North End
49 1 April 1893 6-1 vs. Scotland, Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, Richmond, London HW George Cotterill
 
Old Brightonians
& Corinthians
1893-94
50 3 March 1894 2-2 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AD Bob Holmes
 
Preston North End
51 12 March 1894 5-1 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW Disputed

Various sources cannot decide who was captain for this match on 12 March 1894, probably Charles Wreford-Brown, but possibly Cunliffe Gosling.  Wreford-Brown was by far the oldest in an inexperienced team, but neither Sporting Life, Manchester Guardian, North Wales Guardian, The Times, The Field, The Sportsman, Sporting Chronicle, and Northern Whig make mention of a captain.

52 7 April 1894 2-2 vs. Scotland, Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow BC AD John Goodall
 Derby County
1894-95
53 9 March 1895 9-0 vs. Ireland, Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby BC HW Bob Holmes
 
Preston North End
54 18 March 1895 1-1 vs. Wales, Recreation Ground, Queen's Club, West Kensington, London HD Charles Wreford-Brown
 Old Carthusians
&
 Corinthians
55 6 April 1895 3-0 vs. Scotland, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool HW Cunliffe Gosling
 Old Etonians & Corinthians
1895-96
56 7 March 1896 2-0 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AW Disputed

The captaincy on 7 March 1896 was probably given to George Raikes, at least according to Irish Saturday Night and The Irish TimesThe London Times gives a first captaincy to Gilbert Smith, and Vaughan Lodge is also a possibility.  Many other sources do not specify any captain.

57 16 March 1896 9-1 vs. Wales, Cardiff Football Ground, Temperance Town, Cardiff BC AW Unknown

Football historian Cris Freddi, himself the author of a book on the England team, has done extensive research in the English and Welsh newspapers of the time and has not found a single contemporaneous record of England's captain for this match.  Possibly Gilbert Smith.

58 4 April 1896 1-2 vs. Scotland, Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow BC AL Gilbert Smith
 Oxford University, Old
 Carthusians & Corinthians
1896-97
59 20 February 1897 6-0 vs. Ireland, Trent Bridge, Nottingham BC HW Gilbert Smith
 Old Carthusians & Corinthians
60 29 March 1897 4-0 vs. Wales, Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield HW
61 3 April 1897 1-2 vs. Scotland, Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London HL
1897-98
62 5 March 1898 3-2 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AW Gilbert Smith
 Old Carthusians & Corinthians
63 28 March 1898 3-0 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW
64 2 April 1898 3-1 vs. Scotland, Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow AW Charles Wreford-Brown
 Old Carthusians
&
 Corinthians

The London Times and Sporting Life say Gilbert Smith was captain on 2 April 1898, but the Northern Whig and the Ulster Football & Cycling News say Wreford-Brown, as does The Sportsman, Glasgow Herald, and Manchester Guardian. The Guardian sums it up: 'Wreford-Brown, the captain, was said to be the weak spot... but he justified his selection.'  The FA's own minutes, also confirm Wreford-Brown as captain.

1898-99
65 18 February 1899 13-2 vs. Ireland, Roker Park, Roker, Sunderland BC HW
Gilbert Smith
 Old Carthusians & Corinthians
66 20 March 1899 4-0 vs. Wales, Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale, Bedminster, Bristol HW  
67 8 April 1899 2-1 vs. Scotland, Aston Lower Grounds, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham HW
1899-1900
68 17 March 1900 2-0 vs. Ireland, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin BC AW Gilbert Smith
 Old Carthusians & Corinthians
69 26 March 1900 1-1 vs. Wales, Cardiff Football Ground, Temperance Town, Cardiff AD
70 7 April 1900 1-4 vs. Scotland, Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow AL
1900-01
71 9 March 1901 3-0 vs. Ireland, The Dell, Milton Road, The Common, Southampton BC HW William Oakley
 
Corinthians
72 18 March 1901 6-0 vs. Wales, St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne HW Ernest Needham
 Sheffield United
73 30 March 1901 2-2 vs. Scotland, Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London HD Gilbert Smith
 Old Carthusians & Corinthians
1901-02
74 3 March 1902 0-0 vs. Ireland, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham BC AD Reginald Erskine Foster
 Old Malvernians & Corinthians
75 22 March 1902 1-0 vs. Wales, Balmoral Showgrounds, Balmoral, Belfast AW Frank Forman
 Nottingham Forest
76 3 May 1902 2-2 vs. Scotland, Aston Lower Grounds, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham HD Steve Bloomer
 
Derby County
1902-03
77 14 February 1903 4-0 vs. Ireland, Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St.Peter's, Wolverhampton BC HW Howard Spencer
 Aston Villa
78 2 March 1903 2-1 vs. Wales, Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Southsea, Portsmouth HW Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
79 4 April 1903 1-2 vs. Scotland, Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield HL
1903-04
80 29 February 1904 2-2 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham BC AD Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
81 12 March 1904 3-1 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast AW
82 9 April 1904 1-0 vs. Scotland, Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow AW
1904-05
83 25 February 1905 1-1 vs. Ireland, Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough BC HD Stanley Harris
 
Old Westminsters &
 Corinthians
84 27 March 1905 3-1 vs. Wales, Anfield Road, Liverpool HW Howard Spencer
 Aston Villa
85 1 April 1905 1-0 vs. Scotland, Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London HW
1905-06
86 17 February 1906 5-0 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC HD Stanley Harris
 
Old Westminsters &
 Corinthians
87 19 March 1906 1-0 vs. Wales, Cardiff Football Ground, Temperance Town, Cardiff HW  
88 7 April 1906 1-0 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow HW
1906-07
89 16 February 1907 1-0 vs. Ireland, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC HW   Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
90 18 March 1907 1-1 vs. Wales, Craven Cottage, New Road, Fulham, London HD
91 6 April 1907 1-1 vs. Scotland, St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne HD OG
1907-08
92 15 February 1908 3-1 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AW Vivian Woodward
 Tottenham Hotspur
93 16 March 1908 7-1 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW
94 4 April 1908 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AD  
95 6 June 1908 6-1 vs. Austria, Cricketer Platz, Leopoldstadt, Vienna Fr AW
96 8 June 1908 11-1 vs. Austria, Hohe Warte Stadion, Döbling, Wien AW
97 10 June 1908 7-0 vs. Hungary, Millenáris Sportpálya, Zugló, Buda-pesth AW
98 13 June 1908 4-0 vs. Bohemia, Stadión Letná, Letná, Praha AW  
1908-09
99 13 February 1909 4-0 vs. Ireland, Horton Park Avenue, Horton Park, Bradford BC HW Vivian Woodward
 Tottenham Hotspur
100 15 March 1909 2-0 vs. Wales, City Ground, Pavilion Road, Nottingham HW  
101 3 April 1909 2-0 vs. Scotland, Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London HD Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
102 29 May 1909 4-2 vs. Hungary, Millenáris Sportpálya, Zugló, Buda-pesth Fr AW Vivian Woodward
 Tottenham Hotspur
103 8 June 1909 8-2 vs. Hungary, Millenáris Sportpálya, Zugló, Buda-pesth AW
104 10 June 1909 8-1 vs. Austria, Hohe Warte Stadion, Döbling, Wien AW
1909-10
105 12 February 1910 1-1 vs. Ireland, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AD Vivian Woodward
 
Chelsea
106 14 March 1910 1-0 vs. Wales, Cardiff Football Ground, Temperance Town, Cardiff AW Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
107 2 April 1910 0-2 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL
1910-11
108 11 February 1911 2-1 vs. Ireland, Baseball Ground, Shaftesbury Crescent, Derby BC HW Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
109 13 March 1911 3-0 vs. Wales, The Den, Cold Blow Lane, New Cross, London HW Vivian Woodward
 
Chelsea

The match on 13 March 1911 was Vivian Woodward's last ever England appearance, yet some sources give his captaincy to Bob Crompton.

110 1 April 1911 1-1 vs. Scotland, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC HD Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
1911-12
111 10 February 1912 6-1 vs. Ireland, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin BC AW Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
112 11 March 1912 2-0 vs. Wales, Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham AW
113 23 March 1912 1-1 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AD
1912-13
114 15 February 1913 1-2 vs. Ireland, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AL Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
115 17 March 1913 4-3 vs. Wales, Ashton Gate, Ashton Vale, Bedminster, Bristol HW
116 5 April 1913 1-0 vs. Scotland, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Fulham, London HW
1913-14
117 14 February 1914 0-3 vs. Ireland, Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough BC HL Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
118 16 March 1914 2-0 vs. Wales, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff AW
119 4 April 1914 1-3 vs. Scotland, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL

 

England's Captains by Club Affiliations 1872-1914
* denotes Player appeared for two or more clubs at the time of his captaincy, thus the total amount of captaincies below will NOT equal total amount of England matches
Corinthians 41* Blackburn Rovers 22 Old Carthusians 20*
Clapham Rovers 16* Tottenham Hotspur 12 Disputed/Unknown 5
5 Nottingham Forest* & Old Westminsters*
4 Oxford University* & Wanderers
3 Aston Villa, Cambridge University*, Derby County, Preston North End, Old Etonians* & Swifts*
2 Notts County, Old Brightonians* & Chelsea
1 Crystal Palace, Old Malvernians*, Sheffield, Sheffield Heeley, Sheffield United & Wolverhampton Wanderers.
 

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