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England's 838 Deaths

 
 
Players Index Oldest/Youngest Deaths 1872-1919 1920-45 1946-59 1960-79 1980-99 21st Century Youngest Players Oldest Players
 
The first 741 players England have provided have sadly passed away.
The 742nd, Frank Blunstone, is currently the longest surviving ex-England player, having made his debut in 1954.
The 748th, Ron Baynham, is currently the longest living ex-England player, having been born in 1929.

789 of the first 800 players have sadly passed on. 826 of the first 900. 836 of the first 1000, and two more since.

There have been numerous years that have been the deadliest in England's history.
Fifteen confirmed deaths occurred in 1970.
Fourteen confirmed deaths in 1959 and 2021. Thirteen confirmed deaths occurred in 1965.
Twelve confirmed deaths occurred in 1937, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1955, 1958 and 1969.

The deadliest month had seven deaths, in February 1958
(five as a result of the Munich Air Disaster),
Five confirmed deaths in October 1988.
Four confirmed deaths occurred in December 1937, March 1938, July 1957, March 1959 and April 1969.

Apart from the atrocious tragedy on 6 February 1958, which killed four England players,
only four times has two deaths occurred on one day:-
13 September 1942, 16 July 1957, 30 May 1975, 25 April 2007 and 12 April 2019.
 

This is a comprehensive list of players who have lived the longest - minimum age 87
Plyr
No.

Player
 Club

Birthdate Deathdate Playing Career Age
714 Ivor Broadis
 Manchester City, Newcastle United
18 December 1922 12 April 2019 1951-54 96 years 115 days
687 Bert Mozley
 Derby County
21 September 1923 28 October 2019 1949 96 years 37 days
485 Dick Pym
 Bolton Wanderers
2 February 1893 16 September 1988 1925-26 95 years 227 days
414 Howard Baker
 
Everton, Chelsea, Corinthians
13 February 1892 10 September 1987 1921-25 95 years 209 days
669 Phil Taylor
 Liverpool
18 September 1917 30 November 2012 1947 95 years 73 days
616 Sep Smith
 Leicester City
15 March 1912 28 July 2006 1935 94 years 135 days
56 Henry Wace
 
Wanderers & Clapham Rovers
21 September 1853 5 November 1947 1878-79 94 years 45 days
686 Bert Williams
 Wolverhampton Wanderers
31 January 1920 19 January 2014 1949-55 93 years 353 days
682 Roy Bentley
 Chelsea
17 May 1924 20 April 2018 1949-55 93 years 338 days
222 George Raikes
 Oxford University & Corinthians
14 March 1873 18 December 1966 1895-96 93 years 279 days
205 Walter Gilliat
 Old Carthusians
22 July 1869 2 January 1963 1893 93 years 164 days
756 Gordon Astall
 Birmingham City
22 September 1927 21 October 2020 1956 93 years 29 days
92 Doctor Greenwood
 
Blackburn Rovers
31 October 1860 3 November 1951 1882 93 years 3 days
560 Hugh Turner
 Huddersfield Town
6 August 1904 late 1996 1931 92 years nk days
723 Derek Ufton
 Charlton Athletic
31 May 1928 27 March 2021 1953 92 years 300 days
267 Bertie Corbett
 Corinthians
15 May 1875 30 November 1967 1901 92 years 199 days
650 Reg Smith
 Millwall
20 January 1912 6 January 2004 1938 91 years 350 days
316 Bert Gosnell
 Newcastle United
10 February 1880 6 January 1972 1906 91 years 330 days
661 Tom Finney
 Preston North End
5 April 1922 14 February 2014 1946-58 91 years 315 days
683 Bill Ellerington
 Southampton
30 June 1923 4 April 2015 1949 91 years 278 days
149 Charlie Shelton
 Notts Rangers
22 January 1864 18 September 1945 1888 91 years 259 days
741 Bill Slater
 Wolverhampton Wanderers
29 April 1927 18 December 2018
1954-60 91 years 233 days
436 Frank Osborne
 Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur
14 October 1896 8 March 1988 1922-26 91 years 146 days
736 Johnny Wheeler
 
Bolton Wanderers
26 July 1928 15 November 2019 1954 91 years 112 days
455 Jimmy Moore
 
Derby County
25 January 1889 15 April 1980 1923 91 years 81 days
491 Tom Parker
 
Southampton
19 November 1897 1 November 1987 1925 90 years 347 days
453 Basil Patchitt
 Corinthians
8 August 1900 2 July 1991 1923 90 years 328 days
381 Eddie Mosscrop
 
Burnley
16 June 1889 14 March 1980 1914 90 years 272 days
439 Vic Watson
 West Ham United
10 November 1897 3 August 1988 1923-30 90 years 267 days
132 Thelwell Pike
 Brentwood & Cambridge University & Old Malvernians & Corinthians
17 November 1866 21 July 1957 1885 90 years 246 days
277 Kelly Houlker
 
Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth, Southampton
27 April 1872 27 May 1962 1902-06 90 years 30 days
724 Stan Rickaby
 West Bromwich Albion
12 March 1924 3 March 2014 1953 89 years 356 days
155 Jack Southworth
 Blackburn Rovers
29 December 1866 16 October 1956 1889-92 89 years 292 days
711 Jackie Sewell
 Sheffield Wednesday
24 January 1927 26 September 2016 1951-54 89 years 246 days
185 Jack Cox
 Derby County
21 October 1867 10 June 1957 1892 89 years 232 days
693 Bill Jones
 Liverpool
13 May 1921 26 December 2010 1950 89 years 228 days
617 Ralph Birkett
 Middlesbrough
9 January 1913 8 July 2002 1935 89 years 180 days
54 Percy Fairclough
 
Old Foresters
1 February 1858 2 June 1947 1878 89 years 141 days
643 Micky Fenton
 Middlesbrough
30 October 1913 5 February 2003 1938 89 years 98 days
712 Len Phillips
 Portsmouth
11 September 1922 9 December 2011 1951-54 89 years 89 days
523 Jack Ball
 Bury
29 September 1900 December 1989 1927 89 years 63-93 days
133 George Brann
 Swifts & Corinthians
23 April 1865 14 June 1954 1886-91 89 years 52 days
503 Jimmy Ruffell
 West Ham United
11 August 1900 5 September 1989 1926-29 89 years 28 days
604 Ray Bowden
 Arsenal
13 September 1909 23 September 1998 1934-36 89 years 10 days
708 Mal Barrass
 Bolton Wanderers
13 December 1924 4 August 2013 1951-53 88 years 234 days
148 Bob Holmes
 Preston North End
23 June 1867 16 November 1955 1888-95 88 years 146 days
287 Rex Corbett
 Old Malvernians & Corinthians
13 June 1879 2 September 1967 1903 88 years 81 days
211 Joe Reader
 West Bromwich Albion
27 February 1866 8 March 1954 1894 88 years 9 days
710 Gil Merrick
 Birmingham City
26 January 1922 3 February 2010 1951-54 88 years 8 days
93 Robert King
 
Oxford University & Upton Park
4 April 1862 4 March 1950 1882 87 years 334 days
219 Tom Crawshaw
 Wednesday
28 December 1872 25 November 1960 1895-1904 87 years 333 days
296 George Davis
 Derby County
5 June 1881 28 April 1969 1904 87 years 327 days
606 George Male
 Arsenal
8 May 1910 19 February 1998 1934-39 87 years 287 days
454 George Thornewell
 
Derby County
8 July 1898 6 March 1986 1923-25 87 years 241 days
82 Alf Harvey
 Wednesbury Strollers
5 July 1856 26 February 1943 1881 87 years 236 days
3 Reginald Welch
 Wanderers, Harrow Chequers
17 October 1851 4 June 1939 1872-74 87 years 230 days
379 Horace Colclough
 Crystal Palace
3 November 1888 25 May 1976 1914 87 years 204 days
685 Johnny Morris
 Derby County
27 September 1923 6 April 2011 1949 87 years 191 days
694 Laurie Hughes
 Liverpool
2 March 1924 9 September 2011 1950
513 George Waterfield
 Burnley
2 June 1901 30 October 1988 1927 87 years 150 days
747 Ron Flowers
 Wolverhampton Wanderers
28 July 1934 12 November 2021 1955-66 87 years 107 days
721 Albert Quixall
 Sheffield Wednesday
9 August 1933 12 November 2020 1953-55 87 years 95 days
592 Arthur Rowe
 Tottenham Hotspur
1 September 1906 8 November 1993 1933 87 years 68 days
519 Joe Hulme
 The Arsenal
26 August 1904 27 September 1991 1927-33 87 years 32 days
112 William Bromley-Davenport
 Oxford University, Old Etonians & Corinthians
21 January 1862 6 February 1949 1884 87 years 16 days
326 Jesse Pennington
 West Bromwich Albion
23 August 1883 5 September 1970 1907-20 87 years 13 days
7 Charlie Clegg
 W
ednesday
15 June 1850 26 June 1937 1872 87 years 11 days
239 Ben Garfield
 West Bromwich Albion
4 April 1871 spring 1958 1898 87 years nk days

England's Youngest Deaths
This is a comprehensive list of players who have lived the shortest - maximum age 45
Plyr
No.

Player
 Club

Birthdate Deathdate
cause of death
Playing Career Age
since last England app.
745 Duncan Edwards
 Manchester United
1 October 1936 21 February 1958
injuries following airplane crash
1955-57 21 years 143 days
86 days
760 David Pegg
 Manchester United
20 September 1935 6 February 1958
airplane crash
1957 22 years 139 days
263 days
58 Claud Wilson
 Oxford University & Old Brightonians
12 May 1858 29 June 1881
brain abscess
1879-81 23 years 42 days
109 days later
86 George Tait
 Birmingham Excelsior
1859 20 November 1882
typhoid
1881 23 years nk days
1 year 267 days
14 Alfred George Goodwyn
 Royal Engineers
13 March 1850 14 March 1874
fell of a horse - accident
1873 24 years 1 day
1 year 6 days
719 Tommy Taylor
 Manchester United
29 January 1932 6 February 1958
airplane crash
1953-57 26 years 8 days
71 days
233 Harry Bradshaw
 Liverpool
24 August 1873 25 December 1899
consumption
1897 26 years 123 days
2 years 308 days
357 George Webb
 
West Ham United
18 July 1888 28 March 1915
phthisis
1911 26 years 253 days
3 years 361 days
147 Albert Aldridge
 West Bromwich Albion, Walsall Town Swifts
4 August 1863 22 June 1891
poor health
1888-89 27 years 322 days
2 years 112 days
462 Tommy Meehan
 Chelsea
1 August 1896 24 August 1924
encephalitis lethargica
1923 28 years 17 days
309 days
84 Tot Rostron
 Darwen
21 April 1863 4 July 1891
poor health
1881 28 years 74 days
10 years 114 days
174 Joe Marsden
 Darwen
11 October 1868 17 January 1897
'brief illness'
1891 28 years 98 days
5 years 316 days
728 Roger Byrne
 Manchester United
8 September 1929 6 February 1958
airplane crash
1954-57 28 years 151 days
71 days
9 Cuthbert Ottaway
 Oxford University & Old Etonians
19 July 1850 2 April 1878
typhoid
1872-74 28 years 257 days
4 years 26 days
141 Harry Allen
 Wolverhampton Wanderers
19 January 1866 23 February 1895
consumption
1888-90 29 years 36 days
4 years 324 days
749 Jeff Hall
 Birmingham City
7 September 1929 4 April 1959
polio
1955-57 29 years 209 days
1 years 320 days
373 Eddie Latheron
 Blackburn Rovers
spring 1887 14 October 1917
killed in action
1913-14 30 years nk days
644 Eric Stephenson
 Leeds United
4 September 1914 8 September 1944
killed in action
1938 30 years 4 days
130 Fred Dewhurst
 
Preston North End & Corinthians
16 December 1863 22 April 1895
'lingering illness'
1886-89 31 years 128 days
6 years 58 days
42 Arthur Cursham
 Notts County
14 March 1853 24 December 1884
malaria
1876-83 31 years 285 days
1 years 776 days
555 Jimmy Hampson
 Blackpool
23 March 1906 10 January 1938
boating accident
1930-32 31 years 293 days
191 Harry Lilley
 
Sheffield United
summer 1868 30 August 1900
cause unknown
1892 32 years nk days
917 Dave Clement
 
Queen's Park Rangers
2 February 1948 31 March 1982
suicide
1976-77 34 years 57 days
151 Albert Allen
 Aston Villa
7 April 1867 13 October 1899
phytisis
1888 32 years 190 days
331 Evelyn Lintott
 Queen's Park Rangers, Bradford City
2 November 1883 1 July 1916
killed in action
1908-09 32 years 242 days
361 Bob Benson
 Sheffield United
9 February 1883 19 February 1916
Heart failure
1913 33 years 10 days
938 Laurie Cunningham
 West Bromwich Albion, Real Madrid
8 March 1956 15 July 1989
car accident
1979-80 33 years 129 days
292 Herod Ruddlesdin
 
The Wednesday
9 June 1876 26 March 1910
consumption
1904-05 33 years 290 days
4 years 359 days
1004 David Rocastle
 Arsenal
2 May 1967 31 March 2001
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
1988-92 33 years 333 days
265 Walter Bennett
 Sheffield United
29 April 1874 6 April 1908
mining accident
1901 33 years 346 days
225 Hugh Stanbrough
 Old Carthusians & Corinthians & Casuals
2 September 1870 15 December 1904
cause unknown
1895 34 years 104 days
65 James Prinsep
 
Clapham Rovers
27 July 1861 22 November 1895
septicaemia
1879 34 years 118 days
521 Tom Cooper
 
Derby County
9 April 1905 25 June 1940
motorcycle accident
1927-34 35 years 77 days
238 Charlie Richards
 Nottingham Forest
9 August 1875 27 April 1911
myocarditis acute
1898 35 years 230 days
320 Jimmy Conlin
 
Bradford City
6 July 1881 24 June 1917
killed in action
1906 35 years 252 days
221 Frank Becton
 
Preston North End, Liverpool
28 October 1873 6 November 1909
consumption
1895-97 36 years 9 days
253 Reginald Foster
 
Oxford University, Old Malvernians & Corinthians
16 April 1878 13 May 1914
diabetes
1900-02 36 years 27 days
400 Fred Bullock
 
Huddersfield Town
1 July 1886 14 November 1922
probable suicide
1920 36 years 136 days
212 Jimmy Crabtree
 Burnley, Aston Villa
23 December 1871 18 June 1908 1894-1902 36 years 173 days
6 years 107 days
245 Fred Forman
 
Nottingham Forest
8 November 1873 14 June 1910 1899 36 years 218 days
102 Harry Goodhart
 
Old Etonians & Corinthians
17 July 1858 21 April 1895
influenza
1883 36 years 278 days
307 Frank Booth
 
Manchester City
summer 1882 22 June 1919
heart tumour
1905 37 years nk days
207 Jim Turner
 Bolton Wanderers, Stoke, Derby County
6 October 1866 25 November 1903
consumption
1893-98 37 years 50 days
5 years 265 days
313 Ben Warren
 Derby County, Chelsea
7 May 1879 15 January 1917
cause unknown
1906-11 37 years 253 days
187 Charlie Athersmith
 
Aston Villa
10 May 1872 18 September 1910
stomach complaint
1892-1900 38 years 131 days
496 George Armitage
 
Charlton Athletic
17 January 1898 28 August 1936
probable suicide
1925 38 years 225 days
76 Fred Hargreaves
 Blackburn Rovers
16 August 1858 5 April 1897
'sudden death'
1880-82 38 years 232 days
558 Herbie Roberts
 Arsenal
19 February 1905 17 June 1944
erysipelas
1931 39 years 119 days
50 Conrad Warner
 
Upton Park
14 April 1850 10 April 1890
pneumonia
1878 39 years 360 days
110 Joe Beverley
 Blackburn Rovers
12 November 1856 21 May 1897
fractured skull - accident
1884 40 years 190 days
142 Frank Saunders
 
Swifts & Corinthians
26 August 1864 14 May 1905
cause unknown
1888 40 years 261 days
80 Edward Johnson
 
Saltley College, Stoke
late 1859/early 1860 30 June 1901
cause unknown
1880-84 41 years nk days
107 Arthur Dunn
 Cambridge University, Old Etonians & Corinthians
12 August 1860 20 February 1902
angina
1883-92 41 years 192 days
250 Charlie Sagar
 
Bury
28 March 1878 4 December 1919 1900-02 41 years 251 days
499 Claude Ashton
 
Corinthians & Old Wykehamists
19 February 1901 31 October 1942
plane crash
1925 41 years 255 days
234 Willie Foulkes
 Sheffield United
12 April 1874 1 May 1916
cirrhosis
1897 42 years 21 days
87 Jack Hargreaves
 
Blackburn Rovers
13 December 1860 13 January 1903
cause unknown
1881 42 years 31 days
26 Hawley Edwards
 Shropshire Wand. & Wanderers
21 March 1850 13 January 1893
cancer
1874 42 years 298 days
167 Jack Barton
 
Blackburn Rovers
5 October 1866 22 April 1910 1890 43 years 199 days
166 Henry Hammond
 
Oxford University & Lancing Old Boys & Corinthians
26 November 1866 16 June 1910
pneumonia
1889 43 years 202 days
214 Vaughan Lodge
 Cambridge University, Corinthians
21 December 1872 21 October 1916
probable suicide
1894 43 years 305 days
124 Tom Danks
 Nottingham Forest
30 May 1863 27 April 1908
'sudden death'
1885 44 years 33 days
655 Frank Swift
 Manchester City
26 December 1913 6 February 1958
airplane crash
1946-49 44 years 42 days
319 Albert Shepherd
 
Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United
10 December 1885 8 November 1929 1906-11 44 years 59 days
179 Leonard Wilkinson
 
Oxford University & Corinthians
15 October 1868 9 February 1913 1891 44 years 117 days
1077 Ugo Ehiogu
 Aston Villa, Middlesbrough
3 November 1972 21 April 2017
heart attack
1996-2002 44 years 170 days
528 Ben Olney
 
Aston Villa
22 March 1899 23 September 1943
'seven week illness'
1928 44 years 185 days
301 Stanley Harris
 Old Westminsters, Cambridge University & Corinthians
19 July 1881 4 May 1926 1904-06 44 years 289 days
511 George Brown
 
Huddersfield Town, Aston Villa
22 June 1903 10 June 1948
'long illness'
1926-32 44 years 355 days
368 Ernie Scattergood
 Derby County
29 May 1887 2 July 1932
heart failure
1913 45 years 34 days
137 Teddy Brayshaw
 Wednesday
6 October 1863 20 November 1908
probable suicide
1887 45 years 45 days
216 John Veitch
 
Old Westminsters & Corinthians
19 July 1869 3 October 1914 1894 45 years 76 days
27 Robert Kingsford
 
Wanderers & Old Marlburians & Crystal Palace (amateur)
23 December 1849 14 October 1895
convulsion
1874 45 years 295 days

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