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Phil Bach

Sunderland AFC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 13: A 2
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Phil Bach


  Philip Bach
Birth Sunday, 8 September 1872, at Mount Flirt, Bitterley, Shropshire [registered in Ludlow, September 1872].
Baptism 29 September 1872 in Bitterley. His father is a farmer.

According to the 1881 census, Bach was living at 46 Westward Street in Middlesbrough. He was attending school, the youngest sibling of six, living with their parents, Richard and Elizabeth (née Morgan).

According to the 1891 census, Bach was living in the Masham Hotel, at 49 Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough. Elder brother Thomas was the landlord. Philip was the youngest sibling of five, working as an Iron Merchant. No longer with their parents.

According to the 1901 census, Bach was now living at 9 Howard Road in Bristol. He is trading as a Professional Footballer, boarding with John and Margaret Curtis.

According to the 1911 census, Bach had returned to Middlesbrough, living at the Empire Hotel as its manager, his older sister is its proprietor.  As a 39 year-old, he is still unmarried. He was also chairman of Middlesbrough FC.

According to the 1921 census, Philip is the licensed victualler at The Empire Hotel where he still lives along with the manageress, Amy Evans, and four ervants and a barmaid.
According to telephone phone books, Phil and his sister were living at Hazeldene, on Phillips Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. He could be contacted on Linthorpe 40. In 1929, the number had upgraded to 8740. By 1935 however, Philip was living at The Empire Hotel, tel. no. Middlesbrough 2589, while his sister remained at Hazeldene.

Death: Thursday, 30 December 1937, aged 65 years 113 days [registered in Middlesbrough, December 1937]. He left £21,496 13s. 2d. to his sister, Sarah Mary.
Funeral: 3 January 1938 at St. Barnabas Church, Linthorpe, officiated by Rev. G.F. Turnley. Buried (left) in Linthorpe Road cemetery, Middlesbrough. Attended by his family and Stanley Rous, FA Secretary, A.G. Hines, also the F.A., F.W. Winder, Football League, William Turford, Mayor of Middlesbrough, as well as members of Middlesbrough FC, staff and players.

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his football playing with the junior sides around Middlesbrough, before joining Middlesbrough Swifts FC, as an amateur. Where he also represented Cleveland. He joined Reading FC, of the Southern League, in 1895, becoming captain, before returning to the North-East to join Sunderland AFC in June 1897. He made 43 league appearances, scoring once.  Rejoined Middlesbrough FC in April 1899. Joined Bristol City FC in the Southern League in 1900 until 1904. He retired from professional football but applied to regain his amateur status, which he did, and he played full-back for Cheltenham Town FC in the Gloucester & District League. He retired sometime before 1911.
Club honours Football League runners-up 1897-98; Southern League runners-up 1900-01;
Individual honours None
Distinctions The majority of the Bach brothers were involved in some capacity at Middlesbrough FC. Philip was the captain, and later Chairman. Frank was a Director of the club in 1892. Thomas Bach was also a captain. Richard was a groundsman and trainer.
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 242nd player (243) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
Only match No. 65, 18 February 1899, England 13 Ireland 2, a British Championship match at Roker Park Ground, Association Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, aged 26 years 163 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1898-99;
Team honours British Championship winners 1898-99;
Individual honours FA Tour of Germany 1899
Distinctions Bach was part of the FA tour that went to Germany in August 1899.
He died two days after Dan Cunliffe, twelve days after Johnny Holt and fifteen days after Reg Macauley. Never before had four ex-England players died in one calendar month.

Beyond England

When he joined Cheltenham Town FC as an amateur, he also became a licensee of the Coach and Horses Inn in the Pittville area of Cheltenham. Became a Middlesbrough FC director in February 1911, becoming chairman from July that year, until 1925, and again from 1931 to 1935. He was an FA Councillor from 1925 to his death, serving on the Football League Management Committee from June 1929, and the International Select Committee from October 1929. Also served as Presdient of the North-Eastern League and vice-President of the North Riding Football Association. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.16.


Phil Bach - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Phil Bach - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 1 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 13.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 13.00 2.00 100.0 +1


Phil Bach - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1898-99 1 1 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 13.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 13.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 13.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 13.00 2.00 100.0 +1


Phil Bach - Match History
 Club: Sunderland A.F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 26
1 65 18 February 1899 - England 13 Ireland 2, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Start rb
Age 27
FA Tour of Germany 23 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 13, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin tour AW Start rb
24 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 10, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin AW Start rb
25 November 1899 - Austria 0 England 8, Stadión Letná, Praha AW Start rb
28 November 1899 - Germany 0 England 7, Military Exercise Ground, Karlsruhe AW Start rb