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Joe Beverley

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 appearances, 0 goal

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 12: A 2
67% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Joseph Beverley
Birth Wednesday, 12 November 1856 at 13 Butler Street, St. John's, in Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, December 1856]. Attended St. John's School

According to the 1861 census, four year-old Joseph is the youngest of two sons. He and George were the children of William and Lavinia (née Loder). His father was a Chelsea Pensioner, his mother a midwife. and they all lived at 13 Butler Street in Blackburn.


According to the 1871 census, Joseph is still the younger of two sons, with a different older brother, Canadian-born Samuel. They all live in 37 Charlotte Street in Blackburn.

Marriage to Mary Ann Gabbott [registered in Blackburn, December 1877].

According to the 1881 census, Joseph is now married to Mary Ann. They live at 8 Balaclava Street in Blackburn. Joseph is a manufacturers clerk.

  "Joe became a Benedict when very young, and is the proud possessor of a family of three bairns. He now resides at 72, Anvil-street, Blackburn." - Blackburn Standard, Saturday, 23 January 1886.

According to the 1891 census, Joseph is still married with four children, Garinia, Elizabeth, William and Eleanor, living at 24 Walter Street in Blackburn. He is a mechanic turner.

"A shocking accident occurred on Saturday to Joseph Beverley, an old Blackburn Rovers player and an international player for England in 1884. He is a mechanic by trade, and while repairing an engine at the mill of Mr. G. Whiteley, M.P., something fell upon his head, fracturing the base of the skull. He was removed in a hopeless condition."
- Pall Mall Gazette, Monday, 17 May 1897.
Death Friday, 21 May 1897 at the Blackburn & East Lancashire Infirmary, Infirmary Road, Hollin Bank in Blackburn, aged 40 years 190 days [registered in Blackburn, June 1897].


"The death took place late last night of Joseph Beverley, aged 32, one of the Blackburn Rovers team in the palmiest days of the club, and a triple international in 1884. Beverley, who was a mechanic, met with an accident while repairing a mill engine last Saturday, his skull being fractured in three places, and he died in the infirmary." - Manchester Evening News, Saturday, 22 May 1897.

According to the 1901 census and four years dead, Joseph's family, Mary Ann and their children were living at 10 Beverley Street in Blackburn. Significantly, they had one more child, Ralph Edward, who is now four years old. He was born before March 1897 before Joseph himself died in May 1897.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) "Joe commenced his football career in 1877 as one of the promoters of the Black Star F.C. He did not play, but was one of a deputation appointed to arrange for an amalgamation with the James-street club. This took place in February 1878, and the combination was named the Blackburn Olympic. After the preliminaries had been arranged the team for the following Saturday was selected, and not being able to make up the full compliment, Joe volunteered his services in the event of the requisite number of men not turning up." - Blackburn Standard, Saturday, 23 January 1886.
The match was against his old school, St. John's, and Beverley started in goal, keeping a clean sheet in the first half. In the second half, he was Olympic's centre-forward and scored the game's only goal. Beverley was Olympic's centre-forward for the remainder of the season. For the 1879-80 season, he was selected as club captain, and the following season, became a full-back. Beverley joined rivals Blackburn Rovers FC in October 1882. In October 1883, there was an opportunity for Beverley to start playing for Preston North End FC, but he changed his mind at the last moment. He rejoined Olympic for the 1884-85 season, only to re-join Rovers in late 1887, up until December 1888;
League History
8 appearances
Blackburn Rovers FC 1888, eight league appearances
debut: 15 September 1888 Blackburn Rovers FC 5 Accrington FC 5.
last: 8 December 1888 Blackburn Rovers FC 4 Bolton Wanderers FC 4.
Club honours Blackburn Cup winners 1878-79, 1879-80 (captain); Lancashire Cup semi-finalists 1881-82 (captain), winners 1882-83, 1883-84, runners-up 1884-85; East Lancashire Charity Cup winners 1881-82 (captain), 1882-83;
FA Cup winners
1883-84; Football League fourth place 1888-89 (eight appearances);
Individual honours Lancashire FA (1879 - first match as centre-forward, second as a full-back)
North vs. South; Improbables
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st 2lbs [1880], 5' 8", 11st 12lbs [1886]


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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 109th (110) players to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 20, 23 February 1884, Ireland 1 England 8, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 27 years 103 days.
Last match No. 22, 17 March 1884, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 27 years 126 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84;
Team honours None

Beyond England

"Joe went as a clerk to a yarn agent in Blackburn. Quill driving, however, did not suit him, and he was apprenticed to iron turning." - Saturday, 23 January 1886, Blackburn Standard
Lost his life during an accident at the Albion Mill in Blackburn, where he worked
where apparently a cylinder fell on his head. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.34.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
3 3 3 270 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
British Championship
3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC All 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1

Match History

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 27
1 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start lb
2 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL Start lb
3 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start lb