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Joe Beverley

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

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 October-December 1856
Education Attended St. John's School.

According to the 1861 census, four year-old Joseph is the youngest of two sons. He and George are the children of William and Lavinia (née Loder). His father is a Chelsea Pensioner, his mother a midwife. and they all live 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.
(His father died in early 1874)

Marriage to Mary Ann Gabbott, in late-1877 in Blackburn
  registered in Blackburn October-December 1877
Children Joe and Mary Beverley had six children together. Lavinia (b.1879), Elizabeth (b.1882), William James (b.6 September 1884), Eleanor Maude (b.18 September 1890), Samuel George (b.2 October 1892), Ralph Edward (b.1 December 1896).

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, Lavinia, 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, Lancashire.
aged 40 years 190 days registered in Blackburn April-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 are living at 10 Beverley Street in Blackburn.

  Mary Beverley died in 1925


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

Playing Career

"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 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;
Individual honours The Improbables (one appearance, March 1882)
The North (one appearance, January 1884)

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
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4 0.667 66.7 +1
All of his matches were played in the British Championship competition and at an away venue

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 0.667 66.7 +1

Match History

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

Age 25 trial
one appearance - The Improbables vs. The Probables, March 1882.
Age 27
one appearance - The South vs. The North, January 1884.

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

1 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8
Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast
BC AW   lb

one of two who became the 109th (110) players to appear for England
the fifth player from Blackburn Rovers FC to represent England

2 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0
Cathkin Park, Glasgow
BC AL   lb
3 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4
The Racecourse, Wrexham
AW   lb