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Francis Birley

Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 3: A 4
25% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Francis Hornby Birley JP
Born 6 March 1850, in Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Lancashire [registered in Chorley, June 1850]. His gravestone states he was born on the 14th March.
Birth notes Although history book state that Francis was born on the 14 March, his coffin inscription states he was in fact born on 6 March 1850.
Baptised 2 June 1850, in St. James' Church, Birch-in-Rusholme. To Thomas Hornby & Anne, living at York Place in Chorlton.

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, Frances is the youngest of three children to Thomas and Irish-born Ann. His father is a cotton skinning and waterproof manufacturer. They live at 12 York Place in Chorlton-upon-Medlock. 
Cannot be found on the 1861 census.

According to the 1871 census, Francis H is an undergraduate, the eldest of two children (the other was Caroline) living with their father and eleven servants, living at 49 Eccles Old Road, Pendleton in Salford.

According to the 1881 census, Francis H. and his wife, Margaret are visiting his widowed father, Thomas H., with their daughter, also Margaret, at The Mansion in Hart Hill, Pendleton. Francis was a non-practicing barrister.

According to the 1891 census, Francis H. is now a practicing barrister, with three more children, Elizabeth, James and Katherine. With four servants and a visitor, a certain Charles HR Wollaston. They live at Claridges House in Haxted, in Dormans Lands in East Grinstead.

According to the 1901 census, Francis Hornby, still practicing and still married, with a fifth child, George Hornby, and still at Claridges House. With six servants.

According to the 1911 census, Francis had died seven months previously, his widowed wife remained at Claridges House.  His eldest daughter had married and her new family were also residing with their mother. With fiver servants. The census also reveals that Francis and Margaret had infact seven children, two had died.

Francis Birley gravestone Married: to Margaret Kenrick [registered in Reigate, Surrey, September 1876].
Died: 1 August 1910 at Claridges House, Lingfield, Dormans Lands, Godstone, aged 60 years 140 days. [registered in Godstone, Surrey, September 1910].
Funeral took place on 4 August at St John's Evangelist Church, Dormansland, in Surrey, where he is also buried alonsgside his wife.
(left, courtesy of gravestone-photos)
He left behind an estate valued at £37,429. He gave £52 per annum to his gardener, Allan Webster, dropping to £39 per annum following his death for his wife, Catherine Ann Webster.
Height/Weight: not known.

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

Club Career

Club(s) At the age of 13, Birley started at Winchester College where he remained until 1868. He was an all round sportsman who played for the school at both cricket and football. He was also a keen athlete and was the school champion at the pole vault and high jump.  In 1868, he went up to Oxford University and represented the university at football in 1874. Joined Wanderers FC after 1874.  Also represented Middlesex.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1872-73, 1875-76, 1876-77; winners 1873-74;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played first-class cricket for Lancashire, Surrey and Cheshire.


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 21st players (23) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
First match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 24 years 1 day.
Last match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 25 years 0 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A barrister by profession, called to the Bar January 1876. He later worked on the Northern Circuit and became a Justice of the Peace in Surrey. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.34/5.


Francis Birley - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Captain Discipline
2 2 180 0 0 min none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Francis Birley - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
Away 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
All - Friendly 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 0 0 1.50 2.00 25.0 -1


Francis Birley - Match History
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 2 full capsx

Age 24
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Start fb
 Club: Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 25
2 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start fb