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Teddy Brayshaw

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  Edward Brayshaw
Birth Thursday, 6 October 1863, at 13 Handley Street, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  registered in Sheffield October-December 1863

"It is with regret that we announce the death of Detective Richard Brayshaw, of the Sheffield police force.
The cause of death was consumption, of rather long standing, acquired in the discharge of those professional duties which obtained for the deceased, in conjunction with Detective Airey, so much deserved reputation. Airey, a man naturally less strong than Brayshaw, succumbed to consumption , similarly brought on, about a year and a half ago. Brayshaw died on Sunday morning, at his residence, Hanley Street, Spital hill, at the age of 40.... The deceased left a widow and nine children, the three eldest of whom are girls. The eldest of the children is 15 years old, and the youngest only a few months. Mrs. Brayshaw is entitled to a sum from the police superannuation fund equal to a year's salary, but how inadequate this will be to provide for her in such circumstances we need not point out. The remains of Detective Brayshaw were on Thursday interred in the Burngreave Cemetery, in the presence of a large concourse of spectators, including Mr. J. Jackson, the Chief Constable, and by upwards of 200 members of the police force. Between three and four thousand persons were in the cemetery to witness the funeral." - Supplement to the Sheffield  & Rotherham Independent  - Saturday, 2 March 1867.


According to the 1871 census, Edward is the youngest of four children to widowed mother Martha (née Naylor), living at 29 Spital Street, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield. His father, Richard, was a detective police officer and died in 1867.


According to the 1881 census, Edward, alongside his older bother Alban Carlton, have remained with their mother at 29 Spital Street.
(His mother died in the same quarter as his marriage)

Marriage to Clara Heginbotham, in October 1884 in Sheffield
  registered in Sheffield October-December 1884
Children Teddy and Clara Brayshaw had four children together. Robert (b.10 April 1885), Ernest (b.1886), Clara Annie (b.1888) and Henry (b.&d.1890)
"I hear that Brayshaw will not be seen in the field again after a kick by Tich Smith in the Notts Forest match. It occurred just before halftime and no more was thought about it. The injury is to the shinbone of the right leg." - The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday, 3 November 1890.

According to the 1891 census, Edward is now married to Clara with two children, Robert and Clara. Edward is a publican at the Rifleman's Canteen, in 16 Charles Street, Sheffield. With one servant.
(His son, Ernest, died later in 1891 as a five year old)

"This morning, at the Second Court of the Sheffield Town Hall, before Sir Frederick Mappin, MP, and Ald. Gainford, Mr. W.E. Clegg made a somewhat novel application on behalf of Mrs. Clara Brayshaw. The application was for an order to protect from her husband, his creditors, or anyone claiming under him, any money or property she might acquire by her own lawful industry after being deserted by her husband. Mr. Clegg said that Brayshaw deserted his wife on August 18, and from that day she had heard nothing whatever of him. She was going to commence business for herself, and wished for the order to prevent her husband coming back and claiming what she had. There were three things he had to prove, and he would not have much difficulty in doing so. The first was that she had been deserted, the second that this was without cause, and the third that the wife was maintaining herself. Sir Frederick Mappin said it was only a very short time from August 18 up to now. Mr. Clegg admitted that, but said it was quite sufficient. He then called Mrs. Clara Brayshaw, who said that she was married in October 1884 and with her husband had kept the Rifleman's Canteen, Charles Street, for three years. He said he was going away, but did not say where he was going. So far as she knew he had no cause to go away.
Sir Frederick: Had you a quarrel?—Yes.
Long before?—On the Friday, and he went on the Tuesday.
Mr. Clegg: And you want an order to protect your future earnings?—Yes.
What are you going to do?—I am going to try and get the license of the Rifleman's Canteen, so that I can carry on the business in my own name and prevent him coming back and getting the money. I have been in communication with the brewery, and they are willing to take me as tenant.
Sir Frederick again expressed the opinion that not sufficient time had elapsed. Mr. Clegg said Mrs. Brayshaw had nothing to live on except the home, and she had her children to keep. No consideration ought to be shown to a man who went away like that and left his wife and family nothing to live on. The woman wanted to live respectably and keep her children. The law provided for the husband, who could if he came back immediately apply to the court for the rescinding of the order. It would be a great hardship if the order was refused, and the woman would be placed in an awkward position. In reply to Mr. Vickers (the Magistrates Clerk) Mrs. Brayshaw said that there was about £100 worth of stock in the place, and she was willing to take all liability.
Mr. Vickers: If he came back would you be willing to receive him?—I don't know.
After further discussion Sir Frederick said the magistrates thought the application was premature, and they must decline at present to make the order. Mr. Clegg asked what period he should wait. Sir Frederick said it was for Mr. Clegg to judge; the magistrates could not express an opinion."
- The Evening Telegraph and Star - Wednesday, 28 September 1891.

There is no evidence of any of the Brayshaw family in the 1901 census.

"At Bakewell Sessions, before Mr. W. Nixon and Mr. Openshaw. Frank Vick, landlord of the Royal Hotel, Baslow, was summoned for having his house open during prohibited hours, viz. 5.35 p.m. on Good Friday, and George Sheldon, a member of the Baslow Urban District Council, was summoned for being on the premises during prohibited hours. Messrs. Goodwin & Cockerton defended, and said Sheldon pleaded guilty to a technical offence; it was done, he said, in perfect ignorance, and on Good Friday. Pc James Brown said he visited the house at 5.25 on Good Friday and found Sheldon with a glass of beer in front of him in the smoke room. Cross-examined: It was Good Friday and Baslow was full of people. There would perhaps be getting on for 100 people in the house. Sheldon admitted having a bottle of beer. Sheldon was coming from a football match and he met his friend, Mr. Brayshaw, a member of the Sheffield Wednesday team, the doors were open. The defendant said he was busy upstairs carving at the time. He had 57 horses put up and nearly 100 people to tea. Edward Brayshaw said he met Sheldon and asked him to go in and have a drink, and they went in. The bar was packed. Sheldon gave evidence and he said he had known Brayshaw for years, and did go to have a drink with him. He was just coming from the football match. The Magistrates felt considerable sympathy and dismissed the case. However, Sheldon was fined 10s and 6s costs." - The Derbyshire Times, Wednesday, 24 April 1901.
"Edward Brayshaw, aged 50, is at present lying in the Firvale Workhouse Hospital, suffering from the effects of a self-inflicted wound. He has recently been an inmate of the Workhouse, and a day or two ago he was found in the lavatory with his throat cut. The weapon he had used was a table knife. He is now making favourable progress. Brayshaw was a well known footballer."
- Yorkshire Telegraph and Star, Saturday, 6 July 1907.

According to the Lunacy Patients Admission Register, Edwd Brayshaw is admitted to the Asylum in Wadsley on 29 October 1907.

Death Friday night, 20 November 1908 in West Riding Asylum in Wadsley, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
aged 45 years 45 days  registered in Wortley October-December 1908


"The death occurred last night at the comparatively early age of 45 of Edward Brayshaw. He had been ailing for some time and his latter days were spent in South Yorkshire Asylum, where the ex-Wednesday half-back passed away.  The end came after a lingering illness, in which every possible care was extended by the asylum authorities to their charge. Brayshaw had been an inmate of the asylum for just over twelve months." -
Yorkshire Telegraph and Star, Saturday, 21 November 1908.
"Edward Brayshaw died in Wadsley Asylum on Friday night. It was the end of a life's tragedy. Late in his football career he became a publican, and the recollection of his experience in that capacity...was the cause of the Wednesday committee deciding that none of their players should be allowed to follow that calling. Eventually he became very hard up and had to live in a common lodging house. Then he was stricken with paralysis and was removed to the Royal Infirmary. His complaint got worse and was pronounced incurable. Then he went into the Firvale Infirmary. His actions showed that he was tired of life, and it was thought advisable that he should be removed to Wadsley. In that institution he was an inmate for thirteen months. It is understood that his wife and children are living in America." - The Sheffield Daily Independent, Monday, 23 November 1908.
Wednesday, 25 November 1908
Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield

"The funeral of Teddy Brayshaw takes place on Wednesday from 36, Rock Street, the house of the deceased's sister. The internment is at Burngreave Cemetery." - Yorkshire Telegraph and Star, Monday, 23 November 1908.
"There was a large and curious crowd at the Burngreave Cemetery this afternoon, when the remains of Teddy Brayshaw were interred, the last rites being performed by the Rev. L.E. Day. Old footballers present were Messrs. Jim Smith, Hayden Morley, Harry Winterbottom, Tom Cawley, H. Woolhouse, Herbert Newbould, Jack Hudson 'Brum' Harris, J. Thorpe amd Albion Chapman. Others there were Messrs. J.E. Staniland, W. Muscroft, and old trainer, and J.Davis, assistant Wednesday trainer. There were three wreaths from the family and one from W. Mosforth."
- Yorkshire Telegraph and Star, Wednesday, 25 November 1908.

Brayshaw is buried with his father in Burngreave Cemetery, in Sheffield (above left, image provided by David Yates). Although his name does not appear on the inscription, his internment entry confirms he is there.

There is no cause of death given in any of the obituaries. However, in the year previous he attempted to take his own life and was transferred from Firvale Workhouse Hospital to West Riding Asylum in Wadsley (left). If he successfully committed suicide at Wadsley Asylum and it was reported he could not have been buried in the family plot on consecrated ground, may be the compromise was to bury him without an inscription. Alternatively, when he died he was alone and no there was close relative, who had the inclination or funds to complete the inscription. - AA

Clara Brayshaw died in New York City on 28 October 1948


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began at All Saints FC, then Walkley FC in Sheffield in 1883. Brayshaw joined Wednesday FC later that year. Then, along with several other Wednesday players, joined the Lockwood Brother's team simply for their cup run in 1886-87, after Wednesday failed to apply in time to enter. The Lockwood Bros team got to the fifth round and took West Bromwich Albion FC to a replay. He became the club captain, played in nineteen FA Cup matches. Despite his personal problems, he seems to have gotten back to his best early 1891. He gave up playing because the small bones in his left foot were badly broken through repeated kicking. In a match against Nottingham Forest during 1891, his boot was kicked clean open. He attempted to return to football in December 1892 with Grimsby Town FC. He turned up in Chesterfield Rangers FC colours in April 1893 and playing for Wednesday Wanderers FC by the end of the year. Wanderers being the reserve club for Wednesday FC. Evidently, still playing football in 1901 in Baslow. He never received a benefit match, selflessly allowing teammates Harry Winterbottom and Tom Cawley to receive their benefits. By the time Brayshaw's turn came about again, he had finished playing.
League History
2 appearances
Grimsby Town FC 1892, two appearances.
debut (second division): 3 September 1892 Grimsby Town FC 2 Northwich Victoria FC 1.
last (second division): 24 December 1892 Grimsby Town FC 4 Crewe Alexandra FC 0.
Club honours Football Alliance champions 1889-90;
FA Cup
runners-up 1889-90.
Individual honours Sheffield FA (January 1884 vs. Edinburgh, also vs. Glasgow, and London)
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 134th players (137) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half, although a right-back at club level.
Only match No. 29, 5 February 1887, England 7 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at The Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield, aged 23 years 122 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1886-87;
Individual honours The Blues (one appearance, March 1890)

Beyond England

Brayshaw was a carpenter by trade. He became a Sheffield licensee in January 1889, namely the Rifleman's Canteen in Charles Street, becoming the Empire Hotel c.1907, retiring in 1907 because of ill-health. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.44/45.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
2 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7 0 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at an home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1886-86 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC All 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7 0 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Wednesday F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

the one of five who became the 134th player (137) to appear for England
the sixth player from the Wednesday club to represent England

Age 23
1 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0
Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield
BC HW   ch

  F.A. International Select Committee - no full appearancesx

Age 26 trial  
one appearance - The White vs. The Blues, 24 March 1890;

40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD reserve