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William Brindle

Darwen FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 7: A 7
50% successful

disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name William Brindle


After extensive research, especially by Andy Mitchell, it was found that many of the footballing Brindle's in the late nineteenth century were in fact a W. Brindle. A contemporary source, the Paper Maker and British Paper Trade Journal in 1916 gives him a name, William.
Born 24 May 1853 in Over Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, June 1853].
Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, eight year old William is the fifth of six children to Thomas and Peggy (nee Ward), living at 8 Hollins Bank in Lower Darwen. His father is a rag bleacher at the paper mill.

According to the 1871 census, the seventeen year-old William is a labourer and is still with his parents, along with his younger sister Ann, living at Hollins Row. His father is still a rag bleacher.

According to the 1881 census, William is working in the paper mill and living at home, still with his parents and his sister Ann and her new husband, Henry Haworth. They all live at 18 Hollins Row. His father is still a rag bleacher.
According to New York City Passenger Lists, Wm Brindle, a paper maker, travelled to New York on board the Arabic, sometime in 1887.

According to the 1900 US Census, William and Mary are living with their nine year old daughter, Ethel May and Esther Grace, who is five years old, living at 25 Clark Street in Holyoke. William is a paper maker.
Notes "WILLIAM BRINDLE, who was so well known as one of the best full-backs in Association football, and who was a tower of strength to the Darwen Football Club, left the service of Messrs. Potter & Co., Hollins, a short time ago to seek his fortune in America as a paper maker, and has now taken full charge as manager of the Spring Lawn Mills, Pennsylvania". - Paper Maker and British Paper Trade Journal, September 1916, as traced by Andy Mitchell.
Married to Mary Ann Long, 5 October 1889 in Hilliadsville, Connecticut [registered in Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915]. Mary was born in Ireland. They had two children - Ethel (b.August 1890) and Ester (b.January 1895).
Naturalised: Brindle became a naturalised citizen on 14 October 1896, living at 25 Clark Street in Holyoke in Hampden County, Massachusetts.
Died: scond half of 1900, after the 1900 US Census was taken on 1 June.
Buried in Buckland Cemetery (left), Manchester, Hartford Count in Connecticut.
Height/Weight: not known

Andy Mitchell, FindMyPast.co.uk & Bob Pickett

Club Career

Club(s) Began with junior clubs in the Darwen area before joining the town's football club, Darwen FC. Brindle joined Blackburn Olympic FC in the mid-80's.
Club honours Lancashire Cup winners 1879-80;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 70th players (71) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left/right back;
First match No. 10, 13 March 1880, Scotland 5 England 4, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, 26 years 294 days.
Last match No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 26 years 297 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Emigrated to USA with his successful papermaking business, becoming manager of a firm in Pennsylvania.

William Brindle - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave
Captain Discipline
2 2 165 0 0 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.


William Brindle - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 2 1 0 1 7 7 =0 0 0 3.50 3.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 7 7 =0 0 0 3.50 3.50 50.0 =0


William Brindle - Match History
 Club: Darwen F.C. - 2 full caps

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

Age 26
1 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start lb
2 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start inj. off 75 rb

It had long been believed that Brindle had scored a goal in this match, but a Welsh newspaper report of the time states a Hibbort own goal.