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William Carr

Owlerton FC

1 appearance, 2 goals against

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


captain: none
minutes played:


  William Henry Carr
Birth late 1848 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, December 1848] - One dubious source gives the birthdate of 15 November 1848.


According to the 1851 census, William H. is the fifth child of six children to Joseph and Mary Ann (née Turton). Living at 43 Hoyle Street in Sheffield. His father is a metal smith.


According to the 1861 census, William H. is the third of seven children. Now at 14 Penistone Road in Sheffield with his parents. His father still a metal smith, William is an errand boy.

Marriage to Harriet Lint, on 6 June 1869 at St. Philip's Church in Shalesmoor area of Sheffield [registered in Sheffield, June 1869].
"CARR―LINT.―June 6, at St. Philip's Church, by the Rev. H. J. Barton, by license, Mr. Wm. Henry Carr, to Miss Harriet Lint." - Saturday, 12 June 1869, Sheffield Independent.

According to the 1871 census, William is married to Harriet, with one son, Frederick. William is a metalsmith and they all live at Burrow Lees, Ecclesfield.


According to the 1881 census, William H. is still married to Harriet, now with four children, Frederick, Lilian, Tom and Polly, all still living at Burrow Lees, Ecclesfield, Sheffield. William is a White Metal Smith.


According to the 1891 census, William Henry is still married, with their younger three children. They live at 8 Spring Vale Road, at Nether Hallam, in Sheffield. He is a Britannia Metal Smith and a Fish & Game dealer.


According to the 1901 census, William H. is still married, and now another child, Winifred. Living at 10 Blakegrove Road, Nether Hallam, in Sheffield. William is a Silver Smith.


According to the 1911 census, William Henry, married still, living at 87 Beech Hill Road in Broomhills, Sheffield. Still a Silversmith, Tom and Winifred are living with them.

Death Friday, 22 February 1924, at 87 Beech Hill Road in Broomhill area of Sheffield, aged 75 years, nk days [registered in Eccleshall B., March 1924].
"CARR.―On February 22nd, William Henry, beloved husband of the late Harriet Carr, of 87, Beech Hill Road, Broomhill, in his 76th year. Internment Wadsley Church, Tuesday, 2.45 p.m."
- Monday, 25 February 1924, Sheffield Daily Telegraph.


"Death of Sheffield Goalkeeper of the 'Seventies
"One by one the old connecting links between football past and present are being severed. We regret to hear of the death of Mr. W. H. Carr. Mr. Carr fifty years ago was a very fine goalkeeper and a prominent figure in Sheffield football. In those early days of Association Football, Sheffield had many great players, amateurs who were not tied down to any particular club, and sometimes played for Sheffield, sometimes for Wednesday, Albion and others. Mr. Carr was one of these, colleagues being J. R. B. Owen, T. H. Sorby, and the Clegg brothers. Like them, Mr. Carr was honoured by the Football Association, and in 187[5] he played for England against Scotland, at Glasgow. Scotland won that match by the odd goal of three." -
Saturday, 23 February 1924, Star Green 'Un/Monday, 25 February 1924, Sheffield Daily Telegraph
"The death occurred on Friday night last, at Sheffield, of W. H. Carr, who was a brilliant goalkeeper 50 years ago, and who kept goal for England against Scotland in 187[5]. He played for Sheffield Association in many of the old inter-Association games against London, Glasgow, Nottingham, and Birmingham. Carr stood 6ft. 3in. in height" -
Monday, 25 February 1924, The Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Carr was another Sheffield player who crossed the boundaries of many of the town's clubs. He was associated with the Pitsmoor FC as early as 1868. A year later, he was running for Norfolk FC as well, who he played for until at least 1871. Also in 1869, Carr was playing for the Wednesday Club until early 1873. Was the secretary as well as goalkeeper of Owlerton FC from the summer of 1873.
Club honours None
Individual honours Sheffield FA (1872 against London).
Height/Weight 6' 3" according to his obituary.


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 28th players (28) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; Fifth goalkeeper to appear.
Only match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 26 years nk days. Carr joined his only match after 15 minutes.  Prior to this, England played with ten men.
Distinctions None

Beyond England

According to the census', William Carr was a Metal Smith worker. - FindMyPast.com

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals
GA ave.min clean sheets clean
sheet ave.
1 1 75 2 38 min none none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0

Match History
 Club: Owlerton F.C. - one full appearance (75 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (75 min)x

Age 20
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (on @ 0-0) Fr HD 15 gk