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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


minutes played:


  William Henry Carr
Birth Tuesday, 14 November 1848 at 43 Hoyle Street in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  registered in Sheffield October-December 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 Sunday, 6 June 1869, at St. Philip's Church in Shalesmoor area of Sheffield
  registered in Sheffield April-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." - Sheffield Independent, Saturday, 12 June 1869.
notes: Its quite probable that the marriage occurred the day before, Saturday, 5 June, as stated in England, marriages, 1538-1973; Either the original data is wrong, or the newspaper transcript.
Children William and Harriet had eight children together. amongst them, Frederick William (b.November 1869), Lilian (b.April 1874), Tom Lint (b.1875), Polly M. (b.1880) and Winifred (b.1893)
  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 three more children, 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.
(Harriet Carr died at the end of 1918)
  According to the 1921 census, William Henry is now widowed and still living at 87 Beech Hill Road. Now a Britannia metal smith for James Dixon & Sons, Tom and Winifred are living with them.
Death Friday, 22 February 1924, at 87 Beech Hill Road in Broomhill area of Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
aged 75 years, 100 days registered in Ecclesall Bierlow January-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." - Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday, 25 February 1924.


"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."
Star Green 'Un, Saturday, 23 February 1924, /Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday, 25 February 1924
"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"
The Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer, Monday, 25 February 1924
Funeral date unknown, but he is buried in Wadsley churchyard in Sheffield.
Source 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.
Source 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 112 days. Carr joined his only match after ten minutes.  Prior to this, England played with ten men.
Distinctions None

Beyond England

According to the census', William Carr followed in his father's footsteps and became a Metal Smith worker.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals
GA ave.min clean sheets captain
1 1 80 2 40 min 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 2 50 =0
His only match was a friendly match and at a home venue

Match History
 Club: Owlerton F.C. - one full appearance (80 min) 2ᵍᵃ F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (80 min) 2ᵍᵃx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 26
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HD (0-0) 10xx
cs: c25 min

one of six who became the 28th (28) players to appear for England
the only player from Owlerton FC to represent England
The fifth goalkeeper to appear for England - the second to concede two goals