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"It was a bitter experience.  Clegg scarcely got a kick and became convinced that his mostly old school and varsity team mates were deliberately not passing to him: as he recalled, 'Some members of the England eleven were awful snobs and not much troubled about a 'man fra' Sheffield'"
(J. A. H. Catton, Wickets and Goals, 1926, p171)


Charlie Clegg

Wednesday FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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

minutes played:


Full name Sir John Charles Clegg
Born 15 June 1850 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered as Charles John Clegg in Ecclesall Bierlow, June 1850].

According to the 1851 census, John Charles is the only child to William Johnson and Mary (née Sykes). They live at 53 Spring Broom Lane in Ecclesall Brierlow, Sheffield. William is a solicitor's managing clerk.

According to the 1861 census, John C. is now the eldest of three children, including Willm E., living with their widowed father at 129 Cemetery Road in Ecclesall Bierlow, with one servant. His father is now a Rate Collector.

According to the 1871 census, John C. is now the eldest of six children, including brother William E., after his solicitor father remarried to Asenath.  Along with two servants, they live at 138 Victoria Road in Ecclesall Bierlow.

According to the 1881 census, Jno C. is a town councillor and solicitor, with his wife, Mary, and the two sons, Charles and Colin and daughter Edith.  Along with two servants, they live at 4 Wharncliffe Road in Ecclesall Bierlow.

According to the 1891 census, and living at 1 Collegiate Crescent, Ecclesall Bierlow. John C., still a solicitor, is with his wife and just his daughter, with a single servant.

According to the 1901 census, John, with Mary, and children Charles and Edith, live at 32 Cavendish Road in Ecclesall Bierlow, with one servant.

According to the 1911 census, John Charles Clegg is still married to Mary and still a solicitor. With only two servants, they still live at 32 Cavendish Road.

Married: to Mary Sayles, at St. John's Church, 2 September 1877.  Occupation: Law Student
Died: 26 June 1937 at Clifton House, 32 Cavendish Road, Sheffield, aged 87 years 11 days [registered in Sheffield, June 1837].
Buried on 30 June 1937 in Fulwood churchyard (left), after a service in Sheffield Cathedral, attended by many representatives of the fifty County Associations.
Height/Weight: not known

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], FindMyPast.com & Alan Alcott (for providing the photograph of Clegg's grave)

Club Career

Club(s) Educated in Sheffield and Darlington, but began playing football with Wednesday FC, but had a hand in the formation and existence of most of the Sheffield football clubs of the time, particularly playing for Broomhill FC, Perseverance FC and Sheffield Albion FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours Knighted in 1927 for services to the Board of Trade.
Distinctions Clegg represented the Sheffield Association the first inter-association match against the FA at Bramall Lane on 2 December 1871.  Also, when it was decided to experiment with the first floodlit match he and his brother were chosen to captain the two sides involved. On the night of 15 October 1878 a crowd of 20,000 turned up at Bramall Lane to watch the Reds (captained by Charles) beaten by the Blues 2-0. - Wednesday!. Farnsworth, Keith (1983). Sheffield City Libraries.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Andy Mitchell's First Elevens [2012]

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (7) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 168 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also a first-class referee, his engagements included 2 FA Cup finals, 1882 and 1892.  Also England vs. Scotland 1886 and 1893
Older brother of William Edwin Clegg

Beyond England

Clegg, a solicitor by profession, became one of the greatest administrators the game has known.  Served on the F.A. International Select Committee from 1885, Chairman 1889, Vice-President 1889-1923 and President 1923 until his death.  Also served as President of the Sheffield & Hallamshire F.A. and at different times as director and chairman of both Sheffield United and...Wednesday. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.67.


Charlie Clegg - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min. Captains Discipline
2 1 90 0 min 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.


Charlie Clegg - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


Charlie Clegg - Match History
 Club: Wednesday F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

Age 21
- u/o 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for
Age 22
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Start for
- 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW squad member


Age 33
- 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr HL Umpire
Age 39
- 37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HL Umpire
Age 43
- 49 1 April 1893 - England 5 Scotland 2, Athletic Ground, Richmond BC HW Referee