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Watty Corbett

Birmingham FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 F 22: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Walter Samuel Corbett
Birth 26 November 1880 in Park Street, Wellington, Shropshire [registered in Wellington, March 1881].
Attended King Edward Grammar School, Birmingham
Baptism 13 December 1881 at All Saint's Church, Wellington

According to the 1881 census, Walter Saml. is the youngest of three children to Walter Robert and Elizabeth and live at Park Street in Wellington. His father is a printer master.


According to the 1891 census, Walter S. is the middle child of five, now living at 32 Hall Road in Handsworth, West Bromwich. His father is now a commercial traveller.


According to the 1901 census, Walter S. is now a merchant's clerk, still the middle of five with their parents, now at 53 Stafford Road in Handsworth. His father is now a printer again.


According to the 1911 census, Walter was a visitor at the Beasley household at 154 Newhampton Road West in Wolverhampton. Walter is a commercial clerk.

Marriage to Clara Harris [registered in Wolverhampton, December 1912].

According to the 1921 census, Walter Samuel, a wgaes clerk for the Birmingham Tramway Corporation, is now married to Clara, and they have one son, Leslie John, and one servant, Dorie Gray, living at 7 Wilton Road in Handsworth.

  According to the 1939 register, Walter S., a wages clerk, is married to Clara, and are living at 7 WIlton Road in Birmingham.
Death 23 November 1960 in Handsworth, Birmingham, aged 79 years 362 days [registered in Birmingham, December 1960].

Death notes

The death registrations for Walter Corbett in 1955 did not match with his birth year. He was the wrong age at the time of death. The only match occurred in December 1960. This is matched by the Olympic Sports website which gave the deathdate of 23 November.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played his junior football playing for Astbury Richmond FC and Bournbrook FC, before joining Aston Villa FC. Joined Birmingham FC on 21 June 1907, and despite making a solitary appearance for Queen's Park Rangers FC in September of that year, and assisting Wellington Town FC from April 1909, he remained with the Birmingham club until 1911.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number 334th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 95, 6 June 1908, Austria 1 England 6, an end-of-season Continental tour match at Cricketer Platz, Wien, aged 27 years 193 days.
Last match No. 98, 13 June 1908, Bohemia 0 England 8, an end-of-season Continental tour match at Stadión Letná, Milady Horákové, Praha, aged 27 years 200 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England Amateur (eighteen appearances); Olympic Gold London 1908
Distinctions Corbett was the first player, with multiple appearances, to play against only foreign opposition.
Died thirteen days after Joe Bache

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.74/75.


Watty Corbett - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
3 3 0 270 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Watty Corbett - 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 3 3 0 0 17 1 +16 0 2 5.667 0.333 100.0 +3
All 3 3 0 0 17 1 +16 0 2 5.667 0.333 100.0 +3


Watty Corbett - Match History
 Club: Birmingham F.C. - 3 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 3 full capsx

Age 27
1 95 6 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 6, Cricketer Platz, Wien tour AW Start lb
- 96 8 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 11, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW reserve
2 97 10 June 1908 Hungary 0 England 7, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW Start lb
3 98 13 June 1908 - Bohemia 0 England 4, Stadión Letná, Praha AW Start lb