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Danny Cunliffe

Portsmouth FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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  Daniel Cunliffe
Birth Friday, 11 June 1875 at 2 Hope Street, Bolton, Lancashire
  registered in Bolton April-June 1875
Baptism 8 September 1875 in Holy Trinity Church, Bolton, living at 2 Hope Street.

According to the 1881 census, Daniel is the third of five children to Samuel and Hannah (née Miller), living at 8 Brick Street in Great Bolton. His father is a cotton spinner.


According to the 1891 census, Daniel is one of four still living with his parents at 8 Brick Street.  His father is a labourer, whilst Daniel is a piecer of cotton.
(His mother died early-mid 1895)

First marriage to Mary Jameson, on 20 November 1895 at All Saints Church in Bolton, Lancashire
  registered in Bolton October-December 1895
Children Dan and Mary Cunliffe had five children together, Caroline (b.5 January 1897), Elizabeth Ellen (b.11 October 1898), Frederick (b.10 February 1900), Doris Lily (b.6 March 1903) and Eva (b.6 January 1905).

According to baptismal records, the Cunliffe's were ling at 33 High Street, Farnworth, in 1897. By 1898, they were living at 37 Stonehill Street in the Walton area of Liverpool)
According to the 1901 census, Daniel is now a professional footballer, married to Mary, with three children, Carry, Nellie and Fred. They live at 66 John Taylor Street in Bolton.
(His father died late 1907)


According to the 1911 census, Daniel, still married, and with another two children, Doris and Eva. They live at 6 Victoria Street in Heywood, Bury. Daniel is now a general labourer.


According to the WW1 Army Records, Daniel is a private in the 12th Lancashire Fusiliers Depot, enlisted 19 November 1914 and discharged on 11 July 1917.

"DANNY CUNLIFFE IN KHAKI ...'Danny' Cunliffe, the old International footballer, who rendered such excellent service for Heywood United, has just been on a visit to his wife in Victoria Street, Hopwood. 'Danny' has joined the 12th Battalion Lancs. Fusiliers, at present stationed at Eastbourne. He enlisted three months ago, and feels quite capable for the task he will be called upon to perform in France in the near future. He said his previous football training had stood him in good stead in getting fit for active service. The ex-footballer was wearing khaki, and he is hoping to perform deeds on the battlefield that would equal his best exploits on some of the most historic football grounds in the country. Cunliffe returned to Eastbourne on Tuesday." - The Rochdale Times, Saturday, 30 January 1915.
"DANNY CUNLIFFE INJURED ...'Danny' Cunliffe, the ex-international footballer, has been wounded in France, and is in a Reading hospital. He writes to a Heywood friend to say his left arm is useless." - The Heywood Advertiser/Rochdale Observer, Friday, 29 June 1917.

According to the 1921 census, Daniel, still married, and with his five children, now live at 1 Victoria Street in Heywood, Bury. Daniel is 'not occupied for a living.'
(His wife, Mary, died in early 1927)

Second marriage to Eunice Hammer (née Swingwood), on 6 June 1930 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopwood, Lancashire
  registered in Bury April-June 1930
  His daughter, Nellie (Elizabeth), died in 1932

According to the Lancashire Electoral Registers, Daniel and Eunice were living at 42a Aspinall Street in Heywood in 1935.

Death Tuesday, 28 December 1937 at York Street, Heywood, Lancashire, following a short illness
aged 62 years 200 days registered in Heywood October-December 1937


"The death has occurred at the age of 62 of Mr. Daniel Cunliffe, York-street, Heywood, the former well-known inside right footballer. Mr. Cunliffe had received an international cap, playing for England against Ireland, and had done duty for Liverpool, New Brighton, Oldham Athletic, Millwall, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Tottenham Hotspurs, New Brompton, Heywood United, and Middleton Borough." - The Liverpool Echo, Thursday, 30 December 1937.
  His second wife, Eunice, died in 1949

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

Playing Career

When he was thirteen years-old, Cunliffe was playing for Bolton Orlando FC for four years, earning a reputation as a 'deadly shot'. Started his career with Little Lever FC and Middleton Borough FC. Also played for Oldham County FC of the Lancashire League, before joining Liverpool FC in May 1897, and joined New Brighton Tower FC a year later. Portsmouth FC, in May 1899, signed him. Returned to New Brighton Tower FC in May 1900, before the Tower club disbanded, so Cunliffe returned to Portsmouth FC on 1 May 1901, where he actually stayed for another five years. In May 1906, New Brompton FC signed Cunliffe and he scored fifteen goals in 36 league appearances. Then onto Millwall Athletic FC on 3 May 1907. Heywood FC on 9 September 1909 until April 1912. After which, he spent two years at Rochdale FC.

League honours
72 appearances 30 goals
Liverpool FC 1897-98 fourteen appearances, six goals
debut: 4 September 1897 Stoke FC 2 Liverpool FC 2
New Brighton Tower FC 1898-99 thirty appearances, fifteen goals
debut (div two): 10 September 1898 New Brighton Tower FC 3 Gainsborough Trinity FC 2.
New Brighton Tower FC 1900-01 28 appearances, nine goals
debut (division two): 1 September 1900 New Brighton Tower FC 0 Blackpool FC 0.
last (division two): 27 April 1901 New Brighton Tower FC 1 Woolwich Arsenal FC 0.
Club honours Southern League runners-up 1899-1900, winners 1901-02;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 7lbs [1903].


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became 247th players (249) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 68, 17 March 1900, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, aged 24 years 279 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1899-1900
Team honours None
Individual honours The South (two appearances, 2ᵍ March 1900-January 1903)
Distinctions He died ten days after Johnny Holt and thirteen days after Reg Macauley.

Beyond England

No additional information for this burly wanderer. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.81/82.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at an away venue

Tournament Matches

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1899-1900 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Portsmouth F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 24 trial  
one appearance  - The South vs. The North, 7 March 1900;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 68 17 March 1900 - Ireland 0 England 2
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
BC AW   ol

one of five who became the 247th player (249) to appear for England
the first Portsmouth FC player to represent England

Age 27 trial  
one appearance  - The South vs. The North, January 1903;

78 2 March 1903 - England 2 Wales 1, Fratton Park, Portsmouth (home ground) BC HW reserve