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Edmund Currey

Oxford University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC
& Corinthians FC

2 appearances, 2 goals both on debut

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 0 F 4: A 2
75% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Edmund Samuel Currey BA
Birth Sunday, 28 June 1868 at the Malling Deanery in South Malling, Lewes, Sussex
  registered in Lewes July-September 1868
"CURREY—On the 28th June, at Malling Deanery, Sussex, the wife of E. C. Currey, of a son." - Pall Mall Gazette, Thursday, 2 July 1868

According to the 1871 census, Edmd Saml. is the youngest of six children to Edmund Charles and Mary Rosa (née Moore), with one servant living at 12 Avenue, in Lewisham.


According to the 1881 census, Edmund S. was attending school and boarding at 35/36 Sussex Square in Brighton.


According to the 1891 census, now the youngest of two sons with his parents and five servants, living at Castlegate House, in the Castle Precincts in Lewes.

  "UNIVERSITY DISTINCTIONS.—In the list of those who gained the B.A. degree, at Oxford, on Friday, we notice the name of Mr. Edmund S. Currey, of a son." - The West Sussex Journal, Tuesday, 10 February 1891.

According to the Post Office London Directory of 1900, Edmund Samuel was living at 6 Cresswell Gardens in South Kensington. His father Edmund Charles is at 23 Knightrider Street in the City of London, as well as living in Lewes.
Nowhere to be found on the 1901 census. His parents are at Malling Deanery.
(His father died 4 November 1904)
However, the London City Directory of 1905 still places Currey at 6 Cresswell Gardens.

Marriage to Helene Polson Sanson, Saturday, 9 March 1907 at St. Saviour's Church, Pimlico
  registered in St. George Hanover Square January-March 1907
"CURREY — SANSON — March 9, at St. Saviour's Church, St. George's Square, London, by the Rev. Gerald Moor, M.A., assisted by Canon Henry Dodwell Moore, M.A. (uncle of the bridegroom). Edmund Samuel, youngest son, of the late Edmund Charles Currey, of Lewes, to Helene Polson, younger daughter of Adam Polson Sanson, of Walthamstow (formerly of Edinburgh)." - The Irish News, Wednesday, 13 March 1907, The Newry Reporter, Thursday, 14 March 1907.
"WEDDING.—The marriage took place at St. Saviour's Church, St. George's-square, London, on Saturday last, of Mr. Edmund Samuel Currey, youngest son of the late Mr. E. C. Currey, of Malling Deanery, and Miss Helene Polson Sanson, younger daughter of Mr. Adam Polson Sanson, of Walthamstow, and formerly of Edinburgh. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Gerald Moor, of Brighton, assisted by the Rev. Canon Henry Dodwell Moore, uncle of the bridegroom."
- Sussex Express, Surrey Standard & Kent Mail, Saturday, 16 March 1907.

(His mother died 15 December 1907)
According to the 1911 census, now married to Helene Polson, and a solicitor with two servants. Living at 73 Castle Town Road, West Kensington.
The London Electoral Register places Currey ay 73 Castletown Road, up until 1920. He had been there since at least 1910. His place of business was at King's Court, 48 Broadway, in Westminster.
According to Pasenger Lists, Edmund and Helene, living at 73 Castletown Road, arrived in New York on 17 April 1915 on board the 'SS Lusitania' from Liverpool.

Death Friday, 12 March 1920 at Sutton Cottage nursing home in Histon, near Hounslow, Middlesex,
aged 53 years 258 days registered in Brentford January-March 1920


"Mr. Edmund Samuel Currey, a solicitor, of Castleton-road, West Kensington, who entered a nursing home a few weeks ago for recuperation after a nervous breakdown, was found in bed in a dying condition. There were two bottles of veronal beside him, and on his dressing table was an envelope bearing the words, 'Communicate with Mr. Marshall.' His medical attendant said he had suffered from sleeplessness, but veronal had not been prescribed for him, and no one in the home knew that he had taken the drug. Admiral Currey, of Lewes, at the inquest said his brother had been very depressed and worried for two years through his wife leaving him. He had often discussed whether it was wrong to take one's life. Dr. Christian said that Mr. Currey once told him his life story, and declared that he saw no use in living. The Coroner entered the verdict of death from veronal poisoning, but that there was not sufficient evidence to show whether it was a case of accident or suicide."
- Pall Mall Gazette, Tuesday, 16 March 1920 & Birmingham Gazette, Wednesday, 17 March 1920.
'Veronal' is the trade name for a barbiturate drug used to treat mental illness. 'Veronal' was the first commercially available barbiturate, sold from 1903 onwards, and was named after the Italian city of Verona. Barbiturates were used to induce sleep by suppressing brain function and were also used as a hypnotic - Science Museum
Funeral March 1920 at St. Michael of All Angels Church, South Malling
Probate "CURRY Edmund Samuel of 73 Castletown-road West Kensington Middlesex died 12 March 1920 at Sutton-cottage Histon near Hounslow Middlesex Probate London 10 November to Arthur William Montague Marshall solicitor.
Effects £2503 14s. 1d." [2019 equivalent: £112,714]
  Helene Currey died in early 1953
Oxford University Alumni Currey, Edmund Samuel, born at Malling, Sussex, 1869; 6s. Edmund Charles, gen,
       MAGDALEN, matric. 20 Jan., 87, aged 18 (from the Charterhouse); B.A. 91.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played football for the Charterhouse School XI between 1885-86. Assisted the Casuals FC and West Surrey Nomads FC in 1885, Burgess Hill FC in 1886, and Lewes FC in 1887. Earned his blue with Oxford University between 1888 and 1890, being the captain in his final year. Also played for Old Carthusians AFC. He was appointed as the Lewes FC captain on 22 September 1891, when he was also playing for Sussex Dolphins FC. In 1892, Currey was assisting the Sussex Martlets FC.
Corinthians 1888-91 thirty appearances, 25 goals.
Club honours None
Individual honours Sussex FA;
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 13st 6lb [1890]


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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 171st players (172) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-forward
First match No. 39, 15 March 1890, Wales 1 England 3, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 21 years 260 days.
Last match No. 40, 5 April 1890, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, aged 21 years 281 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship shared 1889-90;
Individual honours The South (two appearances 1ᵍ, 1889-1890)
The Whites (one appearance, March 1890)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Currey was a solicitor by profession (admitted 1895) and practised in London. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.82.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
4 2 2 180 2 90 min 2 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2 1 75 +1
Both of his matches were played in the British Championship competition and at an away venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 =0
BC 1889-90 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC All 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2 1 75 +1

Match History

 Club: Oxford University A.F.C., Old Carthusians A.F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) 2ᵍ  
  F.A. International Select Committee - two full appearances (180 min) 2ᵍx

Age 20 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 19 January 1889;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW reserve

Age 21 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 13 January 1890;

38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew, to play against Wales
1 39 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW 49 shot

one of four who became the 171st player (172) to appear for England
the fifteenth player from Oxford University AFC to represent England
the sixth Od Carthusian to represent England
the 33rd Corinthian to represent England
the 27th player to score on his England debut - the eleventh competitive
the twelfth England player to score an equalising goal ~ although it is England's fourteenth
the scorer of the 26th brace for England
the eleventh player to score two or more goals on his England debut

one appearance - The Whites vs. The Blues, 24 March 1890;

2 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   ir