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Hawley Edwards Shropshire Wanderers FC & Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 2
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captain: none
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  John Hawley Edwards
  Modern yearbooks list him as Edwards, but Football Encyclopedia 1934, a match report in The Sporting Life, and Charles Alcock himself, call him J Hawley-Edwards. Regardless, his birth certificate, marriage certificate and death certificate all list him as Edwards. Although, the 1891 census did call him Hawley-Edwards.
Birth Thursday, 21 March 1850 in Pride Hill, St. Alkmund, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
  registered in Shrewsbury January-March 1850
Baptism 8 May 1850 in St. Alkmund Church, Shrewsbury
  According to the 1851 census, John Hawley Edwards is the one year old son of John Hawley and Emma Matilda (née Faulkner). He is the youngest of three children living at Belvidere in Shrewsbury. His father is an attorney and solicitor.
  According to the 1861 census, the Edwards family are living at Loseley House in Shrewsbury. He has four younger siblings, but neither John or his mother are on this census return. They have three servants and a governess.
  According to the 1871 census, John H. is a clerk in the solicitors, living alone in a room in 5 Albert Street in Pancras, London.
London Electoral Registers state John Hawley Edwards is living at 6 Lloyd Square in Clerkenwell in 1876-77.
(His father died early 1877)
  According to the 1881 census, J.H. Edwards, now a solicitor, is visiting the Spencer's in The Grove in Shifnal. Thomas and Emily Spencer's daughter would soon marry J.H.
Marriage to Helen Beatrice Spencer, on 21 April 1881, at The Parish Church in Shifnal
  registered in Shifnal Shropshire April-June 1881
Children Hawley and Helen Edwards had one son together. Spencer Faulkner Hawley (b.1882)
  According to the 1891 census, John Hawley-Edwards, married to Helen Beatrice, with one son Spencer Hawley. They live in Whitchurch in Broughall, with two servants.
Death Friday, 13 January 1893, in Old Colwyn, Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales. He had been suffering with throat cancer.
aged 42 years 298 days registered in Conway January-March 1893
"EDWARDS―Jan 13. aged 42, at Old Colwyn, J. Hawley Edwards, of Shrewsbury" - The Cheshire Observer/Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, Saturday 21 January 1893.


"The Mayor (Mr. G. Evans), taking his seat at the Borough [!!!] Court on Saturday morning, referred to the fact that a telegram had been received that morning informing the Bench of the death of their clerk, Mr. J. Hawley Edwards. The Bench, the Mayor said, deeply felt the loss they had sustained, and desired the deputy clerk to convey to the widow, and family, and expression of their sincere sympathy.―Mr. W. Phillips, another member of the Bench; Mr. F. W. Williams, on behalf of the legal profession; and Mr. H. Blackwell (chief constable), on behalf of the police force, also expressed their regret."
- The Birmingham Daily Post, Monday, 16 January 1893
"The death is announced of Mr. Hawley Edwards, the Clerk to the Magistrates for the Borough of Shrewsbury, and the agent for the Conservative member. Mr. Edwards, who has died quite young, from cancer in the throat, was a well-known oarsman and athlete."
The Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday 21 January 1893
"A large number of football players in the '70's will learn with regret of the death of Hawley Edwards, who had a unique experience of having played against Scotland for both England and Wales―in 1874 with the former, and in 1876 with the latter. He was a prominent member of the Shropshire Wanderers, and later on captain of Shrewsbury Town when the latter won the Birmingham Cup. Mr. Edwards was Town Clerk of Shrewsbury at the time of his death, and Bowdler, who now plays with Blackburn Rovers, was articled to him. His successor, Mr. Hughes, is also an old member of the Shrewsbury Town Club."
- The Athletic News and Cyclists' Journal./Sheffield Evening Telegraph, Monday, 23 January 1893
Funeral Tuesday, 17 January 1893 in the Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury.
DWARDS―Funeral at Shrewsbury To-day (Tuesday), at 2 o'clock inst.," - The London Morning Post/The London Evening Standard, Tuesday 17 January 1893
  Allen Edwards died early 1911 in Madeley
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) "It is chiefly in his connection with the old Shropshire Wanderers that he will be most recognised, as it was chiefly organised by him, and of his team he was captain from 1869 to 1877." - The Wellington Journal, Saturday, 21 January 1893 also played for Wanderers FC from 4 March 1874 and captained the Shrewsbury FC from 1875 to 1879.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1875-76;
Birmingham Cup winners
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played first class cricket for Shropshire, as well as being the club's secretary.
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Rob Cavallini's The Wanderers FC: Five Times F.A. Cup Winners. [2005].
England Career
Player number One of seven who became the 21st players (26) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, 23 years 351 days.
Individual honours Wales (one appearance, 1876)
Distinctions Also played the inaugural match for Wales against Scotland in 25 March 1876 at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow.
The ninth England player to die, and the second to die from the 1874 team.
Beyond England
Became the first Treasurer of the FA of Wales. A solicitor by profession, having been admitted in September 1871, he was Clerk to the Shrewsbury magistrates for 19 years until his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.151.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1 2 0 -1
His only match was a friendly match and at an away venue

Match History
 Clubs: Shropshire Wanderers F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

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Age 23
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
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one of seven who became the 21st (26) players to appear for England
the only player from Shropshire Wanderers FC to represent England
one of four players (ten) from Wanderers FC to become the seventh to represent England