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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
0% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name 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. Possibly double-barrelled his surname after he married.

Born early 1850 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire [registered in Shrewsbury, March 1850]. One unreliable source states 21 March 1850... possible, but without foundation. But certainly after 14 January.
Baptised 8 May 1850 in St. Alkmund Church, Shrewsbury

Census Notes

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 solictor. 

Cannot be found on the 1861 census.

According to the 1871 census, John H. is a clerk in the solictors, living alone in a room in 5 Albert Street in Pancras, London.

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.

According to the 1891 census, John Hawley-Edwards, married to Helen Beatrice, with one son Spencer Hawtrey. They live in Whitchurch in Broughall. With two servants.

Married to Helen Beatrice Spencer [registered in Shifnal, Shropshire, June 1881]
Died 14 January 1893, aged 42 years nk days [registered in March 1893] in Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales.
Height/Weight Not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Shropshire Wanderers FC, also played for Wanderers FC from 4 March 1874 and Shrewsbury FC around 1876.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1875-76;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played first class cricket for Shropshire, as well as being the club's secretary.


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, close to his 24th birthday.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
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.

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.


Hawley Edwards - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave.
Captains Discipline
1 1 90 0 0 min 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.


Hawley Edwards - 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 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1


Hawley Edwards - Match History

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

 Club: Shropshire Wanderers F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 23/24
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Start f