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Albert Fletcher

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 7: A 2
100% successful

1889-90

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name Albert Thomas Fletcher
Born 1 April 1866 in Lichfield Road, New Invention, Willenhall, Staffordshire [registered in Wolverhampton, June 1866]. Birthdate confirmed by the 1939 register.
Attended Holy Trinity School and Short Heath in Willenhall

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Albert is the fifth of five children to Abraham and Emma (née Winford), and they live at 32 Wolverhampton Road in New Invention in Willenhall.

According to the 1881 census, Albert is just one of two children with their parents in Wolverhampton Road. He is a lock macker. His father is a lock manufacturer.

According to the 1891 census, Albert is now married to Mary with two children, Nellie and Harriet, and they live at Bloxwich Road in New Invention with Albert's mother. Albert is not on this census return.

According to the 1901 census, Albert now a football trainer, still married, and with four more children, Lottie, Albert, Wilfred and Richard. They all live at 8 Mitre Fold in Wolverhampton.

According to the 1911 census, Albert is still a football trainer and still married to Mary, and they have four more children. Mary, Alice, Winifred and Olive. They all live at 12 Edward Street in Wolverhampton. The census reveals that of their ten children, one had died. This one was their eldest, Nellie Winifred, who, as a five-year old, died in 1895.

According to the 1939 register, Albert is a football trainer still married to Mary and they are still living at 12 Edward Street.
Married to Mary Williams [registered in Wolverhampton, September 1886].
Died 22 December 1940 at 12 Edward Street, Wolverhampton, aged 74 years 265 days [registered in Wolverhampton, December 1940].
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 12st. 1lbs [1889].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], FindMyPast.com, Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004] & his obituary provided by his relative, Mike Rowbotham.

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career with New Invention Excelsior FC and also played with Lane Head White Star FC, before he joined Willenhall Pickwick FC. During which he was turning out for Bloxwich Town FC and Walsall Swifts FC. When he was with Pickwick, he was approached by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in 1885 after he played against them in a six-a-side match. He retired because of a knee injury. He had been playing for Wolves against Aston Villa FC in February 1892, when Villa's centre-forward McKnight tumbled across his leg, dislocating his knee. It was at least twelve months before Fletcher could even think about playing again. He did, once again, for the Wolves Reserves, against Wednesday, and after he was maliciously taken out, he never played again.
Club honours Wednesbury Charity Cup winners 1888-89; Birmingham Senior Cup winners 1888-89; Staffordshire Senior Cup winners 1888-89; FA Cup runners-up 1888-89, winners 1892-93 (trainer);
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 152nd player (152) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 35, 23 February 1889, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-upon-Trent, aged 22 years 328 days.
Last match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Wales 1 England 3, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 23 years 348 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions "Fletcher's ability to train and handle a team has been recognised outside his club. He has had charge of the English League that met the Scottish League for two seasons, and twice he has had charge of England's team against Wales [before WWI]." - Sports Argus, December 1916

Beyond England

After he retired because of injury, Fletcher remained with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC as their reserve team trainer, stepping up to first team trainer in 1907, a post he held until 1920. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.97.

 

Albert Fletcher - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 180 0 0 min 0 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.

 

Albert Fletcher - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All - British Championship 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2

 

Albert Fletcher - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2

 

Albert Fletcher - Match History
 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 22
1 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW Start rh
Age 23
2 38 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start rh

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