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Harwood Greenhalgh

Notts County FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 0 F 4: A 2
67% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Lieutenant Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh
Birth Tuesday, 6 March 1849 in Bath Vale, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire [registered in Mansfield, March 1849].
"On Tuesday last, at Bath Vale, Mansfield, the wife of Mr. Herbert John Greenhalgh, of a son." - Thursday evening, 8 March 1849, The Nottinghamshire Guardian.
Baptism 28 March 1849 in at St's. Peter's & Paul's Church, Mansfield.

According to the 1851 census, where he was transcribed as Harwood Ernest, the two year-old was the eldest of two children to Herbert John and Emma Anne (née Leavers). His father was a Lace Manufacturer and they all, along with four servants, on Bath Vale in Mansfield.


According to the 1861 census, twelve year-old Harwood, as he was named, is now the eldest of five children. Now living with parents, at 3 Bath Vale, on Bath Lane in Mansfield.

"4th Nottinghamshire Rifle Volunteer Corps—Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh, gent., to be ensign". - 8 September 1866, The Volunteer Service Gazette.


According to the 1871 census, EH was the only one still living with his parents at Bath Vale. Trading as a Cotton Doubler.

First marriage to Anne Wilson on 12 January 1874 at Christ Church, Somer Town in Middlesex [no registration found].
  "4th Nottinghamshire Rifles—Lieutenant Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh resigns his commission" - 15 December 1875, The Naval and Military Gazette

According to the 1881 census, Ernest H. was head of his own household, alongside his brother, Harold, at Carr Bank, in Nursery Street, Mansfield. Still a Cotton Doubler, in charge of 320 women, 50 men, and 8 boys.
"Deaths. GREENHALGH, Emma, wife of Mr. Herbert J., of Carr Bank, Mansfield, Notts, Nov. 23." - Thursday, 30 November 1882, St. James' Gazette.


GREENHALGH, Emma, wife of Mr. Herbert J., of Carr Bank, Mansfield, Notts, Nov. 23." - Thursday, 30 November 1882, St. James' Gazette.

"On Wednesday evening, Mrs. Greenhalgh, wife of Mr. [H. J.] Greenhalgh, residing at Car Bank, Mansfield, and an extensive millowner in the district, died in London, where she had gone on a visit to a relative, and also for the purpose of consulting a physician. On Monday the deceased lady started for the metropolis, and during the journey complained of feeling unwell. On arrival in London she went to the St. Pancras Hotel, and received medical advice. The symptoms which then presented themselves were such as to cause no anxiety, but on Wednesday, her condition became worse, and Mr. Greenhalgh was telegraphed for. Within a short time of his arrival, however, Mrs. Greenhalgh expired, the cause of death, it is supposed, being heart disease. The remains will be interred at Taversall on Saturday." - Friday, 24 November 1882, The Nottingham Evening Post

whether it was mistaken identity or just an 19th century type error, it was reported that Harwood's wife had died, it was in fact, his mother.
"At the Mansfield County Police Court, yesterday morning, before captain Need, R.N. (in the chair), captain Salmond, R.N., Mr. J. Paget, Mr. W.F. Webb, and Mr. T.H. Oakes, Herbert John Greenhalgh and Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh, cotton spinners and doublers, trading as Greenhalgh and Sons, of Mansfield, were summoned under the Merchandise Marks Act 1887, for an attempt to defraud, it being alleged in one information that they had applied to certain goods, viz., 50lb. of cotton yarn, sold on the 16th October last, invoiced by them to Messrs. A. Pearse and Co., of Manchester, a certain false trade description to the covering of the bundles of the said yarn.—Mr. SAMPSON (Manchester) appeared to prosecute on behalf of the hon. secretary to the Extra Hard Cotton Twist Spinners' Association (Limited), Manchester, and after entering fully into the technicalities of the case, which he demonstrated by the aid of a model cotton spinning machine, said he believed that the defendants admitted the offence, and in that case he did not press for a heavy penalty, as the defendants had agreed to pay the costs of the prosecution, which amounted to £120.—Mr. ELLIOT SMITH, who represented the defendant's admitted the facts as stated by Mr. Sampson, but denied that Messrs. Greenhalgh had any intention to defraud.—The magistrates fined the defendants £2 for each offence alleged on the two information's, and ordered them to pay £120, the costs of the prosecution." - Friday, 8 December 1888, The Evening Telegraph and Star.
  "On the 15th inst., at Mansfield, Winifred Emma, daughter of Harwood Greenhalgh, Grove-street, aged 5 years." - Friday, 22 March 1889, Mansfield Reporter.

According to the 1891 census, bachelor Ernest H. was again living with his widowed father, Herbert, they are all now residing with his sons at Carr Bank.

"At the Mansfield County Court yesterday Mr. Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh sued Messrs. Selwyn Hall and Benjamin Fawke, secretary and treasurer of the Greenhalgh's Football Club for £25, amount of valuation, £3 money lent, and 10s. 2d. for banding shirts. The last item was paid into court, and credit for £2 2s. for four years' subscriptions was given by the plaintiff, for whom Mr J. H. White appeared. The defendants were represented by Mr. Overbach, for Mr H. B. Clayton.—The defence was urged that plaintiff could only sue in a representative capacity..—His Honour suggested that the parties should endeavour to come to some arrangement, and the case was adjourned with that object."
- Tuesday, 10 April 1894, The Lincolnshire Echo.
Second marriage on 11 April 1898 to Catherine Winifred Goddard at Nottingham Register Office [registered in Nottingham, June 1898].

According to the 1901 census, E Harwood had married once again. He and his wife, Kate, were living at 47 West Hill Drive in Mansfield.


According to the 1911 census, Ernest Harwood and his wife were living at 48 Belvedere Street in Mansfield, he was now a Yarn Agent and Salesman. His wife is described as feeble-minded.

Death Tuesday, 11 July 1922 in Mansfield, aged 73 years 127 days [registered in Nottingham, July 1922].
"The death is announced from Mansfield of Mr. E. Harwood Greenhalgh who played full back for England in the first international football match between England and Scotland in 187[2]"-
Friday, 14 July 1922, The Derby Daily Telegraph.


one of three or four brothers who played for Notts. County in the seventies, has died at the age of 73. In his young days he was a famous athlete and won many trophies at athletic meetings at all kinds of distances. It was, however, in the football field that Mr. Greenhalgh was best known. He played back for England in the first of the international games between England and Scotland in 1872, and the following year he was again selected and played amongst the forwards. In those days the Greenhalgh family were important people in the cotton doubling industry. Mr. Harwood Greenhalgh started the cricket and football club which bore his name for so many years, The Greenhalgh Football Club in the early nineties won the Notts. Senior Cup two years in succession, and turned out a number of players who went to first division clubs. When Mr. Greenhalgh took part in the first international match mentioned which took place at Hamilton Crescent, and ended in a draw with no golas scored, he occupied a position that was then known as three-quarter back."
Friday, 14 July 1922, Nottingham Journal.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Andy Mitchell's First Elevens [2012] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played for Notts County FC between 1867 and 1883. His arrival helped to "greatly improve (their) results, due mainly to his great influence and leadership" - Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England - A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing, p.20.
Club honours FA Cup semi-finalists 1882-83;
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known.


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

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (2) to appear for England.
Position(s) Three-quarter back; Full-back
First match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 23 years 269 days.
Last match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 24 years 2 days.
Distinctions Greenhalgh died just seven days after Jimmy Brown

Beyond England

After retiring from playing in 1883, Greenhalgh continued to play an important part in the development of football, helping to found Greenhalgh's F.C. in Mansfield. He was also the owner of Field Mill in Mansfield which was the home of Mansfield Mechanics F.C., until becoming the home of Mansfield Town in 1916. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.112.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals captain
2 2 180 0 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 1 1 2.00 1.00 66.7 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home Friendly matches 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

Match History
 Club: Notts County F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 23
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Start ¾b

Age 24
2 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start fb