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Harwood Greenhalgh

Notts County FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

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


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  Lieutenant Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh
Birth Tuesday, 6 March 1849 in Bath Vale, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
"On Tuesday last, at Bath Vale, Mansfield, the wife of Mr. Herbert John Greenhalgh, of a son." - The Nottinghamshire Guardian, Thursday evening, 8 March 1849.
  registered in Mansfield January-March 1849
Baptism 28 March 1849 in at St's. Peter's & Paul's Church, Mansfield.
  According to the 1851 census, where he is transcribed as Harwood Ernest, the two year-old is the eldest of two children to Herbert John and Emma Anne (née Leavers). His father is a Lace Manufacturer and they all, along with four servants, live on Bath Vale in Mansfield.
  According to the 1861 census, twelve year-old Harwood, as he is 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". - The Volunteer Service Gazette, 8 September 1866

  According to the 1871 census, EH wi the only one still living with his parents at Bath Vale. Trading as a Cotton Doubler.
First marriage to Anne Wilson, on 12 June 1874, at Christ Church, Somer Town, Middlesex
  registered as Earnest in Pancras April-June 1874
Children Ernest and Anne Greenhalgh had two daughters together, Winifred Emma (b.30 November 1883) and Ethel Sarah (b.18 June 1888)
  "4th Nottinghamshire Rifles—Lieutenant Ernest Harwood Greenhalgh resigns his commission" - The Naval and Military Gazette, 15 December 1875
  According to the 1881 census, Ernest H. is 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." - St. James' Gazette, Thursday, 30 November 1882
"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." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Friday, 24 November 1882.
  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." - The Evening Telegraph and Star, Friday, 8 December 1888
  "On the 15th inst., at Mansfield, Winifred Emma, daughter of Harwood Greenhalgh, Grove-street, aged 5 years." - Mansfield Reporter, Friday, 22 March 1889.
  According to the 1891 census, 'bachelor' Ernest H. is 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."
- The Lincolnshire Echo, Tuesday, 10 April 1894
  His wife, Annie Greenhalgh, died on 19 April 1897
Second marriage to Catherine Winifred Goddard, on 11 April 1898, at Nottingham Register Office
  registered in Nottingham April-June 1898
  According to the 1901 census, E Harwood has married once again. He and his wife, Kate, are living at 47 West Hill Drive in Mansfield.
(His father died 19 March 1897).
  According to the 1911 census, Ernest Harwood and his wife are living at 48 Belvedere Street in Mansfield, he is now a Yarn Agent and Salesman. His wife is described as feeble-minded.
  (Catherine Greenhalgh died early-1918)
According to the 1921 census, Ernest Harwood is a widowed boarder with Herbert and Florence Trivett at 32 Thorneywood Rise in Nottingham.
Death Tuesday, 11 July 1922 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
aged 73 years 127 days registered in Nottingham July-September 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]"- The Derby Daily Telegraph, Friday, 14 July 1922.


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."
Nottingham Journal, Friday, 14 July 1922
Funeral Friday, 14 July 1922 at Carlton Cemetery, Nottingham
Source 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.
Source 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.
Individual honours The North (one appearance, 1870)
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 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 1 66.7 +1
Both of his matches were friendly matches

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 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 - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 20 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, February 1870

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 23
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AD   ¾b
the second player to appear on an England teamsheet.
the first player from Notts County FC to represent England

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

one of two players (with Chenery) to play in second match - most appearances (until the next match)