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Fred Hargreaves

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 16: A 3
67% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Frederick William Hargreaves
Birth 16 August 1858 in Brook House, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, September 1858].
  Cannot be found on the 1861 census, but we know his father was Henry Unsworth Hargreaves, a deputy coroner in Blackburn, married to Alice (née Fair).

According to the 1871 census, Frederick W. and John, along with their two sisters, are living at Unsworth Lodge in 44 Wellington Street in Blackburn, with a housekeeper and two servants. No mention of parents.


According to the 1881 census, Fredk W. is a law student and head over the household, including John, an articled solicitors clerk, and their younger sister, a housekeeper and servant. They still live at Unsworth House.

  "Hannah Dickson, domestic servant, in the employ of Mr. Fredk. Hargreaves, Wilpshire, was brought before the county justices at Blackburn, this morning, on suspicion of having stolen a pony and trap, together with the harness, the property of her employer.―Supt. Myres said that the prisoner, along with three men, was seen driving the pony and trap to Ribchester, and on returning home the men left her. She then drove through Mellor Brook, along Preston New-road, where she was taken into custody.―For the defence, Mr. Polding said the girl thought that during her master's absence she would like a drive, and accordingly asked the men to gear the pony, and they went together to the places named.―The magistrates dismissed the case." -  Wednesday, 30 March  1887, The Lancashire Evening Post

According to the 1891 census, Frederick W. remains head over the household and living on his own means, over his brother John, a solicitor, and his younger sister. With four servants, they now live at Thorncliffe, Stiff Street, Wilpshire.

  "GOSLING.―On the 30th March, at the residence of Frederick William Hargreaves, Wilpshire, near Blackburn, Eliza Gosling, formerly of Little Hawkesley, Essex, aged 90.―No cards." -  Monday, 1 April 1895, Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser.
Death Monday, 5 April 1897 in Thorncliffe, Wilpshire, Blackburn, aged 38 years 232 days [registered in Blackburn, June 1897].


"The sudden death is reported at Blackburn to-day of Mr. Fred Hargreaves, manufacturer. Mr. Hargreaves was one of the founders of the Blackburn Rovers Football Club, and captained the team in 1873, when Mr. A. N. Hornby was a member. He played outside right for England against Wales in 1880, and against Ireland in 1882, and was famous for his brilliant screw shots from the corner."
- Tuesday, 6 April 1897, The Manchester Evening News/Friday, 9 April 1897, The Lincolnshire Chronicle/Durham County Advertiser/Saturday, 10 April 1897, The Lincolnshire Chronicle/Hampshire Advertiser
Probate "HARGREAVES Frederick William of Thorncliffe Wilpshire Blacburn gentleman died 5 April 1897 Probate Lancaster 8 June to John Atkin Porter cotton-manufacturer.
Effects £12670s. 3s. 9d." [2019 equivalent: £1,659,187]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended and played for Malvern College, making the XI in 1877, joined Blackburn Rovers FC;
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1881-82 (as captain);
Individual honours Lancashire FA
Distinctions Played first-class cricket with Lancashire CCC;
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 75th players (76) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
First match No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 21 years 212 days.
Last match No. 14, 18 February 1882, Ireland 0 England 13, a friendly match at Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast, aged 23 years 186 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions Older brother of Jack Hargreaves

Beyond England

Son of a Blackburn coroner. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.120.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
3 3 270 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
3 2 0 1 16 3 +13 1 1 5.333 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 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
Away 2 2 0 0 16 2 +14 0 1 8.00 1.00 100.0 +2

Match History

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 21
1 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW Start hb

Age 22
2 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1, East Lancashire Cricket Club, Blackburn Fr HL Start hb

Age 23
3 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW Start hb