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Arthur Henfrey

Cambridge University AFC, Corinthians FC

5 appearances, 2 goals
1 goal on his debut

P 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 F 18: A 5
70% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Arthur George Henfrey BA
Birth Thursday, 19 December 1867 in Finedon, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  registered in Wellingborough January-March 1868
Baptism Easter Tuesday, 14 April 1868 in Finedon

(His father, Thomas Baker Henfrey, died on 4 December 1868)
According to the 1871 census, Arthur is one of two grandsons, the other being Thomas, with their widowed mother, Elizabeth (née Hawthorn), living with their grandfather Joseph Hawthorne, and his other sons and daughters at South East Street in Finedon, Wellingborough. His mother is a shoe machinist, his grandfather a woolsorter.


According to the 1881 census, Arthur is living with his mother and his brother? or cousin? Thomas Hawthorne. They live at NW Street in Finedon, next door to the rest of the Hawthorne family. His mother is still a machinist, now employing eighteen girls.

  "AT a Congregation on Thursday afternoon, the following degrees were conferred:
 B.A.―Arthur George Henfrey, Jesus." - The Cambridge Independent Press, 7 March 1891.

According to the 1891 census, Arthur is an assistant school master at The Grammar School in Mill Road, Wellingborough.

Marriage to Margaret Elizabeth Silvester, on Thursday, 24 June 1897, at St. Augustine's Church in Rugeley
  registered in Lichfield April-June 1897
"HENFREY-SILVESTER.―On the 24th inst., at the Parish Church, Rugeley, by the Rev. A. Moncrief, Vicar, Arthur George, only son of the late Thomas Baker Henfrey, of Finedon, Northamptonshire, to Margaret Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late Robert Allwood, Silvester, of Stafford." - The London Standard, Saturday, 26 June 1897.
Children Arthur and Margaret Henfrey had four children together. Joan Elizabeth (b.1899), Philip George (b.1902), Muriel Silvester (b.1903) and Richard Arthur.
"A dinner held in connection with the Finedon Conservative and Unionist Association took place at the Gate Inn on Monday evening. An excellent meal was provided by Host and Hostess Avery, about eighty sitting down. Mr. A. G. Henfrey presided." - The Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, 8 May 1900.
"Polling took place yesterday in the four County Council Divisions in which there were contests: namely:
A. G. Henfrey (C.), 330......Majority 19.
In this constituency, Mr. C. Wright (L.) retired owing to ill-health, and the Conservatives at once selected Mr. Arthur George Henfrey, B.A., Mulso Cottage, Finedon, formerly captain of the Northamptonshire Cricket Club. The Liberal candidate was Mr. Albert Bailey, boot and shoe manufacturer, Obelisk Hill, Finedon." - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 8 March 1901.

(His mother died on 1 September 1898)
According to the 1901 census, Arthur is living at Mulso Cottage in Finedon, He is a boot merchant visiting the Tyler family at 158 London Road in Leicester.
Initiated into the United Grand Lodge of Freemasons on 14 April 1902

"Twelve candidates are nominated for the six seats: Isaac Yorke (L.), John Titmas (L.), Thos. Holley (L.), Wm. Paterson (L.), Thos. Threadgill (L.), J. T. Hawthorne (L.), Frank Henson (C.), Fredk. Addis (C.), Robert Donald (C.), Thos. Meadows (C.), Arthur Geo. Henfrey (C.), and Philip Dawson (C.)." - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 21 March 1902.
"The nominations for Northamptonshire County Council Election took place on Monday. The voting takes place from eight to eight next Tuesday:
                             FINEDON (Electors 721).
*BAILEY, ALBERT HENSON  (L.), boot manufacturer, Finedon.
HENFREY, ARTHUR GEORGE (C.), traveller, Finedon.
Proposers: T. Meadows, Frank Henson, William.
1889: F. B. Sharp (L.), 455; J. Spencer (C.), 417; majority, 38. 1892: W. P. Birch (C.), 447; J. Harlock (L.), 443; majority, 4. 1895 and 1898: C. Wright (L.), unopposed. 1901: A. Bailey (L.), 349; A. G. Henfrey (C.), 330;, majority, 19."
- Northampton Mercury, Friday, 4 March 1904.
  "URBAN COUNCIL ELECTION.―The election of the Urban District Councillors on Monday resulted as follows: Mr. Pope (L.), and Mr. McAlister (C.), taking the place of Mr. Robinson (C.), and Mr. Walker (C.). Elected: Bailey (L), 479; Patterson (L), 417; Dawson (Ind.), 416; Knight (L.), 379; Henfrey (C,), 366;" - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 7 April 1905.
"Mr. J. T. Hawthorne proposed that an outfit for the Fire Brigade be purchased out of the rates. Mr. Meadows moved an amendment that an effort be made to raise the necessary funds by voluntary effort. It was decided to limit the number of members of the Brigade to nine. The following were selected:― Mr. A. G. Henfrey (captain), Mr. R. Birkett (vice-captain), Mr. R. Borton, Mr. W. Law, Mr. A. Stanley, Mr. F. York, Mr. R. Goodman, Mr. A. Underwood, and Mr. C. Whiting." - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 13 July 1906.
"When the nominations closed on Monday afternoon, there was a possibility of eighteen contests. Withdrawals, however, resulted in leaving only eleven contested seats, namely:
                            FINEDON (Electors 721).
LBERT HENSON BAILEY (L.). The Woodfields, Finedon, shoe manufacturer.
Previous Elections.―1904: A.Bailey (L.), 365; A. G. Henfrey (C.), 311; majority, 54." - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 1 March 1907.

According to the Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire, in 1910, Arthur George is the chairman of the Urban DIstrict Council, and an Alderman living at Kenmure House in Finedon.


According to the 1911 census, married to Margaret and now a clerk and traveller, they have three children, Joan, Philip and Muriel. They live on Wellingborough Road in Finedon.

"In aid of the funds of the Northampton Hospital a successful fancy dress parade and fete was held at Finedon on Saturday afternoon, and being favoured with delightful weather. The procession round the town was headed by the Finedon Old and the Finedon Temperance Bands, following which came an imposing section of firemen under captain A. G. Henfrey." - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 19 July 1912.
"The story of how Councillor A. G. Henfrey, of Finedon, lost a valuable retriever dog was told at Wellingborough Police Court to-day, when Robert C. Jackson, labourer, was charged with stealing the animal on April 16. Councillor Henfrey, who valued the dog at £10, spoke to losing it on April 16, and said he had never given Jackson leave to take it. On the 18th the dog was brought back to him by another man. Charles Bean, St. John-street, Wellingborough, spoke to buying the dog from defendant for 10s. Afterwards he saw Mr. Henfrey's name on the collar and took it back to the owner. P.S. Powell said he arrested Jackson, who, in answer to the charge, remarked: 'I think I shall get through that all right when I see Mr. Henfrey.' Defendant told the Bench the dog followed him from Finedon to Wellingborough, and whilst he was in a public-house with the dog Bean offered him 15s. for it. He told Bean it was not for sale, but Bean put some money in his hand and soon afterwards he missed the dog. Defendent was fined £1 and costs, and the Bench cautioned Bean, whose expenses were disallowed."
Northampton Daily Echo, Friday, 25 April 1913.
"Elections for the Northamptonshire County Council take place on Thursday next:
MINNEY, ARTHUR W.M., Holly Lodge, St. Mary's-avenue, boot manufacturer.
HENFREY, ARTHUR GEO., B.A., Kenmure House.
" - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 28 February 1919.

According to the 1921 census, Arthur George, a traveller and manager (for Hawthorne Boots), is still married to Margaret and now have another son, Richard. They still live on Wellingborough Road in Finedon.
(His daughter, Muriel, died in the first half of 1925)

"The pool at Finedon was declared at a quarter-past eleven on Saturday night as follows:
      J. T. Hawthorn (L.)..868
. (seven others) A. G. Henfrey (C.).....494. Elected." - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 10 April 1925
"Mr. A. G. Henfrey was elected chairman of Finedon Urban Council on Monday evening. Mr. Henfrey has for twelve months been vice-chairman of the Council, and his election was proposed by Mr. C. L. Tite, who said that Mr. Henfrey had had considerable experience of Council work, and would no doubt prove the right man in the right place. Mr. Henfrey's election was unanimous." - Northampton Mercury, Friday, 30 April 1926.
Death Thursday, 17 October 1929 in Finedon, Northamptonshire.
aged 61 years 302 days registered in Wellingborough, October-December 1929


"Death of a Famous AthleteA NORTHANTS CRICKET captain.
"By the death of Mr. A. G. Henfrey, who passed away at his home at Finedon, on Thursday, in his 62nd year, Finedon has lost a valued public servant, and Northamptonshire
has lost a son whose name was almost a household word in the athletic world in the 90's. Mr. Henfrey had not been in good health for two or three years and recently his condition became serious. He has left a widow, two sons, one of whom is in India, and a daughter. Born at Finedon on December 19, 1867, Mr. Henfrey was a son of the late Capt. T. Barker Henfrey. Sent to Wellingborough School, where he was a diligent student, young Henfrey soon revealed possession of the athletic powers which in later life brought him national fame. He was equally good in distance events and in sprint races, and for two years he was the champion athlete. When he went up to Cambridge in 1887 he won the Freshman's 120 yard race. Wellingborough School has always been famed for the excellence of its cricket and its Association football, and Mr. Henfrey was an apt pupil at both games. He captained the school cricket team, was the first Wellingborough boy to make 100 runs against Bedford Modern School, and played then three-figure innings during his school career, with 180 not out his best score. Mr. Henfrey was a valued member of the Jesus College XI at Cambridge, and he played in several matches for the University without getting his Blue. In the early 90's he was captain of Northamptonshire for several seasons. A quick scoring batsman, when set, he was a smart field with an accurate return.
"In football Mr. Henfrey had a distinguished career. He obtained his Blue in 1890-1, and became famous as a member of the Corinthians, with whom he played for some ten seasons. When he gave up the game, the Corinthians elected him a life member. In 1891 he was capped for England against Ireland, he played for England against Wales in 1892 and 1895, and against Scotland and Wales in 1896. After leaving Cambridge, Mr. Henfrey returned to Wellingborough, and was for two years an assistant master under D. H. Platt, but he gave up the scholastic profession and became associated with his uncle, Mr. J. T. Hawthorne, J. P., of Finedon, in the manufacture of boots and shoes. A Conservative, Mr. Henfrey took a prominent place in the public life of Finedon. He served on the Urban Council for a considerable period, and was at one time its chairman, and for a few years he represented the Finedon Division on the Northamptonshire County Council. He took a keen interest in the sporting activities of the town and district, and was associated with many petechial organisations." -
Northampton Daily Echo, Friday, 18 October 1929.
Saturday, 19 October 1929
"The funeral of Mr. A. G. Henfrey, B.A., of FInedon, who died on Thursday, aged 61, took place at Finedon on Saturday afternoon. The Ven. Archdeacon Greaves (Peterborough), until recently the Vicar of Finedon, and the Rev. W. Taverner, curate, where Mr. Hurst Cuttle was at the organ. The internment was in the cemetery. There was a nice collection of wreaths." - Northampton Mercury, Thursday, 25 October 1929.
Cambridge University Alumni
HENFREY, Arthur George.
Adm. pens. (age 19) at JESUS Oct. 1887.
s. of Thomas Baker, Esq. 
b. at Wellingborough, Northants.
Sch: Wellingborough. Matric.Michs.1887.
B.A. 1891.
Football (assoc.) 'blue,' 1890, 1891.
A member of the Corinthian XI;
played for England six times, 1891, 1892, 1895, 1896;
Associated with local government in Northants.
d. Oct. 17, 1929 aged 61, at Finedon, Northants.
(Book of Blues; Scott, MSS.; Cambridge Review)


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played football with Wellingborough Grammar School, occupying the centre-forward position from 1885 to 1888. Earned his blue with Cambridge University AFC in 1890-91, afterwhich he played with Finedon Revellers FC in 1891, and then Finedon FC in 1892-94.
Corinthians 1890-93 68 appearances, 35 goals.
Club honours None
Individual honours Northamptonshire FA (1888-89)
Distinctions Played cricket too, for Cambridge University (no blue) and Northamptonshire CC, 1886-99, captain between 1893 and 1894. As well as locally, for Finedon CC.
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 174th players (178) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left, centre-forward, right-half
First match No. 41, 7 March 1891, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Molineux Ground, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, aged 23 years 78 days.
Last match No. 58, 4 April 1896, Scotland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 28 years 107 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1890-91, 1891-92, 1894-95, 1895-96;
Team honours British Championship winners 1890-91, 1891-92, 1894-95;
Individual honours The South (one appearance, January 1891)
The Stripes (one appearance, February 1892)
The Amateurs (two appearances, 1895-96)

Beyond England

He became a councillor in Finedon for Northamptonshire County Council, representing the Conservative Party, standing for election between 1901 and 1907. Became the President of Finedon United FC in 1908. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.126/127/Northampton Mercury

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
5 5 5 450 2 225 min 2 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
5 3 1 1 18 5 +13 0 1 3.6 1 70 +2
All of his matches were played in the British Championship competition

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 75.0 +1
Away 3 2 0 1 11 3 +8 0 1 3.667 1.00 66.7 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1894-95 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1895-96 2 1 0 1 10 3 +7 0 0 5.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC All 5 3 1 1 18 5 +13 0 1 3.60 1.00 70.0 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 3 1 1 18 5 +13 0 1 3.60 1.00 70.0 +2
5 3 1 1 18 5 +13 0 1 3.6 1 70 +2

Match History

 Clubs: Cambridge University A.F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍ  
  F.A. International Select Committee - five full appearances (450 min) 2ᵍx

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 12 January 1891;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 41 7 March 1891 - England 6 Ireland 1
Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton
BC HW 17 il

one of five who became the 174th player (178) to appear for England
one of two who became the 18th player from Cambridge University AFC to represent England
one of two who became the 34th Corinthian to represent England
the 29th player to score on his England debut - the thirteenth competitive

 Club: Corinthians F.C. - four full appearances (360 min) 1ᵍ  

Age 24
u/o 19 December 1891 - England 6 Canadian-Americans 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW il

one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 29 February 1892;

2 45 5 March 1892 - Wales 0 England 2
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW 15 shot cf

the ninth player to score a goal each in his first two appearances for England

Age 27
3 54 18 March 1895 - England 1 Wales 1
Recreation Ground, West Kensington (home ground)
BC HD   rh

one appearance - The Professionals vs. The Amateurs, 28 March 1895;

Age 28
4 57 16 March 1896 - Wales 1 England 9
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
BC AW   rh

one appearance - The Amateurs vs. The Professionals, 25 March 1896;

5 58 4 April 1896 - Scotland 2 England 1
Celtic Park, Glasgow
BC AL   rh