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Johnny Horne

Accrington FC



  John Kay Horne
Birth Friday, 17 January 1862 at Meadow Top in Accrington, Lancashire [registered in Haslingden, March 1862]
Baptism Sunday, 16 February 1862 at St. James' in Accrington

According to the 1871 census, John Kay is the second of five children to James and Isabella. His father is a cemetery registrar, and they live at Cemetery Lodge in Huncoat.


According to the 1881 census, John K, an apprentice chemist, is the second of now six children, still at home at The Cemetery Lodge with his parents. His father is a superintendant registrar.


According to the 1891 census, still at The Cemetery Lodge, John K., a chemist and a druggist, is the oldest of the five children still at home. His father is the cemetery registrar.

Marriage to Margaret Ellen Illingworth Law, on Thursday, 28 September 1893, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Accrington [registered in Haslingden, September 1893]

According to the 1901 census, John Kay, still a chemist and druggist, is now married to Margaret E. They have one son, James Law, and one servant, living at 27 Avenue Parade in Accrington.


According to the 1911 census, John Kay, a chemist, along with Margaret Ellen Illingworth and their son, James Law, one servant and three in-law visitors, all at Oakleigh in Tarleton.

Death Sunday night, 31 October 1926 at Oakleigh, Tarleton, Preston, aged 64 years 287 days [registered in Ormskirk, December 1926]
"The death occurred at his residence, Oak Leigh, Tarleton, near Preston, on Sunday night, afeter a long illness, of Mr. John Kay Horne, who was a famous footballer in his younger days.  He not only kept goal for Accrington during the time that the club was in the First Division, but appearaed later for the Rovers on many occasions. After finishing his football career he took up business at Hesketh Bank, where he was a chemist for over 25 years. His keen interest in all forms of sport helped to make him most popular, and he was president of the Astland Tennis Club. A churchman, he was closely connected with Trinity Church, Tarleton, where he was Rector's warden. He leaves a widow. Their only son, who went to Gallipoli with a Manchester Regiment early in the war, was reported missing and presumed to be dead." - Tuesday, 2 November 1926, Lancashire Daily Post.
Probate "HORNE John Kay of Oakleigh Tarleton Preston Lancashshire died 31 October 1926 Probate London 18 January to Margaret Ellen Illingworth Horne widow.
Effects £2014 2s. 3d." [2019 equivalent: £142,030].


Playing Career

Club(s)  Horne began his career with Accrington FC in 1883, and also appeared Windsor FC, Grimsby Town FC and Bury FC before returning to Accrington FC in 1886. He alternated with Burslem Port Vale FC for the next two years. Then he played with Accrington FC in its inaugral Football League seaon, before leaving to join Blackburn Rovers FC for its second season. He signed with Notts County FC for the 1890-91 season, but without making any significant first class matches, returned to Accrington FC, afterwhich he joined Burton Swifts FC in 1891. He returned to Accrington in March 1893. A year later - he was keeping goal for Darwen FC.

League honours
29 appearances
Accrington FC 1888-89 22 appearances
debut: 8 September 1888 Everton FC 2 Accrington FC 1.
Blackburn Rovers FC 1890 two appeaarnces
debut: 22 February 1890 Burnley FC 1 Blackburn Rovers FC 2.
Accrington FC 1890 one appearance
debut: 6 December 1890 Derby County FC 1 Accrington FC 2.
Accrington FC 1893 three appearances
debut: 4 March 1893 Bolton Wanderers FC 5 Accrington FC 2.
Darwen FC 1894 one appearance
debut & last: 3 February 1894 Darwen FC 2 Preston North End FC 1.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1889-90 (3 apps), runners-up 1890-91 (0);
Football League third place 1889-90 (2), 1890-91 (0);
Distinctions Horne suffered a cracked rib and became the first goalkeeper in the Football League to be replaced by a team-mate.
Height/Weight not known

England Career

Position(s) Goalkeeper
Distinctions None

Beyond England


The Numbers
parties reserve
1 1

Match History

 Club: Accrington F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - no full appearancesx

Age 27
36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW reserve