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Leonard Howell

Wanderers FC & Old Wykehamists AFC

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  Leonard Sedgwick Howell
Birth Sunday, 6 August 1848 in Herne Hill, Dulwich, Surrey
  registered in Lambeth July-September 1848 Dulwich was in the Surrey Registration County up until 1889
Baptism Tuesday, 15 August 1848 at St. Paul's Church in Herne Hill
  According to the 1851 census, Leonard S. is the youngest of two children to Frederick and Elizabeth (née Sedgwick). They have three servants and live at Halfmoon Lane in Lambeth. His father is a malt factor.
  According to the 1861 census, Frederick and Elizabeth are at 1 South Terrace in Kingston. Their children are probably pupils somewhere.
  Cannot be found on the 1871 census.
Marriage to Elizabeth Sally Cower, on 18 November 1880, at St. Mark's Church in Surbiton
  registered in Kingston Surrey October-December 1880
Children Leonard and Lilly Howell had two sons together. Norman Elliott (b.5 January 1882) and George Frederick (b.6 November 1888).
  According to the 1881 census, Leonard S. is married to Elizabeth, they have two servants. He is a malt factor, like his father. They live at Woodside in Sevenoaks.
  Neither Leonard or Elizabeth can be found on the 1891 census.
Death Saturday, 7 September 1895 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
aged 47 years 91 days registered in the 1895 death duty register
"HOWELL.―On the 7th Sept., at Lausanne, Switzerland, Leonard Sedgwick Howell, younger son of the late Fredk. Howell of Surbiton, aged 47 years." - The Sussex Agricultural Gazette, Friday, 20 September 1859 & Saturday, 21 September 1895.
Probate "HOWELL Leonard Sedgwick of Maybury heath Woking Surrey esquire died 7 September 1895 at Lausanne Switzerland Probate London 7 August to Elizabeth Sally Howell widow.
Effects £710 11s. 7d." [2019 equivalent: £94,058]
  Lily Howell remarried (William Percy Godfrey) on 21 December 1907. Lily Godfrey died 24 June 1935 in Folkestone.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Howell educated at Winchester College whom he represented at "soccer". After leaving the college, he joined the Wanderers FC. His football career was brought to an end following an injury sustained during the 1873-74 season.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1872-73;
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the twelfth players (13) to appear for England.
Position(s) Back
Only 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 214 days.
Individual honours Howell was the first ever England player to touch the ball on home soil. He took England's kick-off in his only match.
Distinctions Also played first class cricket for MCC and Surrey (1869-1880).
The tenth England player to die.

Beyond England

No information by Lamming, but the census returns reveal his vocation as a malt factor, that is to say, he sold malt. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.138.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4 2 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match and played at one of his home grounds

Match History
 Club: Wanderers F.C. & Old Wykehamists A.F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 24
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (home ground)
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one of nine who became the twelfth (thirteen) player to appear for England
one of four players to became the third (three) from Wanderers FC to represent England
the first Old Wykehamist to represent England