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James Iremonger

Nottingham Forest FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 0 F 3: A 2
75% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name James Iremonger
Born 5 March 1876 in Norton, near Askern, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Doncaster, June 1876].

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, James is the oldest of three children to James and Naomi. His father is a Police Sergeant. They live in West Bridgford.

According to the 1891 census, James is now the oldest of seven children. The fifteen year-old is a machine builder and they all live at Ruddington Road in Wilford, Nottingham. His father is still a Sergeant in the county police force.

According to the 1901 census, James is now married to Edith, and despite being a successful cricketer, he states himself as a professional footballer. They live at Chesnut Grove in West Bridgford with two boarders.

According to the 1911 census, James, now stated as a professional cricketer, is still married and they have three children, James, Minnie and Arthur. They live at 70 Crosby Road in West Bridgford, with one servant. The census return reveals that two other children had died, including Amy Naomi.
James' father ex-Sergeant James Iremonger, took his own life on 21 July 1912.

Married to Edith Minnie Godley [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, June 1898].
Died 25 March 1956 in 70 Crosby Road, West Bridgford, aged 80 years 20 days [registered in Basford, March 1956]. Left £7870 to his widowed wife, Edith.
Height/Weight 6' 1", 13st. 7lbs [1901].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began at Wilford FC in Nottinghamshire and then Jardine's FC within Nottingham, before joining Nottingham Forest FC in early 1896, and remained until his retirement in 1910.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (four appearances)
Distinctions Played first-class cricket with Nottinghamshire CCC between 1899 and 1914.
Also brother of Albert Iremonger, Notts County FC goalkeeper between 1904 and 1926.


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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 268th players (268) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full back
First match No. 73, 30 March 1901, England 2 Scotland 2, a British Championship match at Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London, aged 25 years 25 days.
Last match No. 75, 22 March 1902, Ireland 0 England 1, a British Championship match at The Balmoral Showgrounds, Balmoral, Belfast, aged 26 years 17 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1900-01, 1901-02;
Team honours British Championships winners 1900-01;
Individual honours Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1903
Distinctions None

England Tragedy

"A schocking motor car fatality occured on Tuesday evening [8 August] at Bridgford, Nottingham, Amy Iremonger, the two-and-a-half-year-old, being knocked down in the public highway and killed by a car belonging to Mr Warne, of Tisbury Manor, Dorking, which was on its way to Harrogate. The driver proceeded with the child immediately to the nearest doctor's house, but death had taken place. The child is the daughter of James Iremonger, the well-known Notts cricketer, who was away from home playing for the county against Surrey at the Oval." - The Derby Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, 9 August 1905.
"At the inquest held at Nottingham yesterday [16 August] on the body of Amy Iremonger, who was knocked down and killed on Tuesday evening [8 August], on the public highway, by a motor-car, belonging to Mr Warne, of Frobury Manor, Dorking, which was on its way to Harrogate, the jury found that the occurence was purely accidental, and no blame attached to the chauffer, John Taylor. The car was going about 10 miles an hour, and the child, previously unseen, ran out from a bend in the road, slighly hesitated, and then ran forward again. - The Western Daily Press, Bristol, Thursday, 17 August 1905.
"At the inquest yesterday as to the death of Amy Naomi Iremonger, aged two years and five months, Mr. W. Harrop, Deputy-Chief Constable, stated that this was the first motor-car fatality in the country. Speaking generally, he thought the motorists in Notts behaved very well. He had heard from the Chief of Police at Dorking (Surrey), from whence the car came, that there were no previous complaints against the driver, Taylor.
The tragic affair, which occured at West Bridgford about six o'clock on Tuesday evening was described by Kate Melbourne, a nurse, who took the three children of James Iremonger out for an airing, one being in a mail-cart. A little boy and deceased ran across the road to gather flowers, and when the motor-car approached the lad ran back to her, and she ran towards the little girl–too late, however, for the car struck the child and knocked her down, pulling up 15 yards away. The child died in her arms on the way to a surgery. She did not think the occupants of the car could have seen the children, as they were in a hedge. No hooter was sounded." - Yorkshire Telegraph and Star, Thursday Forenoon, 10 August 1905.

Ex-Police-Sergeant James Iremonger, who was well-known to residents of West Bridgford, Wilford, and the Meadows, met his death yesterday afternoon [21 July 1912] in extremely tragic circumstances.
His non-appearance at tea time alarmed the members of his family, and one of his sons, who lives at home, went to look for him. He discovered that one of the outhouses had been barricaded from the inside, and on entering he was hoorified to find his father dead, with a terrible wound to his throat. Such violence had been used, indeed, that the throat was cut practically from ear to ear, and the razor broken in the act.
The deceased, who lived at 8, Headon-terrace, Wilford-road, retired on pension from the Notts. County Police Force rather more than eleven years ago after serving in the army and the police foce for upwards of a quarter of a century.
Shortly after his retirement he secured an appointment at the Nottingham Post Office, but ill-health compelled him to relinquish the post. The deceased, who was 66 years of age, had suffered acutely from rheumatism for a long time, and was in failing health generally, but his friends had no reason to suspect that he would take is own life.
The body was removed to the Hyson Green mortuary last evening for an inquest." -
The Nottingham Evening Post, Monday, 22 July 1912

Beyond England

After retiring from playing, Iremonger joined rival Nottingham club, Notts County FC as their trainer from 1919 to 1927. Apart from distinguishing himself as a Nottinghamshire cricketer, he also was a member of Marylebone CC tour side of Australia in 1911/12, and was also a coach to the Nottinghamshire CCC from 1921 to 1938. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.142/3.


James Iremonger - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 180 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


James Iremonger - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
Away 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All - British Championship 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1


James Iremonger - Match Record - Tournament Matches
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1900-01 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1901-02 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1
All 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1


James Iremonger - Match History
 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 25
1 73 30 March 1901 - England 2 Scotland 2, Sports Arena, Penge BC HD Start rb
Age 26
2 75 22 March 1902 - Ireland 0 England 1, The Balmoral Showgrounds, Belfast BC AW Start lb