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Edgar Kail

Dulwich Hamlet FC

3 appearances, 2 debut goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 12: A 6
67% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Edgar Isaac Lewis Kail
Birth 26 November 1900 in Camberwell, London [registered in Camberwell, March 1901].
Attended Goodrich Road School

According to the 1901 census, four month old Edgar is the youngest of three children, all sons, to James Walter Isaac and Rosa Mary (née Yells). They live at 11 Thompson Road in Camberwell. His father is a Post Office sorter.

Baptism 12 May 1902 in Winterbourne

According to the 1911 census, Edgar is now the third of seven, six of them all sons. His father remains with the Post Office and they live at 80a Landcroft Road in Dulwich.


According to the 1921 census, Edgar is a clerk (for The Bennett Furnishing company) and is the third of nine children living with their parents at 13 Nutfield Road in East Dulwich.
According to London Electoral Registers, Kail was still living at 13 Nutfield Road until 1925.


to Irene Margaret Ramsey, on 17 February 1926, at St, John's Church, Goose Green, in East Dulwich [registered in Camberwell, March 1926]. Daughter of the groundsman, Dalhousie Ramsey. Their wedding is pictured left.
They had one son, John Colin (b.1929). Irene died in 1946.
According to London Electoral Registers, Kail was living at 5 Tintagel Crescent in Southwork from 1926 until 1935 (his in-laws were at number 4). By 1936-39, both Kail's were living at Flat 1, Parklands in Peckham Rye, Southwark.
According to the 1939 register, Edgar is a wines and spirit's salesman
and is married. However, Edgar is staying at the White Hart Inn on Market Place in Chippenham.
According to London Electoral Registers, Edgar was living with his in-laws following the death of his wife, at 76 Napier Court in Fulham.
Death 17 January 1976 at Craigdhu Nursing Home in Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, aged 75 years 52 days [registered in Glasgow?]. After suffering from a stroke

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], The Hamlet Historian, Andy Mitchell's research &

Playing Career

Club(s) Represented schools around South London before signing with Dulwich Hamlet in 1915. Kail played one match for Queen's Park FC of Glasgow in a charity match against Rangers FC in May 1932. He also signed amateur forms with Chelsea FC on 6 March 1930, but made no league appearances. Kail became the Dulwich captain from 1932. Retired from playing in 1934.
Club honours FA Amateur Cup winners 1919-20, 1931-32
Individual honours Isthmian League (24 appearances); FA Charity Shield (with Amateurs) runners-up 1924, winners 1925, 1926;
Distinctions When Kail was invited to play for the famous Queen's Park club, he was the first Englishman to receive the honour.
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 540th players (542) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
First match No. 165, 9 May 1929, France 1 England 4, an end-of-season tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 28 years 164 days.
Last match No. 167, 15 May 1929, Spain 4 England 3, an end-of-season tour match at Estádio Metropolitano, Madrid, aged 28 years 170 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours England amateur (21 appearances), England Schoolboy (two appearances, 1915)
Individual honours None
Distinctions Edgar Kail was the last to play for the senior England team while exclusively with an amateur club

Beyond England

After retiring from football, remained on the Dulwich Hamlet committee until 1956. Employed as a wine merchant until his retirement in 1966. He retired to Glasgow, where he would die in 1976. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.147.


Edgar Kail - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
7 3 0 270 2 135 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Edgar Kail - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 3 2 0 1 12 6 +6 0 0 4.00 2.00 66.7 +1
All 3 2 0 1 12 6 +6 0 0 4.00 2.00 66.7 +1


Edgar Kail - Match History

 Club: Dulwich Hamlet F.C. - three full appearances (270 min), 2 goals

F.A. International Selection Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 24
146 21 May 1925 - France 2 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris Fr AW withdrawn

Age 28
164 13 April 1929 - Scotland 1 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL reserve
1 165 9 May 1929 - France 1 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AW Start 35,68 ir
2 166 11 May 1929 - Belgium 1 England 5, Parc Duden Stadion, Bruxelles AW Start ir
3 167 15 May 1929 - Spain 4 England 3, Estádio Metropolitano, Madrid AL Start ir
168 19 October 1929 - Ireland 0 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW reserve
169 20 November 1929 - England 6 Wales 0, Stamford Bridge, Fulham BC HW replacement reserve