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William Kenyon-Slaney

Wanderers FC & Old Etonians AFC

1 appearance, 2 debut goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 2
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disciplined: none
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Full name The Right Honorable Colonel William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney MP
Born 24 August 1847, a British subject born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India [not registered in England].
Birthnotes Born William Slaney Kenyon. Upon the death of Robert Kenyon-Slaney in 1862, the Kenyon family inherited the Kenyon-Slaney family estate of Hatton Grange, near Shifnal in Shropshire and the Kenyon family name was changed to Kenyon-Slaney.

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, William S. Kenyon is the oldest of three children to William and Frances C. They live at Hengwit Mansion in Dolgellau, with nine servants. His father is a Captain in the Second Bombay Light Cavalry in the East Indian Company.

According to the 1861 census, William Slaney Kenyon is now the eldest of seven children to William and Frances Catherine. His father is not on this census return. Together with a Governess and nine servants, they live at Walford Hall in Shropshire.

According to the 1871 census, and now adopting the Kenyon-Slaney name, William is the eldest of five at home at Hatton Grange, with his parents and a Governess and sixteen servants. William is captain of the Grenadier Guards.

According to the 1881 census, William is now a Lieutenant of the Grenadier Guards, still living at Hatton Grange, with his parents and three younger sisters and fourteen servants.
In 1885, Lt Col William, of Hatton Grange, was executor of the will of Miss Mary Ann Slaney on 23 February 1885, upon her death in Decemebr 1884.

According to the 1891 census, William is a colonel, married to Mabel, and they're visiting her parents at Weston Park in Weston-under-Lizard, in Shifnal, along with Sybil, WIlliam and Mabel's first child. According to this amazing census return, apart from the three Kenyon-Slaney's, and the in-laws, there are her brothers and sisters and their children and six visitors from the highest social class, all served upon by an astonishing 36 servants! 
On 24 January 1894, Col William, of Hatton Grange, was executor of the will of Mrs Elizabeth Harriet Holmes, who had died 21 December 1893. On 13 January 1898, William was executor of the will of Richard Thomas Lloyd, who had died 4 November 1897 and again on 3 May 1899, William was executor of the will of John Townshend Brooke, who had died 31 January 1899.

According to the 1901 census, William H. is still married and now with a son, Robert O.R.. With a Governess and eleven servants. William is an MP retired Colonel. They live at 36 Lowndes Street in Chelsea.
Lady Wilhelmina Brooke was the executor of Colonel William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney's will upon his death, leaving �2250 of GWR Shares.

According to the 1911 census, widowed Mabel remains at Hatton Grange, living by her own means with her single daughter, Sybil, and fourteen servants.

Married to Lady Mabel Selina Bridgeman, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Bradford, on 22 February 1887 [registered as William Slaney K. in Shifnal, March 1887]. Two children, Sybil Agnes born in 1888 and Robert Orlando Rodolph born in 1892. 
Died 24 April 1908 at Hatton Grange, Shifnal, Shropshire, aged 60 years 244 days [registered as William S. Kenyon-Slaney, in Shifnal, June 1908].
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Played his football with Eton College and Oxford University, before the varsity match.  Also went on to play with Old Etonians FC and Wanderers FC
Club honours FA Cup winners 1872-73, runners-up 1874-75, 1875-76;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also a first-class cricketer with Shropshire.


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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 12th players (20) to appear for England
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 25 years 196 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (two 1873) and the first to score on his debut.
Distinctions First ever England goalscorer, as well as the first ever International goalscorer.

Beyond England

In 1882 under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley he took part in the Battle of Tel el-Kebir during the Urabi Revolt and was decorated for his efforts.  In 1887, he was promoted to colonel and placed on half pay. He fully retired from the military in 1892. In 1886 Kenyon-Slaney was elected to Parliament to represent the Newport division of Shropshire for the Conservative Party which he represented until 1908. Also a Privy Councillor from 1904. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.


William Kenyon-Slaney - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Capt. Disc.
1 1 90 2 45 min 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.


William Kenyon-Slaney - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1


William Kenyon-Slaney - Match History
 Club: Wanderers F.C. & Old Etonians F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

Age 25
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start
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