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William Kenyon-Slaney

Wanderers FC & Old Etonians AFC

1 appearance, 2 goals on debut

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 2

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  The Right Honorable Colonel William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney MP
Birth Tuesday, 24 August 1847, as William Slaney Kenyon, a British subject born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India
  no registration found
Baptism Monday, 30 August 1847 in Rajkot
  According to the 1851 census, William S. Kenyon is the oldest of three children to William and Frances Catherine (née Slaney). 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.
Hatton Grange near Shifnal in Shropshire Upon the death of Robert Aglionby Kenyon-Slaney in 1862, the Kenyon family inherited the Kenyon-Slaney family estate of Hatton Grange [left], near Shifnal in Shropshire and the Kenyon family name was changed to Kenyon-Slaney.
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 December 1884.
(His father died on 10 December 1884)
Marriage to Lady Mabel Selina Bridgeman, on 22 February 1887, at St. Andrew's Church in Weston.
  registered as William Slaney K. in Shifnal January-March 1887
"On Tuesday the town of Shifnal was 'en fete,' the occasion being the marriage of Lieutenant-Colonel Kenyon-Slaney, M.P., of the Grenadier Guards, to Lady Mabel Bridgeman, eldest daughter of the Earl of Bradford. Not since the marriage of Lord Bradford himself have there been such rejoicings at Shifnal as those on Tuesday. Triumphal arches and festoons had been erected, and there was a great display of banners and bunting, the effect of which was to make the ancient town extremely gay. The wedding took place at the parish church of St. Andrews's, at Weston, situate about five miles outside Shifnal, and close to the hall. The ceremony commenced at half-past twelve, by which time all the guests had been seated in the choir and the nave of the church, which was white primulas, lilies of the valley, and arum lilies. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a rich wove satin duchesse dress, trimmed with crêpe de soie and orange blossoms. She wore a veil of Brussels lace and a wreath of orange blossoms, and carried a large bouquet of choice flowers. The bridesmaids (all nieces of the bride) were attired in dresses of white nun's veiling, trimmed with lace, and fichus and mob-appearances of Indian muslin and lace. Each wore a lily of the valley brooch in pearls and diamonds, with 'Mabel' written across. Lord Kenyon acted as best man. The officiating clergy were the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rev. Lord Forester, Hon. and Rev. Canon Bridgeman, and Rev. C. F. Townley. At the conclusion of the ceremony the Bishop of Lichfield delivered an address to the newly-wedded pair, and the party adjourned to the hall, where breakfast was served in the dining room, the guests numbering about eighty.
"After the breakfast the bride and bridegroom drove in an open carriage with four horses and outriders, 'via' Crackley Bank and Shifnal, to Willey Hall―a distance of fifteen miles―the seat of Lord Forester, where the honeymoon will be spent. At Shifnal a congratulatory address was presented by the Vicar (the Rev. E. Wingate), in the Market Place, in the presence of two or three thousand persons, who crowded every point of vantage. Demonstrations also occurred 'en route' at Broseley, Madeley, and Iron bridge. The church bells of Shifnal were rung, and over a thousand people were feasted. There were also special football and other sports. The wedding presents numbered upwards of 360, many of them being of costly description." - The Tamworth Herald, Saturday, 26 February 1887.
Children William and Mabel Kenyon-Slaney had two children together. Sybil Agnes (b.26 January 1888) and Robert Orlando Rodolph (b.13 January 1892). 
  According to the 1891 census, William is a colonel, married to Mabel, and they are 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, is an executor of the will of Mrs Elizabeth Harriet Holmes, who died on 21 December 1893.
(His mother died on 18 October 1896)
On 13 January 1898, William is executor of the will of Richard Thomas Lloyd, who had died 4 November 1897 and again on 3 May 1899, William is 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.
Death Friday, 24 April 1908 at Hatton Grange, Shifnal, Shropshire
aged 60 years 244 days registered as William S. Kenyon-Slaney in Shifnal April-June 1908


"Colonel William Kenyon-Slaney, Unionist member of the Newport Division of Shropshire, died at his residence, Hatton Grange, Shifnal, yesterday afternoon, aged 60 years. The son of a soldier, Colonel Kenyon-Slaney was born in India on August 24, 1847. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford, received his first commission in the Grenadier Guards in 1867, became lieutenant-colonel in 1878, and colonel in 1887. He went through the Egyptian campaign of 1882, was present in the action of Mahuta and the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, for which he received the medal with clasp and the bonze star. In 1887 he was placed on half-pay, and he retired from the Army in 1892. In the same year he was returned for the Newport Division of Shropshire, which seat he held till his death. He had contested the Wellington Division of the same county in 1885, but was defeated by 2230 votes. He was well known as a cricketer in connection with the M.C.C., I Zingari, and Household Brigade, and had played for England in the International Association Football match. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1904. Colonel Kenyon-Slaney married, in 1887, Lady Mabel Selina Bridgeman, eldest daughter of the Earl of Bradford, and leaves two children."
- London Evening Standard, Saturday, 25 April 1908.
Probate "KENYON-SLANEY William Slaney of Hatton Grange Shifnal Shropshire died 24 April 1908 Probate London 10 July to Francis Gerald Kenyon-Slaney lieutenant-colonel His Majesty's Army and William Clive Bridgeman esquire M.P.
Effects £135502 3s. 9d." [2019 equivalent: £16,423,131]
  "The will (made on Aug. 30, 1897) of COLONEL WILLIAM SLANEY KENYON - SLANEY, M.P., of Hatton Grange, Shifnal, whose death took place on April 24, was proved on July 10 by Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Gerald Kenyon-Slaney, the brother, and William Clive Bridgeman, M.P., the value of the estate amounting to £135,502. The testator gives to his wife, Lady Mabel Selina, £5000 and an annuity of £1500, and also, during the minority of his son, £500 a year whilst residing at Hatton Grange, and £500 a year when living at the Home Farm; to each younger child a portion of £10,000; to the executors £250 each; and legacies to servants. All the real estate is to follow the trusts of Hatton Grange, as settled by the will of his grandfather, and his gold and silver plate, pictures, etc., are to devolve as heirlooms therewith. The residue of his personal property is to be held in trust for his son and his issue." - Illustrated London News, Saturday, 25 July 1908.
  According to the 1911 census, widowed Mabel remains at Hatton Grange, living by her own means with her single daughter, Sybil, and fourteen servants.
  Mabel Kenyon-Slaney died on 28 January 1933 in Chelsea
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing 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.
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 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. 1,60
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (two (a new record until 1880) 1873) and the first to score on his debut.
Distinctions First ever England goalscorer, as well as the first ever International goalscorer.
First to score an England goal in the first half, and then also the first to do so in the second half.
Died eighteen days after Walter Bennett.

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.150.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals ave.min captain
1 1 90 2 45 min 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 at one of his home grounds

Match History
 Clubs: Wanderers F.C. & Old Etonians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 2ᵍ F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min) 2ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 25
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (home ground)
Fr HW 1

one of nine who became the twelfth (twenty) players to appear for England
one of four players to became the third (three) from Wanderers FC to represent England
the first Old Etonian to represent England
first player to score a goal for England
first player to score on his England debut - oldest so far
first player to score two goals in a single match on his England debut - oldest & youngest so far
the scorer of the first brace for England - oldest & youngest so far
England's first top goalscorer for the season and calendar year - a new record until 1880

remained as England's record goalscorer until Charlie Bambridge took the record in 1880