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Matthew Kingsley

Newcastle United FC

1 appearance, 0 goals against
one clean sheet

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 0
100% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Matthew Kingsley
Born September 1874 in Edgworth, Bolton, Lancashire [no registration can be found].
He was 42 years and 8 months at the time of his enlistment in May 1917.
Birth notes Only his census returns and death registration confirm a year of birth and place of birth.  There is a query over the 15 November 1875 birthdate...as there is no registration to clarify this.
The Spartacus and WestHamStats website give a year of birth as 1879. But again, no registration can be found to back-up this theory. Besides which, the census' and death registration say otherwise.

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, Matthew is the third of four children to Kate, a paper mill operative. She is head of the house, his father cannot be found, in deaths or as living. They live in Mount Pleasant in Edgworth.

According to the 1891 census, Matthew is the second oldest of three siblings, all Kingsley's, two son's and one daughter. The census states that they live in the household of Thomas and Catherine Barnes, the head and his wife, Matthew's mother...oh, and there are also two boarders, the Roberts! Regardless, Matthew works at the local Calico printers, singeing. They live at 9 Hillock, Edgworth, in Bolton.

According to the 1901 census, Matthew has married Betsy and has two children, Thomas and Wilfred. He is stated as being a professional footballer, living at 33 Sandy Bank Road in Edgworth.

According to the 1911 census, Matthew now has two more children, Edna Beatrice and Sydney Wilfred. He is still married and now living at 84 Bury Road in Edgworth. He is now a nightwatchman back at Calico Printers. Sadly, his second son, Wilfred had died in 1903 in Newcastle.

Married to Betsy Jane Hardman, 30 September 1896 in St. Annes Church, Turton [registered in Bolton, September 1896]. Living at 199 Blackburn Road in Edgworth, Bolton, at the time.
Died 27 March 1960 at Atherleigh Grange, Leigh, aged 85 years n/k days [registered in Leigh, March 1960]. Left £146 7s. 7d.
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 13st. 4lbs [1901], 14st. 4lbs [1904], 5' 9" [1917]


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career in Edgworth, joining Turton FC and joined Darwen FC in 1896.  Newcastle United FC took him across the country in April 1898, before he journeyed to West Ham United FC in May 1904. Queen's Park Rangers FC signed him in the 1905 close season.  He left the game for a year before he joined Rochdale FC in October 1907. He also assisted Barrow AFC.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 262nd players (262) player to appear for England. 30th goalkeeper to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Only match No. 72, 18 March 1901, England 6 Wales 0, a British Championship match at St James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, aged 26 years nk days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1900-01
Team honours British Championships winners 1900-01
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

At the time of his enlistment, he was a quarryman. He joined the Royal Engineers on 15 May 1917 as a sapper. Left the army because of rheumitism and sciatica, caused by the clmactic conditions.


Matt Kingsley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Mins. GA GA Av.
Comp GA Clean
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 1 100% 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.


Matt Kingsley - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Matt Kingsley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1900-01 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Matt Kingsley - Match History
 Club: Newcastle United F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 26
1 72 18 March 1901 - England 6 Wales 0, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne BC HW Start gk