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Joe Marsden

Darwen FC

1 appearances, 0 goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 1
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captain: none
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  Joseph Thomas Marsden
Birth Sunday, 11 October 1868 in Tockholes, Darwen, Lancashire
  registered in Blackburn October-December 1868
Baptism Sunday, 1 November 1868 at St. Stephen, Tockholes, Darwen, Baptism by Chas. Hughes.  Father's occupation: Weaver

According to the 1871 census, Joseph is the only child of Richard Thomas and Nancy (née Marsden) (he is their second child, Another child, also called Joseph, had been born in 1867, and died before this Joseph was born). They live at 21 Ellen Street in Darwen. Both his parents work in the cotton mill.

According to the 1881 census, Joseph now has three younger siblings and all of them are now living at 6 Sydney Street in Darwen. Joseph and his parents are working at the mill.

Marriage to Ann Yates, on Thursday, 12 February 1891 at Holy Trinity, Darwen
  registered in Blackburn January-March 1891
Children Joe and Ann Yates had four children together. Richard, William, James, and their only daughter, Victoria, born after his death.

According to the 1891 census, Jos Thos. is now married to Ann, still a cotton weaver, and living down the same street at number 36.

Death Sunday, 17 January 1897 in Darwen, Lanacashire, 'after a brief illness'.
aged 28 years 98 days registered in Blackburn January-March 1897


Yesterday, at Darwen, the death took place of Joseph Marsden, who, in 1891, represented England against Ireland, in which match he played as full back. Deceased was an old member of the Darwen team, he having partnered J. R. Leach. In 1892 he signed for Everton, but owing to a bad leg took part in very few matches for that club, and his connection was but a short one. The injury to his limb practically terminated his career, which had given signs of being a brilliant one. After leaving Everton, he threw in his lot with a Darwen junior team. He was 30 years of age, and leaves a widow and four children." - The Lancashire Daily Post, Monday, 18 January 1897.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football until he joined Darwen FC. Despite becoming club captain, a shoulder injury prevented him from fulfilling his true potential. He had his collar-bone broken in a charge by Blackburn Olympic FC's Hunter in November 1887. Marsden was secured by Everton FC on 5 December 1890 for the 1891-92 season, just months after the Darwen FC secretary quashed rumours of his transfer to Blackburn Rovers FC. He received a £50 signing-on fee and £3 per week for two years. However, he promptly hung up his boots shortly after his only league appearance. He returned to Darwen FC to train the players, and played once more on 2 January 1893 against Burnley. In December 1894, Marsden was helping out The Reds' in the Lancashire League.
League History
single appearance
Everton FC 1891, one appearance.
debut: 5 September 1891, West Bromwich Albion FC 4 Everton FC 0.
Club honours Lancashire Cup runners-up 1890-91;
Football League fifth place 1891-91 (1ᵃ);
Individual honours None
Distinctions Brother of William Marsden (Darwen FC, 1891-92)
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 174th players (174) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
Only match No. 41, 7 March 1891, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, aged 22 years 147 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship winners 1890-91;
Individual honours None

Beyond England

According to newspaper reports, after Marsden left Everton, he returned to Darwen FC where he became a trainer in November 1892.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
2 1 1 90 0 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.
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Darwen F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 22
1 41 7 March 1891 - England 6 Ireland 1
Molineux, Wolverhampton
BC HW   rb

one of five who became the 174th player (174) to appear for England
the fourth and final player from Darwen FC to represent England

43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW reserve