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Tommy Marshall

Darwen FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 3: A 3
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Thomas Marshall
Birth Sunday, 12 September 1858 in Withnell, Lancashire
registered in Chorley July-September 1858
Baptism 7 November 1858 at St. Paul's Church, Withnell. Baptised by Daniel Slyman, father's occupation: mechanic

According to the 1861 census, Thomas is the youngest of three children to Samuel and Ann (née Greenhalgh). They live in Abbey Village, next to Withnell. His father is a mechanic at the cotton mill.


According to the 1871 census, Thomas now has two younger siblings, and another older sibling that is missing from the previous census. The parents and six children live at 4 Dove Street in Over Darwen. Thomas is working as a loomer at the cotton mill where his father is a machine fitter.


According to the 1881 census, Thomas is now one of four children remaining at home with their parents, now at 54 Duckworth Street in Over Darwen. Whereas Thomas remains a loomer, his father is an unemployed mechanic.

Marriage to Annie Hall, on 13 February 1884, in Darwen
registered in Blackburn January-March 1884
Children Tom and Annie had twelve children together. Amongst them, Norman, Margaret, ETherl, John William, Leonard, Harold, Jessie and Annie.

According to the 1891 census, Thomas is now married to Annie and they have four children, Norman, Margaret, Ethel and John. They live at 21 Preston Street in Darwen with his widowed mother-in-law. He remains a cotton loomer.


According to the 1901 census, Thomas and Annie have four more children, Leonard, Harold, Jessie and Annie. They all remain at 21 Preston Street, and Thomas remains a loomer.


According to the 1911 census, Thomas and Annie have another child, Hilda, and they still live at 21 Preston Street, although Thomas is now a twister. The census return reveals that Thomas and Annie actually had twelve children. Four of them have tragically died.

Death Sunday, 29 April 1917 in Breston Street, Darwen, Lancashire.
aged 58 years 229 days registered in Blackburn April-June 1917


"The death is announced at his residence, Breston Street, Darwen, of Mr. Tom Marshall, a celebrated footballer of 40 years ago. He rendered good service with the old Darwen Club in its palmy days, and was one of the team which first won the Lancashire Cup in 1880, and the East Lancashire Cup in 1884. He took part in the semi-final for the F.A. Cup in 1880-1, when Darwen were beaten by the Old Etonians, and played in the international match against Wales in 1880 and again in 1881."
Tuesday, 8 May 1917, Newcastle Journal


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football until he joined Darwen FC in 1876. Played briefly for Church FC in March 1884 and Blackburn Olympic FC from April 1884 until 1886 before retiring.
Club honours Lancashire Cup winners 1879-80; East Lancashire Cup winners 1883-84;
Individual honours None
Distinctions "Tom Marshall, the old international forward of 35 years ago, who has just died at Darwen, was the cause, along with the late Fergie Suter, of a feud between Blackburn Rovers and Darwen which lasted two years, and threatened to wreck the Association game in Lancashire. They had a scrap in a match at Blackburn, and afterwards, rather than meet, the two scratched in a semi-final tie, and allowed Accrington to walk-over in the final!" - Saturday, 12 May 1917, Star Green 'un
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 75th players (77) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at the The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 21 years 185 days.
Last match No. 12, 26 February 1881, England 0 Wales 1, a friendly match at East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn, aged 22 years 167 days.
Individual honours The North (two appearances, 1880-81)

Beyond England

A professional sprinter and worked in a cotton mill.  As the 1881 census testifies, Marshall was a Cotton loomer living in Duckworth Street, Darwen. His father was deaf. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.168/FindMyPast.com.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
3 2 90 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
2 1 0 1 3 3 =0 1 0 1.5 1.5 50 =0
Both of his matches were friendly matches

Match Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
Away 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1

Match History

 Club: Darwen F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 21 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 6 March 1880;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL reserve
1 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
AW   or

one of six who became the 75th (77) players to appear for England
the second player from Darwen FC to represent England

Age 22 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 19 February 1881;

2 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1
East Lancashire Cricket Club, Blackburn
Fr HL   or