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Vince Matthews

Sheffield United FC

2 appearances, 1 goal

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 8: A 2
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Vincent Matthews
Birth 15 January 1896 in Osney, Oxford, Oxfordshire [registered in Oxford, March 1896].
Baptism 14 June 1896 at St Mary Magdelane's Church in Paddington. His father was a Railway Guard and they were living at 48 West Street in Osney. Baptism by HP Frost.

According to the 1901 census, Vincent is the middle child of three children to George and Rosa (née Baker). His father is a railway guard and they live at Par Green in Par, Tywardreath, Cornwall.


According to the 1911 census, Vincent has two more younger siblings. His father is a labourer on the railway whilst Vincent was a mechanical engineer on the locomotives. The census reveals that George and Rosa had six children, and one had died. They are all living in 31 South Street in Osney.

Marriage to Daisy Annie Hillsdon, on 14 April 1917 at St. Phillip & St. James Church in Oxford [registered in Headington, June 1917]. Two children, Phyllis Joan (b.31 October 1917) and Maurice Vincent (b.26 May 1919)

According to the 1921 census, Vincent is a fitter and turner (for Barlow & Alden) and is now married to Daisy and they have two children, Joyce and Maurice, and they live at 2 Norham Mews at Norham Gardens area of Oxford.

  According to the 1939 register, Vincent is a fitter and turner, married to Daisy, living at 35 Langley Close in the Headington area of Oxford, with his two children, Phyllis and Maurice.
Death 15 November 1950 at The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, aged 54 years 304 days [registered in Oxford]. Address stated as 35 Langley Close in Headington. Left £576 to his widow.
Funeral 18 November 1950 at Headington Cemetery, Oxford. His wife was buried with him when she died on 28 June 1971.
Probate "MATTHEWS Vincent of 35 Langley-close Headington Oxford died 15 November 1950 at the Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford Administration Oxford 28 December to Daisy Annie Matthews widow £576 4s."


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Started his football career with St. Frideville FC, before joining Oxford City FC. He then travelled to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic FC and then sold to Bolton Wanderers FC in January 1923 for a £1000 transfer fee. Joined Tranmere Rovers FC in the 1924-25 close season. Then following three goals in 84 league appearances, joined Sheffield United FC on 23 July 1927 for a 'substantial fee'. Joined Shamrock Rovers FC in May 1931 and onto Oswestry Town FC in the Birmingham League as their player-manager. Finally joined Shrewsbury Town FC in June 1935 until his retirement.
Club honours FAI Cup winners 1931-32, 1932-33;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played cricket for Aylesbury Town CC (1929-30)
Height/Weight 6' 2", 13st. [1927]. 6' 0", 13st. [1928].


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became 528th players (530) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
First match No. 160, 17 May 1928, France 1 England 5, an end-of-season tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 32 years 123 days.
Last match No. 161, 19 May 1928, Belgium 1 England 3, an end-of-season tour match at Olympisch Stadion, Antwerpen, aged 32 years 125 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A late developer, he did not make his league debut until he was 27, and made his England appearances when he was 32. Returned to Oxford in 1944, worked for Morris Motors at Cowley and coached the works team from 1948 until his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.170.


Vince Matthews - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
2 2 0 180 0 180 min 0 none 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.


Vince Matthews - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +2


Vince Matthews - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 32
1 160 17 May 1928 - France 1 England 5, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AW Start ch
2 161 19 May 1928 - Belgium 1 England 3, Olympisch Stadion, Antwerpen AW Start 66 ch