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John Maynard

First Surrey Rifles FC

2 appearances, 0 goals, 0 goals against

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 0: A
25% successful

minutes played:
William John Maynard


  William John Maynard
Birth Friday, 18 March 1853 in Albany Road, Walworth, Surrey [registered in Camberwell, June 1853].
notes: Camberwell was in the Surrey Registration County up until 1889.
Baptised 13 April 1853 at St. George's Church, Camberwell. His father is a Solicitor's Clerk, baptised by Samuel Smith (his future father-in-law)
  According to the 1861 census, scholar Wm John is the eldest child of three sons to William and Elizabeth Connolly (née Stent). Living at 4 Camden Place in Camberwell. His father is a solicitor's clerk. They have one servant.
According to the 1871 census, William is now a clerk in the County Court. Living with only his mother, Elizabeth, and two younger brothers at 4 Rectory Villas on the Crystal Palace Road in St. Giles, London. They have one servant.
According to the 1881 census, William J. is a Clerk in the divorce courts, living with his father, William, at Easton Lodge, in Croxted Road, Camberwell. They have two servants.
Marriage to Annie Smith, on Thursday, 2 August 1883 at St. George's Parish Church in Camberwell.
"MAYNARD-SMITH.―August 2, at St. George's, Camberwell, William John, son of W. Maynard, Esq., of West Dulwich, to Annie, daughter of the Rev. S. Smith, M.A., Vicar of St. George's, Camberwell." - The London Daily News. Also Pall Mall Gazette, Monday, 6 August 1883.
According to the 1891 census, William J. is now married to Annie and they have two daughters. His children were born in Sevenoaks, where we assume the Maynard family home is, because on the night of the 1891 census, William, with his family, are visiting their in-laws at The Rectory in Kingsdown, Dartford. His father-in-law, Samuel Smith, is the Rector.
According to the 1901 census, William J., now a Private Clerk, still married to Annie, now have five children and one servant, living at 9 Laurel Grove in Croydon, Surrey.
According to the 1911 census, William John is now a District Probate Registrar, living at 32 South Street, in Crossgate in Durham.
Death Friday, 2 September 1921 at The Roker Hotel, Sunderland [left], aged 68 years 168 days [registered in Sunderland, September 1921].
"The death has occurred at Roker, Sunderland, of William John Maynard, aged 68, for 20 years probate registrar at Durham." - he Gloucestershire Echo, Tuesday, 6 September 1921, T


The Roker Hotel in SunderlandProbate "Mr. John Maynard, Probate Registrar at Durham for the past twenty years, has died at Roker, Sunderland. He had been in failing health for some time. In his young days Mr. Maynard was a prominent Association football player in Surrey, and played for England. His son, the late Lt. A. F. Maynard, R.N.R., who was killed in the war, was a Rugby player, who also secured international honours. The death of the Lieutenant was a great sorrow to Mr. Maynard. He leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter."
- The Yorkshire Post, Tuesday, 6 September 1921.
Funeral: apparently buried in Harton Cemetery in South Shields. But there is no burial record for this!
"MAYNARD William John of the Rose and Crown Hotel Durham died 2 September 1921 at the Roker Hotel Roker Durham Probate London 24 September to Annie Maynard widow.
Effects £3039 11s. 3d." [2019 equivalent: £149,391]
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) First Surrey Rifles, in Camberwell; Wanderers FC 1880-81;
Club honours None
Individual honours Surrey FA (one appearance, 1877)
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (5) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper/Forward; Second goalkeeper to appear for England.
First match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 19 years 257 days.
Last match No. 5, 4 March 1876, Scotland 3 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 352 days.
Individual honours The Improbables (one appearance, one goal, 1878), The Rest (one appearance, February 1879) and The Stripes (February 1879)
Distinctions Was the youngest ever goalkeeper to play for England, a record he held for sixteen years until Billy Moon came along. One of only four teenagers to keep goal for the National side.

Beyond England

Maynard was District Registrar of Durham from 1903 until his death.  His son, Alfred Frederick Maynard, who lost his life in the Great War, was an England RU internationalist. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.170.

The Numbers
parties Apps minutes Goals
GA ave.min clean sheets clean
sheet ave.
2 2 180
(c.45 as gk)
0 0 none 1 100% none
Maynard was in goal for the second half of his first match.
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 2 1 0.00 1.50 25.0 -1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venues
Friendly matches
2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 2 1 0.00 1.50 25.0 -1

Match History
 Club: First Surrey Rifles F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 19
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AD started as a forward
ended in goal
cs: 45 min

swapped with Barker

the fifth player to appear on an England teamsheet
the only player from the First Surrey Rifles AFC to represent England
the first teenager represent England - youngest player until the next match
The second goalkeeper to appear for England
The youngest goalkeeper for England until 1888

Age 22
2 5 4 March 1876 - Scotland 3 England 0
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AL   for

his gap of 1190 days (3 years, 95 days) is a new record between appearances

Age 24 trial  
one appearance - The Improbables vs. The Probables, 20 February 1878, Surrey Cricket Ground
Age 25    
two appearances - The Rest vs. The Probables, 12 February 1879, Surrey Cricket Ground & The Stripes vs. The Whites, 19 February 1879, Surrey Cricket Ground.