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John Sands

Nottingham Forest FC

1 appearance, 2 goals against

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 3: A 2
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  John Sands
Birth Thursday, 20 July 1854 at 14 Island Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
registered in Nottingham July-September 1854
Baptism Sunday, 10 September 1854 at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham; Living in Island Street, Sneinton

According to the 1861 census, John is the eldest of three children to James and the Irish Sarah (née Hall). His father is a lace maker and they live at 16 Dane Street in St. Ann's area of Nottingham.


According to the 1871 census, John has four more younger siblings and they live on 133 St. Ann's Well Road, still in Nottingham. John is a hosier's apprentice, while his father remains as a lacemaker.


According to the 1881 census, John is living at 18 St. Ann's Valley in St. Ann's with his parents and another sibling, making him the oldest of seven. He is a hosiery warehouseman. His father remains a lacemaker.

Marriage to Mary Bertha Keating, on 29 August 1882, at the High Pavement Chapel, in Nottingham
registered in Nottingham July-September 1882

"On the 29th ult., at the High Pavement Chapel, by the Rev. Charles Wellbeloved, of Mansfield, John Sands to Mary Bertha, eldest daughter of John Keating, Belvoir-hill, Sneinton." - Friday, 1 September 1882, The Nottinghamshire Guardian

Children John and Mary had two children together. John Keating (b.1888) and Mary Bertha (b.12 January 1884)

According to the 1891 census, John is now married to Mary Bertha, with one son, John. He remains a hosiery warehouseman. They live at 29 Burford Road in Radford area of Nottingham.
(His mother died at the end of 1893)


According to the 1901 census, John is now a railway clerk, still married and now with another child, also Mary Bertha. They live at 10 Sandon Street in Nottingham.
(His father died at the beginning of 1904)


According to the 1911 census, John lives with his wife and daughter. He remains a railway clerk. And they live at 59 Foxhall Road.

Death Friday, 21 April 1911, in between Sherwood Terminus and Victoria Station, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, living at 59 Foxhall Road in Sherwood Rise.
aged 56 years 275 days registered in Nottingham April-June 1911


"With tragic suddenness the death took place in a Nottingham tramcar this morning of a clerk named John Sands, aged 56, of 59, Foxhall-road, Sherwood-rise.
"He entered the car at the Sherwood terminus, and when he sat inside, in one of the corner seats, and commenced to read a newspaper, there was nothing to lead the conductor or the passengers to suppose that he was in anything but perfect health.
Nottingham's victoria Station, where John Sands was found to be dead"When the car was near the Victoria Station
[left], however, the conducted noticed something wrong about the deceased, and there was no doubt in the matter when the deceased suddenly threw his head back and dropped his paper.
"The conductor called to a policeman in Listergate, and the officer could see then life was extinct. He accordingly communicated with headquarters.
"An ambulance was sent from Leen-side, and the car proceeded on its way towards Trent Bridge in order to meet the ambulance. The body remains at the Leen-side mortuary, where an inquest will be held."
- Friday, 21 April 1911, The Nottingham Evening Post

Funeral Tuesday, 25 April 1911, in Nottingham General Cemetery
"The internment took place in the Nottingham General Cemetery this afternoon of the remains of Mr. John Sands, at one time a prominent player with the Nottingham Forest Football Club, who died suddenly in a tramcar on Friday whilst on his way to business. In the earlier days of the club's existence Mr. Sands kept goal for the Forest. He took part in 1880 in the North v. South match, and in the same year kept goal for England against Wales, at Wrexham.
"The funeral, which took place from the deceased's residence, 59, Foxhall-road, Sherwood-rise, was conducted by the Rev. J. M. L. Thomas, minister of the High Pavement Chapel." -
Tuesday, 25 April 1911, The Nottingham Evening Post
  Mary Sands died at the end of 1945


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football before joining Nottingham Forest FC in 1878 and played his final game in January 1883;
Club honours None
Individual honours None
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 (75) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; Twelfth goalkeeper to appear for England.
Only match No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 25 years 239 days.
Individual honours The North (one appearances, 0ᵍᵃ, March 1880);
Distinctions Created a new record set by Anderson when going eighty minutes before conceding a goal.

Beyond England

Nothing known apart from his Nottingham Forest exploits. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.216.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals
GA ave.min clean sheets captain
1 1 90 2 45 min none none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3 2 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match and played at an away venue

Match History

 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 2ᵍᵃ

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min) 2ᵍᵃx

Age 25 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 6 March 1880;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
Fr AW 2ᵍᵃ
cs: 80min

one of six who became the 75th (75) players to appear for England
the fourth player from Nottingham Forest FC to represent England
the twelfth goalkeeper to play for England - youngest since 1872