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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


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name John Sands
Born summer 1854 in Sneinton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire [registered in Nottingham, September 1854].
Baptised 10 September 1854 at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham; Living in Island Street, Sneinton

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, John is the eldest of three children to James and the Irish Sarah. 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.


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.


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.


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

Married to Mary Bertha Keating [registered in Nottingham, September 1882].
Died 21 April 1911, aged 56 years nk days [registered in Nottingham, June 1911].
He was living at 59 Foxhall Road in Sherwood Rise, Nottingham. He died in a tramcar, sometime after he boarded at Sherwood terminus. The conductor found him slumped into his newspaper.
Buried in Nottingham General Cemetery on 25 April.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club 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
Distinctions None


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
Only match No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 25 years nk days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

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


John Sands - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Minutes Goals Against GA Ave. min Clean
Sht Av.
Captain Discipline
1 1 90 2 45 min 0 0% none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


John Sands - 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 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1


John Sands - Match History
 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

Age 25
1 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW Start or