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Joe Schofield

Stoke FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 F 17: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Joseph Alfred Schofield
Birth Sunday, 1 January 1871 at 144 Granville Place, Cobridge, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  registered in Wolstanton January-March 1871.
Baptism Sunday, 26 February 1871 in Christ Church, Cobridge, by Vicar D. Lamb.

According to the 1871 census, three-month old Joseph A. is the youngest of three children to James and Mary Anne (née Moseley). His father is an engine driver and they live at 144 Granville Place in Burslem.


According to the 1881 census, Joseph A. now has three younger siblings, and along with his two older sisters, they are all living at home with their parents, now at 288 Waterloo Road, still in Burslem. His father is a mechanical engineer.


According to the 1891 census, Joseph A. is an assistant teacher, and he still lives with his parents, now at 3 Cobridge Road in Hanley. He has another younger sibling and is one of seven children living at home. His father is still a mechanical engineer.


According to the 1901 census, Joseph A. is the oldest of the five children sill at home with their parents at 3 Cobridge Road. Joseph himself is a Collector of The Guardians. His father remains a mechanical engineer.


(His mother died 11 March 1908 in Stoke)
According to the 1911 census, Joseph Alfred is now a relieving officer, living with his sister and niece at 49 Heathcote Street in Hanley.

Marriage to Elizabeth Roberts, in Stoke, mid-1911.
  registered in Stoke-upon-Trent July-September 1911.
         Season Tickets 1920-21.
The Directors are prepared to issue Season Tickets for the coming season (if sufficient numbers apply) as follows:
     Chairs, Numbered and Reserved (Including Tax) at  ...
 £4 15 0.
     Stands, Seats Guaranteed (Including Tax) at  ...    ...    ... £3 10 0.
Applications to be made on or before June 30th, 1920, to―
                        The Secretary, J. A. SCHOFIELD,
                                       Bryan-street, Hanley." - The Staffordshire Sentinel, Saturday, 19 June 1920.

According to the 1921 census, Joseph Alfred is now a football club secretary/manager (at Port Vale FC), living with his wife, Elizabeth, at 124 Leonard Road in Hanley.
(His father died 9 August 1924)

Chairs, Numbered & Reserved (inc. Tax), £3 6s. 6d.
Stand 'B,' Numbered & Reserved (inc. Tax), £2 4s. 6d.
     Early application, accompanied by remittance, is requested.
                        J. A. SCHOFIELD, Secretary,
                                       Bryan-street, Hanley." - The Staffordshire Sentinel, Saturday, 24 July 1926.
Death Sunday morning, 29 September 1929 at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Princes Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
aged 58 years 271 days registered in Stoke-on-Trent July-September 1929.
  "He had been ill for some weeks."


"Football LOSES A Fine Old Friend.
I regret to announce the death, which occurred at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary yesterday (Sunday) morning, of Mr. Joe Schofield, the well-known and popular manager of the Port Vale Football Club. Although Mr. Schofield had been ill for some weeks his sudden death will come as a great shock to his many friends. He had remained at the post of duty until a few days ago, and was present at Port Vale's match with Crewe Alexandra at Hanley last Monday. He was removed to the infirmary only on Saturday afternoon.
"Mr. Schofield, who was 58 years of age, was a famous player of the early '90's, and a contemporary with the great triumvirate of the old Stoke club―W. Rowley, T. Clare, and A. Underwood. All four had International honours, and Mr. Schofield was 'capped' by the F.A. as outside left against Wales in 1893 and against Ireland in 1895.
"In his early days Mr. Schofield was a schoolmaster, and left that profession to become a Poor-Law official. In his spare time he was the hon. secretary of the Stoke club when it was reconstructed after its resignation from the Football League in 1908. He was also a director of the club. Eleven years ago the Port Vale club offered him a permanent full-time appointment as secretary-manager. This he accepted and resigned his position in the Poor-Law.
"Mr. Schofield was a shrewd judge of a player, and it was largely owing to his policy of coaching local players that Port Vale, with their limited income were able to retain their position until last season, for a period of ten years in the Second Division of the League. He will be a very much missed man at the Recreation Grounds."
Athletic News, Monday, 30 September 1929
Probate "SCHOFIELD Joseph Alfred of Milton House 23 Hammersley-street Hanley Stoke-on-Trent died 29 September 1929 at at North Stafford Royal Infirmary Stoke-on-Trent Administration London 29 November to Jane Elizabeth Schofield widow.
Effects £867 8s. 11d." [2019 equivalent: £55,493]
  Elizabeth Schofield died on 16 December 1932 in Shelton

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Stoke, particularly Hanley Alliance FC, before joining Stoke FC in 1891, and remained with them until injury forced his retirement in 1899. He was reinstated as an amateur on 25 August 1902. Made one appearance for The Casuals on 24 January 1903.
League History
199 appearances, 81 goals
Stoke FC 1891-99 199 appearances, 81 goals.
debut: 10 October 1891 Stoke FC 3 Burnley FC 0.
last: 1 April 1899 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 Stoke FC 2.
Club honours Football League best:- sixth place 1895-96 (28ᵃ 9ᵍ);
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


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

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed as the secretary/manager of Port Vale FC from July 1919 until his death in September 1929.
League History
391 matches
Port Vale FC 1919-29, 391 matches, W142, D 84 L165.
Finished eighth in Division Two, and reached fifth round of the FA Cup.
Club honours Football League Division Three (North) winners 1929-30 (one appearance before his death)

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 190th players (196) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside/outside-left
First match No. 45, 5 March 1892, Wales 0 England 2, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 21 years 64 days.
Last match No. 53, 9 March 1895, England 9 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at The Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby, aged 24 years 67 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95;
Team honours British Championship winners 1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95;
Individual honours The Whites (one appearance, February 1892)
The Professionals (one appearance, March 1893)

Beyond England

Between other employments had a spell on Stoke's secretarial staff. Outside football the player worked at various times as a school teacher and Poor Law officer. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.217/218.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
3 3 3 270 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
3 3 0 0 17 0 +17 0 3 5.667 0 100 +3
All of his matches were played in the British Championship

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 2 2 0 0 15 0 +15 0 2 7.50 0.00 100.0 +2
Away 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1892-93 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1894-95 1 1 0 0 9 0 +9 0 1 9.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 3 0 0 17 0 +17 0 3 5.667 0.00 100.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 3 0 0 17 0 +17 0 3 5.667 0.00 100.0 +3
3 3 0 0 17 0 +17 0 3 5.667 0 100 +3

Match History

 Club: Stoke F.C. - three full appearances (270 min) F.A. International Select Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 21 trial  
one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 29 February 1892;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 45 5 March 1892 - Wales 0 England 2
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW   il

one of eight who became the 190th player (196) to appear for England
the seventh Stoke FC player to represent England

Age 22
2 48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0
Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent (home ground)
BC HW   il
Schofield's 88th minute strike was actually saved by Trainer, and Spiksley scored the rebound.

one appearance - The Professionals vs. The Amateurs, 22 March 1893;

Age 24
3 53 9 March 1895 - England 9 Ireland 0
Derbyshire Cricket Ground, Derby
BC HW   ol