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Eddie Shimwell

Blackpool FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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


captain: none
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  Edmund Shimwell
Birth 27 February 1920 in Bolehill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire [registered as Edmond in Bakewell, March 1920].
To Daniel Stone (1895-1974) and Marion Christina (née Phillips) (b.16 March 1898 d.14 December 1984)
Marriage to Dorothy Bowyer, in St. Mary's Church in Wirksworth [registered in Belper, June 1941]. Dorothy died 13 March 1987.

According to the 1939 register, Edmund was a loader at the local limestone quarry. He is the oldest of at least five children to Daniel and Marion. They live at 49 Top Road in Bole Hill, between Wirksworth and Cromford.

Death 3 October 1988 at 41 Fieldhouse Avenue in Thornton Cleveleys, aged 68 years 219 days [registered in Blackpool & Fylde, December 1988].
Buried in Wirksworth Church churchyard with is wife, Dorothy.


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football career with local club Wirksworth FC, then Birchover Old Boys FC., also assisting Mill Close Mines Welfare FC and represented Derby & District Senior League. Despite an unsuccessful trial with Derby County FC, Shimwell joined Birchover FC, in the Hope Valley League, from where he signed professional forms with Sheffield United on 10 January 1939, but following the war, during which he guested with Southampton FC, and after fourteen league appearances, United refused to allow Shimwell to be a licensed victualler of the Plough Inn in Two Dales, he requested a transfer and chose to sign for Blackpool FC on 20 December 1946 for £8000, Barnsley FC had also offered to break their transfer record for him. After 283 league appearances and five goals, Shimwell signed with Oldham Athletic FC in May 1957. Made seven league appearances. Took up the player-manager role at Burton Albion FC in May 1958, retiring at the end of that year.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1947-48, 1950-51, winners 1952-53; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1953; Football League Division One runners-up 1955-56;
Individual honours None
Distinctions His father, Dan Shimwell, was a qualified football referee in the Hope Valley League and Matlock & District League.
Height/Weight 5' 11", 11st. 7lbs [1939], 5' 10", 12st. 6lbs [1949].


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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 681st player (681) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
Only match No. 246, 13 May 1949, Sweden 3 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, aged 29 years 75 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Distinctions Died six days after Willis Edwards and seventeen days after Dick Pym.
Shimwell is the first (of five) ex-England players to die in October 1988, making this the deadliest month (excluding February 1958).

Beyond England

After hanging up his boots, Shimwell became licensee at The Royal Volunteer, a pub in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, as well as The Duke of Wellington in Matlock. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.223.

The Numbers
parties Appearances unused/
minutes captain
2 1 two 90 0 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.
1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1 3 0 -1
his only match was played at an away venue, it was a friendly match, and played in a white shirt
Match History

 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - no full appearances manager: Walter Winterbottom - one full appearance (90 min)  

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 26
227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW reserve
228 30 September 1946 - Ireland (Éire) 0 England 1, Dalymount Park, Dublin Fr AW unused sub

 Club: Blackpool F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 29
1 246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna
tour AL   2
one of two who became the 681st player (681) to appear for England.
the fifth player from Blackpool FC to represent England.
party member - Finland A 15 May 1949
247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo   AW party member
party member - Netherlands A 18 May 1949
248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris   AW withdrawn
party member