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Heathcote Sorby

Thursday Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

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Full name Thomas Heathcote Sorby
name notes Despite the name 'Heathcote' being the maiden name of his mother, Sorby, at least according to contemporary reports, appeared to be known as Heathcote.
Born 16 February 1856 at Park Grange Cottage, Heeley, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, March 1856]
Baptised 1856 in St. Peter & St. Paul's Cathedral, Sheffield

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, Thomas H. is visiting John and Elizabeth Heathcote, his uncle and aunty). Thomas Austin and Dorothy Martha are in the next house living with her father, Arthur, a gentleman, with Thomas's older brother Robert. His father is a hardware merchant and they are all in Hall Green in Blackwell, near Bakewell.

According to the 1871 census, the family live back at Park Grange, although Thomas is not in the list. But he does have four more siblings.

Cannot be found on the 1881 census.

According to the 1891 census, Thomas H. is now married to Annie M. living at 43 Marlborough Road in Nether Hallam area of Sheffield, where they have two servants. Thomas is an edge tool merchant and manufacturer.

According to the 1901 census, Thomas H. is still married, with one daughter, Violet, now living at 15 Endcliffe Vale Roadin Nether Hallam, still with two servants. Thomas is an edge tool and saw manufacturer.
According to the 1905 edition of Kelly's Directory for North Riding... Sorby, known as Heathcote, was living in Trinity Road in Scarborough.

According to the 1911 census, Thomas H., Annie M., and Violet M. are now all living at 79 Scalby Road in Scarborough. Thomas is a retired manufacturer.

Married to Annie Maud Laycock, Norfolk Street Chapel, 7 August 1889 [registered in Sheffield, September 1889]
Died 13 December 1930, aged 74 years 300 days [registered in Scarborough, December 1930].
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Cheltenham College, before playing for Thursday Wanderers FC and Sheffield FC; also represented Sheffield FA.
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 57th player (60) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 8, 18 January 1879, England 2 Wales 1, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 336 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Was a director in the business (Robert Sorby and sons) manufacturing and selling edge tools in Sheffield. AFter he retired, he settled in Scarborough. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.230


Heathcote Sorby - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain Discipline
1 1 60 1 60 min 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.


Heathcote Sorby - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1


Heathcote Sorby - Match History
 Club: Thursday Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 23
1 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start 20 for