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Ben Spilsbury
Cambridge University FC & Derby County FC
& Corinthians FC

3 caps, 5 goals
83% successful
1885-86
disciplined: none
captaincies: none
minutes played: 270


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Ben Spilsbury Profile

Full name Benjamin Ward Spilsbury
Popular name Ben Spilsbury
Born  1 August 1864 in Findern, Derbyshire;
Died 15 August 1938, aged 74 years, in Vancouver, Canada;
Height/Weight -

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Jesus College at Cambridge University from October 1883, where he played his football and earning his blue from 1884 until 1887, becoming Captain in his final year.  Also played with Derby County FC between 1884 and 1889.  On top of this, he also appeared for the Corinthians FC team while attending University.
Club honours None.
Individual honours Benjamin Spilsbury was the man who had the honour of scoring the first goal ever recorded by Derby County FC. It came in the Rams' second match, against Blackburn Olympic FC at the County Ground on September 27, 1884, and although Derby lost 4-3, Spilsbury had a fine game.
Distinctions Spilsbury was an all-round athlete when he was at Rossall School, Fleetwood in Lancashire, and later Repton School, Repton in Derbyshire, where he played football, cricket and athletics. At Repton he was school champion 4 times in long jump, and in 1882 he broke the school record.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 115th players to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside/outside-right;
First match No. 23, 28 February 1885, England 4 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester. Age 20 years 211 days.
Last match No. 28, 27 March 1886, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow. Age 21 years 232 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85, 1885-86;
Team honours None.
Individual honours None.
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Following his retirement from football, moved to Canada to be an estate agent. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1971). Hatton Press, p.159

 

Ben Spilsbury - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Gls Av. min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
3 3 3 270 5 54 min 5 None None

 

Ben Spilsbury - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Away 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 75.0 +1
All 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2

 

Ben Spilsbury - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2

 

Ben Spilsbury - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1885-86 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC All 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2

 

Ben Spilsbury - Match History
Club: Cambridge University F.C., Derby County F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - 3 full caps
Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 3 full caps
1 23 28-Feb-1885 England 4 Ireland 0 Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester BC HW Start
75
n/a
2 26 13-Mar-1886 Ireland 1 England 6 Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW Start
nk
n/a
3 27 27-Mar-1886 Scotland 1 England 1 Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow BC AD Start n/a
- 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3 The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham BC AW reserve  

Notes

[Biographical sketch to come]

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