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Howard Vaughton

Aston Villa FC

5 appearances, 6 goals (five on his debut)

P 5 W 2 D 0 L 3 F 21: A 11
40% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Oliver Howard Vaughton
Birth Wednesday, 9 January 1861 at 127 Hampton Street, Hampton, Birmingham, Warwickshire [registered in Birmingham, March 1861].

According to the 1861 census, Oliver H is marked down as a three-year old [and not three months], he is the second of two children to Thomas and Rosina (née Gilbert), and with one servant they live at 127 Hampton Street in Birmingham. His father is a jeweller.


According to the 1871 census, Oliver H. is the second oldest, now with six more siblings, living at 129 Albert Road in Aston Manor. His father is a goldsmith jeweller employing twenty-four.

The Champion Skater of the Midlands, and
(Winner of the First Prize Medal at the late Bingley Hall Rink Competition, open to all England), will also appear in their celebrated Fancy Skating Entertainment, introducing the Swell and the Girl of the Period."
Saturday, 19 January 1878, County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire

According to the 1881 census, Oliver H. is still at home with his parents, now with three more younger siblings, he is a machinist, all are still living at 129 Albert Road with one servant. His father is now retired.


According to the 1891 census, Oliver H. is the oldest of the seven children, all still at home with their parents at 94 Trinity Road in Handsworth. Oliver is a die sinker at his father's gold jewellers. They have two servants.

Marriage to Lizzie Isabel Annie Reeves-Smith, on 21 October 1893 at Seaford. [registered in Eastbourne, December 1893].
"VAUGHTON—REEVES-SMITH.—Oct. 21, at Seaford, by the Rev. W. H. Mead Buck, Oliver Howard Vaughton, of Birmingham, to Lizzie Isabel, younger daughter of Geo. Reeves-Smith, Esq., of Seaford, Sussex." -
Wednesday, 25 October 1893, London Evening Standard/Saturday, 28 October 1893, West Sussex County Times/Sussex Agricultural Express

According to the 1901 census, Oliver H. is married to Lizzie and they have four children, Annie Reeves Smith, Catherine May Gertrude, Howard George and Eileen, along with two servants they live at Goldthorne, on Ascot Road in Moseley. He is still a die sinker, as well as a stamper and a medalist, but he now employs.


According to the 1911 census, Oliver and Lizzie have two more children, Doris and Grace, making six, and with two servants, they at 3 Ascot Road in Moseley. Oliver is a manufacturer, as well as a goldsmith.

  "GREAT SPORTSMAN ILL—Mr. Howard Vaughton, Director of Aston Villa.
"Mr. Howard Vaughton, the Aston Villa director, is seriously ill in a nursing home. A few weeks ago Mr. Vaughton suffered a great bereavement by the loss of his wife. He has been in indifferent health for a long time."
Friday, 5 August 1932, Birmingham Daily Gazette
Death Wednesday, 6 January 1937, at St. Andrew's Hospital (for Mental Diseases) on Billing Road, Northampton, aged 75 years 362 days [registered in Northampton, March 1937]. His home was at 23 Oxford Road in Moseley.

"The death is announced of Mr. Oliver Howard Vaughton, well-known Midland sportsman and a former President of Aston Villa Football Club. Mr. Vaughton had been in ill-health for two or three years, and his death followed an operation. His home was at 23, Oxford-road, Moseley.
"In his younger days Mr. Vaughton was well-known as an international footballer, a skater who achieved national fame, a cricketer of county class, and a successful racing track cyclist. He also gained a name at running, boxing, swimming, hockey and as a gymnast. Mr. Vaughton, who was 76 years of age, played football as a youth of 14 for the Waterloo Football Club and joined Aston Villa Club in 1880 after a spell with the Birmingham Cricket and Football Club. He was only 21 when he represented England in international matches against Scotland, Wales and Ireland. He was a member of the Villa team which won the English F.A. Cup for the first time in 1887. He retired fro, football at the close of that season and turned his attention to hockey, speedily graduating as a county player. Mr. Vaughton often played for the Staffordshire County Cricket Club, and playing against the Australians in 1880, caught the famous W. L. Murdoch. He served on the Management Committee and the Ground Committee of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club. He showed similar proficiency at skating, and before he was 16 years of age had won the first prize in the All-England rink figure-skating contest.
"Mr. Vaughton was a widower. The funeral will be at Yardley Wood Church on Monday."
- Friday, 8 January 1937, Birmingham Daily Gazette


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

Funeral Monday, 11 January 1937, at Yardley Wood Church
"Midland sportsmen were among the mourners at the funeral of Mr. Oliver Howard Vaughton, former president of Aston Villa Football Club, which took place at Yardley Wood Church yesterday.
"The service was conducted by the Rev. I. Rees-Jones, while Mr. H. A. Elliott was at the organ." -
Tuesday, 12 January 1937, Birmingham Daily Gazette
Probate "VAUGHTON Oliver Howard of 23 Oxford-road Moseley Birmingham died 6 January 1937 at St. Andrew's Hospital Northampton Administration (with Will) London 6 March to Howard George Vaughton company director and Annie Reeve Smith Vaughton spinster.
Effects £5969 8s. 8d." [2019 equivalent: £409,668].
  "Mr. Oliver Howard Vaughton, of 23, Oxford-road, Moseley, former player and president of the Aston Villa F.C., left £5,969, net personalty £5,572.
"Probate has been granted to his son, Howard George Vaughton, of Edgbaston-road, Birmingham, company director, and his daughter, Miss Annie Reeve Smith Vaughton, of 23, Oxford-road, two of the persons entitled to share in the estate, his wife, to whom he left all his property, having pre-deceased him." -
Monday, 22 March 1937, Birmingham Daily Gazette

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his playing career with a string of Birmingham clubs, including Waterloo FC, Birmingham CFC, then Wednesday Strollers, before joining Aston Villa FC in August 1880 until May 1887. After returning to amateur status in October 1887, Vaughton spent the rest of the season assisting Mitchell St. George's FC. Retired with a thigh injury; Afterwhich he took up Hockey.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1886-87;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Howard Vaughton was also British skating champion and also played cricket for both Staffordshire and Warwickshire. A road in Birmingham is also named after the Vaughton Family, which still holds strong links to Birmingham and other areas such as Wales.
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the ninetieth players (96) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside/centre-forward;
First match No. 14, 18 February 1882, Ireland 0 England 13, a friendly match at Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast, aged 21 years 40 days.
Last match No. 22, 17 March 1884, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 23 years 68 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84;
Team honours None
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (six 1881-82). The first to score more than three..
Distinctions Along with Arthur Brown, the first Villa players to represent England.

Beyond England

After his football career ended he ran a silversmith's firm and was charged with making a new FA Cup after the original disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1895.  vice-President of Aston Villa FC in 1923, President in June 1924, for three months. Became a Director of the club from September 1924 until December 1932, elected a life member in February 1933.  Was also on the management and ground committees of Warwickshire CCC. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.253

The Numbers
parties Apps comp.apps minutes Goals Goals ave.min comp.goals captain
5 5 2 450 6 75 min none none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
5 2 0 3 21 11 +10 1 2 4.20 2.20 40.0 -1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away British Championship 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
Friendly 3 1 0 2 17 10 +7 0 1 5.667 3.333 33.3 -1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0

Match History

 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - five full appearances (450 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - five full appearances (450 min)x

Age 21
1 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW Start

2 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start 35 cf
3 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL Start il

Age 23
4 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL Start ir
5 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start ir