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Henry Wace Wanderers FC & Clapham Rover FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 9: A 12
67% successful


captain: one, maybe two
minutes played:


  Henry Wace
Birth Wednesday, 21 September 1853 in Cottage Hill, St. Chad's, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
  registered in Shrewsbury October-December 1853
Baptism 18 October 1853 in St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury
  According to the 1861 census, Henry is the youngest of three children to George and Elizabeth Olivia (née Jeffreys). They live with their parent's at their grandparents house at College Hill in St. Chad's area of Shrewsbury, along with three servants. His father is an attorney and his grandfather, Richard, is a retired solicitor.

According to the 1871 census, Henry is still the youngest of the three children, still living at College Hill with their parents, who now own the house, and his father is still an attorney too.


According to the 1881 census, Henry, now a Barrister in practice, is lodging at 88 St. James Street in Westminster. Part of the Eton & Harrow Club.
(His father died on 27 June 1886)

Marriage to Hilda Ormerod Bailey, on 19 December 1889, at Christ Church, Harwood
registered in Bolton October-December 1889
"WACE―BAILEY.―On the 19th inst., at Christ Church, Harewood, by the Rev. Thomas Creary, Henry Wace, Esq., of the Inner Temple, to Hilda Ormerod, daughter of Colonel Arthur Bailey, of Breightmet Hill, Bolton." - London Morning Post, Thursday, 26 December 1889.
Chilrden Henry and Hilda Wace had four children together. Katherine (b.18 May 1892), Michael Henry (b.25 September 1896), Olivia (b.14 December 1897), and Jocelyn (b.16 March 1900)
  Cannot be found on the 1891 census, but still likely to be in the Kensington area. Hilda, however, is visiting Llanber in Merionshire with her sisters.
  According to the 1901 census, Henry, now married to Hilda, is a barrister. They have three children, Katherine, Michael and Jocelyn, and are living at 26 Phillamore Gardens in Kensington with three servants. Olivia is with her grandparents at Blackshaw Fold in Bolton.
St. Winifred's House in Bath, home of Henry Wace (His mother died on 26 February 1909)
According to the 1911 census, Henry is now a retired barrister, and with his wife and three of his four children (the oldest, Katherine, is omitted), they live at St.Winifred's House [left], Sion Hill in Bath.
According to the 1921 census, Henry is now a retired barrister, and along with his wife and three of his four children and two servants, living at St. Winifred's.
(Hilda Wace died on 26 December 1938 at St. Winifred's)
"BARRISTER'S WIFE―Will of Mrs. Henry Wace
"Mrs. Hilda Ormerod Wace, of St. Winifred's, Bath, who died on Dec. 26th last, wife of Henry Wace, barrister-at-law, has left estate of the value of £9,307 9s. 9d. Probate has been granted for her husband, of the above address, and Geoffrey George Wace of Shrewsbury, solicitor. She left her interest under the wills of her father and mother to her husband, a few personal bequests, and the residue of the property equally between her children, Kathleen Mary Thring, and Olivia and Jocelyn and Michael Henry Wace." - Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette, Saturday, 27 May 1939.
[2018 equivalent = £578,325].
According to the 1939 register, the widowed Henry is still a retired barrister living at St. Winifred's House with his daughter, Olivia, and two servants.
They lived in St.Winifred's until it was destroyed by German bombing on Bath in 1942.
(His eldest son, John, died in India, 22 July 1946)
Death Wednesday, 5 November 1947 at 1 Lansdown Place West, Bath, Somerset.
aged 94 years 45 days registered in Bath October-December 1947


"A renowned classical scholar and a man of no less brilliance in the legal world, Mr. Henry Wace, died at 1, Lansdown Place, West, Bath, on November 5, at the age of 94.
He was a nephew of the late Dean Wace, the famous Evangical Dean of Canterbury.
"Born at Shrewsbury in 1853, he went to Shrewsbury School and from there to St. John's College, Cambridge, where he carried away many of the major prizes on the academic side.
"He was not only the oldest Old Salopian but the last representative of a great period of Shrewsbury scholarship. He belonged to an age of lawyers now almost extinct, for he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple as far back as November, 1879, six years after the passing of the Judicature Act associated with the name of Earl Cairns.
"Whilst at the Bar he had gathered together a considerable practice as an equity junior, and was the author of 'Wace on Bankruptcy,' a text book that was much in use until the passing of the Bankruptcy Act of 1914, by which time he had retired from the Bar and was no longer interested in preparing further editions. There is little doubt that, had he remained in practice, he would have been given judicial preferment. His knowledge in his own sphere of law was profound, and many more subsequently became judges owed much o his coaching. One was the late Judge A. R. Kennedy, K.C. the Gloucester County Court Judge, who died in 1943.
"Not content with scholastic successes, he was an accomplished cricketer and oarsman. He gained a rugger 'blue' in 1873, playing in the inter-Varsity matches for many years, and in 1878 he played for the South of England verses the North in a R.U. trial. He also played association football for England in 1878 and 1879, and a member of the Wanderers' F.C., being made captain in the second year.
"He came to Bath in 1909, residing at St. Winifred's, Sion Hill, and took a prominent part in the cultural life of the city. He was proudly versed in English literature, and particularly that of the 18th century. For ten years he was president of the Royal Institution, Queen Square, Bath, and it was only advancing years which compelled him to relinquish his position. He was also a generous chairman of the trustees of the Holborne Museum, for which institution did magnificent work.
"The 1942 blitz not only necessitated his removal from St. Winifred's, but destroyed the very fine classical library which he had intended to present to Shrewsbury. His wife died in 1938, and he lost his only son last year. He is survived by three daughters, Miss Olivia Wace, Mrs. B. C. Thring and Miss Jocelyn Wace. The funeral took place at Lansdown Cemetery on Saturday afternoon"

 - Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette, Saturday, 15 November 1947.
Funeral Buried on 8 November at Lansdown Cemetery, Bath.
Probate "WACE Henry of 1 Landsown-place Bath and of The Inner Temple London died 5 November 1947 at 1 Landsown-place West Probate London 3 April to Geoffrey George Wace solicitor and Bevan Gale Thring retired planter.
Effects £56859 16s. 11d." [2019 equivalent: £2,082,941]
  "£56,000 BATH WILL―Estate of Mr Henry Wace
"Mr. Henry Wace, of 1, Lansdown Place West, Bath, and Inner Temple, barrister-at-law, who died on November 5 last, left £56,859 16s. 11d. gross, with £56,511 19s. 10d. net personalty (duty paid £12,104). He left £100 to his nephew, Geoffrey G. Wace, and the residue to his children, Michael, Katherine, Olivia and Jocelynthe share of Jocelyn upon trust. Probate has been granted to his son-in-law, Bevan G. Thring, of Claygate, Surrey, and nephew Geoffrey G. Wace, of Shrewsbury, solicitor." - Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette, Saturday, 17 April 1948.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) Attended Shrewsbury School; and then St. John's College, Cambridge University, earning his Blue 1874-75.  Played for Wanderers FC, Clapham Rovers FC and Shropshire Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1876-77, 1877-78;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Not content with just playing football, Wace was also an accomplished cricketer and oarsman. He gained a rugby blue in 1873, and in 1878, represented the South of England against the North in a Rugby Union trial.
Uncle of Heny Wace, Principal of King's College (1883-97) and Dean of Canterbury
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].
England Career
Player number One of seven who became the fiftieth players (56) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 7, 2 March 1878, Scotland 7 England 2, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 24 years 162 days.
Last match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 25 years 196 day.c
Individual honours The Probables (one appearance, one goal, February 1878);
The South (one appearance, February 1879); The Whites (one appearance, March 1880);
Distinctions The last member to die from both the 1878 and 1879 teams.
At the time of his death, Wace was the oldest ex-England player to die. He broke the previous record by five years, Percy Fairclough was 89 years old when he died 156 days previously. Wace's record will stand until 1987, when Howard Baker will break the record.
Beyond England
Son of a Shrewsbury Solicitor, Wace became a barrister, called to the Bar 1879, and was subsequently an acknowledged authority on bankruptcy law, writing a book 'Wace on Bankruptcy' that was a leading authority, until the Bankruptcy Act of 1914. Also President of the Royal Institution for a while. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.256.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
3 3 240 0 one, maybe two
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
3 2 0 1 9 12 -3 0 0 3 4 66.7 +1
All his matches were friendly matches

Match Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 2 2 0 0 7 5 +2 0 0 3.50 2.50 100.0 +2
Away 1 0 0 1 2 7 -5 0 0 2.00 7.00 00.0 -1

Captain Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5 4 100 +1

Match History
 Clubs: Wanderers F.C. & Clapham Rovers F.C. - three full appearances (240 min) F.A. Committee - three full appearances (240 min)x

Age 24 trial  
one appearance - The Probables vs. The Improbables, 20 February 1878

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 7 2 March 1878 - Scotland 7 England 2
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Fr AL   for

one of seven who became the fiftieth (56) players to appear for England
one of two (21) to become the 20th players from Wanderers FC represent England
one of two (seven) who became the sixth player from Clapham Rovers FC to represent England

Age 25
2 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (home ground)
Fr HW match lasted sixty minutes for
Three reports, The Field, The Sportsman and Football Annual give the captaincy to Arthur Cursham, whilst The London Times, Athletic News and Bell's Life, give it to Wace. The fact that Charles Alcock's own Football Annual lists Cursham makes us favour the Notts County forward, but one can never be sure and we will not commit ourselves with any degree of certainty.

one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 19 February 1879

3 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (home ground)
disallowed [1-1]
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the seventh player to captain England
one of three who became the first players to appear for England twice in one season

Age 26 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 6 March 1880