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Nat Walton

Blackburn Rovers FC

1 appearances, 0-3 debut goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 9: A 1

Captain: none
minutes played:


  Nathaniel Walton
Birth Friday, 24 May 1867 in Preston, Lancashire [registered in Preston, September 1867].
Birthdate recorded in the Blackburn Standard. Brought up in Darwen, then Blackburn.

According to the 1871 census, Nathaniel is the fourth child of five, all sons, to Henry and Betsy. They live at 19 Orchard Street in Over Darwen. His father is a tape sizer of cotton yarns.
The School Register for St. Mary's Street Methodist School shows that Nathaniel joined school on 9 October 1876 until 16 January 1877. They were living at 104 New Hall Lane.


According to the 1881 census, Nathaniel now has three more siblings, and along with their parents, all are now living at 44 Bold Street in Blackburn. His father is an agent.

Marriage to Susannah Harrison [registered in Blackburn, September 1885]

According to the 1891 census, Nathaniel is now married to Susannah and they have three children, Henry, Edith and Isabella. Nathaniel is a coachbuilder and they all live at 3 Oozebooth Terrace in Blackburn.


According to the 1901 census, Nathaniel remains married and they have one more child, Maggie (b.21 December 1894), and they all live at 443 Bolton Road in Blackburn. Nathaniel is a Trainer of Athletes at Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

"At Blackburn, on Monday [11 July], Nathaniel Walton, trainer for the Blackburn Rovers Football Club, was summoned for permitting drunkenness in the Prince of Wales' Inn, Grimshaw Park, of which he is the licensed tenant, Dennis Brown, a labourer, being also concerned in the offence. They were each fined 10s. and costs." - Manchester Courier, Saturday, 16 July 1904.

According to the 1911 census, Nathaniel is now a publican and he lives at home with his wife and three of his children/ They live at 127 Bolton Road.

Death Monday morning, 3 March 1930 at The Haymarket Hotel Hotel, Cort Street in Blackburn, aged 62 years 283 days [registered in Blackburn, March 1930] of a seizure.


"The death occurred at Blackburn  this morning of Mr. Nat Walton, licensee of the Haymarket Hotel and a famous football who helped Rovers to make history as Cup fighters. Sixty-two years of agae, Mr. Walton was born at Preston and followed the occupation of a coachbuilder. His first football club was the Imperial, and on joining the Rovers he did not gain a regular place until the replayed F.A. Cup final tie against West Bromwich Albion in 1886. He did not play with them in the goalless draw at Kennington Oval, but was called upon the following week at Derby, where the Rovers beat West Bromwich Albion by 2-0. That provided him with the first of his three Cup medals. When next the Rovers reached the final, in 1890, he was one of the scorers against Sheffield Wednesday in a match that produced the record score for such an event, the Rovers winning 6-1. In the following year he helped to beat Notts County 3-1 in his third Cup final. In the first he played outside right, the second at inside left, and in the third at inside right. Walton was chosen to play for Lanacashire against Birmingham in the 1889-90 season; later he assisted England in an international match against Ireland, and also appeared in a trial match against Scotland five days before his second Cup final. He helped the Rovers beat Manchester by 11-0 and Bury by 10-0 in Queen Victoria's Jubilee year. When Ewood Park was opened on Sept. 13th, 1890, he played against Accrington. Walton gave further proof of his versatility by succeeding Pennington in goal in 1892-3. The next season he transferred his services to Nelson. Nat, as he was familiarily called, was a sterling footballer. He was thoroughly reliable and was always good, though perhaps rarely brilliant.  He could play on either wing, and, in partnership with Townley, gave opposing defences many a harassing time. It may be recalled  that Mr. Walton attended the Rovers v. Everton Cup-tie at Ewood Park five weeks ago, when he unexpectedly met John Southworth, the once famous centre-forward of the Rovers and later of Everton. The excitement of the match combined with the thrill of seeing his old colleague proved too much for Mr. Walton, who had a seizure which proved fatal."
The Lancashire Evening Post, Monday, 3 March 1930.
"...Mr. Walton had a seizure at Christmas and was recovering, when he went to the Cup-tie between the Rovers and Everton on January 25. He unexpectedly met an old football colleague, Mr. John Southworth. The surprise was so great that Mr. Walton had a second seizure, and he had been confined to bed since."
- Liverpool Echo, Monday, 3 March 1930.

"Death of Nat Walton.
"A player of considerable versatility, Nat Walton, the famous Blackburn Rovers and English international forward of the 'nineties, died at Blackburn yesterday, following upon a seizure caused through intense excitement at Blackburn's Cup-tie with Everton a few weeks ago. Most successful when playing on either wing in the attack, Walton gave clear proof of his ability to adapt himself in other positions, when, in the Cup final with Sheffield Wednesday in 1898, he took Pennington's place in goal. Walton represented England against Ireland in 1889-90, and gained three English Cup medals with the Blackburn Rovers side in 1885-86, 1889-90, and the following season."
- The Sheffield Independent, Tuesday, 4 March 1930.
Probate "WALTON Nathianel of Market Hotel Cort-street Blackburn died 3 March 1930 Probate Lancaster 24 April to Susannah Walton widow and Clarence Stones master plumber.
Effects £578 6s. 9d." [2019 equivalent: £38,064]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his football career with Blackburn's Witton FC, before joining Blackburn Rovers FC in 1885. After failing to agree terms with Rovers, he joined rivals Nelson FC as their goalkeeper on 23 May 1893, appointed as club captain almost immediately, retiring in 1898.
League History
110 appearances, 37 goals
Blackburn Rovers FC 1888-93, 110 appearances, 37 goals.
debut: 15 September 1888, Blackburn Rovers FC 5 Accrington FC 5.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1885-86, 1889-90 (five appearances, four goals), 1890-91 (one app);
Football League third place 1889-90 (21 appearances, fourteen goals);
Individual honours Lancashire FA (1889).
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st. 12lbs [1890], 5' 9" [1891].


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 167th players (171) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left
Only match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 22 years 295 days. Some reports credit Walton with up to three goals, some don't.
Major tournaments British Championships 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship shared 1889-90;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Took charge of the England team that faced Ireland in Dublin in March 1900.

Beyond England

After retiring from playing, Walton returned to Blackburn Rovers to become their trainer until March 1905. Afterwhich, he became a Blackburn licensee at The Prince of Wales Inn, at at the time of his death, The Haymarket Hotel. Throughout it all, he became accomplished on the Bowling scene. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.259.

The Numbers
parties Appearances Comp.
minutes Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
2 1 1 90 0 to 3 0 min to 90 min 0 to 3 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 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
British Championship
1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Match History

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min), 0-3 goals

F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min), 0-3 glsx

Age 22
1 38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start ? il
Some reports credit Walton with as many as three goals, some don't.
40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD reserve