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Olly Whateley

Aston Villa FC

2 appearances, 2 debut goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 9: A 3
50% successful


captain: none
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  Oliver Whateley
Birth Friday, 8 August 1862 in St. George's Park, Birmingham, Warwickshire [registered as Whatley, Birmingham, October 1862].
Not 1861.

According to the 1871 census, eight year-old Oliver is the youngest of seven children to Thomas and Mary (née Rogers), living at 355 Farm Street in the Hampton area of Birmingham. His father is a pearl button maker.


According to the 1881 census, Oliver is the youngest of the four children still living at home with their parents at 355 Farm Street. He is a lithographer, while his father is a button manufacturer employing twelve.

Marriage to Mary Hands [registered in Birmingham, June 1888].

According to the 1891 census, Oliver is married to Mary and is a designer for lithography. They live at 23 Alderville Road in Fulham.
The 1893 London Electoral Register puts Whateley at 1 Ewald Road in Fulham.
The 1895-99 Surrey Electoral Register's places Whateley at Elm Lodge in Mortlake.


According to the 1901 census, Oliver and his wife are lodging at 40 Petteril Street in the Rickergate area of Carlisle. He is a lithographic artist. They are lodging with the Friar family.


According to the 1911 census, Oliver and Mary remain married and they live at Flat 3, 65 High Street, back in Fulham, London. Oliver is a printer's artist.
Various London Electoral Registers places Whateley in various London addresses. From at least 1908 until 1910, he was at 20 Charlwood Road in Putney. From 1911 until at least 1914, they were at 65 High Street in Fulham. In 1918, Oliver and Mary were in the flat over the stable at 16 Kingswood Road in Camberwell.

Death Thursday, 28 October 1926 in Birmingham, aged 64 years 81 days [registered in Birmingham North, December 1926].


"Olly Whateley. the old Aston Villa forward, whose death is announced, was with the famous club in the 'eighties, and in his day he was deemed by many as the greatest shot ever known. Whateley joined the Villa in 1800, and played inside right to Andy Hunter, with Archie Hunter as centre forward. He played for England v. Scotland and Ireland in 1882-83. Despite his age he served in the war in command of the Y.M.C.A. hut at Rouen for four years. Whateley by trade was an artist and designer." - Birmingham Daily Gazette, Friday, 29 October 1926.
Funeral Saturday, 30 October 1926 at Witton Cemetery, Moor Lane, Birmingham


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began with Gladstone Unity FC. He then moved to Aston Villa FC from July 1880 to May 1888.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1886-87 (did not play);
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 103rd players (108) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left, outside-right
First match No. 18, 24 February 1883, England 7 Ireland 0, a friendly match at Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, aged 20 years 200 days.
Last match No. 19, 10 March 1883, England 2 Scotland 3, a friendly match at Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield, aged 20 years 214 days.
Individual honours None

Beyond England

Retired from football with cancer of the face! By vocation an artist, designer and draughtsman, and in 1911 underwent a severe operation.  Nonetheless, although too old for military service, he served in Rouen, France, with the YMCA during the First World War.  In the twenties, in poor health, he fell on hard times, and so strained were his circumstances that, in 1923, Aston Villa set up a fund to help him. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.265/6.

The Numbers
parties Appearances withdrew minutes Goals Goals ave.min captain
3 2 one 180 2 90 min none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
2 1 0 1 9 3 +6 0 1 4.50 0.667 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly matches
2 1 0 1 9 3 +6 0 1 4.50 0.667 50.0 =0

Match History

 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - two full appearances (180 min), two goals F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min), two goalsx

Age 20
17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW withdrew
1 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW Start
2 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield Fr HL Start or