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George Woodhall

West Bromwich Albion FC

2 appearances, 1 debut goal

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 10: A 1
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  George Woodhall
Birth Saturday, 5 September 1863 at 28 Church Vale, All Saints, West Bromwich, Staffordshire [registered in West Bromwich, September 1863].

According to the 1871 census, George is the oldest of two children to James and Sarah (née Cook). They live at 28 Church Vale, in Wednesbury area of West Bromwich. His father is a shingler.


According to the 1881 census, George, now a chair maker, is still one of two children, still at home with their parents, still at 28 Church Vale. His father is now a mill roller at the local ironworks.

Marriage to Emily Bennett [registered in West Bromwich, March 1889]

According to the 1891 census, George is now married to Sarah and is also a publican. They have one daughter, Lilian, and along with his sister Polly, who is the barmaid, they live at the Three Crowns Inn, 16 Swan Village.


According to the 1901 census, George, a licensed victualler, still married, now have three more children, Harry, May and Edith, and along with one housemaid, Ann Woodhouse, they are living at 26 Halesowen Street in Oldbury.

"At West Bromwich County-court, yesterday, George Woodhall, license-holder, sought to recover from Messrs. Arnold and Co., brewers, West Bromwich certain sums, being half the compensation charges annually levied upon a licensed house of the defendants, of which he was tenant, and which sum he paid, not knowing that the owners were solely liable. The money was paid with his rent, and defendants urged that it was paid as increased rent, and that they were justified in law in raising rentals to cover the increased taxation. Judge Smith gave judgment for the plaintiff for £21, with costs." - The Daily Telegraph, Thursday, 23 December 1909.

According to the 1911 census, George, still a publican, and still married, with one more child, Elsie. All five of their children are helping with the business, along with Ann Woodhouse, now a barmaid, they live at the Theatre Vaults in West Bromwich. The census reveals that two more children had been born and died.

Death Monday, 29 September 1924 'at his home' at 36 Oxford Road in West Bromwich, aged 61 years 24 days [registered in West Bromwich, September 1924]
death notes Patrick Talbot, author of White Shirt, Black Country [2004], a leading authority regarding Black Country internationals, gives Woodhall's death-date as 16 September. But Probate, and newspapers of the time report a death that occurred on the 29th.
"The death occurred at West Bromwich yesterday of Mr. George Woodhall, a famous Association football player"
- Westminster Gazette, Wednesday, 1 October 1924


"The death is announced of George Woodhall, a famous West Bromwich Albion forward of the 'eighties. Familiarly known as 'Spry,' Woodhall, in his prime was an outside-right of the highest class, and was honoured by his country in 1888, playing against both Scotland and Wales. He appeared in three successive cup finals for West Bromwich Albion. On leaving the Albion he played for one season with Wolverhampton Wanderers. His death took place at West Bromwich, where for some years he had been a licensed victualler." - The Yorkshire Post, Wednesday, 1 October 1924.
Probate 'WOODHALL George of 36 Oxford-road, West Bromwich Staffordshire died 29 September 1924 Administration Lichfield 10 November to Emily Woodhall widow.
Effects £538 5s. 3d'


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Having played with local football clubs such as Hateley Heath School FC, West Bromwich All Saints FC and Churchfield Foresters FC, as well as assisting Wednesbury Town FC in a victory over Aston Villa FC, Woodhall joined West Bromwich Albion FC in May 1883, turning professional in August 1885. A regular forward for Albion until July 1892, he left to join Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in October 1892, then into the Birmingham League with Berwick Rangers FC (Worcester) late in 1893. Oldbury Town FC followed in 1894, before retirement ensued in 1898.
League History
62 appearances, 11 goals
West Bromwich Albion FC 1888-92, 44 appearances, ten goals
debut: 8 September 1888 Stoke FC 0 West Bromwich Albion FC 2.
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1892-93, eighteen appearances, one goal
debut: 29 October 1892 Stoke FC 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1.
last: 23 September 1893 Blackburn Rovers FC 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1885-86, 1886-87, winners 1887-88, 1891-92 (no appearances), 1892-93 (none);
Individual honours George Woodhall's benefit match was played between West Bromwich Albion FC and a combined Aston Villa FC/Wolverhampton Wanderers FC team, in October 1892.
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 140th player (144) to appear for England
Position(s) Outside-right;
First match No. 32, 4 February 1888, Wales 1 England 5, a British Championship match at the Alexandra Recreation Ground, Nantwich Road, Crewe, aged 24 years 152 days;
Last match No. 33, 17 March 1888, Scotland 0 England 5, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, aged 24 years 194 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1887-88;
Team honours British Championship winners 1887-88;
Individual honours None

Beyond England

Woodhall worked for the Salter's Spring firm that has historic connections with West Bromwich Albion FC. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.275.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
3 2 2 180 1 180 min 1 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 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2

Match Record

Venue & Comp P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
British Championship
2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1886-87 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC 1887-88 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC All 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2
2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2

Match History

 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - two full appearances (180 min), one goal

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - no full appearancesx

Age 23
30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HW reserve


F.A. International Select Committee - two full appearances (180 min), one goalx

Age 24
1 32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW Start 71 or
2 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start or