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Max Woosnam

Manchester City FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 1: A 0
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captain: one
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  Maxwell Woosnam
Birth 6 September 1892 at 7 Riversdale Road, Grassendale, Liverpool, Lancashire [registered in Liverpool, December 1892].
Baptism 21 October 1892 at St. Mary's Church, Grassendale in Liverpool. Parents were Charles Maxwell annd Mary Seely, living at 7 Riversdale Road. His father is a Chaplain for the Mersey Mission for Seaman, Baptism his own son.

According to the 1891 census, Charles and Mary (née Philipson) have one one year old son, Charles, living at 17 Devey Street in Rodney area of Liverpool with four servants. He is a Clerk in Holy Orders.


According to the 1901 census, eight-year old Maxwell is one of the many boarding pupils at Harris Hill School, Highclere. The headmaster was Albert Evans.


According to the 1911 census, eighteen-year old Maxwell is one of the boarding pupils at Winchester College, mastered over by George Henry Blair.

First marriage to Edith Adelaide Johnston on 1 February 1917 [registered in St. George Hanover Square, March 1917]. Maxwell's profession was stated as being a Lieutenant in the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry and living at Aberhafesp in Newtown.

According to the 1921 census, Maxwell, a gas and oil engineer, is now married, and on this return, they are boarding at a hotel in St. Marylebone.
According to passenger lists Maxwell spent many times going abroad. Along with his wife and Noel Turnbull and his wife, for the Lawn Tennis Associtaion, they were on board the White Star Liner Baltic from 16 July 1921 from Liverpool to New York. He is stated as being an engineer.
On his own, he left Southampton for Quebec on board the Empress of Britain on 3 September 1938. Part of the Chemical Industry, he is living at Weaverham Grange in Hartford, Cheshire.


According to the 1939 register, Maxwell, a labourers manager at the chemical works, and Edith A. are still married and living at Weaverham Grange, on Hodge Lane in Hartford.
On 7 March 1951, he and his second wife, Dorothy, left for Lisbon on board the Blue Star Liner Uruguay Star. He is a director living at 1 Hans Street in Kensington, London.
On 26 November 1953, they left Southampton, bound for Cape Town on board the Union Castle Liner Stirling Castle. Still a director, now living at 4 Lennox Gardens in Mews.

Second marriage to Dorothy E. Perrin [registered in Westminster, December 1940]
Death 14 July 1965, aged 72 years 311 days [registered in St. Marylebone, September 1965]. Of respiratory failure


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

Biographies All Round Genius: The Unknown Story of Britain's Greatest Sportsman - Mick Collins

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Winchester College and represented them in football in 1908-11. Furthered his education at Cambridge University, earning his Blue in 1912-14, being the captain in his final year. Joined the Corinthians FC team from 1913, making seventeen appearances, scoring nine goals. He played for Chelsea FC and made three league appearances in 1914. Manchester City FC in October 1919 and became the captain, making 96 league appearances scoring five goals. Also played with Winnington Park FC and Northwich Victoria from Christmas Day 1924 until February 1926, often being captain.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Won Blues for golf, lawn tennis and real tennis. Twelfth man in the Varsity cricket match of 1914.
Uncle of Philip Woosnam. Nephew of Hylton Philipson (England and Middlesex CCC 1892-95).
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 12st. 6lbs [1923].

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 426th players (428) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 128, 13 March 1922, England 1 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 29 years 188 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1921-22;
Team honours None
Individual honours England Amateur (two appearances)
He was asked to captain the Great Britain football team in the 1920 olympics, but had already committed himself to the tennis team.

Tennis Career

Represented Great Britain in Lawn Tennis in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp in the men's singles (reaching round of 32, defeated by Spain's Manuel Alonso), the men's doubles with Noel Turnbull (left, Gold medal, defeating Japan's Ichiya Kumagae and Seiichiro Kashio) and the mixed doubles with Kathleen McKane Godfree (silver medal, defeated by France's Suzanne Lenglen and Max Decugis), and 1924 Olympic Games in Paris in the men's singles (reached round of 32, defeated by South Africa's Patrick Spence), the men's doubles with Leslie Godfree (eliminated at the first round stage by Czechoslovakia's Friedrich Rohrer and Ernst Gotlieb). Also a Davis Cup captain. representing Great Britain in 1921 (reaching quarter-finals) and 1924 (reaching semi-finals)
  Competed in Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in the men's singles from 1919-24 (quarter-finals in the singles 1923, defeated by Brian Norton, and runners-up in the Gentleman's Plate 1919, defeated by Leighton Crawford). Also in the men's doubles 1919-24 (partnered Newton Thompson in 1919, defeated by Randolph Lycett and Rodney Heath. Partnered Randolph Lycett in 1921, won the tournament, defeating Arthur and Gordon Lowe. Partnered Donald Greig in 1923, defeated in the second round by Leslie Godfree and Randolph Lycett. Partnered Patrick Wheatley in 1924, defeated in quarter-finals by Frank Richards and Vinie Richards). Also in mixed doubles 1919-21 (partnered Edith Greville in 1919, partnered Phyllis Howkins in 1921 where they were runners-up, defeated by Randolph Lycett and Elizabeth Ryan. He continued to partner Phyllis, now known as Covell, in 1923-24).

Beyond England

Latter was president of both the Isthmian and the Corinthians-Casuals FC. Held an appointment with ICI Chemical Works for 31 years. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.276/77.


Max Woosnam - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 one 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.


Max Woosnam - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home - British Championship 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Max Woosnam - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1921-22 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Max Woosnam - Match History
 Club: Manchester City F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 29
1 128 13 March 1922 - England 1 Wales 0, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW captain ch