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Francis Sparks

Clapham Rovers FC

one appearance, two goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 3: A 2
100% successful

full appearances: three
minutes played:


  Francis John Sparks
Birth Wednesday, 4 July 1855 in Bradfields, North Benfleet, Billericay, Essex [registered in Billericay, September 1855]
"4th inst, at Bradfields, North Benfleet, Mrs. John Sparks, of a son." - Friday, 20 July 1855, The Chelmsford Chronicle
Death Tuesday, 13 February 1934 in Romford, aged 78 years 224 days. [registered in Romford, March 1934].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began in 1873 playing for St. Albans Pilgrims FC.  He switched to play for Brondesbury within the year for the rest of the season.  He played for Upton Park FC between 1876 and 1878, before joining Hertfordshire Rangers FC.  He joined Clapham Rovers FC for their successful 1879-80 campaign; also represented Essex FA and London.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1879-80;
Height/Weight not known


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

Captain Career

Captain number The ninth player to captain England.
Player number One of eight who became the 62nd players (69) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
only captaincy No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 24 years 255 days; 64 min, 78 min.
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (three 1880). The first to score more than two...
Distinctions The first captain to score more than two goals, and the youngest captain to score until Charlie Bambridge in 1882.

Captain Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
Friendly match
1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +1

Captain History
 Club:  Clapham Rovers F.C. - one captaincy (90 min), two goals

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one captaincy (90 min)x

Age 24
1 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW third app