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Henry Wace

Wanderers FC & Clapham Rover FC

one capatiancy, no goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 4
100% successful


Full appearances: three
minutes as captain:


  Henry Wace
Born Wednesday, 21 September 1853 in Cottage Hill, St. Chad's, Shrewsbury, Shropshire [registered in Shrewsbury, December 1853].
Died 5 November 1947 at 1 Lansdown Place West, aged 94 years 45 days [registered in Bath, December 1947].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Shrewsbury School; and then St. John's College, Cambridge University, earning his Blue 1874-75.  Played for Wanderers FC, Clapham Rovers FC and Shropshire Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1876-77, 1877-78;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Not content with just playing football, Wace was also an accomplished cricketer and oarsman. He gained a rugby blue in 1873, and in 1878, represented the South of England against the North in a Rugby Union trial.
Uncle of Heny Wace, Principal of King's College (1883-97) and Dean of Canterbury
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Captain number Seventh player to captain England.
Player number One of seven who became the 50th players (56) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only captaincy No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 25 years 196 day.
Individual honours The victorious captain since Alec Morten in 1873
Distinctions The last surving member of both the 1878 and 1879 teams.

Beyond England

Son of a Shrewsbury Solicitor, Wace became a barrister, called to the Bar 1879, and was subsequently an acknowledged authority on bankruptcy law, writing a book 'Wace on Bankruptcy' that was a leading authority, until the Bankruptcy Act of 1914. Also President of the Royal Institution for a while. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.256.


Henry Wace - Captain Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1
All - Friendly 1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1

Henry Wace
- Captain History
 Club: Wanderers F.C. & Clapham Rovers F.C. - one captaincy (90 min)

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

Age 25
? 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW poss capt? 60 for
Three reports, The Field, The Sportsman and Football Annual give the captaincy to Arthur Cursham, whilst The London Times, Athletic News and Bell's Life, gives it to Wace. The fact that Charles Alcock's own Football Annual lists Cursham makes us favour the Notts County forward, but one can never be sure and we will not commit ourselves with any degree of certainty.
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW third app cf