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Index

Chronological
Name
Number of Matches
Points %
Tenure

England's Pre-War Captains
by Number of Matches
1872-1914
1919-39
1946-60
1960-70
1970-80
1980-90
1990-2000
2000-10
2010-20
 
Rank Player
 
Club
Apps Capt W D L GF GA Pt% First & Last Tenure
1 Bob Crompton
 
Blackburn Rovers
41 22 12 5 5 36 25 65.9 2 March 1903 2-1 vs. Wales
4 April 1914 1-3 vs. Scotland
11 yrs
34 dys
2 Eddie Hapgood
 Arsenal
30 21 11 2 8 49 31 57.1 14 November 1934 3-2 vs. Italy
18 May 1939 1-2 vs. Yugoslavia
4 yrs
186 dys
3 Norman Bailey
 
Clapham Rovers 11,
 Clapham R. & Corinthians 4
19 15 6 3 6 40 28 50 12 March 1881 1-6 vs. Scotland
19 March 1887 2-3 vs. Scotland
6 yrs
8 dys
4 Vivian Woodward
 Tottenham Hotspur 12,
 Chelsea 2.
23 14 12 2 0 69 11 92.9 15 February 1908 3-1 vs. Ireland
13 March 1911 3-0 vs. Wales
3 yrs
27 dys
5 Gilbert Smith
 Oxford University & Old
 Carthusians & Corinthians 1,
 Old Carthusians &
 Corinthians 12.
20 13 8 2 1 43 16 69.2 4 April 1896 1-2 vs. Scotland
30 March 1901 2-2 vs. Scotland
4 yrs
360 dys

It is feasible that Smith had as many as 15 captaincies - but in the match against Ireland, 7 March 1896, the captaincy remains disputed between Smith, George Raikes and Vaughan Lodge. The following match against Wales, 16 March 1896, the captaincy also remains unknown - although some have guessed at Smith. 
These two matches are excluded from Smith's records.

6 Roy Goodall
 Huddersfield Town
25 12 8 1 3 37 16 70.8 31 March 1928 1-5 vs. Scotland
6 December 1933 4-1 vs. France
5 yrs
251 dys
7 Jack Hill
 Burnley 5, Newcastle Utd 3
11 8 5 0 3 30 12 62.5 2 April 1927 2-1 vs. England
15 May 1929 3-4 vs. Spain
2 yrs
44 dys
8 George Wilson
 T
he Wednesday
12 7 2 2 3 14 10 42.9 22 October 1921 1-1 vs. Ireland
17 May 1924 3-1 vs. France
2 yrs
209 dys
9 George Male
 Arsenal
19 6 5 0 1 28 6 83.3 18 November 1936 3-1 vs. Ireland
20 May 1937 8-0 vs. Finland
184 dys
10 Willis Edwards
 Leeds United
16 5 4 0 1 14 4 80 22 October 1928 2-1 vs. Northern Ireland
20 November 1929 6-0 vs. Wales
1 yr
30 dys

11
Ernie Blenkinsop
 Sheffield Wednesday
26 4 3 0 1 12 3 75 9 December 1931 7-1 vs. Spain
1 April 1933 1-2 vs. Scotland
1 yr
114 dys
Tommy Cooper
 
Derby County
15 2 0 2 9 4 50 14 April 1934 3-0 vs. Scotland
29 September 1934 4-0 vs. Wales
169 dys
Stanley Harris
 
Old Westminsters &
 Corinthians
6 2 1 1 8 3 62.5 25 February 1905 1-1 vs. Ireland
7 April 1906 1-2 vs. Scotland
1 yr
42 dys
David Jack
 Arsenal
9 1 3 0 8 5 62.5 5 April 1930 5-2 vs. Scotland
16 November 1932 0-0 vs. Wales
2 yrs
226 dys
Tinsley Lindley
 
Cambridge University,
 Nottingham Forest &
 Corinthians 3, Nottingham
 Forest & Corinthians 1
13 4 0 0 21 3 100 4 February 1888 5-1 vs. Wales
7 March 1891 6-1 vs. Ireland
3 yrs
32 dys
Sam Wadsworth
 
Huddersfield Town
9 1 1 2 7 9 37.5 22 October 1924 3-1 vs. Ireland
20 October 1926 3-3 vs. Ireland
1 yr
364 dys
Percy Walters
 
Old Carthusians &
 Corinthians
13 3 0 1 15 6 75 13 March 1886 6-1 vs. Ireland
15 March 1890 3-1 vs. Wales
4 yrs
3 dys

There is a significant possibility that Percy Walters received a fifth captaincy in his final match against Scotland, 5 April 1890, but as with all elements of doubt, we have left this of his captain's record.  It appears likely that his brother, Arthur Walters was captain in Glasgow.


18
Sam Barkas
 Manchester City
18 3 3 0 0 12 6 100 23 October 1937 5-1 vs. Northern Ireland
1 December 1937 5-4 vs. Czechoslovakia
353 dys
Alfred George Bower
 Corinthians
5 2 1 0 9 4 83.3 8 December 1924 4-0 vs. Belgium
12 February 1927 3-3 vs. Wales
2 yrs
67 dys
Arthur Grimsdell
 Tottenham Hotspur
6 1 1 1 4 5 50 9 April 1921 0-3 vs. Scotland
5 March 1923 2-2 vs. Wales
1 yr
331 dys
Bob Holmes
 
Preston North End
7 2 1 0 17 2 83.3 13 March 1893 6-0 vs. Wales
9 March 1895 9-0 vs. Ireland
1 yr
362 dys
Howard Spencer
 Aston Villa
6 3 0 0 8 1 100 14 February 1903 1-2 vs. Scotland
1 April 1905 2-2 vs. Scotland
2 yrs
47 dys
Alf Strange
 Sheffield Wednesday
20 2 0 1 9 7 66.7 14 May 1931 2-5 vs. France
19 November 1931 3-1 vs. Wales
190 dys
Billy Walker
 Aston Villa
18 2 0 1 7 6 66.7 21 May 1925 3-2 vs. France
7 December 1932 4-3 vs. Austria
7 yrs
231 dys

25
Arthur Cursham
 
Notts County
6 2 1 0 1 4 8 50 2 March 1878 2-7 vs. Scotland
18 January 1879 2-1 vs. Wales
319 dys
Charlie Bambridge
 
Swifts 1, Swifts &
 Corinthians 1
18 2 0 0 20 0 100 18 February 1882 13-0 vs. Ireland
5 February 1887 7-0 vs. Ireland
4 yrs
353 dys
Charlie Buchan
 Sunderland
6 1 1 0 4 1 75 14 March 1921 0-0 vs. Wales
10 May 1923 4-1 vs. France
2 yrs
58 dys
George Cotterill
 
Old Brightonians
&
 Corinthians
4 2 0 0 11 3 100 25 February 1893 6-1 vs. Ireland
1 April 1893 5-2 vs. Scotland
36 dys
Arthur Dunn
 Old Etonians & Corinthians
4 2 0 0 6 1 100 5 March 1892 2-0 vs. Wales
2 April 1892 4-1 vs. Scotland
29 dys
John Goodall
 Derby County
14 1 1 0 6 3 75 7 March 1891 4-1 vs. Wales
7 April 1894 2-2 vs. Scotland
3 yrs
32 dys
Cuthbert Ottaway
 Oxford University
2 0 1 1 1 2 25 30 November 1872 0-0 vs. Scotland
7 March 1974 1-2 vs. Scotland
1 yr
98 dys
Basil Patchitt
 
Corinthians
2 2 0 0 7 3 100 21 May 1923 4-2 vs. Sweden
24 May 1923 3-1 vs. Sweden
4 dys
Jesse Pennington
 West Bromwich Albion
25 1 0 1 6 6 50 15 March 1920 1-2 vs. Wales
10 April 1920 5-4 vs. Scotland
27 dys
Charles Wreford-Brown
 Old Carthusians
&
 Corinthians
4 1 1 0 6 2 75 18 March 1895 1-1 vs. Wales
2 April 1898 3-1 vs. Scotland
3 yrs
16 dys

Various sources cannot decide who was captain for the match against Wales, 12 March 1894, probably Charles Wreford-Brown, but possibly Cunliffe Gosling.  Wreford-Brown was by far the oldest in an inexperienced team, but a lot of sources decline to mention any captain.  This match is therefore excluded from Wreford-Brown's captaincy record.


35
Charles Alcock
 Wanderers
1 1 0 1 0 2 2 50 6 March 1875 2-2 vs. Scotland 1 dy
(90 min)
Claude Ashton
 Corinthians & Old
 Wykehamists
1 0 1 0 0 0 50 24 October 1925 0-0 vs. Northern Ireland  
Jack Barker
 
Derby County
11 0 0 1 1 2 0 17 October 1936 1-2 vs. Wales  
Steve Bloomer
 
Derby County
23 0 1 0 2 2 50 3 May 1902 2-2 vs. Scotland  
Jack Brodie
 Wolverhampton Wanderers
3 0 0 0 6 1 100 2 March 1889 6-1 vs. Ireland  
Stan Cullis
 
Wolverhampton Wanderers
12 1 0 0 2 0 100 24 May 1939 2-0 vs. Romania  
Graham Doggart
 Corinthians
1 0 1 0 2 2 50 1 November 1923 2-2 vs. Belgium 1 dy
(90 min)
Frank Forman
 Nottingham Forest
9 1 0 0 1 0 100 22 March 1902 1-0 vs. Ireland
Reginald Erskine Foster
 Old Malvernians &
 Corinthians
5 0 1 0 0 0 50 3 March 1902 0-0 vs. Wales
Cunliffe Gosling
 Old Etonians & Corinthians
5 1 0 0 3 0 100 6 April 1895 3-0 vs. Scotland
Hubert Heron
 Wanderers
5 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 March 1876 0-3 vs. Scotland
Jack Hudson
 Sheffield
1 1 0 0 7 0 100 24 February 1883 7-0 vs. Ireland
Jack Hunter
 Sheffield Heeley
7 0 0 1 0 1 0 26 February 1881 0-1 vs. Wales
Fred Kean
 
The Wednesday
9 1 0 0 5 2 100 21 May 1927 5-2 vs. Luxembourg
Arthur Knight
 Portsmouth
1 0 1 0 1 1 50 25 October 1919 1-1 vs. Ireland
Ephraim Longworth
 Liverpool
5 1 0 0 2 0 100 21 May 1921 2-0 vs. Belgium
Alec Morten
 Crystal Palace
1 1 0 0 4 2 100 8 March 1873 4-2 vs. Scotland
Thomas Lucas
 Liverpool
3 1 0 0 5 3 100 24 May 1926 5-3 vs. Belgium
Joe McCall
 Preston North End
5 1 0 0 2 0 100 23 October 1920 2-0 vs. Ireland
Billy Moon
 
Old Westminsters &
 Corinthians
7 1 0 0 2 1 100 4 April 1891 2-1 vs. Scotland
Frank Moss
 
Aston Villa
5 0 1 0 1 1 50 12 April 1924 1-1 vs. Scotland
Ernest Needham
 Sheffield United
16 1 0 0 6 0 100 18 March 1901 6-0 vs. Wales
William Oakley
 
Corinthians
16 1 0 0 3 0 100 9 March 1901 3-0 vs. Ireland
William Rawson
 
Oxford University
2 0 0 1 1 3 0 3 March 1877 1-3 vs. Scotland
Francis Sparks
 
Clapham Rovers
3 1 0 0 3 2 100 15 March 1880 3-2 vs. Wales
Henry Wace
 
Wanderers
3 1 0 0 5 4 100 5 April 1879 5-4 vs. Scotland
Arthur Walters
 
Old Carthusians &
 Corinthians
9 0 1 0 1 1 50 5 April 1890 1-1 vs. Scotland

There is a significant possibility that it was Arthur's brother who was captain in this match against Scotland, 5 April 1890.

Charles Wollaston
 
Wanderers
4 1 0 0 1 4 5 0 13 March 1880 4-5 vs. Scotland 1 dy
(90 min)
Max Woosnam
 Manchester City
1 1 0 0 1 0 100 13 March 1922 1-0 vs. Wales
 

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