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Herby Arthur

Blackburn Rovers FC

7 appearances, 4 goals against
3 clean sheets

P 7 W 4 D 3 L 0 F 21: A 4
79% successful
1885-87

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
630

Profile
Full name William John Herbert Arthur

Generally known as..

Herby in the following publications:-  Cricket & Football Field (9 Feb 1889 - Bolton) UFCN (22 Feb 1895), Association Football And The Men Who Made It (1905), History of the Blackburn Rovers Football Club 1875-1925 (C Francis), and A Few Recollections Of Sport (W Pickford 1938).
Born 14 February 1863 in Blackburn, Lancashire [registered as William John Herbert Arthur in Blackburn, March 1863]

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, William JH is the eldest of three sons to William Donothorne and Elizabeth M.. Lives at Alma Street, Blackburn.

According to the 1881 census, the 18 year-old William John Herbert now lives at 16 Montague Street, Blackburn. Herbie is an assistant to his father in his business, a Leather Dealer.

According to the 1891 census, William JH lives at 3 Dukes Brow in Blackburn, still with his parents and brothers.  Still in the Leather business.

According to the 1901 census, William JH has married Elizabeth Ann, and has two children, Gladys and Robert.  Lives in Pine Villas, Mollington Road in Blackburn and now in charge of his Father's business.

According to the 1911 census, Herbert Arthur is still in Pine Villas with his wife and two children.  At 48 years old, he is now a Leather Merchant traveller.

Married to Elizabeth Ann Taylor, at St. Paul's Church, Blackburn, 10 September 1891 [registered in Blackburn, September 1891]. They had eight children, Janet, John, Robert, William, Emma Jane, Harry, Elizabeth and Ruben.
Died 27 November 1930 at the nursing home, 259 Hornby Road, Blackpool, aged 67 and 287 days [registered as John W H Arthur in Fylde, Lancashire, December 1930]. He was living at The Bungalow, Mere Road in Blackpool. He left effects £1967 7s. 6d. to his widow, Mary Jane.
Buried in Mellor Village churchyard on 2 December 1930. Service conducted by Rev. F.G. Harris, B.A.  The congregation included relatives, old footballers past and present, as well as past and present directors of Blackburn Rovers FC.
Height/Weight not known.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.co.uk/Lan-opc

Club Career

Club(s) Played for local Blackburn side's, Lower Bank Academy FC and King's Own FC before joining Blackburn Rovers FC as a right-half.  Volunteered to play in goal for the reserve side, where he remained. Joined Southport Central FC in the 1890-91 season, before returning to Rovers the following season. He left Rovers at the end of 1891-92 season after thirty league appearances.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86;
Individual honours None
Distinctions When playing for Blackburn Rovers FC against Burnley FC in a blinding snowstorm, on 12 December 1891, Arthur remained resolutely in goal while the rest of his team left the field following an altercation (a player from each side had been sent-off). The referee, Charlie Clegg, ordered the ten-man Burnley team to play on...he successfully claimed offside and took so long to take the free-kick, that Clegg eventually abandoned the match.

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 115th players (115) to appear for England. 16th goalkeeper to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper.
First match No. 23, 28 February 1885, England 4 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester, aged 22 years 14 days.
Last match No. 30, 26 February 1887, England 4 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 24 years 12 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85, 1885-86, 1886-87;
Team honours British Championship winners 1885-86;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Employed as a mill furnisher and a commercial traveller (together?). - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.13.

 

Herby Arthur - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av.
Capt. Disc.
7 7 7 630 4 158 min 4 3 42.9% none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Herby Arthur - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 5 3 2 0 17 2 +15 0 3 3.40 0.20 80.0 +3
Away 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
All - British Championship 7 4 3 0 21 4 +17 0 3 3.00 0.571 78.6 +4

 

Herby Arthur - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1885-86 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1886-87 2 2 0 0 11 0 +11 0 2 5.50 0.00 100.0 +2
BC Total 7 4 3 0 21 4 +17 0 3 3.00 0.571 78.6 +4
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC All 7 4 3 0 21 4 +17 0 3 3.00 0.571 78.6 +4
All 7 4 3 0 21 4 +17 0 3 3.00 0.571 78.6 +4

 

Herby Arthur - Match History
 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 7 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 7 full capsx

Age 22
1 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range BC HW Start gk
2 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Street, Blackburn HD Start gk
3 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington HD Start gk
Age 23
4 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start gk
5 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start gk
6 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW Start gk
Age 24
7 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Oval, Kennington BC HW Start gk

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