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Norman Bailey

Old Westminsters FC, Clapham Rovers FC, Corinthians FC

19 appearances, 1 goal

P 19 W 8 D 3 L 8 F 53: A 45
50% successful

1877-87

Captain: 15
minutes played:
1680

Timeline

  Norman Coles Bailey
Birth Thursday, 23 July 1857 on Springfield, Leigham Court Road in Streatham, Surrey [registered in Wandsworth, September 1857]. St. Julian Road and Leigham Court Road are the same!
notes: Streatham was in the Surrey Registration County up until 1889.
"BAILEY.―On the 23rd inst., at Leigham-court-road, Streatham, the wife of Edward Bailey, Esq., of a son" - Saturday, 25 July 1857, London Morning Post
Baptism 23 August 1857 at Streatham Common Immanuel Church, Streatham

 

According to the 1861 census, Norman C. lived with six older siblings and one younger sister, all to Edward and Maria (née Coles), his parents. Amongst the household in Springfield on St. Julian Road in Streatham were seven servants. His father was a solicitor,

 

According to the 1871 census, Norman Coles was now one of eleven children.  His father, still a solicitor, was joined by the eldest son, Edward, as a solicitor.  All in the same abode.

 

According to the 1881 census, the Bailey's remain at Springfield, only five of the eleven children were on the census record including Norman, he is now also a solictor.

Marriage to Sarah Alice Grierson, on 20 April 1887 at St Barnabas Church, Kensington. [registered in Kensington, 1887]. Four children, Iris, Kenneth, Brian and Geoffrey.
"BAILEY―GRIERSONOn the 20th inst., at St. Barnabas', Kensington, Norman Coles Bailey, Esq., son of Edward Coles Bailey, Esq., of Streatham, Surrey, to Sally Alice Grierson, daughter of James Grierson, Esq., of Holland-villas-road, Kensington." - Thursday, 21 April 1887, The Globe.
 

According to the 1891 census, Norman C. was now married to Sarah, with a child of three, Iris Grierson. Now a solicitor, living at Bernina (four doors down from his family home), on the St. Julian Road. He had three servants.

  "BAILEY.―April 19, at Bernina, Leigham-court-road, Streatham, the wife of Norman Coles Bailey, of a son" - Wednesday, 22 April 1891, London Evening Standard
 
"On the 17th inst., at Bernina, Leigham Court-road, Streatham, the wife of Norman Coles Bailey, of a son" - Saturday, 21 July 1894, South London Press
 

According to the 1901 census, Norman was visiting a surgeon friend, Cecil Leaf, on the night of the census (31 March). At 75 Wimpole Street, Marylebone.  His wife, and his four children, and five servants, were at 10 The Esplanade, in Seaford, Eastbourne. His eldest child, Iris died in 1904, aged only sixteen years old.

 

According to the 1911 census, Norman and his son, Kenneth are staying at The Porthminster Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall. However, his wife, Sarah, is living at 7 High Street in Watford.  Her occupation is stated as 'Wife of Norman C. Bailey'.  With one of the children, twelve year-old Geoffrey. Also with four servants.

Death Saturday, 13 January 1923 at The Beeches, Cowley, Middlesex, aged 65 years 174 days [registered in Uxbridge, March 1923] following a short illness.

Obituary

"The death is announced of Mr. Norman Coles Bailey, who was famous as a half back in Association football in his younger days. He was a member of the Clapham Rovers team that won the F.A. cup in 1879, and later played for the Corinthians, Swifts, Old Westminsters, and Surrey. Gaining his first international cap in 1878, for ten successive seasons he turned out against Scotland and acted in the capacity of captain in the last seven occasions. He took part in the first England v. Wales match played at the Oval, in January, 1879, and in all played seven times against the Principality, and twice against Ireland. Mr. Bailey was also a cricketer of merit and a member of the Streatham C.C." - Wednesday, 17 January 1923, Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer

"Death of a Great Player.
"The lovers of Association football able to carry their memory back to the era when 'the Old Boys' were paramount will learn with regret of the death of N. C. Bailey, one of the best centre half-backs who ever played for England. In his day, when there were many fine half-backs, he stood alone.
"Norman Coles Bailey, who was born at Streatham on July 23, 1857, was educated at the Westminster School, between 1866 and 1874, and there became a footballer and a cricketer. Later he assised such clubs as Clapham Rovers, the Old Westminsters, the Swifts, and the Corinthians. The centre half-back of Clapham Rovers when they won the Association Cup in 1880, he played for England on 19 occasions, and for ten years, 1878 to 1887, against Scotland, being captain in the last seven matches. In 30 matches he was one of the represenatives of London. With such a record it seems superfluous to say that he was a fine player. Sturdily built, he was yet very supple in joints, and while running could kick a ball behind him. But he was not a mere trickster, for judgement characterised his every move and touch. His interception of passes and his bestowal of the ball caused him to be called 'the prince of halves.'
"He attended the formation meeting of the Corinthians, was on the committee of the Football Association, and succeeded Mr. J. H. Clark, of Maidenhead, as a vice-president of that body in 1887. Although the late N. C. Bailey was an amateur to the core we should like to recall that at the annual meeting of the F.A. at the end of February in 1884 he seconded the motion of Mr. C. W. Alcock that professionalism should be legalised. Norman Bailey was too big a man to harbour narrow views. He had the broad mind of the true sportsman, and to the end he was very popular with all who knew him."
- Monday, 22 January 1923, Athletic News.
Probate "FOOTBALLER'S WILL
"Mr. Norman Coles Bailey, of 5, Berners-street, London, W., one of the greatest centre half-backs of Association football, playing for Corinthians, Clapham Rovers (winners of the Football Association Cup, 1880), Swifts, Old Westminsters and Surrey, and for 10 years for England, captain of the English International teams 1879-87, left estate of the gross value of £5704, with net personalty 2,802." - Saturday, 3 March 1923, Birmingham Daily Gazette
[2018 equivalent = 327,904 & 161,078].

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Educated at Westminster School, where he played his football. Also with the Old Westminsters and Clapham Rovers, Wanderers, Swifts and Corinthians (1886-89), as well as earning representative honours for Surrey and London.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79, winners 1879-80;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the fiftieth players (54) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
First match No. 7, 2 March 1878, Scotland 7 England 2, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 20 years 222 days.
Last match No. 31, 19 March 1887, England 2 Scotland 3, a British Championship match at Leamington Street, Wagtail, Blackburn, aged 29 years 239 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86, 1886-87;
Team honours British Championship 1885-86 (shared);
Individual honours None
Distinctions Record England appearance holder 1883-1901, shared with Gilbert Smith in 1900-01 who overtook his tally in April 1901.

Beyond England

Solicitor by profession, qualifying in 1880, served on the FA Committee 1882 to 1884, becoming FA vice-president from 1887-90. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.18.


The Numbers
Parties Appearances Comp. Apps Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Comp.
Goals
Captaincies
23 19 10 1680 1 1680 min 1 fifteen
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
19 8 3 8 53 45 +8 1 4 2.789 2.368 50.0 =0

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 10 5 2 3 27 19 +8 0 3 2.70 1.90 60.0 +2
Away 9 3 1 5 26 26 =0 1 1 2.889 2.889 38.9 -2

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 10 5 3 2 28 9 +19 1 3 2.80 0.90 65.0 +3
Friendly 9 3 0 6 25 36 -11 0 1 2.778 4.00 33.3 -3

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
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 1 0 1 6 3 +3 0 1 3.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC All 10 5 3 2 28 9 +19 1 3 2.80 0.90 65.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 10 5 3 2 28 9 +19 1 3 2.80 0.90 65.0 +3
10 5 3 2 28 9 +19 1 3 2.80 0.90 65.0 +3

Match History
 
 Club: Old Westminsters F.C. & Clapham Rovers F.C. - one full app (90 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 19 full appearances (1680 min)x

Age 19
6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL reserve

Age 20
1 7 2 March 1878 - Scotland 7 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start hb

 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - fourteen full appearances (1230 min), 11 captaincies.  

Age 21
2 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start 60 hb
3 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (Bailey's throw-in ended in a Parlane og) Fr HW Start hb

Age 22
4 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start hb
    

Age 23
5 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Captain hb
14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW withdrawn
captain

Age 24
6 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Captain hb
7 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL Captain hb

Age 25
8 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Captain hb
18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW withdrew injured
9 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr HL Captain hb

Age 26
10 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Captain hb
11 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL Captain hb
12 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Captain
75
hb

Age 27
13 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW Captain hb
14 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HD Captain hb
15 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HD Captain hb

 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - four full appearances (360 min), four captaincies.  

Age 28
26 13 March 1886 - Ireland 1 England 6, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC HW withdrew
16 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Captain hb
17 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Captain hb

Age 29
18 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HW Captain hb
19 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HL Captain hb
    

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