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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
notes: Coles was his mother's maiden name
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" - London Morning Post, Saturday, 25 July 1857.
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 solicitor.
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." - The Globe, Thursday, 21 April 1887
  According to the 1891 census, Norman C. was now married to Sarah, with a three year old, 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" - London Evening Standard, Wednesday, 22 April 1891.
 
"On the 17th inst., at Bernina, Leigham Court-road, Streatham, the wife of Norman Coles Bailey, of a son" - South London Press, Saturday, 21 July 1894.
  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." - Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, Wednesday, 17 January 1923.

"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 assisted 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 representatives 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 judgment 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."
- Athletic News, Monday, 22 January 1923,
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." - Birmingham Daily Gazette, Saturday, 3 March 1923.
  "BAILEY Norman Coles of 5 Berners-street Middlesex died 13 January 1923 at the Beeches Cowley Middlesex Probate London 24 February to Kenneth Norman Grierson Bailey esquire Brian Grierson Bailey solicitor and Geoffrey Grierson Bailey esquire.
Effects £5704 11s. 5d." [2019 equivalent: £347,517]
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 AFC and Clapham Rovers FC, Wanderers FC, Swifts FC.
Corinthians 1885-89, sixteen appearances.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79, winners 1879-80;
Individual honours Surrey FA and London FA.
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 (53) 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 The Probables (three appearances, February 1878, February 1879, March 1882 ͨ );
The South (six appearances ͨ , one goal, 1882-87, pp'd Jan. 1879, withdrew March 1880);
The Whites (one appearance, February 1879);
The Gentlemen (three appearances ͨ , 1886).
Distinctions Record England appearance holder 1883-1901, shared with Gilbert Smith in 1900-01 who overtook his tally in April 1901. Most captaincies record until 1912.
His five appearances at the time of his first captaincy in 1881, made him the most experienced player to receive the honour.
most appearanced Englishman with Clapham Rovers FC.
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 Apps withdrew comp. apps minutes Goals ave. min comp.
goals
captain
23 19 three 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
 
 Clubs: Old Westminsters F.C. & Clapham Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  
  F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 19 full appearances (1680 min) 15ᶜ 1ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

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

Age 20 trial  
one appearance - The Probables vs. The Improbables, 20 February 1878, Surrey Cricket Ground

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

one of seven who became the fiftieth (53) players to appear for England
the third Old Westminster represent England
one of two (six) who became the sixth player from Clapham Rovers FC to represent England

 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - fourteen full appearances (1230 min) 11ᶜ 1ᵍ  

Age 21 trial  
postponed - The South vs. The North, 4/25 January 1879, Bramall Lane.

2 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW  match lasted sixty minutes hb

trial  
two appearances - The Probables vs. The Rest, 12 February 1879, Surrey Cricket Ground
& The Whites vs. The Stripes, 26 February 1879, Surrey Cricket Ground

pp 1 March 1879 - England vs. Scotland, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr postponed - frost hb
3 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW throw-in ended in a Parlane og hb

one of three who became the first players to appear for England twice in one season

Age 22 trial  
withdrew - The South vs. The North, 6 March 1880, Surrey Cricket Ground

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

Age 23
5 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HL   ͨ hb

the eleventh player to captain England

Age 24 trial  
one appearance - The South ͨ vs. The North, 28 January 1882, Surrey Cricket Ground

14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW withdrawn
captain

trial  
one appearance - The Probables ͨ  vs. The Improbables, 4 March 1882, Surrey Cricket Ground

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

the first player to captain England in three matches

Age 25 trial  
one appearance - The South ͨ  vs. The North, 15 January 1883, Aston Lower Grounds

8 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW   ͨ 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
Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield
Fr HL   ͨ hb

Age 26 trial  
one appearance - The South ͨ vs. The North, 26 January 1884, Surrey Cricket Ground

MOST APPS 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8
Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast
BC AW   ͨ hb
10 20

the first player to make ten appearances for England
the first player to captain England in a competitive match - albeit retrospectively

11 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0
Cathkin Park, Glasgow
BC AL   ͨ hb

the first player to make eleven appearances for England

12 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW 75 ͨ hb

the first player to make twelve appearances for England
the fifth player to captain and score for England - first competitive

Age 27 trial  
one appearance - The South ͨ vs. The North, 31 January 1885, Derbyshire Cricket Ground

13 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0
Manchester Football Ground, Manchester
BC HW   ͨ hb

the first player to make thirteen appearances for England

14 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1
Leamington Street, Blackburn
BC HD   ͨ hb

the first player to make fourteen appearances for England

15 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
BC HD   ͨ hb

the first player to make fifteen appearances for England

 Clubs: Clapham Rovers F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - four full appearances (360 min) 4ᶜ  

Age 28 trial  
two appearances - The Gentlemen ͨ  vs. The Players, 16 January 1886, Deepdale
& The South ͨ  vs. The North, 30 January 1886, Surrey Cricket Ground.

26 13 March 1886 - Ireland 1 England 6, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC HW withdrew

trial  
one appearance - The Gentlemen ͨ  vs. The Players, 20 March 1886, Surrey Cricket Ground

16 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   ͨ hb

one of four (24) who became the 23rd player from Corinthians FC to represent England
the first player to make sixteen appearances for England

17 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW   ͨ hb

the first player to make seventeen appearances for England

Age 29 trial  
two appearances - The Gentlemen ͨ  vs. The Players, 18 December 1886, County Cricket Ground
& The South ͨ vs. The North, 22 January 1887, Aston Lower Grounds.

18 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
BC HW   ͨ hb

the first player to make eighteen appearances for England

19 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3
Leamington Street, Blackburn
BC HL   ͨ hb
    

the first player to make nineteen appearances for England
will hold the record of most appearances until 1901 (Gilbert Smith)
will hold the record of most captaincies until 1912 (Bob Crompton)

  
 
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