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Billy Bassett

West Bromwich Albion FC

16 appearances, 7 goals

P 16 W 12 D 2 L 2 F 64: A 17
81% successful

1888-96

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1440

Profile

Full name William Isaiah Bassett JP
Born 27 January 1869 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire [registered in West Bromwich, March 1869].

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, William Isaiah is the third child of four to Charles and Rebecca (née Waites). They live in Phoenix Street in West Bromwich. His father is a coal merchant.

 

According to the 1881 census, and William I. now has two more younger brothers, they live at 48 Overend Street in West Bromwich. Father is now a colliery agent.

 

According to the 1891 census, now a writing clerk, William I. is one of five children remaining with their parents, now at 28 Nichols Street, West Bromwich.

 

According to the 1901 census, William I. is now a licensed victualler, and married to Beatrice. He runs the public house, the Anchor Inn at 303 High Street in West Bromwich.

 

According to the 1911 census, William Isaiah, still a victualler, is now running Dartmouth Hotel, 2 Paradise Street in West Bromwich, with his wife and three children. Norman, Beatrice and Mary.

Married to Beatrice Birch, 27 June 1900 [registered in West Bromwich, June 1900].
Died 8 April 1937 at his home in West Bromwich, aged 68 years 71 days [registered in West Bromwich, June 1937], of a heart-attack.
Funeral held on 12 April 1937, officiated by Rev W. C. Jordan.
Height/Weight 5' 5½", 10st. 4lbs [1892], 5' 5½", 10st. 6lbs [1895].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) After playing for several amateur sides including Christ Church School FC, Oak Villa FC, West Bromwich Strollers FC and Old Church FC, Bassett joined West Bromwich Albion FC in August 1886. Playing 261 league appearances and scoring 61 goals, Bassett retired in April 1899.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1887-88, 1891-92, runners-up 1894-95;
Individual honours None
Distinctions On 28 April 1894, Bassett became the first ever West Bromwich Albion FC player to be sent off, he was dismissed for using "unparliamentarily language" in a friendly match away at Millwall FC.

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 147th player (150) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 34, 7 April 1888, Ireland 1 England 5, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 19 years 70 days;
Last match No. 58, 4 April 1896, Scotland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 27 years 67 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1887-88, 1888-89, 1889-90, 1890-91, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1893-94, 1894-95, 1895-96;
Team honours British Championship winners 1887-88, 1890-91, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95; shared 1889-90
Individual honours FA Tour of Germany 1899
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Bassett became an Albion director in 1905, following the resignation of the previous board in its entirety. The club was in deep financial trouble and had had a writ served upon them by their bank, but Bassett and returning chairman Harry Keys rescued the club, aided by local fund-raising activities. Bassett became chairman in 1908, and helped the club to avoid bankruptcy once more in 1910 by paying the players' summer wages from his own pocket.  He remained Albion's chair until his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.135-6.
He was a member of the Football League Management Committee and one of the League's representatives on the Football Association Council. He was a member of several F.A. committees including the International Selection Committee. - Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror, Friday, 9 April 1937, p.3.

 

Billy Bassett - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
17 16 16 1440 7 206 min 7 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.

 

Billy Bassett - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 8 7 0 1 37 8 +29 0 3 4.625 1.00 87.5 +6
Away 8 5 2 1 27 9 +7 0 1 3.375 1.125 75.0 +4
All - British Championship 16 12 2 2 64 17 +47 0 4 4.00 1.063 81.3 +10

 

Billy Bassett - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1887-88 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1888-89 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1889-90 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1890-91 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1892-93 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1893-94 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1894-95 2 2 0 0 12 0 +12 0 2 6.00 0.00 100.0 +2
BC 1895-96 3 2 0 1 12 3 +9 0 1 4.00 1.00 66.7 +1
BC All 16 12 2 2 64 17 +47 0 4 4.00 1.063 81.3 +10
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 16 12 2 2 64 17 +47 0 4 4.00 1.063 81.3 +10
All 16 12 2 2 64 17 +47 0 4 4.00 1.063 81.3 +10

 

Billy Bassett - Match History
 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - 16 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 16 full capsx

Age 19
1 34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start or
Age 20
2 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW Start or
3 37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington HL Start ? or
Age 21
4 38 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start or
5 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Start or
Age 22
6 41 7 March 1891 - England 6 Ireland 1, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HW Start or
7 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn HW Start or
Age 23
8 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4, Ibrox Park, Glasgow BC AW Start or
Age 24
9 48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0, Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent BC HW Start or
10 49 1 April 1893 - England 5 Scotland 2, Athletic Ground, Richmond HW Start or
Age 25
11 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AD Start or
Age 26
12 53 9 March 1895 - England 9 Ireland 0, County Ground, Derby BC HW Start or
13 55 6 April 1895 - England 3 Scotland 0, Goodison Park, Liverpool HW Start or
Age 27
14 56 7 March 1896 - Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start or
15 57 16 March 1896 - Wales 1 England 9, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff AW Start or
16 58 4 April 1896 - Scotland 2 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow AL Start or
Age 28
- 59 20 February 1897 - England 6 Ireland 0, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham BC HW withdrawn
Age 30
FA Tour of Germany 23 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 13, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin tour AW Start or
24 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 10, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin AW Start or
26 November 1899 - Austria 0 England 8, Stadión Letná, Praha AW Start or
28 November 1899 - Germany 0 England 7, Military Exercise Ground, Karlsruhe AW Start or

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