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Walter Bennett

Sheffield United FC

2 caps, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 0 F 8: A 2
75% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Walter Bennett
Born April to June 1874 in Mexborough, Yorkshire [registered in Doncaster, June 1874].


There is a source that claims Bennett was born on 31 December 1874, but the correct and only Mexborough born Walter Bennett was registered between March and June 1874.
Besides, his three census' return an age of 6, 16 and 26, suggesting he was born after April 1874, and before June.

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, six year-old Walter was the second youngest of four children to William and Joahannah (née Brooks), living in Woodruff Row, Mexborough. His father was an Iron Moal.

According to the 1891 census and now in 6 Sarah Street, Mexborough, Walter is a glass bottle blower still with his parents and two brothers.

According to the 1901 census, now a Professional Footballer, and living in 2 Shelley Street, Mexborough, is now married to Agnes and living with his parents.

Married to Agnes Knowles [registered in Rotherham, September 1898].
Died 6 April 1908 in Denaby Main Colliery, aged 33 years ? days [registered in, Doncaster, June 1908]. In a mining accident.
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 13st. 0lbs [1901].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career with local side Mexborough FC, and is said to have scored eighty goals in one season from the outside-right position, before being signed by Sheffield United FC in February 1896. After 195 league appearances and 59 goals, he joined Bristol City FC in April 1905 and made another 48 league appearances, scoring 22 times. Denaby United FC in 1907.
Club honours Football League Champions runners-up 1896-97,1899-1900, champions 1897-98; FA Cup winners 1898-99, 1901-02, runners-up 1900-01; Football League Division Two winners 1905-06;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 262nd players (265) player to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 72, 18 March 1901, England 6 Wales 0, a British Championship match at St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, aged 26 years nk days.
Last match No. 73, 30 March 1901, England 2 Scotland 2, a British Championship match at The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London, aged 26 years nk days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1900-01;
Team honours British Championships winners 1900-01;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A miner by trade, where he returned to the industry after leaving football. He lost his life when the pit roof collapsed in 1908 at Denaby Main. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.32.


Walter Bennett - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 180 0 0  min 0 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.


Walter Bennett - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 2 1 1 0 8 2 +6 0 1 4.00 1.00 75.0 +1
All 2 1 1 0 8 2 +6 0 1 4.00 1.00 75.0 +1


Walter Bennett - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1900-01 2 1 1 0 8 2 +6 0 1 4.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC All 2 1 1 0 8 2 +6 0 1 4.00 1.00 75.0 +1
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 1 0 8 2 +6 0 1 4.00 1.00 75.0 +1
All 2 1 1 0 8 2 +6 0 1 4.00 1.00 75.0 +1


Walter Bennett - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 26
1 72 18 March 1901 - England 6 Wales 0, St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne BC HW Start or
2 73 30 March 1901 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London HD Start or


Here is the report by the inspector of mines:
Date of accident - April 6 1908
Denby Main, Yorkshire (West Riding), Denaby and Cadeby Main Collieries Ltd
Category - Falls of roof - On roads, working or passing
Walter Bennett, 33, stone contractor.
A place was being made for an underground engine house, and as a preliminary step the shale to a thickness of 6ft 8 ins., was being removed from above the Barnsley seam, the intention being, when this had advanced far enough, to cut trenches in the coal, build the side walls in these trenches, and finally remove the block of coal.  On a Friday water was thrown on the face of the place, and on the following Monday about 16 tubs of shale had fallen.  The deceased and another man had filled 11 tubs, and were about to move a tub out of the place when a huge piece fell from the face and killed Bennett.  The place was 24ft wide by 6ft 8ins., and the stone which fell was almost as high and wide as the place, and averaged 1ft 6 ins thick.  The fall disclosed converging slips which were not visible before it occurred.
Report by Mr W H Pickering, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire District.