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Bob Benson

Sheffield United FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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

1910-13

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Robert William Benson
Born 9 February 1883 in Frizington, near Whitehaven, Cumberland [registered in Whitehaven, March 1883].

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, eight year-old Robert W. is the eldest of three children to Joseph and Sarah. His father is a Coal Miner, and they all live at Crosby Villa in Crosscanonby, Crosby, just outside Maryport.

According to the 1901 census, Robt William is now a Steel Moulders Apprentice, now the oldest of four children living with their parents, now at Front Street in Whickham, Swalwell, near Gateshead in county Durham.

According to the 1911 census, Robert William is now a Professional Footballer, married to Jean Gibson, with two daughters, Edna Sarah Lillian, and Ena.  They live at 314 Abbeydale Road in Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield.

Married to Jean Gibson Lynch [registered in Southampton, March 1906].
Died 19 February 1916 at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, aged 33 years 10 days [registered in Islington, London, March 1916]. He was playing in a London Combination match for Woolwich Arsenal FC when he suffered heart failure.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 14st. 0lbs [1913].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) His first club is recorded as Shankhouse FC of the Northern Alliance, and then Swalwell FC. He signed as a professional for Newcastle United FC in December  1902.  He played only one league game and left for Southern League Southampton FC in 1904 for a fee of £150. He made nineteen league matches before leaving for Sheffield United for a fee once again, set at £150. Where he stayed for eight years, making 273 league appearances, scoring twenty times. Benson joined Woolwich Arsenal FC in November 1913. Where he remained until his untimely death two and a half years later, he had scored seven goals in 52 league appearances.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & The Woolwich Arsenal blog.

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 361st players (361) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
Only match No. 114, 15 February 1913, Ireland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 30 years 6 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1912-13;
Team honours British Championships winners 1912-13;
Individual honours FA Tour of South Africa 1910 (including the three tests)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Bob Benson went to work at Royal Arsenal when the league stopped. On 19 February 1916 he went to a London Combination match between Arsenal and Reading at Highbury. Joe Shaw did not make it to the game, and Benson took his place. He collapsed on the pitch in the second half and died in the changing rooms a little later of a burst blood vessel. He was just 33. It is said he was buried wearing his Arsenal shirt, and a testimonial was held for him against the Rest of London. 5000 turned up and the proceeds went to his widow. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.31. & The WoolwichArsenalBlogsite

 

Bob Benson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 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.

 

Bob Benson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1

 

Bob Benson - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1912-13 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1

 

Bob Benson - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 27
FA Tour of South Africa 29 June 1910 - South Africa 0 England 3, Durban, Natal Province tour AW Start rb
23 July 1910 - South Africa 2 England 6, Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg AW Start rb
30 July 1910 - South Africa 3 England 6, Cape Town, Cape Province AW Start rb
Age 30
1 114 15 February 1913 - Ireland 2 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL Start lb

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