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FH Birley

Oxford University FC, Wanderers FC

2 caps, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 3: A 4
25% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Francis Hornby Birley
Born 14 March 1850, in Chorley, Lancashire. [registered in Chorley, June 1850].

Census Notes

None of the Birley's appear on the 1851 or 1861 census'.  At yet he was allegedly attending Winchester College from 1863 to 1868.

According to the 1871 census, Francis H is an undergraduate, the eldest of two children (the other was Caroline) living with their father and eleven servants, living at 49 Eccles Old Road, Pendleton in Salford.

According to the 1881 census, Francis H. and his wife, Margaret are visiting his widowed father, Thomas H., with their daughter, also Margaret, at The Mansion in Hart Hill, Pendleton. Francis was a non-practicing barrister.

According to the 1891 census, Francis H. is now a practicing barrister, with three more children, Elizabeth, James and Katherine. With four servants and a visitor, a certain Charles HR Wollaston. They live at Claridges House in Haxted, in Dormans Lands in East Grinstead.

According to the 1901 census, Francis Hornby, still practicing and still married, with a fifth child, George Hornby, and still at Claridges House. With six servants.

According to the 1911 census, Francis had died seven months previously, his widowed wife remained at Claridges House.  His eldest daughter had married and her new family were also residing with their mother. With fiver servants. The census also reveals that Francis and Margaret had infact seven children, two had died.

Married to Margaret Kenrick [registered in Reigate, Surrey, September 1876].
Died 1 August 1910 at Claridges House, Haxted, Dormans Lands, Godstone, aged 60 years 140 days. [registered in Godstone, Surrey, September 1910].
Height/Weight not known.


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

Club Career

Club(s) At the age of 13, Birley started at Winchester College where he remained until 1868. He was an all round sportsman who played for the school at both cricket and football. He was also a keen athlete and was the school champion at the pole vault and high jump.  In 1868, he went up to Oxford University and represented the university at football in 1874. Joined Wanderers FC after 1874.  Also represented Middlesex.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1872-73, 1875-76, 1876-77;  winners 1873-74;
Individual honours None.
Distinctions Played first-class cricket for Lancashire, Surrey and Cheshire.


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 21st players (23) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full Back, Half Back;
First match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, aged 23 years 358 days.
Last match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, friendly match at Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 24 years 357 days.
Major tournaments None.
Team honours None.
Individual honours None.
Distinctions None.

Beyond England

A barrister by profession, called to the Bar January 1876. He later worked on the Northern Circuit and became a Justice of the Peace in Surrey. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.34/5.


FH Birley - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Captain Discipline
2 2 180 0 0 min 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.


FH Birley - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
Away 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
All - Friendly 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 0 0 1.50 2.00 25.0 -1


FH Birley - Match History
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 2 full capsx

Age 23
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow Fr AL Start fb
 Club: Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 24
2 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HD Start fb