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Francis Birley

Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

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

1874-75

Captain: none
minutes played:
180

photo credit: University College, Oxford

Timeline

  Francis Hornby Birley JP
Birth Wednesday, 6 March 1850, at 12 York Place, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Lancashire [registered in Chorley, June 1850].
Although history book state that Francis was born on the 14 March, his coffin inscription states he was in fact born on 6 March 1850.
Baptism 2 June 1850, in St. James' Church, Birch-in-Rusholme. To Thomas Hornby & Anne, living at York Place in Chorlton.
According to the 1851 census, Frances is the youngest of three children to Thomas and Irish-born Ann. His father is a cotton skinning and waterproof manufacturer. They live at 12 York Place in Chorlton-upon-Medlock.
Cannot be found on the 1861 census.

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.

photo credit: University College, Oxford
Marriage to Margaret Kenrick, on 1 August 1876 at  Reigate Parish Church [registered in Reigate, Surrey, September 1876].
"BIRLEY―KENRICK.―On Tuesday, the 1st August, at the Parish Church, Reigate, by the Rev. J. N. Harrison, Vicar, Francis Hornby Birley, son of Thomas Hornby Birley, of Hart Hill, Pendleton, Manchester, to Margaret, youngest daughter of the Revd. Jarvis Kenrick, of Reigate, Surrey" -
Friday, 4 August 1876, Manchester Courier

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.
"We deeply repgret to announce the death of Mr. Thomas Hornby Birley, which took place at his residence, Seedley Terrace, Seedley-road, Pendleton, on Monday." - Wednesday, 28 January 1885, Manchester Courier

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.

Death
Bank Holiday Monday, 1 August 1910 at Claridges House, Lingfield, Dormans Lands, Godstone, aged 60 years 140 days. [registered in Godstone, Surrey, September 1910].
"BIRLEY.―On the 1st inst, at Lingfield, Surrey, Francis Hornby Birley, of Claridges, Lingfield, son of Thomas Hornby Birley, of Hart Hill, Pendleton, Manchester, aged 60." -
Friday, 5 August 1910, The Globe/Bedfordshire Mercury
 

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.

Funeral on Thursday, 4 August 1910 (3.15pm) at St John's Evangelist Church, Dormans Land, in Surrey, where he is also buried alonsgside his wife. (left, courtesy of gravestone-photos).
"Amid numerous manifestations of sympathy and regret, the funeral took place at St. John's Church, Dormans Land, on Thirsday of last week, of Mr. Francis Hornby Birley, of Claridges, Lingfield, who passed away to his rest on Bank Holiday. A large and representative comapany attended the funeral service...where the deceased gentleman for many years occupied the position of people's warden. The blinds of nearly all the places of business and private houses were closely drawn, while the last sad rites were being performed. The service, which was conducted by the Vicar (the Rev. T. A. Purvis. D.D.), and the Rev. Kenneth Clarke (Vicar of Lingfield), was fully choral.
"The grave was lined with choice white blooms. The coffin bore the inscription: 'Francis Hornby Birley, born 6th March, 1850, died 1st August, 1910.' There was a very large number of people in the church, which was almost filled with relatives and friends of the deceased gentleman." -
Friday, 12 August 1910, The Surrey Mirror & County Post
"Mr. Francis Hornby Birley, J.P., of Lingfield, barrister-at-law, aged 60, who
left estate valued at £37,429, gave £52 per annum to his gardener, Allen Webster, payable from the time when he shall be incapable of work, and after his death, his wife, Mrs. Catherine Ann Webster, shall receive 39 per annum, and the testator stated that he made these provisions as his said gardener had been a good and faithful servant." - Friday, 14 October 1910, The Surrey Mirror & County Post.
[Equivalent 2018 = 4,239,698].
Francis Birley's gravestone in Dorman's Land
 

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

Playing 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 University College at Oxford, taking his BA degree in 1873, he 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 (as captain); winners 1873-74;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played first-class cricket for Lancashire, Surrey and Cheshire and a member of the East Grinstead cricket club. Also played billiards.
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 21st players (23) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
First match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 24 years 1 day.
Last match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 25 years 0 days.
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A barrister by profession, called to the Bar 26 January 1876. He later worked on the Northern Circuit, but 'rarely practiced' and became a Justice of the Peace in Surrey. A one time mebr of the Godstone Board of Guardians and Rural District Council, and he also served on the Vestry, Parish Council, and the Old School Board. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.34/5./obituary



The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Captain
2 2 180 0 none none
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
2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 0 0 1.50 2.00 25.0 -1

Match Record

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home Friendly matches 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

Match History
 
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 24
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Start fb
 
 Club: Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 25
2 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start fb
  

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