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Tom or William Brindle

Darwen FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 7: A 7
50% successful

disciplined: none
minutes played:

Tom Brindle Profile

Full name Thomas Brindle


After extensive research looking into a birthdate of the elusive T. Brindle, we have found a date on the 'assumption' that Doug Lamming is correct with Brindle being born in Darwen in 1861.  The Brindle we have found is the only one that matches that description. Therefore, the following information is based on such findings, and still requires confirmation from a contemporary source. There is no conclusive evidence regarding his death date.
Born 8 January 1861 at 46 Lyon Street, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered as Thomas Brindale, in Blackburn, March 1861].
Baptised 24 February 1861 St Peter's Church, Blackburn, Lancashire, by C.Woodhouse. Child of John and Alice, living at 46 Lyon Street. His father is a Glazier.
Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, a three-month old Thomas lived with his parents, John and Alice (née Holt), at 46 Lyon Street, Blackburn. His father is an iron grinder.

According to the 1871 census, the ten year-old Thomas, still with his parents, living at 12 Dorset Street in Blackburn. His father is a cotton weaver.

According to the 1881 census, Thomas' parents were living at 2 Sidney Street in Lower Darwen. Thomas is not found.

Caution! The above named Thomas Brindle may have died as a twelve year old, which explains why he may not be on the 1881 census. Until I find details of the twelve year old's death, then it will remain as a theory.
If that is the case, then there is only one more distinct possibilty, a Hindley-born Thomas, aged 27 at the time of his England appearances. b.1853 d.1917.
Died The death recorded in 1905 is a Thomas Brindle who was born in 1849. 31 years of age in 1880, not an absolute misdemeanor, but not the youngster we have come to know him as.
Height/Weight not known


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

William Brindle Profile
Full name William Brindle


After extensive research, especially by Andy Mitchell, shows that many of the Brindle's in the late nineteenth century were in fact W. Brindle. A contemporary source, namely the Paper Maker and British Paper Trade Journal in 1916 gives him a name, William.
Born 24 May 1853 in Over Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, June 1853].
Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, eight year old William is the fifth of six children to Thomas and Peggy (nee Ward), living at 8 Hollins Bank in Lower Darwen. His father is a rag bleacher at the paper mill.

According to the 1871 census, the seventeen year-old William is a labourer and is still with his parents, along with his younger sister Ann, living at Hollins Row. His father is still a rag bleacher.

According to the 1881 census, William is working in the paper mill and living at home, still with his parents and his sister Ann and her new husband, Henry Haworth. They all live at 18 Hollins Row. His father is still a rag bleacher.
According to New York City Passenger Lists, Wm Brindle, a paper maker, travelled to New York on board the Arabic, sometime in 1887.

According to the 1900 US Census, William and Mary are living with their nine year old daughter, Ethel May and Esther Grace, who is five years old, living at 25 Clark Street in Holyoke. William is a paper maker.
Notes WILLIAM BRINDLE, who was so well known as one of the best full-backs in Association football, and who was a tower of strength to the Darwen Football Club, left the service of Messrs. Potter & Co., Hollins, a short time ago to seek his fortune in America as a paper maker, and has now taken full charge as manager of the Spring Lawn Mills, Pennsylvania. - Paper Maker and British Paper Trade Journal, September 1916, as traced by Andy Mitchell.
Married to Mary Ann Long, 5 October 1889 in Hilliadsville, Connecticut [registered in Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915]. Mary was born in Ireland
Naturalised: Brindle became a naturalised citizen on 14 October 1896, living at 25 Clark Street in Holyoke in Hampden County, Massachusetts.
Died: sometime in 1930.
Buried in Buckland Cemetery (left), Manchester, Hartford Count in Connecticut
Height/Weight: not known

Andy Mitchell & FindMyPast.co.uk

Club Career

Club(s) Began with junior clubs in the Darwen area before joining the town's football club, Darwen FC. Brindle joined Blackburn Olympic FC in the mid-80's.
Club honours Lancashire Cup winners 1879-80;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 70th players (71) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left/right back;
First match No. 10, 13 March 1880, Scotland 5 England 4, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 19 years, 66 days.
Last match No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 19 years, 68 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Nothing known. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1971). Hatton Press, p.45.


Tom/William Brindle - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave
Captain Discipline
2 2 165 0 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.


Tom/William Brindle - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away 2 1 0 1 7 7 =0 0 0 3.50 3.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 7 7 =0 0 0 3.50 3.50 50.0 =0


Tom Brindle - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Friendly 2 1 0 1 7 7 =0 0 0 3.50 3.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 7 7 =0 0 0 3.50 3.50 50.0 =0


Tom/William Brindle - Match History
 Club: Darwen F.C. - 2 full caps

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

Age 19
1 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start lb
2 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW Start inj. off 75 rb

It had long been believed that Brindle had scored a goal in this match, but a Welsh newspaper report of the time states a Hibbort own goal.