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Jack Brodie

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

3 appearances, 2 goals (1 on his debut)

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 14: A 5
67% successful


captain: one
minutes played:


  John Brant Brodie
Birth Saturday, 30 August 1862 in Wightwick, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire [registered without the Brant) in Wolverhampton, December 1862].
John is the eldest of fourteen children. His mother was seventeen years old, and married his father on 24 December 1862 at Tettenhall.
note: a date of 6 October 1862 has also been mentioned. It is possible.
Baptised Sunday, 26 October 1862 at St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton.

According to the 1871 census, John is the eldest of three sons to Henry Hugh and Eliza (née Brant). They live at 3 Hagger Street in Wolverhampton. His father is an iron moulder


According to the 1881 census, John B. is a student at Worcester Lichfield & Hereford Training College, on Church Road in Aston.

First marriage to Eda Lockley, on Saturday, 9 April 1887 at St. Luke's Church, Wolverhampton [registered as John Brant Brodie in Wolverhampton, June 1887]

According to the 1891 census, John B. is now married to Eda with one child, John Lockley. and one servant, he is an elementary school master, his wife, an elementary school mistress and they live at The National School House (Saltley College) in Church Road, in Brewood.


According to the 1901 census, still a headmaster at St. Peter's College, Saltley, with his wife, and now two more children, Harold Lockley. and Phyliis Eda Lockley.


According to the 1911 census, John Brant is still a headmaster at St. Peter's College, but now a widower (Eda died in 1902). Living with only his daughter and a servant in Dean Street in Brewood.

Second marriage to Judith Sarah Wills in December 1913, at St Martin's Church, London [registered as John B. at St.Martin's, London, December 1913].
Death Monday morning, 16 February 1925, at The Nook, Penn Road, Penn Fields in Wolverhampton, aged 62 years 170 days [registered as John B. in Wolverhampton, March 1925].


"One of the prime movers in the formation of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and a former captain of the team, Mr. J. B. Brodie, died yesterday morning at his residence at Penn (Wolverhampton) at the age of 64. A fine forward, Mr. Brodie was in the 'Wolves' van in 1889, when the Wanderers were beaten 3—0 in the final of the F.A. Cup by Preston North End, at Kennington Oval. He was an English International against Scotland and Wales that season, and against Wales the next season. For a number of years Mr. Brodie sat on the board of directors of the Wanderers' club before the present company was formed. He also won some fame as a referee. A school teacher by profession he subsequently became headmaster of Brewood National School. Mr. Brodie leaves a son and daughter, and will be missed by a large circle of friends." - Birmingham Daily Gazettes, Tuesday, 17 February 1925.
"Passing of a Pioneer.
"Footballers of the old school heard with regret of the death of Mr. John Brant Brodie, at Wolverhampton, at the age of 62. Mr. Brodie, who was a schoolmaster, was one of the founders of the Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. in association with Mr. John Baynton. After being captain of the football club at Saltley College, Brodie became a teacher in Wolverhampton, and about 1877 he joined Baynton in getting a team which marked the beginning of the Wolves' career. He was in the Wanderers' attack when they played in the final for the F.A. Cup at [Kennington] Oval in 1889, and were beaten by Preston North End. As an English international he played against Scotland in 1889, and against Wales the same year, and also in 1891. After giving up playing he became a referee, and for a number of years he served on the Wanderers' directorate." - The Athletic News, Monday, 23 February 1925.
Thursday, 19 February 1925, at Merridale Cemetery, Jeffcock Road in Wolverhampton, with his second wife, Judith Sarah.
"The funeral of the late Mr. Brodie took place at the General Cemetery, Wolverhampton on Thursday. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. G. Flack. Six Past Masters of the Tudor Lodge of Freemasons acted as bearers. There were upwards of 40 beautiful floral tributes."
- The Staffordshire Advertiser, Saturday, 21 February 1925
Probate "BRODIE John Brant of The Nook Penn Wolverhampton died 16 February 1925 Probate Lichfield 15 May to Harold Lockley Brodie motro car salesman.
Effects £3114 3s. 3d."
 [2019 Equivalent: £190,741]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began at St. Luke's School in Blakenhall, before forming Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in 1877, becoming club captain and played at the back, and he remained for his entire footballing career.  However, he did help St Peter's College (Saltley) FC between 1880 and 1882, returning to Wolves and became their centre-forward. He also assisted Bootle FC in 1891 before retiring.
League History
42 appearances, 22 goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1888-91 42 appearances, 22 goals.
debut: 20 October 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 Blackburn Rovers FC 2.
last: 14 March 1891 Aston Villa 6 Wolverhampton Wanderes FC 2.
Club honours Wrekin Cup winners 1884; Staffordshire Cup winners 1887-88;
FA Cup
runners-up 1888-89 (four appearances, one goal);

Football League third place 1888-89 (thirteen appearances, eleven goals);
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 9", 12st. 3lbs [1889].


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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (163) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 26 years 184 days.
Last match No. 41, 7 March 1891, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, aged 28 years 189 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89, 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship winners 1890-91;
Individual honours most appearanced Englishman at Saltley College

Beyond England

After becoming a football referee in 1892, Brodie became a director of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in June 1913. All whilst being a headmaster at St Peter's College in Saltley. At the time of his death, Brodie was headmaster of Woodfield Avenue Council School in Penn, for ten years. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.47.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
3 3 3 270 2 135 min 2 one
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
3 2 0 1 14 5 +9 0 0 4.667 1.667 66.7 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
British Championship
3 2 0 1 14 5 +9 0 0 4.667 1.667 66.7 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 0 0 4.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 2 0 1 14 5 +9 0 0 4.667 1.667 66.7 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 0 1 14 5 +9 0 0 4.667 1.667 66.7 +1
3 2 0 1 14 5 +9 0 0 4.667 1.667 66.7 +1

Match History

 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 26
1 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW captain
2 37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HL Start 15 cf

Age 28
3 41 7 March 1891 - England 6 Ireland 1, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HW Start lh