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"It was a bitter experience.  Clegg scarcely got a kick and became convinced that his mostly old school and varsity team mates were deliberately not passing to him: as he recalled, 'Some members of the England eleven were awful snobs and not much troubled about a 'man fra' Sheffield'"
(J. A. H. Catton, Wickets and Goals, 1926, p171)

 

Charlie Clegg

Wednesday FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 0: A 0
50% successful
1872-73

Captain:
none
minutes played:
90

Timeline

  Sir John Charles Clegg
Birth Saturday, 15 June 1850 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered as Charles John Clegg in Ecclesall Bierlow, June 1850].

 

According to the 1851 census, John Charles is the only child to William Johnson and Mary (née Sykes). They live at 53 Spring Broom Lane in Ecclesall Brierlow, Sheffield. William is a solicitor's managing clerk.

 
 

According to the 1861 census, John C. is now the eldest of three children, including Willm E., living with their widowed father at 129 Cemetery Road in Ecclesall Bierlow, with one servant. His father is now a Rate Collector.

 

According to the 1871 census, John C. is now the eldest of six children, including brother William E., after his solicitor father remarried to Asenath.  Along with two servants, they live at 138 Victoria Road in Ecclesall Bierlow.

Marriage to Mary Sayles, at St. John's Church on 2 September 1877.  Occupation: Law Student
 

According to the 1881 census, Jno C. is a town councillor and solicitor, with his wife, Mary, and the two sons, Charles and Colin and daughter Edith.  Along with two servants, they live at 4 Wharncliffe Road in Ecclesall Bierlow.

 

According to the 1891 census, and living at 1 Collegiate Crescent, Ecclesall Bierlow. John C., still a solicitor, is with his wife and just his daughter, with a single servant.

 

According to the 1901 census, John, with Mary, and children Charles and Edith, live at 32 Cavendish Road in Ecclesall Bierlow, with one servant.

 

According to the 1911 census, John Charles Clegg is still married to Mary and still a solicitor. With only two servants, they still live at 32 Cavendish Road.

Death Saturday, 26 June 1937 at Clifton House, 32 Cavendish Road, Brincliffe, Sheffield, aged 87 years 11 days [registered in Sheffield, June 1837].
Buried on 30 June 1937 in Fulwood churchyard [left], after a service in Sheffield Cathedral, attended by many representatives of the fifty County Associations.

Obituary

The gravestone of Charlie Clegg in Fulwood churchyard"DEATH OF SIR J.C. CLEGG - 87-Years-Old President of F.A.
"Sir John Charles Clegg, president of the Football Association since 1923, died at his home, Clifton House, Sheffield, on Saturday night. He was 87. Sir Charles was born in Sheffield, the eldest son of the late Alderman W. J. Clegg and the elder brother of the late Sir William Clegg, who was an outstanding figure in Sheffield's political and municiapl life for many years. He was admitted a solicitor in 1872, and on the death of his father became Official Receiver in Bankruptcy. He held that post until 1919, when he resigned and was succeeded by his brother, Mr L. J. Clegg, who retired a fortnight ago.
His association with football dated from his youth, when he was also known as a phenomenally successful athlete. From 1867 to 1874 he won 124 prizes on the running track.
Sir William was an original member of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, and played in the first match between England and Scotland in 1872. When he ceased to play he frequently acted as a referee, and in that capacity he officiated at the Cup finals of 1882 and 1892.
In 1886, after professionalism had been legalised, he joined the Association as the representatitve of Sheffield and Hallamshire. He was made vice-president in 1889, and a year later, when the Council was formed, he was selected as chairman. He succeeded to the presidency on the death of Lord Kinnaird, and was knighted in 1927 for his services to the game."
- Monday, 28 June 1937, The Daily Mail.

Funeral on 30 June 1937 in Fulwood churchyard [left], after a service in Sheffield Cathedral, attended by many representatives of the fifty County Associations.
 

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] , Alan Alcott (for providing the photograph of Clegg's grave) &

Playing Career

Club(s) Educated in Sheffield and Darlington, but began playing football with Wednesday FC, but had a hand in the formation and existence of most of the Sheffield football clubs of the time, particularly playing for Broomhill FC, Perseverance FC and Sheffield Albion FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours Knighted in 1927 for services to the Board of Trade.
"It is officially recorded of Mr. John Charles Clegg that he receives a Knighthood 'for services to the Board of Trade and Ministry of Labour.'"
- Friday, 3 June 1927, The Derby Daily Telegraph.
Distinctions Clegg represented the Sheffield Association the first inter-association match against the FA at Bramall Lane on 2 December 1871.  Also, when it was decided to experiment with the first floodlit match he and his brother were chosen to captain the two sides involved. On the night of 15 October 1878 a crowd of 20,000 turned up at Bramall Lane to watch the Reds (captained by Charles) beaten by the Blues 2-0. - Wednesday!. Farnsworth, Keith (1983). Sheffield City Libraries.
Height/Weight not known

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Andy Mitchell's First Elevens [2012]

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (7) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 168 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also a first-class referee, his engagements included two FA Cup finals, 1882 and 1892.  Also England against Scotland in 1886 and 1893.
Older brother of William Edwin Clegg,

Beyond England

Clegg, a solicitor by profession, became one of the greatest administrators the game has known.  Served on the F.A. International Select Committee from 1885, Chairman 1889, Vice-President 1889-1923 and President 1923 until his death.  Also served as President of the Sheffield & Hallamshire F.A. and at different times as director and chairman of both Sheffield United and...Wednesday. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.67.



The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min. Captain
2 1 90 0 min 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
1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
Friendly match
1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

Match History
 
 Club: Wednesday F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full appearance (90 min)x

Age 21
u/o 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for

Age 22
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Start for
2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW party member
  

Age 33
19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr Umpire
  

Age 39
37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC Umpire
  

Age 43
49 1 April 1893 - England 5 Scotland 2, Athletic Ground, Richmond BC Referee
  

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