England Football Online
Page Last Updated 13 February 2015
Players Index

William Clegg

Wednesday FC, Sheffield Albion FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 3
100% successful

minutes played:


Full name Sir William Edwin Clegg OBE
Born 21 April 1852 in Broomspring Lane, Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, June 1852].
Baptised 30 May 1852 at St. Mary's Church, Sheffield

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, Willm. E., is the second of three children, including older brother John C., living with their widowed father, William Johnson (his mother, Mary had died sometime before 1861) at 129 Cemetery Road in Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, with one servant. His father is a Rate Collector.

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

According to the 1881 census, is a married solicitor, to Viola, with three children, Ernest Wm, Maud Violet and Cecil Edwin. They have two servants and they live at 34 Crescent Road in Ecclesall Bierlow.

According to the 1891 census, William E. is still a married solicitor with three children, living at 6 Broomgrove Road in Ecclesall Bierlow with two servants.

According to the 1901 census, Ald[erman] Wm E, is still married to Viola, and together with just two servants, they live at Loxley House in Ecclesfield, still in Sheffield.

According to the 1911 census, William Edwin is now a widower, and remains a solicitor. He is visiting his daughter Maud and her family (she is now married to Ernest John Walthew) at Green Moor on Carlisle Road in Buxton.

Married firstly to Viola Carr, 5 August 1873 at St John the Evangelist Church, East Dulwich. [registered in Camberwell, London, September 1873]. Viola died 1910 [registered in Worksop, September 1910]. Secondly to Lucy A. Jonas (née Earle) [registered Ecclesall Bierlow, in December 1922].
Died 22 August 1932 at Trevethicks nursing home, Broomhall Place, Sheffield, aged 80 years 123 days [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, September 1932]. Left £8141 16s. in his will.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Besides Sheffield Club, Clegg played for other clubs in the area.  Wednesday FC, Perseverance FC, Sheffield Albion FC and Norfolk.  He also assisted Sheffield FA in representative matches.  Retired through injury January 1880.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the twelfth players (17) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 321 days.
Last match No. 8, 18 January 1879, England 2 Wales 1, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 26 years 272 days. Match lasted only 60 minutes.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Younger brother of Charlie Clegg

Beyond England

A solicitor by profession (admitted 1874).  After retiring from football through injury he continued within the game as an administrator and would become president of Sheffield Wednesday and vice president of Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association. He also went on to have a successful political career becoming leader of Sheffield City Council for many years and Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1893-99. He became known as 'the uncrowned king of Sheffield'.  William was knighted in 1906, and OBE in 1918. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.67.


William Clegg - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min. Captains Discipline
2 2 150 0 min 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.


William Clegg - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 0 0 3.00 1.50 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 0 0 3.00 1.50 100.0 +2


William Clegg - Match History
 Club: Wednesday F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 20
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for
 Club: Sheffield Albion F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 26
2 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start hb
Some tales suggest that Clegg turned up 20 minutes late for the game. He was working late on a case (the trial of Charlie Peace, the Banner Cross murderer) and unable to leave Sheffield for London on the Friday night.  The next morning, the southbound train with Clegg on it, was delayed by heavy snow. - There are no newspaper reports to confirm this - and if it was true, why didn't the reserve player play?