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Hawley Edwards

Shropshire Wanderers FC & Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 2
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captain: none
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  John Hawley Edwards


Modern yearbooks list him as Edwards, but Football Encyclopedia 1934, a match report in The Sporting Life, and Charles Alcock himself, call him J Hawley-Edwards. Regardless, his birth certificate, marriage certificate and death certificate all list him as Edwards. Although, the 1891 census did call him Hawley-Edwards. Possibly double-barrelled his surname after he married.

Birth early 1850 in Pride Hill, St. Alkmond, Shrewsbury, Shropshire [registered in Shrewsbury, March 1850]. One unreliable source states 21 March 1850... possible, but without foundation. But certainly after 14 January.
Baptism 8 May 1850 in St. Alkmund Church, Shrewsbury

According to the 1851 census, John Hawley Edwards is the one year old son of John Hawley and Emma Matilda (née Faulkner). He is the youngest of three children living at Belvidere in Shrewsbury. His father is an attorney and solicitor. 

  According to the 1861 census, the Edwards family is living at Loseley House in Shrewsbury. He has four younger siblings, but neither John or his mother are on this census return. They have three servants and a governess.

According to the 1871 census, John H. is a clerk in the solicitors, living alone in a room in 5 Albert Street in Pancras, London.
London Electoral Registers state John Hawley Edwards was living at 6 Lloyd Square in Clerkenwell in 1876-77.


According to the 1881 census, J.H. Edwards, now a solicitor, is visiting the Spencer's in The Grove in Shifnal. Thomas and Emily Spencer's daughter would soon marry J.H.

Marriage to Helen Beatrice Spencer, on 21 April 1881 at The Parish Church in Shifnal [registered in Shifnal, Shropshire, June 1881]

According to the 1891 census, John Hawley-Edwards, married to Helen Beatrice, with one son Spencer Hawley. They live in Whitchurch in Broughall. With two servants.

Death Friday, 13 January 1893, aged 42 years nk days [registered in March 1893] in Old Colwyn, Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales, from throat cancer.
Buried in General Cemetery at Longden Road, Shrewsbury.
"EDWARDS―Jan 13. aged 42, at Old Colwyn, J. Hawley Edwards, of Shrewsbury". - Saturday 21 January 1893, The Cheshire Observer/Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News.


"The Mayor (Mr. G. Evans), taking his seat at the Borough [!!!] Court on Saturday morning, referred to the fact that a telegram had been received that morning informing the Bench of the death of their clerk, Mr. J. Hawley Edwards. The Bench, the Mayor said, deeply felt the loss they had sustained, and desired the deputy clerk to convey to the widow, and family, and expression of their sincere sympathy.―Mr. W. Phillips, another member of the Bench; Mr. F. W. Williams, on behalf of the legal profession; and Mr. H. Blackwell (chief constable), on behalf of the police force, also expressed their regret." - Monday, 16 January 1893, The Birmingham Daily Post
"The death is announced of Mr. Hawley Edwards, the Clerk to the Magistrates for the Borough of Shrewsbury, and the agent for the Conservative member. Mr. Edwards, who has died quite young, from cancer in the throat, was a well-known oarsman and athlete.". -
Saturday 21 January 1893, The Cheltenham Chronicle.
"A large number of football players in the '70's will learn with regret of the death of Hawley Edwards, who had a unique experience of having played against Scotland for both England and Wales―in 1874 with the former, and in 1876 with the latter. He was a prominent member of the Shropshire Wanderers, and later on captain of Shrewsbury Town when the latter won the Birmingham Cup. Mr. Edwards was Town Clerk of Shrewsbury at the time of his death, and Bowdler, who now plays with Blackburn Rovers, was articled to him. His successor, Mr. Hughes, is also an old member of the Shrewsbury Town Club." - Monday, 23 January 1893, The Athletic News and Cyclists' Journal./Sheffield Evening Telegraph
Funeral "EDWARDS―Jan 13. at Old Colwyn, J. Hawley Edwards, aged 42. Funeral at Shrewsbury To-day (Tuesday), at 2 o'clock inst.,". - Tuesday 17 January 1893, The London Morning Post/The London Evening Standard
Buried on Tuesday, 17 January 1893 in the Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) "It is chiefly in his connection with the old Shropshire Wanderers that he will be most recognised, as it was chiefly organised by him, and of his team he was captain from 1869 to 1877" - Saturday, 21 January 1893, The Wellington Journal, also played for Wanderers FC from 4 March 1874 and captained the Shrewsbury FC from 1875 to 1879.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1875-76; Birmingham Cup winners 1877-78;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played first class cricket for Shropshire, as well as being the club's secretary.
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Rob Cavallini's The Wanderers FC: Five Times F.A. Cup Winners. [2005].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 21st players (26) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, close to his 24th birthday.
Individual honours Wales (one appearance, 1876)
Distinctions Also played the inaugural match for Wales against Scotland in 25 March 1876 at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow.
The ninth England player to die, and the second to die from the 1874 team.

Beyond England

Became the first Treasurer of the FA of Wales. A solicitor by profession, having been admitted in September 1871, he was Clerk to the Shrewsbury magistrates for 19 years until his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.151.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
Friendly match
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1

Match History
 Clubs: Shropshire Wanderers F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full app. (90 min)x

Age 23/24
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Start for