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George Haworth

Accrington FC

5 appearances, 1 goal

P 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 F 19: A 4
70% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  George Haworth
Birth Monday, 17 October 1864 at 10 Adelaide Street in Accrington, Lancashire
  registered in Haslingden October-December 1864
Although there are many
George Haworth's in Lancashire,
only one was the correct
age in Accrington.

According to the 1871 census, George is the youngest of eight children to George and Mary. They live in Adelaide Street in Accrington. His father is a block printer.

According to the 1881 census, George is the youngest of five children still living with their parents at 10 Adelaide Street. George is a labourer at the printworks, where his father is a printer also.
To be noted, there is another sixteen year-old Accrington-born George Haworth living at Love Clough in Higher Booths, south of Accrington.  He is boarding with his widowed father, George, and two of his brothers the family house of Ann Pickup and her family. Coincidentally, this George is also a labourer at the printworks. He was, however, only recorded as a five year-old in the 1871 census return, and in 1891 recorded as being born in Bacup.

Marriage to Martha Alice Halstead, on 13 October 1886, in Salesbury
  registered in Haslingden October-December 1886

Not Martha Lonsdale registered in Haslingden January-March 1887. Yes, a George Haworth married a Martha at the end of 1886 in Haslingden area, and another George Haworth married an entirely different Martha at the beginning of 1887. The 1901 census confirms George's wife name as Martha Alice.
George and Martha Haworth had five children together. Twins George (b.8 March 1887) and Beatrice (b.8 March 1887), Mary (b.24 March 1888), Sidney (b.27 May 1889) and Henry (b.1 October 1893).

According to the 1891 census, George is married to Martha is a licensed victualler at The Boars Head at 51 Burnley Road, Accrington (left below). He has four children, George, Beatrice, Mary and six month-old Henry.
(Four year-old Beatrice would die before the end of the year. His mother died 26 December 1893)

(His father died 27 December 1899)
According to the 1901 census, George and his family (his wife and three children) are now living at The Royal, at 70 Victoria Street in Blackburn.

According to the 1911 census, George, still a victualler and still married, living at 141 Duckworth Street in Darwen with two of their children. The census reveals that they had five children, and two had died.

According to the 1921 census, George, an out-of-work plumber, and Martha Alice, are now living at 3 Crystal Terrace in Blackpool. along with his son and his wife, Harry and Dora.
According to the 1939 register, George, an old age pensioner, and his wife, Martha A., are at 12 Somervell Road in Harrow, the home of their son, Henry, a master plumber, and his wife, Dora.
Death Tuesday, 5 January 1943 at 28 Ivy Lane in Allerton, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire
aged 78 years 80 days  registered in Bradford January-March 1943


"George Haworth, the oldest of England's international footballers, has died at Allerton, near Bradford, aged 78. 'Perseus' writes of him:
"He was the most famous player produced by Accrington when it was a great Association stronghold about the time that professionalism was first recognised, and he made the first of three appearances
for England against Scotland as long ago as 1887. In those days players were able to turn out for more clubs than their own, and consequently Haworth often lent his services tp Preston and Blackburn, particularly in games of classic importance, such as North End's meetings with the Corinthians, the greatest amateur club of those days. He was England's recognised right half-back for many years, when the late 'Jimmy' Forrest, of the Rovers, played in the other wing position, and there have been few more skilful half-backs in the game. He maintained so close an interest in North End that he was present at the final ties in which they have appeared in recent years. The only contemporaries of his still living are 'Bob' Holmes and Sam Thomson, the two surviving members of the team of 'Invincibles', who largely established the form of game on which modern football has been built and is still played.
"Haworth's name appears in all the record as 'Howarth', but this was not how it was properly spelt, and there was no connection, as was commonly supposed at one time, with Robert Howarth, Preston's great back of the same period who predeceased him a few years ago." -
The Lancashire Post, Tuesday, 12 January 1943.
  Martha Haworth died in the summer of 1944


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played for Christ Church FC form 1878, and was playing for Accrington FC by 1883.  At some stage in 1885, Haworth often joined Preston North End FC and Blackburn Rovers FC as a guest player and was part of the Rovers' side that won the FA Cup.  At some point before the start of the 1885-86 season, Haworth returned to Accrington FC. He remained there until 1892.
League History
74 appearances, 3 goals
Accrington FC 1888-92, 74 appearances, three goals
debut: 8 September 1888 Everton FC 2 Accrington FC 1.
last: 12 March 1892 Aston Villa FC 12 Accrington FC 2.
Club honours Football League best sixth place 1889-90 (16ᵃ 2ᵍ)
Distinctions Also played cricket for Accrington CC
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 134th player (136) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half.
First match No. 29, 5 February 1887, England 7 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at The Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield, aged 22 years 111 days.
Last match No. 40, 5 April 1890, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, aged 25 years 170 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1886-87, 1887-88, 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship winners 1887-88;
Individual honours The North (two appearances, 1886-87, withdrew in 1890, reserve in 1891).
The Players (one appearance, December 1886).
Distinctions most appearanced Englishman for Accrington FC

Beyond England

Went on to have an administrative say in the running of Accrington FC. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.124.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
7 5 5 450 1 450 min 1 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
5 3 1 1 19 4 +15 0 3 3.8 0.8 70 +2
All of his matches were played in the British Championship competition

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 0 2 4.333 1.00 66.7 +1
Away 2 1 1 0 6 1 +5 0 1 3.00 0.50 75.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1886-87 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 0 2 4.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1887-88 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 0 1 5.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1888-90 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 5 3 1 1 19 4 +15 0 3 3.80 0.80 70.0 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 3 1 1 19 4 +15 0 3 3.80 0.80 70.0 +2
5 3 1 1 19 4 +15 0 3 3.8 0.8 70 +2

Match History

 Club: Accrington F.C. - three full appearances (270 min) 1ᵍ F.A. Committee - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 21 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 30 January 1886;
Age 22    
two appearances - The Players vs. The Gentlemen, 18 December 1886; The North vs. The South, 22 January 1887;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0
Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield
BC HW   rh

the one of five who became the 134th player (136) to appear for England
the first player from Accrington FC to represent England

2 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
BC HW   rh
3 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3
Leamington Street, Blackburn
BC HL   rh

  F.A. International Select Committee - two full appearances (180 min) 1ᵍx

Age 23
4 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AW 32 header rh
scored by Howarth?
34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew

Age 25 trial  
withdrew - The South vs. The North, 13 January 1890;

38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew
5 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   rh

Age 26 trial  
reserve - The North vs. The South, 12 January 1891;