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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
name notes Haworth is often mistaken as Howarth.
Birth Monday, 17 October 1864 at 10 Adelaide Street in Accrington, Lancashire [registered in Haslingden, December 1864].
Although there are many George Haworth's in Lancashire, only one was the correct age in Accrington. This correct George is also confirmed by genealogists.

According to the 1871 census, George is the youngest of eight children to George and Mary. They live in Adelaide Street in Accrington (where they also lived in 1861). 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.


to Martha Alice Halstead [registered in Haslingden, December 1886]. Not Martha Lonsdale [registered in Haslingden, 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.
An 1886 advert (below) places the Haworth family in The Swan in Accrington (left).

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.

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 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 in Allerton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, aged 78 years 80 days [registered in Bradford, 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.


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 (16 apps, 2gls)
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 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
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
5 3 1 1 19 4 +15 0 3 3.80 0.80 70.0 +2

Match Record

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 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 3.80 0.80 70.0 +2

Match History

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

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 22
1 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield BC HW Start rh
2 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HW Start rh
3 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HL Start rh


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

Age 23
4 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 30 rh
34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew

Age 25
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 Start rh