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George Holden

Wednesbury Old Athletic FC

4 appearances, 1 goal

P 4 W 2 D 0 L 2 F 13: A 8
50% successful

1881-84

Captain: none
minutes played:
360

Timeline

Other than his playing days, there are no reports on Holden in the newspapers. George Henry Holden
Birth Thursday, 6 October 1859 in Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire [registered in West Bromwich, March 1860].
 

According to the 1861 census, George is the youngest of four, all sons, to Richard and Mercy. His father is a forgeman and they live at Dartmouth Street in West Bromwich.

 

According to the 1871 census, George, still the youngest, lives with two older brothers, Richard and John, and his parents, and one servant, at Holyhead Road in Wednesbury. His father is an iron roller.

 

According to the 1881 census, George and John remain with their parents at 2 Portway Road in Wednesbury. His father and older brother are Iron workers. George himself is an axel turner.

 

According to the 1891 census, George H. and John have moved on and are now boarding with Frederick and Emma Roberts at 128 West Gate in Rotherham. George remains an axle turner.

Marriage to a Margaret, sometime in 1899. [registration cannot be found]
 

According to the 1901 census, G.H. is now married to Magt (Margaret) and they have one son, G.H. (George Henry). George is a wood turner and they live at 157 College Road in Aston.

 

According to the 1911 census, George remains married with his one son. He is an axle-turner on the railways. They live at 149 Hob Moor Road in Aston.

Death Doug Lamming states sometime in the 1920's, but evidence is to the contrary.  There were no deaths registered of any George H. Holden's in that timeframe.  In fact, the first two that come up of correct age were two George H's, who were registered in Liverpool North and Liverpool South in June 1935 and December 1935 respectively. Probably not alive after 1939.

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended St. John's School in Wednesbury. Began his career with Old Park FC in Wednesbury in 1876 and joined Wednesbury St. James FC in 1877, and from there to Wednesbury Old Athletic FC in 1878, and onto West Bromwich Albion FC in May 1886, rejoined Wednesbury Old Athletic FC for a final time between 1887 and 1888, before finishing with Derby Midland from the end of September 1888; also represented Birmingham FA & Staffordshire FA;
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 88th players (88) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right;
First match No. 13, 12 March 1881, England 1 Scotland 6, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 21 years 157 days.
Last match No. 22, 17 March 1884, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at The  Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 24 years 163 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1883-84;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

An axle-turner by trade, George appears to have carried on his trade on the railways in Birmingham area. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.134./FindMyPast.com


The Numbers
Parties Appearances Comp.
Appearances
Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Captain
5 4 3 360 1 360 min 1 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
4 2 0 2 13 8 +5 1 1 3.25 2.00 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 0 0 1 1 6 -5 0 0 1.00 6.00 0.00 -1
Away venue
British Championship
3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC All 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1

Match History

 Club: Wednesbury Old Athletic F.C.. - four full appearances (360 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - four full appearances (360 min)x

Age 21
1 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start or

Age 22
14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW reserve
   

Age 24
2 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start 7th or
3 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL Start or
4 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start or
   

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