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Thomas Hooman

Wanderers FC



  Thomas Charles Hooman
Birth Saturday, 28 December 1850 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire [registered in Kidderminster, March 1851].
Baptism Sunday, 26 January 1851 in Kidderminster

According to the 1851 census, Thomas C. is the youngest of four children to James and Mary Ann (née Hemming). He is three months old, living at The Copse, Kidderminster.  His father ran a carpet business, employing 700 persons.


Cannot be found in the 1861 census.


According to the 1871 census, he was living on Holly Terrace in Pancras, London, with his parents, and his older and younger sisters.
Became a member of the Freemason's Lodge from the 4 February 1875, a shipbroker living at 11 Clements Lane.

Marriage to Louisa Holt, on Wednesday, 10 September 1879 in Brent Knoll, Somerset [registered in Axbridge, Somerset, September 1879]. Louisa died in 1923. One child, Charles Victor Lisle (b.3 October 1887-1969)

According to the 1881 census, Thos is a Merchant Shipbroker, now married to Louisa, living at 53 High street, Sevenoaks in Kent, with his mother-in-law, Marieanne Holt, and two servants.
Confirmed by the 1882 Post Office Directory of London.


The 1887 Post Office Directory of London states that Thomas Charles Hooman was living at Tweedbank in Sevenoaks.
According to the 1891 census, now with two children, Hooman is a manufacturer with Portland Cemenet, and lives at Fernleigh, London Road in Ditton, Kent.
The Kelly's Directory of 1899 has Hooman still living at Fernleigh.


According to the 1901 census, now 50 years old, Hooman is still a manufacturer with Portland Cement, and remains at Fernleigh,.


According to the 1911 census, Thomas Charles, now 60 year-old and retired, lives with his wife and child, who is now a law student. They live in Frogmore, Higher Warberry Road, Torquay, with three servants.
Kelly's Directory confirms he is still at this adddress three years later.

According to the Dorset Electoral Registers and Kelly's Directory's, Thomas and Louisa were living at Heathfield, on Bingham Avenue in Parkstone between at least 1915, and up until at least 1922.
By 1926, he was at Elmfield in Hertford.

Death Thursday, 22 September 1938 at 6 Marine Parade, in Hythe, Kent, aged 87 years 268 days [registered in Elham, September 1938].
Probate "HOOMAN Thomas Charles of 6 Marine-parade Hythe Kent died 22 September 1938 Probate London 3 November to Charles Spencer Golding solicitor and Eveleen Maude Hiulbert (wife of Stanley Frank Ravenhill Hulbert).
Effects £2419 12s. 7d." [2019 equivalent: £164,046]


Andy Mitchell's First Elevens [2012], FreeBMD &

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Charterhouse School between 1863 and 1868, where he played football and cricket.  After leaving he joined Wanderers FC, until he left the club, possibly through ill-health in 1873.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1871-72
Individual honours None
Distinctions Hooman represented North versus South and played for London against Sheffield. 
His son, Charles, represented England at golf in 1910, as well as played for Kent CC, also in 1910.
Height/Weight not known

England Career

Position(s) Forward
Individual honours The North (one appearance, 1870)
Distinctions Considered to be the first unluckiest Englishman in the birth of international football. He was a member of three of the five unofficial matches, being injured in another. He was picked to play in the two Internationals of 1872-73, only to miss out, twice.

Beyond England

Started in business as a ship insurance broker, then went into cement manufacturing. Lived in Kent before retiring to Torquay and spent his final years in Hythe. - First Elevens: The Birth of International Football. Andy Mitchell (2012), Andy Mitchell Media, page 117

The Numbers
parties withdrew
2 2
Match History
 Club: Wanderers F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. Committee - no full appearancesx

Age 19
u/o 19 November 1870 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW start n/a

one appearance - The North vs. The South, 17 December 1870, Surrey Cricket Ground

Age 20
u/o 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD start n/a
u/o 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW withdrew injured

Age 21
u/o 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW start n/a
1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD withdrew injured

Age 22
2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW withdrew injured