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Bob Howarth

Preston North End FC, Everton FC

5 appearances, 0 goals

P 5 W 4 D 1 L 0 F 21: A 4
90% successful

1887-94

captain: none
minutes played:
450

Timeline

  Robert Henry Howarth
Birth Tuesday, 20 June 1865 at St. Paul's Road, Preston, Lancashire [registered in Preston, September 1865].
Attended St. Paul's Church school
Baptised Sunday, 23 July 1865 at St. Paul's Church in Preston.
 

According to the 1871 census, Robert H. is the second child of three to Robert and Jane. His father is an iron molder and they live at 36 Holstein Street in Preston.

 

According to the 1881 census, Robert Henry is now a general clerk, he is still one of three children and with his parents, they live at 5 Schleswig Street in Preston. His father is a foreman moulder at the iron works.

                                    Marriage

St. Paul's Church in Preston, central to the life of Howarth from his birth to his death.
Became home to Red Rose Radio 1981-2020
to Elizabeth Poole, on 13 March 1886 at St. Paul's Church in Preston. [registered in Preston, March 1886]. Three children, John (b.early 1887), Robert (b.18 July 1888), Alfred (b.8 April 1896).

According to the 1891 census, Robert Henry is now married to Elizabeth with two children, Robert Frederick and John Poole. Robert is a solicitor's clerk. They live at 'The Cross Keys' 11 & 12 Market Place, Preston.

"ALLEGED BURGLARIES ON THE NORTH END GROUND.
"John Moss and George Chatburn, youths, were charged with breaking and entering a wooden shed on the North End Football Ground and stealing six bottles of beer, a gallon of beer, and a football, the property of Robert Henry Howarth, landlord of the Cross Keys Hotel." - Preston Herald, Wednesday, 5 April 1893.

According to the 1901 census, Robert Henry is still a solicitor's clerk and still married, with a third child, Alfred. They live at 56 Jemmett Street in Preston.

According to the 1911 census, Robert Henry remains married with his three children. He is now a solicitor, living at 9 East Street in Preston.

Death Saturday, 20 August 1938 at his home at 32 Grafton Street, Preston, aged 73 years 61 days [registered in Preston, September 1938].
"HOWARTH.—On the 20th inst., at 32 Grafton-street, Preston. ROBERT HENRY HOWARTH. No flowers, by request. Service in St. Paul's Church on Wednesday, at 11 a.m. Internment Preston Cemetery" - Lancashire Evening Post, Wednesday, 22 August 1938.

Obituary

"BOB HOWARTH
"Mr. Robert H. Howarth, full-back in the famous Preston North End team known as the Old Invincibles, died yesterday at his home in Preston. He was right back in the Preston North End XI which won the English Cup without a goal being scored against it, and also won the League Championship in 1888-9. One of the historic feats in football history in which he had a share was when North End achieved a record Cup-tie win by 26—0 against Hyde, in October, 1887. Mr. Howarth's death leaves four survivors of that team, these being Bob Holmes and Sam Thomson, still residing in Preston and district, Jack Gordon, living in London, and Johnny Goodall, living in Watford." - Sheffield Independent, Monday, 22 August 1938
Funeral Wednesday, 24 August 1938 at St. Paul's Church, interred at Preston cemetery.
 

According to the 1939 register, widow Elizabeth, along with her sons, Robert and Alfred live at 32 Grafton Street in Preston. Robert is a local government clerk and Alfred is also a clerk in a solicitors office.

Probate "HOWARTH Robert Henry of 32 Grafton-street Preston Lancashire died 20 August 1938 Administration Lancaster 11 August 1943 to Alfred Howarth solicitors clerk.
Effects £939 4s. 3d." [2019 equivalent: £43,137].

Source

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

Playing Career


Club(s)
Began with Excelsior (Rugby) FC and St. Paul's CC as a first-class bowler, before joining Preston North End FC in 1883, becoming captain of the second team, making his debut against Great Lever FC in October 1884. Signed for Everton FC as a professional player on 24 November 1891 for £2 a week, with a £200 signing-on fee. Preston had only offered £3 a week all year round, and Blackburn Rovers FC had made attempts to sign him too. However, he returned to Preston North End FC on 10 September 1894 after he was released by Everton FC. Joined Blackburn Rovers FC, then Fulham FC in August 1904. From November 1908, he assisted Clitheroe FC.

League History
109 appearances
Preston North End FC 1888-91 47 appearances
debut: 8 September 1888, Preston North End FC 5 Burnley FC 2.
Everton FC
1891-94 59 appearances
debut: 5 December 1891 Blackburn Rovers FC 2 Everton FC 2.
Preston North End FC
1894-99 three appearances
debut: 22 September 1894 Preston North End FC 0 Small Heath FC 1.
last: 20 March 1899 Preston North End FC 2 Notts County FC 0.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1887-88, 1892-93 (captain, 7 apps), winners 1888-89 (5);
Football League Champions 1888-89 (18), 1889-90 (21), runners-up 1890-91 (6), 1891-92 (2); Division One third place 1892-93 (26);
Individual honours Football League (two appearances).
Lancashire FA (1884-85 vs. Ayrshire FA).
Distinctions Brother of Sir Alfred Howarth, a Preston dignitary.
Height/Weight 5' 11" [1886], 5' 11½", 13st. [1888-89], 5' 10½" [1893]

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 134th player (134) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. 29, 5 February 1887, England 7 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at The Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield, aged 21 years 230 days.
Last match No. 50, 3 March 1894, Ireland 2 England 2, a British Championship match at Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, aged 28 years 256 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1886-87, 1887-88, 1890-91, 1893-94;
Team honours British Championship winners 1887-88, 1890-91;
Individual honours Died just five days after Ben Spilsbury

Beyond England

Worked as a solicitor in Preston, admitted to the bar in January 1908. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.137.


The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
10 5 5 450 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
5 4 1 0 21 4 +17 0 2 4.20 0.80 90.0 +4

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 0 1 4.50 0.50 100.0 +2
Away 3 2 1 0 12 3 +9 0 1 4.00 1.00 83.3 +2

Tournament Record

British Championships Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1886-87 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1887-88 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC 1889-90 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1892-93 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC 1893-94 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC All 5 4 1 0 21 4 +17 0 2 4.20 0.80 90.0 +4

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 4 1 0 21 4 +17 0 2 4.20 0.80 90.0 +4
5 4 1 0 21 4 +17 0 2 4.20 0.80 90.0 +4

Match History

 Club: Preston North End F.C. - four full appearances (360 min)

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

Age 21
1 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield BC HW Start rb
30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HW reserve
31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HL reserve

 

F.A. International Select Committee - four full appearances (360 min)x

Age 22
2 32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW Start rb
3 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start rb
34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew
  

Age 24
38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW captain
withdrew injured
  

Age 25
4 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW Start rb
  

 Club: Everton F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 27
49 1 April 1893 - England 5 Scotland 2, Athletic Ground, Richmond BC HW withdrew

Age 28
5 50 3 March 1894 - Ireland 2 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AD Start rb
  

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