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Rab Howell

Sheffield United AFC, Liverpool FC

2 caps, 1 goal

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 11: A 1
100% successful

1895-99

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name Raby Howell
Born 12 October 1867, allegedly in a romani caravan, Wincobank, Sheffield, Yorkshire [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, December 1867].

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Rabbi is the sixth child of eight to Thomas and Elizabeth. They're living in Stock's Hill in Ecclesfield.  His father is an agricultural labourer. Rabbi's birthplace is stated as Brightside

According to the 1881 census, Raby is a scholar and has another sister. He is one of five children remaining with their parents in Ecclesfield.  His father is a general labourer.

According to the 1891 census, Rabi is married to Selina, with one daughter, Elizabeth. He is a coal miner and they live at the back of 147 Dunlop Street, in Attercliffe cum Darnell, in the Carbrook area of Sheffield. His birthplace is stated as Ecclesall.

According to the 1901 census, Selina, who is still stated as being married, is living with her father Dennis Smith at 16 Newark Street in Attercliffe cum Darnell. Rabi has three more children, Selina, Rabbi and Edith.
Rabbi however is remarried to Ada with one son, fourteen month old Leo, and living at 3 Lilian Road in Liverpool, where he plys he trade as a professional football player.

According to the 1911 census, Rabbi has retired and is now a small shopkeeper along with his wife, Ada. Who also work at the shop.  They have four more children, Madge, James Joseph, Maria and Percy Vincent. They live at 27 Paradise Street in Preston. The census reveals that they had ten children altogether, and that five had tragically died in childhood.

Married twice, to Selina Smith [registered as Rabbi, Sheffield, March 1888], then to Ada  [married in 1898, but no registration found, so no maiden name found]
Died 21 July 1937, aged 69 years 282 days [registered in Preston, Lancashire, September 1937].
Height/Weight 5' 5¼", 9st. 8lbs [1896].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990],  FindMyPast.com & Chris Hobbs

Biographies Rab Howell - Chris Hobbs

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football career with Ecclesfield, before joining Rotherham Swifts FC as a professional in 1889.  He was soon spotted by Sheffield United FC in the summer of 1890 and joined their ranks.  Joined Liverpool FC in April 1898 for �200, with whom he played 59 League games.  And then Preston North End FC in 1901 before retiring in September 1903 through a leg injury.
Club honours Football League Champions 1897-98;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of four players who became 218th players (218) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 53, 9 March 1895, England 9 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Derbyshire Cricket Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby, aged 27 years 148 days.
Last match No. 67, 8 April 1899, England 2 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at Aston Lower Grounds, Trinity Road, Witton, Birmingham, aged 31 years 178 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1894-95, 1898-99;
Team honours British Championship winners 1894-95, 1898-99;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Allegedly, the first true gypsy to earn an England appearance, certainly one of the smallest.

Beyond England

Broke his leg on 26 September 1903, ending his football career. His census notes however say that he opened up a shop and further information from his descendants state that it was a greengrocers and that Rab himself made home deliveries with his horse and cart.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.138./FindMyPast.co.uk

 

Rab Howell - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 180 1 0 min 1 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Rab Howell - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10 0 1 5.50 0.50 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10 0 1 5.50 0.50 100.0 +2

 

Rab Howell - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1894-95 1 1 0 0 9 0 +9 0 1 9.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1898-99 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10 0 1 5.50 0.50 100.0 +2
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10 0 1 5.50 0.50 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10 0 1 5.50 0.50 100.0 +2

 

Rab Howell - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United A.F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 27
1 53 9 March 1895 - England 9 Ireland 0, Derbyshire Cricket Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby BC HW Start rh
 Club: Liverpool F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 31
2 67 8 April 1899 - England 2 Scotland 1, Aston Lower Grounds, Trinity Road, Witton, Birmingham BC HW Start ch

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