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Harry Lilley

Sheffield United FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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


captain: none
minutes played:


  Edward Henry Lilley
Birth Sunday, 12 July 1868 in Lowgates, Staveley, Derbyshire
  registered in Chesterfield July-September 1868
  It is not the Chesterfield-born Lilley of 1873, his birth registration is coupled with his death registration. That particular Henry Lilley died before he was three months-old.
Baptised 18 August 1868 in Staveley, Derbyshire

According to the 1871 census, the two year old Edward Henry is the youngest of four children to William and Eliza (née Siddall). They live at Lowgates in Staveley. His father is a joiner.
(his father died in 1879).


According to the 1881 census, twelve year old Henry remains at his Lowgates home with his elder brothers, Walter and William, and sisters, Jane Ann and five year old Florence. His mother is now widowed.


According to the 1891 census, Edward Hy, a general labourer, with two of his siblings and his widowed mother, still living at Lowgates.
(his mother died 11 April 1895)

Marriage to Mary Ellen Coulthread, on Monday, 10 January 1898, at St John the Baptist Church, Staveley.
  registered in Chesterfield January-March 1898
Death Thursday, 30 August 1900, at his home in Cresswell
aged 32 years 49 days registered in Worksop July-September 1900
Funeral Saturday, 1 September 1900 in Elmton with Cresswell, Derbyshire.
"The Case of Harry Lilley
"When the other day, the sad case of the old Sheffield United full back, Harry Lilley, was mentioned here, it was upon information supplied by a letter from a Sheffield sympathiser. Since then I regret to learn that Lilley died on August 30th last, leaving a widow quite unprovided for, what money the old player had been able to put by having all gone during his long illness. It will thus be seen that, though Lilley himself has gone, there still remains room for any help which may be forthcoming; for though Cresswell friends have been and are doing what they can, their efforts cannot cover the merits of the case. LOOKER-ON"
 - The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Friday, 14 September 1900.
"The Case of Harry Lilley
By the way, speaking of the Sheffield United Club reminds me that it has been decided to make a collection round the ground on Saturday for the benefit of the family of poor Harry Lilley. The particulars of what is a very sad case indeed have already been set ot here, and it is to be hoped that the generous action of the United directorate will result in a good sum being collected. There will be many present to-morrow who never saw Lilley play; for their sakes it may be mentioned that the old Staveley man was a very fine and scrupulously fair back, and that to him in no small measure belongs the credit of the rapid rise which the club made in football."
The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Friday, 28 September 1900..

According to the 1901 census, widowed Mary E. is living in Cresswell in Worksop. Their are no children, just two boarders.


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

Playing Career

Began with his local junior club, Lowgates FC, before joining Staveley FC. He joined Sheffield United FC in the 1890 summer.
"Football enthusiasts will learn with regret that Harry Lilley, the popular back of the Sheffield United Club, formerly of the Staveley Club, and who last season aspired to international honours, has had medical orders to give up football altogether. This is a heavy blow to the United Club" - Derbyshire Courier, Saturday, 2 July 1892
It was after this he played for United in the League, until he left for Gainsborough Trinity FC in September 1894, seemingly as their new goalkeeper.
League History
19 appearances
Sheffield United FC 1892-94 nineteen appearances.
debut (second division): 19 November 1892 Darwen FC 3 Sheffield United FC 1.
last: 20 January 1894 Sunderland AFC 4 Sheffield United FC 1.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1892-93 (seven apps);
Individual honours Derbyshire FA (1885 vs. Staffordshire), Sheffield FA (1892 vs. Glasgow);
Distinctions Also played local cricket with Staveley Lowgates CC
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 190th players (191) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
Only match No. 45, 5 March 1892, Wales 0 England 2, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 23 years 237 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1891-92;
Team honours British Championship winners 1891-92;
Individual honours The Whites (one appearance, February 1892)
Distinctions The second player from Sheffield United to represent England. His match in Wrexham against Wales kicked off two minutes after the Ireland match in Belfast, featuring Mick Whitham.

Beyond England

Nothing known.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1
His only match was in the British Championship and played at an away venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 29 February 1892;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 45 5 March 1892 - Wales 0 England 2
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW   lb

one of eight who became the 190th player (191) to appear for England
the second Sheffield United FC player to represent England - by two minutes