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Tinsley Lindley

Cambridge University AFC & Nottingham Forest FC & Corinthians FC

13 appearances, 13 goals (1 on debut)

P 13 W 9 D 2 L 2 F 50: A 14
77% successful


captain: at least four (four goals)
minutes played:


Dr Tinsley Lindley OBE, LL.D, BA (Cantab)
Birth Friday, 27 October 1865 in St. Mary's, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire [registered in Nottingham, December 1865]. His father was the Mayor (Alderman) of  Nottingham.
Attended Nottingham High School and Leys School and Caius School, Cambridge.

According to the 1871 census, Tinsley is one of six children to Leonard and Sarah Ann, they live in Melbourne Street, in the St Mary's area of Nottingham. His father is a master lace dresser, they have one servant. Tinsley is not on this census return though'. He is visiting his uncle Frederick Taylor and his wife, Mary A.. They live at St Ann's Hill in St Mary's.


According to the 1881 census, Tinsley is back with his family at Redcliffe House in Basford, Nottingham. He is a scholar and still one of six children. They are now accompanied by three servants, as his father, still a lace dresser, employs 131 people.

According to the 1891 census, Tinsley is now a barrister, and one of four children still living with their parents at Redcliffe. His father is now a magistrate as well as lace dresser. They have three servants.

Marriage to Constance Agnes Burnand, on 30 April 1896 at the Church of the Servite Fathers, Fulham Road, Kensington [registered in Kensington, London, June 1896].
"A large congregation assembled at the Church of the Servite Fathers, in the Fulham-road, this afternoon, to witness the marriage of Miss Constance Agnes Burnand, daughter of Mr. F. C. Burnand (Editor of Punch), and Mr. Tinsley Lindley, son of the late Mr. Alderman Lindley, of Nottingham. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Thomas Reegan, of Watford, assisted by the Rev. A. Brugnoli, of St. Mary's Priory, Fulham-road. The bride was followed by her three sisters, the Misses Mary, Ethel, and Winifred Burnand, dressed in blue chéne silk trimmed with white chiffon, and large white chip hats ornamented with blue net and pink roses. Mr. Cecil Holden White was best man. Mr. Burnand gave his daughter away." - Westminster Gazette, Tuesday, 30 April 1896

According to the 1901 census, Tinsley is a barrister at law, married to Constance with one child, Victoria. They live at 14 Park Terrace in Nottingham with three servants.

According to the 1911 census, Tinsley remains married to Constance, still at 14 Park Terrace, with two servants. Tinsley is still practicing law.

According to the 1921 census, Tinsley remains married to Constance, still a barrister and still at 14 Park Terrace, still with two servants.

According to the 1939 register, Tinsley remains married to Constance Agnes, still at 14 Park Terrace. Tinsley is a Barrister at Law. Six others are living with them.
Death: Sunday morning, 31 March 1940 at 14 Park Terrace, Nottingham, aged 74 years 156 days [registered in Nottingham, June 1940], of pneumonia.


"The death of Dr. Tinsley Lindley, the well-known barrister, and former international footballer, occurred early yesterday following an attack of pneumonia. Dr. Lindley, who lived at 14 Park-terrace, Nottingham, was the son of Ald. Leonard Lindley, a former Mayor of the city, and was born on October 27th, 1865. He was educated at the High School and later at Leys School, Cambridge, and Caius College, Cambridge. He graduated B.A. in 1888, in which year captained England as well as his University at association football. After leaving the University Dr. Lindley read for the Bar in the chambers of Mr. Vaughan Williams, who subsequently became Mr. Justice Vaughan Williams, and he also read with Mr. E.L. Hansell, who specialised in bankruptcy law. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1889, and soon afterwards wrote a thesis on martial law, which gained him the degree of doctor of laws. This was conferred on him at Cambridge in June, 1900. He practised at the common law bar on the Midland Circuit with considerable success, and during his long career was concerned in many important cases.
"Dr. Lindley was an all-round athlete, but his chief distinctions were gained in the field of association football, where he played for England 13 times. At the Nottingham High School, where he captained the school team, he showed such marked promise as a footballer that he was invited in the season 1881-82 to assist Nottingham Forest Reserves...On leaving his native town for Leys School, Dr. Lindley occasionally played both rugby and association football, and entering Caius College, he quickly secured  a place in the Collegiate eleven.
He was a keen yachtsman and also played fives, racquets, lawn tennis and athletics, being president of the Nottingham A.A.A. At cricket he played for both Cambridge University and Notts. Against the Australians at Trent Bridge in 1888 he caught the mighty hitter Worrall on the rails and helped in the defeat of the Colonials that day."
Nottingham Evening Post, Monday, 1 April 1940
Funeral: Wednesday, 3 April 1940 at Wilford Hill cemetery, preceded by a Requiem Mass at St Barnabas's Cathedral in Nottingham (left).
"Requim Mass was said at St. Barnabas' Catholic Cathedral, Nottingham, yesterday, for Dr. Tinsley Lindley, O.B.E., well-known Midlands barrister, and former amateur athlete, whose funeral took place at Wilford Hill cemetery. The wide esteem in which he was held was indicated by the large gathering at the Cathedral. The family mourners were:—Mrs. Lindley (widow), and Commander E. Enright and Mrs. Enright (son-in-law and daughter). There were several members of the Bar present. Mr. Nigel Robinson represented the Midland Circuit Bar Mess." - Nottingham Journal, Thursday, 4 April 1940

He remained in an unmarked grave until March 2014, when a new headstone was erected (above left), a campaign successfully headed by Nottingham Forest FC historian, Ron Clarke.
Probate "LINDLEY Tinsley of 14 Park-terrace The Park Nottingham died 31 March 1940 Probate Nottingham 27 August to Constance Agnes Lindley widow.
Effects £1045 16s.65d." [2019 equivalent: £58,939].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) captained his school side at Nottingham High School, in fact, he showed such marked promise as a footballer that he was invited to assist the Nottingham Forest FC reserves in 1881-82, he scored 85 goals in that one season. He stepped up to the senior side the following season, scoring four on his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. From 1885 to 1888, he studied and played his football with Cambridge University AFC, earning his blue in four consecutive years, becoming captain in 1888. Lindley remained with Forest until 1892, later assisting Casuals FC, Notts County FC, Crusaders FC and Swifts FC, as well as for Preston North End FC.
Corinthians 1884-28 March 1891 against Everton FC.
League History
3 appearances
Notts County FC 1889-90, two league appearances.
debut: 9 November 1889 Notts County FC 1 Aston Villa FC 1.
Preston North End FC 1892, one league appearance.
debut & last: 12 March 1892 Sunderland AFC 4 Preston North End FC 1
Club honours Football League runners-up 1891-92 (one appearance).
Individual honours None
Distinctions Lindley refused to wear ordinary football boots when playing, preferring walking brogues instead, declaring that boots marred his great sprinting speed.
Also played first-class cricket with Cambridge University CC and Nottinghamshire CCC, as well as rugby for Nottinghamshire RFC.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 10st 9lbs [1892]


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

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 125th players (131) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward, outside-left
First match No. 26, 13 March 1886, Ireland 1 England 6, British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 20 years 137 days.
Last match No. 35, 7 March 1891, England 6 Ireland 1, British Championship match at Molineux Ground, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, aged 25 years 131 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1885-86, 1886-87, 1887-88, 1888-89, 1889-90, 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship shared 1885-86, 1889-90, winners 1887-88, 1890-91;
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (six 1887), equals the record. Joint Top Goalscorer (two 1891). He was top of the goalscoring list from his final match in 1891 until 1898, briefly shared with Steve Bloomer in 1897-98, who eventually overtook him.
Distinctions The youngest player to captain England in 1888, taking 34 days off the record set by Cuthbert Ottaway. He held the record until 1963. He scored in that match, and still holds the record of being the youngest goalscoring captain.
The most-capped Englishman at Cambridge University AFC.

Beyond England

On retirement from football Tinsley turned his full attention to his law practice, after having been called to the Bar in the Inner Temple in 1889 whilst still playing. He also lectured in law at Nottingham University and served as a County Court judge. For many years he practised from a suite of offices at 1 High Pavement, Weekday Cross. Tinsley also stayed loyal to Forest, serving on the Committee for several years. He was awarded the OBE in 1918 in recognition of his work as chief officer of Nottingham Special Constabulary. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.157/U-reds.com

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captaincies
14 13 13 1170 13 90 min 13 at least four
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
13 9 2 2 50 14 +36 0 3 3.846 1.077 76.9 +7

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 5 3 0 2 21 7 +14 0 2 4.20 1.40 60.0 +1
Away 8 6 2 0 29 7 +22 0 1 3.625 0.875 87.5 +6

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1885-86 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 0 0 3.333 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1886-87 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 0 2 4.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1887-88 3 3 0 0 15 2 +13 0 1 5.00 0.667 100.0 +3
BC 1888-89 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 00.0 -1
BC 1889-90 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 13 9 2 2 50 14 +36 0 3 3.846 1.077 76.9 +7

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 13 9 2 2 50 14 +36 0 3 3.846 1.077 76.9 +7
13 9 2 2 50 14 +36 0 3 3.846 1.077 76.9 +7

Match History

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - six full appearances (540 min), 8 goalsx

 Clubs: Nottingham Forest F.C., Cambridge University A.F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - seven full appearances (630 min), nine goals, one poss. captaincy  
Age 20
1 26 13 March 1886 - Ireland 1 England 6, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start cf
There is a small possibility that Tinsley Lindley, debuting in this match, was the captain, making him the youngest ever.  At least three sources name Percy Walters, The Sportsman names George Shutt. The Northern Whig names Norman Bailey!
2 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 35 cf
3 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start cf

Age 21
4 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield BC HW Start
5 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HW Start 55,80 cf
6 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HL Start 32 cf


F.A. International Select Committee - seven full appearances (630 min) 5 goals, 3 or 4 captainciesx

Age 22
7 32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW captain

 Clubs: Nottingham Forest F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - six full appearances (540 min), four goals, three captaincies  

8 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW captain cf
9 34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW captain

Age 23
35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW withdrawn
10 37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HL Start ol

Age 24
11 39 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start cf
12 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start cf

Age 25
13 41 7 March 1891 - England 6 Ireland 1, Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton BC HW captain