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Bert Lipsham

Sheffield United FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 0: A 0
50% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Herbert Broughall Lipsham
Born 29 April 1878 in Chester, Cheshire [registered in Chester, June 1878].
Attended King's School in Chester

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, Herbert is the eight of nine children (six of them sons) to Frederick and Eleanor Broughall. He also has a half-sister. Along with an aunt and servant, they live at 20 Chichester Street in Chester. His father is an accountant and auditor.

According to the 1891 census, there are three more children in the family, and although the older ones have left, Herbert is now the sixth of the ten children, now living at 17 Pepper Street in Chester, accompanied by an aunt. His father remains an accountant.

According to the 1901 census, Herbert is a professional football lodging at 111 Cemetary Road in Ecclesall Bierlow. He is one of two lodgers living with David and Mary Coutts and their family.

According to the 1911 census, Herbert is a Millwall FC professional footballer, now married to Alice, with two sons, Herbert William and Leslie, and a mother-in-law. They live at 19 Pulborough Road in Southfields in Wandsworth.
According to the London Electoral Register, the 1911 and 1912 registers confirm Lipsham to be at 19 Pulborough Road. In 1913 however, he was at 9 Ardgowan Road, Catford. From 1914 to 1923, Herbert and Alice were living at 81 Arbuthnot Road in Deptford. 
According to Passenger Lists, Herbert Lipsham was a manager on 14 June 1923, as the Montcalm left Liverpool for Quebec. He and his wife, courtesy of Canadian Railways, were emigrating to Canada.

Married to Alice Burkimsher [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, March 1903].
Died 23 March 1932 in York, Ontario, Canada, aged 53 years 334 days [registration not found]. Allegedly died as a result of a train crash, having already lost his hand in a sawmill accident. However, Ontario newspaper reports state that Lipsham dropped dead on the factory floor because of a heart attack.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 0lbs [1901].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Assisted St Oswald's FC and Chester SA FC before joining Crewe Alexandra FC in 1898. Then Sheffield United FC in February 1900. After falling out with the United Directors, Lipsham joined Fulham FC on 3 April 1908. Before joining Millwall Athletic FC in the 1910 close season, becoming the player-manager on 5 May 1911.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1900-01, winners 1901-02;
Individual honours Football League (two appearances), Southern League (two appearances).
Distinctions None


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

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed player-manager of Millwall Athletic FC on 5 May 1911. Coached West Norwood FC in August 1921, becoming manager of Northfleet FC in 1922 until early 1923.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 270th player (274) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 74, 3 March 1902, Wales 0 England 0, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 23 years 308 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1901-02
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Tragedy

"Although it may not have become generally known, it has been no secret in inner football circles that the Sheffield United directors at their meeting last Wednesday evening suspended their international left winger, H.B. Lipsham, for seven days for refusing to play when selected for the United Reserves in the recent Wharncliffe Charity Cup semi-final with the Wednesday Reserves. During a few minutes' conversation at Bramall Lane on Saturday, Lipsham supplied me with a statement as to his position. Briefly put, it was to the following effect. When the United players were staying at Buxton at the beginning of last December. Lipsham, who had been suffering from an injury, was informed by one of the directors that a rule had been passed that all first team players who had been on the injured list would in future be tested with the Reserves before being restored to their place, and he was instructed to go to Hull on December 7th and play in the Midland League match. He did so, found his leg stand the trial, and was put in the first team again. Subsequently he was again hurt and was out of the team for seven weeks. Upon being told by the secretary that he was picked for the Reserve team for last Monday, and elicitating that this was to try the soundness of his leg, he absolutely declined to play, giving as his reason that during his absence two other first eleven players, namely Benson and Wilkinson, had suffered injury and been reinstated without a preliminary trial in the Reserves, and that it was most unfair to treat him differently to other players. The next he heard was that he was suspended. He considers that after eight years' good service, including a period wherein he played in 105 matches in succession, he merited more consideration, and feels so aggrieved that he has placed the matter before both the Football Association and the Players' Union. He thinks the rule as to injured players being first tested with the Reserves a good one, but thinks all should be treated alike. He declares he will not kick another ball for Sheffield United after the present season, and has informed the F.A. of his decision" - Sheffield Daily Independent, Monday, 30 March 1908.

Beyond England

Before taking to football, Lipsham served as an accountant to the Official Receiver in Bankruptcy. He also had a tobacconist shop at 142 Bramall Lane. Lipsham was a member of the first management committee of the PFA and coached West Norwood FC. later moved to Canada in June 1923 where he became involved in the development of football. It was reported in the newspapers that Lipsham lost his right hand in a sawmill in Toronto. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.158.


Bert Lipsham - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 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.


Bert Lipsham - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


Bert Lipsham - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1907-08 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


Bert Lipsham - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Commitee - 1 full capx

Age 23
1 74 3 March 1902 - Wales 0 England 0, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AD Start ol