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Joe Lofthouse

Blackburn Rovers FC, Accrington FC, Blackburn Rovers FC

7 appearances, 3 goals

P 7 W 4 D 2 L 1 F 27: A 7
71% successful

1885-91

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
630

Profile

Full name Joseph Morris Lofthouse
Born 14 April 1865 at 17 Dixon Street in Witton, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, June 1865].
Attended St Luke's School, Witton and Blackburn Grammar School.
Baptised 21 May 1865 in St Peter's Church, Blackburn, to William and Hannah Lofthouse, living at 17 Dixon Street, by W. Hudson. Occupation: Self-minder

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Joseph was the youngest of three children to William and Hannah living on Dixon Street in the Witton area of Blackburn. His father works at the cotton mill.

Cannot be found on the 1881 census under any typo errors.

According to the 1891 census, Joseph is now married to Elizabeth and they have three children, Nellie, Beatrice and Joseph. He is a licensed victualler at The Black Greyland at 18 Lord Bryon Street, Blackburn. The have one servant.

According to the 1901 census, Joseph and his family are now at The Ouzehead Inn at 39 Long Row, Blackburn.
On the 24 October 1901, the Manchester Evening News reported that Joe Lofthouse was lying in a dangerous condition in Blackburn Infirmary as a result of a severe inward strain sustained whilst engaged lifting a barrel in hus public-house.

According to the 1911 census, Joseph is a football trainer. He is at 27 Bardsay Road in Walton, Liverpool with one his children, Beatrice. He remains married, and he still has other children. Where are they?

Married to Elizabeth Maria Proudlove [registered in Blackburn, June 1885].
Died 10 June 1919 in Blackburn, aged 54 years 57 days [registered in Blackburn, June 1919].
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st 12lbs [1891]

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Blackburn before joining King's Own FC and then Blackburn Rovers FC in 1882. Joined Accrington FC in the close season of 1887, and rejoined Rovers two years later in cs 1889. Joined Darwen FC on 25 August 1892 and then Walsall Town FC in December 1893. Southport Central FC also played Lofthouse, according to his obituary.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1883-84, 1884-85, 1889-90, 1890-91;
Individual honours Lofthouse received a benefit match on 10 September 1900 from Blackburn Rovers FC between the present 1900 team and the cup winning teams of the 1880's. It ended in a two-all draw.
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 115th players (118) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right;
First match No. 23, 28 February 1885, England 4 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester, aged 19 years 320 days.
Last match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 24 years 335 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85, 1886-87, 1888-89, 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship winners (shared 1889-90);
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After returning to Blackburn area in January 1900, he went overseas to pursue his football career by becoming a coach to the Magyar Athletic Club in Budapest, Hungary, on 28 February 1902.  Returned in to Blackburn before joining New Brompton FC to become the trainer on 4 August 1902, then became the assistant trainer at Everton FC from August 1903. In 1904, Lofthouse was most certainly part of the F.A. International Selection Committee. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.159.

England Disbelief

On 16 May 1893, it was reported in various newspapers, Lincolnshire Echo, Dundee Courier and Sunderland Daily Echo inclusive, that Joe Lofthouse, the famous footballer, had died. He had apparently died of inflammation of the lungs. However, it was not until 23 May 1893 that the Sunderland Echo thus reported:-
 The Athletic News says:-In consequence of a too enterprising penny-a-liner's desire to earn a little "oof," a statement found its way into certain papers during last week to the effect that Joe Lofthouse...had succumbed to an attack of the inflammation of the lungs. Happily the statement was entirely without foundation, for although Joe Lofthouse is at present confined to his bed suffereing from such an illness, he is rapidly progressing towards recovery, all danger being past. The statement gave much annoyance.

England Disgrace

On 15 January 1894, Judge Coventry at Blackburn County Court made a commitment order for twenty days against Joe Lofthouse, now of Wednesbury FC, on the application of the creditor, for £6 for cigars supplied. The Plaintiff's solicitor stated that Lofthouse could well afford to pay, as he was earning nearly £3 a week, besides keeping a public-house. His Honour suspended the commitment while £2 per month were paid. - Lincolnshire Echo, 16 January 1894

 

Joe Lofthouse - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
10 7 7 630 2 215 min 2 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.

 

Joe Lofthouse - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 6 3 2 1 18 6 +12 0 2 3.00 1.00 66.7 +2
Away 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All - British Championship 7 4 2 1 27 7 +20 0 2 3.857 1.00 71.4 +3

 

Joe Lofthouse - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1886-87 2 1 0 1 6 3 +3 0 1 3.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 7 4 2 1 27 7 +20 0 2 3.857 1.00 71.4 +3
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 7 4 2 1 27 7 +20 0 2 3.857 1.00 71.4 +3
All 7 4 2 1 27 7 +20 0 2 3.857 1.00 71.4 +3

 

Joe Lofthouse - Match History
 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 5 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 5 full capsx

Age 19
1 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester BC HW Start or
2 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Street, Mile End, Blackburn HD Start or
3 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HD Start or
Age 21
- 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield BC HW reserve
4 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London HW Start or
5 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Street, Mile End, Blackburn HL Start or
 Club: Accrington F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 23
6 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start or
 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 24
7 38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW Start or
- 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow AD reserve
Age 25
- 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW reserve

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