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Billy Marsden

Sheffield Wednesday FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 1 L 0 F 14: A 5
83% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  William Marsden

According to the 1901 census, Susannah (née Fogg) is pregnant with a child, soon who became the William. His father is Joseph, a coal mine hewer. John, Jane and Ethel are his older siblings, and they live at 8 Stewart Street in Silksworth area of Sunderland. They have one servant.

Birth 10 November 1901 at 8 Stewart Street, Silksworth, Sunderland, County Durham [registered in Sunderland, December 1901].

According to the 1911 census, nine-year old William has joined the family along with Vera. they now live at 29 Lord Street in Silksworth. His father remains a coal miner.


According to the 1921 census, William is a professional footballer (for Sunderland AFC) and is the middle child of three still at home with their parents still at 29 Lord Street.

Marriage to Nancy Creighton, in Silksworth on 19 May 1926 [registered in Sunderland, June 1926]. Honeymoon in Scotland. They had one daughter, Norma (b.3 April 1927)
  Cannot be found on the 1939 register.
Death 19 September 1983 at 10 Five Trees Drive in Totley Rise, Sheffield, aged 81 years 313 days [registered in Sheffield, September 1983].
Probate "MARSDEN William of 10 Five Trees Dv Sheffield died 19 September 1983 Probate Leeds 6 March Not exceeding £23364 Save and Except Settled Land."


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his career as an inside-left Played for Silksworth Colliery FC and Ryhope FC, a Wearside League club. He scored 45 goals in 1919-20, before signing for Sunderland AFC on 1 October 1920. The Wednesday FC brought him to Sheffield on 17 May 1924 and he eventually converted to a left-half back in the spring of 1925. He retired through a spinal injury received in his final England appearance on 10 May 1930. Although he remained in a Berlin hospital for over a month, he turned out for five Sheffield Wednesday FC reserve matches the following season, he never played first-class football again. On 27 December 1930, against Stoke FC reserves, he was involved in a collision that left him unconscious, and spent time in Sheffield Royal Infirmary. He played 205 league matches, scoring nine times.
Club honours Football League Divsion Two winners 1925-26; Football League Champions 1928-29, 1929-30;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 3lbs [1924]. 11st. 11lbs [1926]. 11st. 3lbs [1930].


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

Management Career

Club(s) Became the manager at HBS Craeyenhout FC on 15 December 1931, effective from 19 December until the end of his contract on 31 July 1934. He then had a short spell as trainer of Gateshead FC from 20 July 1934, until his resignation on 17 December, because he never became the manager when he was promised it. He immediately returned to HBS Craeyenhout FC, and then had spells at other clubs including Be Quick 1887 FC (by March 1935) and Hermes-DVS, also assisting the coaching at Netherlands FA....
"Billy Marsden―former Sheffield Wednesday and English international footballer―had arranged a Soccer match in aid of the Wings for victory campaign. It was to be a salp-up, crowd-pulling affair. He had got together two strong teams, containing several internationals. All the players had agreed to give their services free―to aid the cause. Programmes to be paid for from funds raised from whist drives and concerts during the winter were in the printers' hands. Everything was set for a great day. And then the F.A. took a hand. They wrote to Millhouses (Sheffield) Savings Committee, under whose auspices the game was to be played, telling them that―because of a recent F.A. decision―the match could not be sanctioned. It would, in fact, have to be abandoned.
"Why? Well―because the F.A. had decided that there was to be no Soccer between May 15 and the official opening of next season, to avoid any conflict with the promotion of summer games. The Savings Committee pleaded for re-consideration of the decision. They pointed out that the match was directly aiding the war effort. No individual would benefit by one halfpenny. And moreover, preparations for the game were in hand months before the F.A. made their decision. The F.A. were adamant and the match had to be scratched. In its stead, there was a five-a-side cricket match between teams raised by Billy Marsden and Jack Pickering, Sheffield United F.C. captain. A very successful cricket match. But a lot of people―not only in Sheffield―are asking in no uncertain voice, why the heck the F.A. could not have waived their self-imposed rule when Wings for victory were at stake." -
Saturday, 5 June 1943, The Daily Mirror
  Became the part-time manager at Doncaster Rovers FC on 19 April 1944 until he handed in his resignation on 27 February 1946, effective at the seasons-ending. overs wanted a full-time manager, Marsden did not. Also had a spell as manager of Yorkshire League side, Worksop Town FC, from 29 May 1953, he resigned at the end of the season.
Club honours Northern Section winners 1935-36, 1936-37, 1937-38;

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 547th players (548) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half back.
First match No. 169, 20 November 1929, England 6 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Fulham, London, aged 28 years 10 days.
Last match No. 171, 10 May 1930, Germany 3 England 3, an end of season tour match at Deutsches Stadion, Westend, Berlin, withdrawn injured (ht), aged 28 years 181 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1929-30;
Team honours British Championship winners 1929-30;
Individual honours None
Distinctions The spinal injury Marsden received followed a first-half collision with his own player, Roy Goodall. The FA dutifully paid compensation. £750 to Marsden, £2000 to his club....

Beyond England

No additional information to what is stated above. He later became a publican in Sheffield, including at The Robin Hood Inn in Millhouses, The White Lion and the Crosspool Tavern. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.167/8.


Billy Marsden - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
4 3 2 225 0 0 min 0 none 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.


Billy Marsden - 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 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
Away - Friendly 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
All 3 2 1 0 14 5 +9 0 1 4.667 1.667 83.3 +2


Billy Marsden - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1929-30 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC All 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2


Billy Marsden - Match History
 Club: Sheffield Wednesday F.C. - three full appearances (225 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - three full appearances (225 min)x

Age 28
1 169 20 November 1929 - England 6 Wales 0, Stamford Bridge, Fulham BC HW Start lh
2 170 5 April 1930 - England 5 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Start lh
3 171 10 May 1930 - Germany 3 England 3, Deutsches Stadion, Berlin (withdrawn @ 1-2) tour AD Start ▼ht lh
172 14 May 1930 - Austria 0 England 0, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AD injured
squad member