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Billy Moon

Old Westminsters FC & Corinthians FC

7 appearances, 8 goals against

P 7 W 5 D 1 L 1 F 22: A 8
79% successful


captain: one
minutes played:


  William Robert Moon
Birth Sunday, 7 June 1868 at 45 Portsdown Road, Maida Vale, Paddington, Middlesex [registered in Kensington, September 1868].
"MOON—On the 7th inst., at 45, Portsdown-gardens, W., the wife of W. Moon, Esq., of a son." -
Pall Mall Gazette, Wednesday, 10 June 1868.
notes: Paddington was part of the Middlesex County Registration until 1889.
Birthnotes Most history books state he was born on 27 June. Another source states 30 July 1868. The date 7 June comes from the 1939 register, as well as birth notices in the local newspapers.
Baptism Thursday, 6 August 1868 at St. Saviour's Church, Paddington. Living at 45 Portsdown Road. Father is a solicitor

According to the 1871 census, William R. is the third of four children to William and Sarah Augustus (née Debnam). They live at 45 Portsdown Road with four servants. His father is an attorney solicitor.


According to the 1881 census, William now has four younger siblings, and along with three servants they live at 45 Portsdown Road with their parents. His father remains a solicitor.


According to the 1891 census, William is now a solicitor living with his widowed mother. He is the oldest of the five children living with two servants, still at 45 Portsdown Road.

Marriage to Dagmar Annie Burgess, St Mary's Church, Finchley on Thursday, 4 June 1896 [registered in Hendon, June 1896]. A solicitor living at 45 Portsdown Road, London. Two children, Vera Dagmar and Daphne Gwenneth.
"The marriage arranged between Mr. William Robert Moon and Miss Dagmar A. Burgess will take place on Thursday, the 4th of June, at half-past two o'clock, at the Parish Church, Hendon." - Morning Post, Saturday, 23 May 1896.
"The marriage of Dagmar Annie, eldest daughter of Major Ardwick Burgess, of Hendon House, Hendon, to William Robert, eldest son of the late Mr. William Moon, took place yesterday in the historical old parish church of St. Mary, Hendon. Nothing is so interesting, to the ladies in particular, as a fashionable marriage, and upon this occasion there was everything to make the proceedings interesting. The tedium of waiting, if there was any, however, was very considerately relieved by Mr. Nelson Pryor, who played on the electric organ Meyerbere's 'March of the Prophets,' a 'Cavatina' by Raff, and E. Cutler's march. 'Sonnelle'.
"The chancel of the church was most tastefully decorated with tall palms, which were festooned off with pot plants of white rodanths, Marguerite daisies, lilies, and other white flowers, whilst the altar rails were decorated with white on a green base of foliage and fern fronds.
"The bride, who was accompanied by six bridesmaids, arrived just before 2.30 p.m., and leaning on the arm of her father, Major Burgess, at once proceeded to the entrance to the chancel. She wore a handsome dress of rich white duchesse satin, with court train of the same material. The bodice of the dress was trimmed with chiffon, and the high waist band was covered with pearl trimming. The coiffure was a wreath of natural flowers with white tulle veil, and she carried a shower bouquet of white roses, stephanotis, and orchids...Mr. E.G. Moon, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man.
"...After the service a reception was held at the residence of Major and Mrs. Ardwick Burgess at which there were between three hundred and four hundred guests. At about 5.15 Mr. and Mrs. Moon left amidst a shower of rice, fan fares of trumpets, and the good wishes of the friends, who lined the carriageway and gave hearty cheers as the newly-wedded couple rode down their ranks. The party left en route for Paris."
Hendon & Finchley Times, Friday, 5 June 1896.

According to the 1901 census, William, still a solicitor, is now married to Dagmar and they have two children, Vera and Daphne, and three servants, living at 142 Broadhurst Gardens.
According to phone books in 1909, William Moon is practising at 4 Burgess Street in Hampstead, and you can ring him on 883.


According to the 1911 census, William is still a solicitor, still married, still two daughters, now with four servants, living at 69 Avenue Road in Hampstead.


According to the 1921 census, William is still a solicitor, still married, still two daughters, now with three servants, and still living at 69 Avenue Road.
According to phone books in 1920-33, William Moon is now practising at 69 Avenue Road in Hampstead, and you can still ring him on 883. From 1930, still at the same address, but can now be reached on PRImrose 0833.

  According to the 1939 register, William is still a solicitor, still married to Dagmar, and have four servants, living at 45 Avenue Road in St. Marylebone.
Death Saturday, 9 January 1943 at Hendon Cottage Hospital, Hendon Way, Hendon, Middlesex, aged 74 years 216 days [registered in Hendon, March 1943]. Living at 45 Avenue Road in Regents Park at the time.


"W.R. Moon, Noted Goalie, Dies 74
"Mr. William Robert Moon, whose death is announced at the age of 74, was one of the most brilliant goalkeepers who ever played for England. He played four times against Scotland, 1888 to 1891, and three times against Wales. A Corinthian, he took part in some of the great matches played by the leading amateur club with Preston North End and other powerful professional teams of that time. He played cricket occasionally for Middlesex." - Manchester Evening News, Monday, 11 January 1943.
Probate "MOON William Robert of 45 Avenue-road Regents Park and of 24 Bloomsbury-square both in London died 9 Jnauray 1943 at Hendon Cottage Hospital Hendon Way Hendon Middlesex Probate Llandudno 3 April to The Public Trustee and James Neville Gresham company director.
Effects £95063 2s. 3d." [2019 equivalent: £4,367,148].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Westminster School, making the XI in 1884-85, progressed to play with Old Westminsters AFC.
Corinthians 1886-1901
Club honours None
Individual honours London FA (1887);
Distinctions Played first class cricket for Middlesex CCC
Height/Weight 11st 6lbs [1890]


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 140th player (140) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; the eighteenth goalkeeper to appear for England.
First match No. 32, 4 February 1888, Wales 1 England 5, a British Championship match at the Alexandra Recreation Ground, Nantwich Road, Crewe, aged 19 years 242 days.
Last match No. 43, 4 April 1891, England 2 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at Ewood Park, Ewood, Blackburn, aged 22 years 301 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1887-88, 1888-89, 1889-90, 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship winners 1887-88, 1890-91, shared 1889-90;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Until August 2012, he was the youngest ever England goalkeeper, a record held for 124½ years. One of only four teenagers to keep goal for the National side.
With his final England appearance, his seventh in 1891, he shared with Herby Arthur the distinction of the keeper with the most appearances, until Jack Robinson beat the record in 1900.
most appearanced Englishman at Old Westminsters AFC.
Moon died just four days after George Haworth.

Beyond England

A solicitor by profession, admitted in 1891, he was a partner in a firm practising in Bloomsbury. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.176/7.

The Numbers
parties Apps Comp
minutes GA GA Av.
Comp GA Clean
Sht Av.
9 7 7 630 8 79 min 8 1 14% one
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
7 5 1 1 22 8 +14 0 1 3.143 1.143 78.6 +4

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 0 0 2.667 1.667 66.7 +1
Away 4 3 1 0 14 3 +11 0 1 3.50 0.75 87.5 +3

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1887-88 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 0 1 5.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC 1888-89 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 50.0 =0
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 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 7 5 1 1 22 8 +14 0 1 3.143 1.143 78.6 +4

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 7 5 1 1 22 8 +14 0 1 3.143 1.143 78.6 +4
7 5 1 1 22 8 +14 0 1 3.143 1.143 78.6 +4

Match History

 Clubs: Old Westminsters F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - 7 full appearances (630 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - seven full appearances (630 min)x

Age 19
1 32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5
Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe
BC AW   gk
2 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AW   gk
34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew

Age 20
3 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1
Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent
BC HW   gk
4 37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3
Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
BC HL   gk

Age 21
5 39 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW   gk
6 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   gk

Age 22
42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1, Newcastle Road, Sunderland BC HW withdrew
7 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland
Ewood Park, Blackburn
BC HW   ᶜgk