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'the pocket Hercules of his day, who used to rush along the wing with his tongue protruding from the
left corner of his mouth...possibly no Sheffielder has earned such fame.'
- JAH Cotton

 

Billy Mosforth

Wednesday FC, Sheffield Albion FC, Wednesday FC

9 appearances, 3 goals

P 9 W 3 D 0 L 6 F 21: A 33
33% successful

1877-82

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
780

Profile

Full name William Mosforth
renamed himelf as James Mosforth, c.1891
Born 2 January 1858 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, March 1858].

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, William is the oldest of two children to James and Emily (née Stafford). They live at 65 Brightmore Street in Sheffield. His father is warehouse man.
Wm. is also stated as being on the census return of his grandfather, Henry Stafford, and his wife Elizabeth and their three children. They live in the west side of Crookes.

According to the 1871 census, William now has two more younger siblings, and with their parents, they now live at The Portobello Tavern at 248 Portobello Street in Sheffield where his father is the publican.

According to the 1881 census, William is a Publican at 29 King Street in Sheffield. He has Isaac and Ellen Reed, a fishmonger and his wife, and their baby, living with him. He has one servant.
His widowed mother remains the publican at The Portobello Tavern.

According to the 1891 census, James William is living his widowed mother at The Portobello Tavern, along with his younger sister Emily. His mother is the licensed victualler, whereas William is now an engraver.
According to the 1893 Kelly's Directory of Leeds, William was in charge of the Portobello Tavern.

According to the 1901 census, James William is now married to Viviana. He is now the licensed victualler of the The Portobello Tavern.

According to the 1911 census, James William is still married and still the licensed victualler of The Portobello Tavern, they have one servant.
According to the 1919 White's Directory of Leeds, William was still in charge of the Portobello Tavern.

Married: to Viviana Beard [registered in Sheffield, March 1901]. Viviana was born in 1872 and died mid-1938.
Died: 11 July 1929, aged 71 years 190 days [registered in Sheffield, September 1929]. Buried in Crookes cemetery (left).
Height/Weight: 5' 4", ?st. ?lbs [nk].

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Ancestry.com & Alan Alcott

Club Career

Club(s) Assisted three Sheffield clubs, Hallam FC, Heeley FC and Providence FC, before joining Wednesday FC from Ecclesfield FC. His next club was Sheffield Albion FC in 1878. Played for Wednesday between December 1880 and January 1888; played for Sheffield Rovers FC, and then Sheffield United FC in its conception era of 1889; also represented Sheffield FA and a touring side called The Zulu's.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 43rd players (47) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
First match No.  6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 19 years 61 days.
Last match No. 16, 13 March 1882, Wales 5 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 24 years 71 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

The 1881 census reveals that Mosforth was a publican in Sheffield. In fact, Kelly's Directory of Leeds reveals that from 1893 untill at least 1919, he was running the Portabello Tavern in Sheffield. - Ancestry.com

 

Billy Mosforth - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Capt. Disc.
10 9 780 3 260 min 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.

 

Billy Mosforth - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 4 2 0 2 8 9 -1 1 0 2.00 2.25 50.0 =0
Away 5 1 0 4 13 24 -11 0 0 2.60 4.80 20.0 -3
All - Friendly 9 3 0 6 21 33 -12 1 0 2.33 3.67 33.3 -3

 

Billy Mosforth - Match History
 Club: Wednesday F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 9 full capsx

Age 19
1 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start ol
 Club: Sheffield Albion F.C. - 5 full caps  
Age 20
2 7 2 March 1878 - Scotland 7 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start ol
Age 21
3 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start ol
4 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start ol
Age 22
5 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start ol
6 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW Start ol
 Club: Wednesday F.C. - 3 full caps  
Age 23
7 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1, East Lancashire Cricket Club, Blackburn Fr HL Start ol
Age 24
- 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW reserve
8 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start ol
9 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AL Start ol

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