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Ben Olney

Aston Villa FC

2 appearances, 2 goals against

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 8: A 2
100% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Benjamin Albert Olney
Born 22 March 1899 [registered in Holborn, London, June 1899].
Baptised 9 April 1899 at St. Lukes' Church in Finsbury. Living at 38 Gee Street in Finsbury. Parents: James and Louisa, he is a brassplate maker. Baptised by curator L. Stewart-Wall

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Benjamin is youngest of three sons to James and Louisa Elizabeth (née Rice) (called Rose). His fatheris a brass finisher and they all live at 38 Gee Street, in the St. Lukes' area of Finsbury.

According to the 1911 census, Benjamin is the second of six children at home (there are seven in total up until 1911). He is attending school and his father remains a brass finisher. They now live in Birmingham, at 43 Moland Street in St. Mary's.
According to passenger lists, Olney, along with other footballers, was part of a tour of South Africa that returned to Southampton on 5 August 1929 from Cape Town on board the SS Arundel Castle. His address was stated as Sparkbrook in Birmingham. 

Married to Mary E. Hoare [registered in Aston, Warwickshire, September 1921].
Died 23 September 1943 at Derby Isolation Hospital, aged 46 years x days [registered in Derby, Derbyshire, September 1943]. Had been living at 297 Brighton Road, Derby, and had been ill for seven weeks before his death.
Height/Weight x' x", xst. xlbs [x].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Ancestry.com & Derby Telegraph, 25 September 1943

Club Career

Club(s) Derby County FC, transferred to Aston Villa in December 1927. Joined Walsall FC, then Shrewsbury Town FC in the Birmingham League, in 1932, making his last game on 30 December 1933, from when he retired from the game in order to make a living wage.
Club honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions x


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became 528th players (528) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 160, 17 May 1928, France 1 England 5, an end-of-season tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 29 years 56 days.
Last match No. 161, 19 May 1928 - Belgium 1 England 3, an end-of-season tour match at Olympisch Stadion, Antwerpen, aged 29 years 58 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours FA Tour of South Africa 1929;
Distinctions None

Beyond England

He returned to Derby to become licensee of the Castle and Falcon, and was later licensee of the Normanton Hotel. He was employed with Rolls Royce at the time of his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x./Derby Telegraph


Ben Olney - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. GA GA Av.
Sht Av.
Capt. Disc.
2 2 0 180 2 90 0 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.


Ben Olney - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +2


Ben Olney - Match History
 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 2 full caps

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

Age 29
1 160 17 May 1928 - France 1 England 5, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AW Start gk
2 161 19 May 1928 - Belgium 1 England 3, Olympisch Stadion, Antwerpen AW Start gk