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John Owen

Sheffield club

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 2
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disciplined: none
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Full name Reverend John Robert Blayney Owen
Born 25 May 1848 in St. Leonards, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire [registered in Aylesbury, December 1848].
Baptised 6 August 1848 at St. Leonard's Church, in St. Leonards, Buckinghamshire, by his own father.

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, John is the second of three children to Reverend Edward and Jane Esther (née Burgess), his father is the curator at St. Leonard's Church, where they also live, at Chambers Green.

According to the 1861 census, John and his older brother Edward, are living with their servant, Mary Ann Hart, still at Chambers Green.
Their parents are living with four more of their children at 66 Pulteney Road, in the Bathwick area of Bath, where his father is a clergyman.

According to the 1871 census, John R.B. is head of the household at 7 Pelham Crescent in Hastings. John, still a scholar with a B.A. from Oxford, is head over his three sisters and two younger brothers, who have a Governess, Elizabeth Wingford.

According to the 1881 census, J.R.B. Owen is the second master at Trent College in Long Eaton in Derbyshire. He has a Master of Arts from Oxford.

According to the 1891 census, John R.B., now married to Mary G., live at The Vicarage at 20 Church Road in Toftrees, near Fakenham in Norfolk. He is the Rector of Shereford and the Vicar of Toftrees. They have three children (another had died in 1883) and three servants.

According to the 1901 census, John R.B. is still married, still a clergyman, and has two of his children with him and two servants. They still live at the Toftrees Vicarage.

According to the 1911 census, John Robert Blayney is the 'clergyman of the established church' now at The Rectory, Bradwell-on-Sea. He is their with his wife, two of his daughters, and three servants.

Married to Mary Georgiana Burgess [registered in Amersham, September 1881]. Five children, John Latimer (1883-1918), Robert (1883-1883), Mary Katherine (1884-1954), Margaret Bryant (1890-1971) and Ithel Glendwr (1895-1973).
Two of his sons, John and Ithel, served in World War 1, but tragically John was killed in action a few days before the Armistice, but Ithel survived going on to win the Croix de Guerre at Loos before becoming Rector of Bradwell-on-Sea.
Died 13 June 1921 at 4 Dorset Square, Middlesex, aged 73 years 19 days [registered in Marylebone, London, June 1921]. Still living at the Bradwell-on-Sea Rectory. He left £1995 9s. 2d. to his widow.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Joined Sheffield FC; also played for Maldon FC in Essex. Represented various associations, including Sheffield, Nottingham and Essex.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first class cricket for Derbyshire CC


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became 21st players (27) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 25 years 286 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Educated at Queen's College, Oxford he was Second Master at Trent College from 1872 to 1881 and then appointed as Headmaster of Hawkshead Grammar School, Westmoreland in 1881. He was ordained on 17 August 1882, by the Bishop of Carlisle, whilst at Trent College and in 1890 left Hawkshead Grammar School who became the rector of Sherford and Vicar of Tofttrees before moving who became the Rector of Bradwell on Sea from 1904 to 1921. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.189.


John Owen - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain Discipline
1 1 90 0 0 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.


John Owen - 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 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1

John Owen - Match History
 Club: Sheffield F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

Age 25
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Start for