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Frank Pawson

Cambridge University AFC, Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

2 appearances, 1 goal on debut

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 11: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
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  Reverend Francis William Pawson
Birth Saturday, 6 April 1861 at 211 Cemetery Road, Sharrow, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  registered as Frances William in Ecclesall Bierlow April-June 1861

According to the 1861 census is taken the day after the birth of Francis, and he himself is the unnamed infant son at 211 Cemetery Road in Sharrow, Sheffield. His father, Henry is a Stationer and Printer master employing 28. His mother, Alice Ann (née Furnish), is already looking after Francis' older sisters, Emily and Alice. They have two servants.

Baptism 29 August 1861 in Sheffield

(His mother died at the beginning of 1863)
According to the 1871 census, Francis' father, Henry has remarried, Maria (née Crookes). They are now living at 'Fairfield', 43 Montgomery Road in Sharrow. His father remains a printer stationer. The three children now have three half-brothers, Alfred, Arnold and Herbert. They have two servants.

According to the 1881 census, Francis W. is now a resident at Cambridge University. He is lodging at a house in St Andrew's Street, with the Seymour family.
According to the West Yorkshire Electoral Registers from 1887 to 1897, Francis William is living at 43 Montgomery Road. H
is father also owns a property in Endcliffe Crescent in Broomhill.

According to the 1891 census, Francis W. is now a clerk in holy orders, along with his lodger, George S.H. Newbury. They live in Stafford House, in Bexhill, Sussex.
(His step-mother died on 20 March 1895)

Marriage to Sophie Marke Bishop, on 29 December 1898, at St. Michael's Church in Chester Square in Pimlico, London
  registered in St. George Hanover's Square October-Deceember 1898
Children Frank and Sophie Pawson had five children together. George Henry Marke (b.23 January 1900), Rachel Frances (b.21 September 1902), Mary Rosamund (b.19 August 1904), David Francis (b.10 February 1908) and John Michael (b.1 February 1910)

According to the 1901 census, Francis is now married to Sophie and they have one child, George H. He is a Church of England clergyman. They live at 1 Albion Street in Lewes with three servants and two visiting in-laws.
(His father died on 9 October 1907 at 26 Oakhill Road, Sheffield)


According to the 1911 census, Francis is a clergyman in the established church, married, and with four more children, Rachel Frances, Mary Rosemond, David Francis and John Michael. They have five servants. They all live at the Ecclesfield Vicarage in Sheffield.


According to the 1921 census, Francis William is a clerk in holy orders, still married, and one son, George, and two servants. They still live at the Vicarage in Sheffield.

Death Monday, 4 July 1921 at 426 Glossop Road in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
aged 60 years 89 days registered in Ecclesall Bierlow July-September 1860
"PAWSON.—On July 4th, at Sheffield, Rev. Francis William Pawson, M.A., for 18 years Vicar of Ecclesfield, and Rural Dean, aged 60. Funeral will take place at 2 p.m., at Ecclesfield Church, to-day (Thursday)." - Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Thursday, 7 July 1921.


"THE REV. F.W. PAWSON—Death of Ecclesfield's Vicar and Rural Dean.
"The Church in the Sheffield Diocese and Ecclesfield parish in particular loses a robust and lovable personality in the death of the Rev. Francis William Pawson, who passed away at a Sheffield nursing home yesterday, where he recently underwent an operation. Before he settled down to the comparatively quiet but useful routine of a country Vicarage, the Rev. F. W. Pawson had distinguished himself in the world of sport. AT Cambridge, in London, and in Sheffield he was a brilliant forward in Association football, and more than once represented his country in International matches. Son of the late Mr. Henry Pawson, he was born at Sheffield sixty years ago, and educated for the Church; he took his B.A. at Cambridge in 1884, and his M.A. in 1887; he was appointed deacon in 1886, and priest in 1887. His first curacy was at Battersea, where he worked from 1886 to 1890, and during part of this time, 1888-9, he also served as warden of Caius House, Battersea Square. In 1890 he went to Bexhill, the Sussex coast resort, as a curate, and stayed there till 1899, when he was appointed Rector of the Church of St. Thomas — Becket at Cliffe, Lewes. In 1903 he accepted the living of Ecclesfield. He has been content to devote himself primarily to the claims of his own parish and people, and has not sought prominence or preferment, but his appointment as Rural Dean of Ecclesfield in 1915 was a popular and well-merited recognition of quiet but zealous service, and in this capacity he has had the oversight of fourteen benefices in a district which in recent years has undergone remarkable industrial development. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow and four sons and two daughters."

- Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, 5 July 1921.
Thursday, 7 July 1921
at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Ecclesfield

"ECCLESFIELD Vicar—Impressive Funeral of the Rev F.W. Pawson.
Ecclesfield was in mourning yesterday over the loss of the Rev. F. W. Pawson, who for 18 years had been its highly respected Vicar, and who was also Rural Dean. For the funeral service there gathered, in the church where he had ministered, a crowded congregation representative of all lasses of people, and all kinds of organisations, in the parish, and there were also present many friends from Sheffield and the surrounding district. It was a typical village funeral, at which not only public men, but people occupying humble positions, assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one with whom they had been brought in contact in a variety of ways. The church was, in fact, all too small to hold all who wished to attend, and the paths in the churchyard, leading to the grave, were lined with mourners. The procession of the relatives and other principal mourners from the Vicarage to the church was met by the choir, clergy and wardens, at whose head the cross was carried, and as they entered the church, the hymn, 'The King of Love my Shepherd is,' was sung. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Sheffield, assisted by the Rev. Arnold Pawson, Vicar of St. James; Scarborough, and the Rev. Walker Watts, Vicar of St. Mary's, Lincoln (formerly curate of Ecclesfield). "  - Sheffiled Daily Telegraph, Thursday, 6 October 1921
Probate "PAWSON the reverend Francis William of the Vicarage Ecclesfield Yorkshire clerk died 4 July 1921 at 426 Glossop-road Sheffield Probate London 30 September to Sophie Marke Pawson widow William Bayldon Barber stockbroker and George Henry Marke Pawson steel manufacturer.
Effects £32454 14s. 2d." [2019 equivalent: £1,600,643].
"The Rev. Francis Pawson, of the
Vicarage, Ecclesfield, York., a former soccer international, who died July last, aged 60, left estate of the value of £32,454 14s. 2d. gross (£32,105 net). He gives £1,000 to his wife and the residue in trust for her during widowhood, and his children."  - The Nottingham Journal Thursday, 6 October 1921.
Cambridge University Alumni
Adm. at CAIUS, Oct. 1, 1880.
S. of Henry, of Sharrow, Sheffield. B. there, Apr. 6, 1861.
School, Sheffield Collegiate. Matric. Michs. 1880; B.A. 1884; M.A. 1888.
Football (assoc.) 'blue,' 1882-4; Capt. 1884. England, 1883, 1885.
Ord. deacon (Rochester) 1886; priest, 1887; C. of St Mary's, Battersea, 1886-90.
Warden of Caius House, Battersea Square, 1888-9.
C. of Bexhill, Sussex, 1890-9.

R. of St Thomas of Cant.-at-Cliffe, Lewes, 1900-3. V. of Ecclesfield, Sheffield, 1903-21. Rural Dean, 1914-21.
Died July 4, 1921, at Sheffield.
Brother of the above.
  Sophie Pawson died 19 September 1942


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Sheffield Collegiate School before going onto Cambridge University AFC and earning his blue between 1882 and 1884, becoming captain in his final year. Went on to Swifts FC, Sheffield FC and Casuals FC.
Corinthians 1885-89
Individual honours Surrey FA
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 103rd players (107) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left, centre-forward
First match No. 18, 24 February 1883, England 7 Ireland 0, a friendly match at Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, aged 21 years 324 days.
Last match No. 23, 28 February 1885, England 4 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester, aged 23 years 328 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85;
Team honours None
Dinstinctions Died 21 days after John Owen

Beyond England

Entered Cambridge on 1 October 1880. Served on the FA Committee 1882-83. Broke his leg in 1886 playing for Corinthians FC against Cambridge University AFC, he collided with their goalkeeper.  He was ordained in 1886 and became curate of Battersea between 1886 and 1890, then Bexhill between 1890 and 1899.  He then became the Rector of Lewes 1900-1903, and then Vicar of Ecclesfield, Sheffield, from 1903 until 1921. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.192.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes Goals ave.min captain
2 2 1 180 1 180 min none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 2 0 0 11 0 +11 0 2 5.5 0.5 100 +2
Both of his matches were played at a home venue

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Friendly 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Tournament Matches

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4 0 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Cambridge University A.F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

Age 21
1 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0
Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth
Fr HW 88 ol

one of six who became the 103rd (106) players to appear for England
one of three who became he tenth player from Cambridge University AFC to represent England
the sixteenth player to score on his England debut - the latest in a match so far

 Clubs: Swifts F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 23
2 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0
Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range
BC HW   cf

the seventh player from Swifts to represent England
one of three who became the eleventh Corinthian to represent England