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Billy Rose

Swifts FC, Swindon Town FC, Preston North End FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

5 appearances, 4 goal against

P 5 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 12: A 2
80% successful

1884-91

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
450

Timeline

  William Crisp Rose
Not Crispin, never Crispin. He himself signed his named as Crisp in the 1911 census.
Birth Sunday, 1 December 1861 in Euston, Middlesex [registered in Pancras, December 1861]
note: Pancras was part of the Middlesex County Registration before 1889.
 

According to the 1871 census, William C. is the oldest of the three children, all sons, to William and Anna Maria. His father is a carpenter and they live at 44½ Ashted Row in Aston, Birmingham.

 

According to the 1881 census, William and his two brothers remain at home with their parents living at 2 Regents Park Road in Aston, both William and his father are carpenters.

  "AFFILIATION CASE.
"William Crisp Rose, late of Swindon, and now of Preston, a carpenter, was summoned by Dora Green, 19, single woman, of Swindon, to show cause, &c.—Mr. Boodle appearaed for the plaintiff, and Mr. R.S. Foreman, for the defendant.—Complainant said she was confined on the 14th July, 1885, and the defendant was the father of the child.—Mr. Boodle said that the complainant had already received £40 towards the support of the child.—The Bench made an order on the defendant of 2s. 6d. a week till the child was 14 years of age."
- Saturday, 28 August 1886, Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard
First Marriage to Millicant Rigg, on 12 August 1886 [registered in Preston, September 1886]. She had died within the year.
"Another Preston footballer has entered the bonds of matrimony, viz., W. C. Rose, the North End goalkeeper, Rose commenced business for himself as a joiner and carpenter a few months ago, and has done a fair business. He was married on Thursday morning." - Cricket and Football Field, Saturday, 14 August 1886.
 

According to the 1891 census, Wm. Crisp is widowed and is a hotel manager of the pub at the end of Railway Street in St. Peter's, Wolverhampton. His brother, Harry, lives with him and is the barman. They have two servants.

Second Marriage to Ellen Doughty Cowling [registered in Loughborough, September 1896].
 

According to the 1901 census, William Crisp is a beerhouse keeper at 157 Market Street in the Monks Coppenhall area of Crewe. He is married to Ellen Doughty and they have three children, William, Edith and Ellen along with two servants.

 

According to the 1911 census, William is the manager of the public house, The Black Swan Hotel in Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham. He remains married with one more child, Alice, and his mother lives with them, along with two servants.

Death Thursday, 4 February 1937 in Dudley Road Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, aged 75 years 65 days [registered in Birmingham, March 1937], slipped coming out of a shop near his home, and later died from complications.

Obituary

"The death is announced of William C. Rose, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North End goalkeeper, who was five times 'capped' for England. Rose, who was seventy-five years old, slipped when coming out of a shop near his home in Birmingham and died in hospital from complications. He played for his country against Scotland, Ireland and Wales in 1884, and against Ireland in 1886 and 1891. He was a member of the Wanderers' first F.A. Cup winning side in 1893. The funeral takes place on Saturday."
 - Friday, 5 February 1937, Gloucestershire Echo/Dundee Courier/Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer/Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette/Leeds Mercury.

Funeral Saturday, 6 February 1937 in Yardley
"Club Colours in Wreath at Funeral.
"A wreath in the club's colours from Wolverhampton Wanderers was among the floral tributes at the funeral at Yardley on Saturday of Mr. William C. Rose, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England footballer, off 33, Southern-road, Ward End, Birmingham, who died in Dudley-road Hospital following an accident. He was 75 years of age. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. R. Witcomb. The family mourners included the widow, four daughters and three sons-in-law. In addition to the wreath from the 'Wolves,' there was one, 'In memory of an old friend and a great goalkeeper, from Charles B. Crisp, of the Chelsea Football Club,' and others from the service department of Wolseley Motors and from the Britannic Staff Association." - Monday, 8 February 1937, Birmingham Daily Gazette

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his career with Small Heath FC in 1877, before joining Swifts FC a year later. In December 1882, Rose was also keeping goal for Spartans FC, and did so on a regulary basis until October 1884. During the 1883-84 season, as club captain, Spartans FC changed their name to Swindon Town FC. He also assisted Swindon Victoria FC during 1884 and early part of 1885, before he joined Preston North End FC in the February, when he also guested for the Corinthians club. A year later, he was at Stoke FC. Returned to the Midlands with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in 1888-89 to play in the inaugral Football League. He was released by them, and he joined Loughborough Town FC in May 1894 and but re-joined Wolverhampton Wanderers FC a season later. He retired at the end of the 1895-96 season, having played 134 league appearances for the Wolves. His final appearance was in an FA Cup first round replay match against Notts County FC on 5 February 1896.
During his career he also represented Wiltshire FA, London FA and Birmingham FA.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1888-89, 1895-96 (did not play in either); winners 1892-93;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 11½", 12st 2lbs [1895];

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 109th (109) players to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 20, 23 February 1884, Ireland 1 England 8, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 22 years 84 days.
Last match No. 41, 7 March 1891, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St.Peter's, Wolverhampton, aged 29 years 96 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84, 1885-86, 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship shared 1885-86, winners 1890-91;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A letter from Rose in October 1893 was instrumental in the setting up of a Players' Union.  After leaving football, he was employed as a licensee in Birmingham and Wolverhampton and as a tobacconist in Bordesley. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.212.



The Numbers
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt.
6 5 5 450 4 113 min 4 One 20% none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions. 
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
5 4 0 1 24 4 +20 1 1 4.80 0.80 80.0 +3

Match Record

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 4 3 0 1 18 3 +15 1 1 4.50 0.75 75.0 +2
All - British Championship 5 4 0 1 24 4 +20 1 1 4.80 0.80 80.0 +3

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1885-86 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 5 4 0 1 24 4 +20 1 1 4.80 0.80 80.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 4 0 1 24 4 +20 1 1 4.80 0.80 80.0 +3
All 5 4 0 1 24 4 +20 1 1 4.80 0.80 80.0 +3

Match History

 Club: Swifts F.C. & Swindon Town F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - four full appearances (360 min)x

Age 22
1 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start gk
2 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL Start gk
3 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start gk

 Club: Preston North End F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 24
4 26 13 March 1886 - Ireland 1 England 6, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start gk

 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x


Age 29
5 41 7 March 1891 - England 6 Ireland 1, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HW Start gk
43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW reserve

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