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Bill Rowley

Stoke FC

2 appearances, 1 goal against
one penalty saved

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 8: A 1
50% successful

1889-92

captain: none
minutes played:
180

Timeline

  William Spencer Rowley
Birth summer 1865 in Hanley, Staffordshire [registered in Stoke-upon-Trent, September 1865].
Baptised Sunday, 12 November 1865 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hanley
 

According to the 1871 census, five year old William S. is living with his widowed father, Charles, and grandparents, William and Mary. His father is a clerk, his grandfather is a potter. They live at 40 Well Street in Hanley. His mother was Sarah (née Stevenson), died in the previous winter, aged just 33 years.

 

According to the 1881 census, William is living with his widowed aunt Eliza and his cousins. He is a potters boy living at 63 Ashwood in Longton.

 

According to the 1891 census, William is a boarder with the Cross family at 75 Howard Street in Burslem. William is a potter/cupmaker.

Marriage to Ellen Rhodes, on Saturday, 29 April 1893 in Edensor [registered in Stoke-upon-Trent, June 1893]. Both residents lived on Heathcote Road at time of their marriage.
One of their children died at birth, William Spencer, summer 1895.
 

According to the 1901 census, William is a Potter's China Jiggerer, married to dressmaker, Ellen with two children, Ellen and Annie. They live at 139 Heathcote Road in the Longton area of Stoke.

 

According to the 1911 census, 46 year-old William Spencer is a China Plateforeman still married, with two more children, Spencer and William. They have four lodgers, the Twigge family. They still live at 139 Heathcote Road. The census reveals that William and Ellen had another eight children that had died.
Shortly after this census, Ellen died [registered in Stoke.T, June 1911]

Death winter 1933/34, aged 68 years nk days [registered in Stoke and Wolstanton, March 1934].

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Started his career as a centre-forward at Hanley Orion FC. He assisted Stoke FC's reserve during 1883-84. He turned up in goal for Burslem Port Vale FC and then signed for rivals Stoke FC in 1887, which prompted the Valiants to take their neighbours to the County Court for Damages. He sustained a number of serious injuries including, in the 1890-91 season, a broken breastbone. He became the club secretary in May 1895. Then he returned to playing when he became the club secretary of Leicester Fosse FC in 1898. The Football Association then refused to sanction the registration and he was suspended from playing in October 1898.
League History
119 appearances
Stoke FC 1888-96 118 appearances.
debut: 8 September 1888 Stoke FC 0 West Bromwich Albion FC 2.
Leicester Fosse FC 1898 one appearance.
debut & last (second division): 3 September 1898 Leicester Fosse FC 3 Lincoln City FC 2.
Club honours Football Alliance winners 1890-91;
Football League Division Two third place 1898-99 (one appearance)
Individual honours Football League (one appearance);
Staffordshire FA (1884-90, seventeen appearances)
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) He became the club secretary of Stoke FC in May 1895. Then he became the club secretary of Leicester Fosse FC in October 1898.
League History
60 matches
Stoke FC 1895-96, thirty matches, W15, L15. Finished sixth in Division One, and reached third round of the FA Cup.
Leicester Fosse FC 1896-97, thirty matches. W11 D3 L16. Finished 13th in Division Two, reaching second round of FA Cup.
Club honours None

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (157) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; Nineteenth goalkeeper to appear
First match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 23 years nk days.
Last match No. 44, 5 March 1892, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, aged 26 years nk days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1888-89, 1891-92;
Team honours British Championships winners 1891-92;

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.213.


The Numbers
parties Apps Comp
Apps
minutes GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av.
captain
4 2 2 180 1 180 min 1 1 50% none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2
2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2

Match History

 Club: Stoke F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x


Age 23
1 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start gk
  

Age 24
38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW reserve
39 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW
  

Age 26
2 44 5 March 1892 - Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start gk
  

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