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Bill Rowley

Stoke FC

2 caps, 1 goal against
one penalty saved

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

1889-92

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name William Spencer Rowley
Born summer 1865 in Hanley, Staffordshire [registered in Stoke upon Trent, September 1865].
Baptised 12 November 1865 in Hanley

Census Notes

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, died in 1870 winter, aged 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.

 

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.

Married to Ellen Rhodes [registered in Stoke-upon-Trent, June 1893].
Died winter 1934, aged 68 years x days [registered in Stoke-upon-Trent, March 1934].
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

Club 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 Burselm Port Vale FC and then signed for neighbours Stoke FC in 1887. He sustained a number of serious injuries including in the 1890-91 season, a broken breastbone. He became the club secretary in 1896. He became club secretary of Leicester Fosse FC in 1898. The Football Association apparently refused to sanction the registration and he was suspended from playing in October 1898. He also played seventeen times for Staffordshire FA (1884-90).
Club honours Football Alliance winners 1890-91;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (157) to appear for England. Nineteenth goalkeeper to appear
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Liverpool, aged 23 years x days.
Last match No. 44, 5 March 1892, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast, aged 26 years x days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1888-89, 1891-92;
Team honours British Championships winners 1891-92;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

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

 

Bill Rowley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
4 2 2 180 1 180 min 1 One 50% 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.

 

Bill Rowley - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
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 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All - British Championship 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2

 

Bill Rowley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships Tournaments
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 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
All 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 0 1 4.00 0.50 100.0 +2

 

Bill Rowley - Match History
 Club: Stoke F.C. - 2 full caps

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

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, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW reserve
- 38 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham AW reserve
Age 26
2 44 5 March 1892 - Ireland 0 England 2, Solitude Ground, Cliftonville, Belfast BC AW Start gk

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