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Ben Spilsbury

Cambridge University AFC & Derby County FC & Corinthians FC

3 appearances, 5 goals

P 3 W 2 D 1 L 0 F 11: A 2
83% successful

1885-86

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
270

Profile

Full name Benjamin Ward Spilsbury BA
Born 1 August 1864 at The Longlands, Findern, Derbyshire [registered in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, September 1864].

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Benjamin is the fifth of seven children to to Benjamin Ward and Hannah Warren. His father is the curator of Findern and a landowner, and they live at Findern with three servants.
Attended Rossall School until 1876.

According to the 1881 census, Benjamin W. is a pupil at Repton School, Burton-upon-Trent. His school register reveals that he joined Repton in September 1876 and remained until July 1883.

Not on the 1891 census, but
according to Passenger Lists, B.W. Spilsbury was onboard the SS Parisian bound for British Colombia, leaving Liverpool on 27 February 1890.

According to the 1901 census, Benjamin W. is a retired colonist, living back with his parents and six siblings at The Longlands in Findern alongside three servants. His father is still a Church of England clergyman and the vicar of Findern.

Not on the 1911 census.

Died 15 August 1938 in Vancouver, Canada, aged 74 years 14 days [not registered in the UK].
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Rossall School in Fleetwood, and later, Repton School, Repton in Derbyshire, and then Jesus College at Cambridge University from October 1883, where he played his football and earning his blue from 1883 until 1886, becoming Captain in his final year.  Also played with Derby County FC between 1884 and 1889.  On top of this, he also appeared for the Corinthians FC team while attending University.
Club honours None
Individual honours Benjamin Spilsbury was the man who had the honour of scoring the first goal ever recorded by Derby County FC. It came in the Rams' second match, against Blackburn Olympic FC at the County Ground on September 27, 1884, and although Derby lost 4-3, Spilsbury had a fine game.
Distinctions An all-round athlete when he was at Rossall School, he played football, cricket and athletics. At Repton, he was school champion four times in long jump, and in 1882 he broke the school record.

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 115th players (119) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside/outside-right
First match No. 23, 28 February 1885, England 4 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range, Manchester, aged 20 years 211 days.
Last match No. 28, 27 March 1886, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, aged 21 years 232 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85, 1886-87;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Became a Bachelor of Arts in December 1886. Following his retirement from football, moved to British Colombia to be an farmer in 1890. Although he was back in England in 1901. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.159.

 

Ben Spilsbury - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
4 3 3 270 5 54 min 5 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.

 

Ben Spilsbury - 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 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Away 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 75.0 +1
All - British Championship 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2

 

Ben Spilsbury - Match Record - 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 1885-86 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC All 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 11 2 +9 0 1 3.667 0.667 83.3 +2

 

Ben Spilsbury - Match History
 

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 5 full capsx

 Club: Cambridge University F.C., Derby County F.C. & Corinthians F.C.  - 3 full caps  
Age 20
1 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW Start 75 ir
Age 21
2 26 13 March 1886 - Ireland 1 England 6, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC HW Start
nk
ir
3 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Start ir
- 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW reserve

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