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Albemarle Swepstone Pilgrims FC & Corinthians FC

6 appearances, 18 goals against

P 6 W 2 D 0 L 4 F 22: A 18
33% successful
1880-83

captain:
none
minutes played:
540
Timeline
  Harry Albemarle Swepstone
Dean Colet House, birthplace of Albemarle Swepstone Birth: Friday, 14 January 1859 in Dean Colet House [left], White Horse Street, Stepney, Middlesex [registered in Stepney, March 1859]. This house adjoined the Workhouse
notes: Stepney was in the Middlesex Registration County up until 1889.
"SWEPSTONE.―Jan. 14, at Dean Colet House, Stepney, the wife of W. H. Swepstone, Esq., of a son."- Bell's Weekly Messenger, Monday, 24 January 1859.
"He is twenty-five years of age on the 14th of January next..." - The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, Saturday, 6 October 1883.

Swepstone attended Chigwell Grammar School
Baptism 5 February 1862 in St. Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney, along with his sister, Edith Mary
According to the 1861 census, the young Harry was the only son of William Henry and Mary (née Monk). Along with two servants, they lived at 1 Colot Place in Stepney.
According to the 1871 census, Harry is missing, but his parents live at Northumberland Houses at King Edward Road in Hackney.
There are no Swepstone's on the 1881 census.
Marriage to Emma Hough, on 23 March 1887, at Trinity Congregational Church, Walthamstow [registered as Harry Ambemarle Swepstone, in March 1887, West Ham, Essex], she died in 1933.
"SWEPSTONE―HOUGH.―On March 23rd, at Trinity Congregational Church, Orford-road, Walthamstow, Harry Albemarle Swepstone, of Upper Clapton, to Emmie, youngest daughter of E. J. Hough, of Clevelands, Walthamstow. No cards."
- Chelmsford Chronicle, Friday, 8 April 1887.
According to the 1891 census, Harry A. is a Solicitor and married to Emmie, with two daughters, Eileen and Doris, living at Huntingdon House in Seldon Road, Leyton, with two servants.
According to the 1901 census, Harry A. is still a Solicitor and still married to Emmie, with now a son, Harry Eve, living at Highclere House, Lewisham, with two servants.
In a 1903 deed based at Surrey History Centre Archives, Harry Albemarle was living at 31 Great St Helens, London.
Death Tuesday, 7 May 1907, at 5 Raymond Buildings, Grays Inn, Holborn, London, aged 48 years 113 days [registered in Holborn, June 1907]. Buried at Lewisham (now called Ladywell & Brockley) Cemetery with his wife, Emmie, and daughter, Doris, who had died aged only ten years.
Probate "SWEPSTONE Harry Albemarle Esq. of 5 Raymond-buildings Grays Inn Middlesex
        died 7 May 1907 Probate
London 30 May to Emmie Swepstone widow.

Effects £2274 12s." [2019 equivalent: £275,614].
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) "In 1876-7 he was a prominent member of the Ramblers' Football Club, which was an off-shoot of the older established 'Pilgrims F.C.' At that time he usually played forward, where his dash and strength made him particularly unpleasant to opposing backs. On January 8th, 1879, he made his debut in an important match, keeping goals for Essex against Berkshire, when the latter were defeated by two goals to one.
"The dissolution of the 'Ramblers' necessitated a change of colours on the part of Mr. Swepstone, and in 1879-80 we find him playing for the Pilgrims, with which club he is still associated, having acted as its captain during the past year. On November 15, 1879, he made his first appearance for London against the Birmingham eleven. He also played for the South v. North on March 6, 1880, no goal being scored on either side.
"The next year saw him assisting London in its victories over Sheffield and Birmingham respectively, only twice allowing the the ball to pass him in the two matches.
1881-2 still found the 'Pilgrim' with plenty of employment. He played for London v. Birmingham, and v. Oxford and Cambridge, both matches resulting in drawn games. He was on the victorious side when the South beat the North by three goals to one. Last season he represented the Metropolitan Association in three matches―Sheffield, Edinburgh and Glasgow."
- The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, Saturday, 6 October 1883.
Also represented Swifts FC in 1887-90. His final appearance in goal was for the Swifts against Wednesday FC at Olive Grove
, in a FA Cup tie on 20 January 1890.
Corinthians 1882-86 (Founder member of the Corinthians FC) "It was this nimble-footed, nimble-handed goalkeeper who first christened an afterwards famous club 'The Corinthians."
Club honours None
Individual honours Essex FA (1879 vs. Berkshire FA), London FA (1879-82, seven appearances).
South vs. North 1879, 1882
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].
England Career
Player number One of five who became the seventieth players (70) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; eleventh goalkeeper to appear for England
First match No. 10, 13 March 1880, Scotland 5 England 4, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 21 years 59 days;
Last match No. 19, 10 March 1883, England 2 Scotland 3, a friendly match at Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield, aged 24 years 55 days;
Individual honours The Stripes (two appearances, 4ᵍᵃ, February 1879);
The South (five appearances, 2ᵍᵃ, March 1880-January 1886);
England trial (one appearance, 4ᵍᵃ, March 1881);
The Probables (one appearance, 4ᵍᵃ, March 1882);
The Gentlemen (one appearance, 2ᵍᵃ, March 1886, withdrew, January 1886);
Distinctions Between 1882 and 1887, Swepstone was England's most capped goalkeeper. Thus becoming the longest serving goalkeeper, 2 years 362 days, until equalled by Bob Roberts in March 1890, and broken by Billy Rose a year later.
Became just the second goalkeeper, playing a full match, to keep a clean sheet, in March 1883.
Beyond England
A solicitor by profession, admitted in 1881, he first practised at Bethnal Green from 1881-92, and then Bishopsgate. Served on the FA Committee 1883-84. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.241/2.


The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals
Against
GA ave.min clean sheets clean sheet ave. captain
7 6 540 18 30 min 2 33% none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
6 2 0 4 22 18 +4 0 2 3.667 3.00 33.3 -2

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home Friendly
matches
3 2 0 1 14 3 +11 0 2 4.667 1.00 66.7 +1
Away 3 0 0 3 8 15 -7 0 0 2.667 5.00 00.0 -3

Match History
 
 Club: Pilgrims F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - six full appearances (540 min)x
Age 20 trial  
two appearances - The Stripes vs. The Whites, 19 & 26 February 1879, Surrey Cricket Ground

Age 21    
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 6 March 1880, Surrey Cricket Ground

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Fr AL 5ᵍᵃ
cs: 5min
gk
    

one of five who became the seventieth (70) players to appear for England
the only Pilgrim to represent England
the eleventh goalkeeper to play for England - youngest since 1872

 Clubs: Pilgrims F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - five full appearances (450 min)  

Age 22 trial  
two appearances - The South vs. The North, 19 February 1881, Bramall Lane &
England vs. Birmingham & District, 5 March 1881, Aston Lower Grounds

13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL reserve
   

Age 23 trial  
two appearances - The South vs. The North, 28 January 1882, Surrey Cricket Ground &
The Probables vs. The Improbables, 4 March 1882, Pikes Lane

2 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL 5ᵍᵃ gk

the fourth Corinthian to represent England
the eleventh goalkeeper to play for England - youngest since 1872
the first goalkeeper to concede eight, nine, then ten goals for England

MST GK APS 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
Fr AL 5ᵍᵃ gk
3 16

the first goalkeeper to make three England appearances
the first goalkeeper to concede eleven to fifteen goals for England

Age 24 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 15 January 1883, Aston Lower Grounds

4 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW   gk

the first goalkeeper to make four England appearances
created a new clean sheet record of 91 minutes

5 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0
Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool
Fr HW   gk

the first goalkeeper to make five England appearances
extended his clean sheet record to 181 minutes

6 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3
Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield
Fr HL 3ᵍᵃ
cs: 203min
gk
    

the first goalkeeper to make six England appearances
the first goalkeeper to concede sixteen to eighteen goals for England
extended his clean sheet record to 203 minutes
will hold the most goalkeeper appearance record until 1887
will hold the clean sheet records (2 matches & 203 minutes) also until 1887

Age 27 trial  
withdrew - The Gentlemen vs. The Players, 16 January 1886, Deepdale
two appearances - The South vs. The North, 30 January 1886, Surrey Cricket Ground &
The Gentlemen vs. The Players, 20 March 1886, Surrey Cricket Ground.

  
 
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