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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


Captain: none
minutes played:


  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."- Monday, 24 January 1859, Bell's Weekly Messenger.
"He is twenty-five years of age on the 14th of January next..." - Saturday, 6 October 1883, The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.
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  Swepstone. 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."
- Friday, 8 April 1887, Chelmsford Chronicle.

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 as Harry Albemarle Swepstone, with his wife, Emmie, and daughter, Doris, who had died aged only ten years.
Left £2274 12s. to his wife.


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.
!881-2 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."
- Saturday, 6 October 1883, The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.
Also represented Corinthians FC in 1882-86, and Swifts FC in 1887-90. His final appearance in goal was for the Swifts against Wednesday at Olive Grove, in a FA Cup tie on 20 January 1890.
Club honours None
Individual honours "It was this nimble-footed, nimble-handed goalkeeper who first christened an afterwards famous club 'The Corinthians.'"
Distinctions Founder member of the Corinthians FC, and was responsible for giving the club its name.
Height/Weight not known


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
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 Bramall Lane, Little Sheffield, Sheffield, aged 24 years 55 days;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Between 1882 and 1887, Swepstone was England's most capped goalkeeper.

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 Apps Minutes Goals Against GA Ave. min Clean
Sht Av.
6 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.
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
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 21
1 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start gk

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

Age 23
2 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start gk
3 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL Start gk

Age 24
4 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start gk
5 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW Start gk
6 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr HL Start gk