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Bill Townley

Blackburn Rovers FC

2 appearances, probably 2 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 13: A 2
100% successful

1888-91

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name William Townley
Born 14 February 1866 at 64 Lark Hill Terrace, Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, March 1866].

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, William is the second of three children to Daniel and Elizabeth. Living at 64 Lark Hill [Terrace] in Blackburn. His father is a mechanic.

According to the 1881 census, Wm. now has four more younger siblings and as a consequence, the family now live at 66 Lark Hill Terrace [is 66 a transcriber's error?]. His father is an iron turner.

According to the 1891 census, William is the eldest of the seven children at home, there has been another since the last census. Along with their parents they live [back] at 64 Lark Hill Terrace. Willima is a mechanic, whilst his father is a mechanic in the iron trade.

According to the 1901 census, William, now a school teacher, is married to Fanny, a dressmaker, they now live at 62 Lark Hill [Terrace]. They have two children, Mary and Elsie. They live next door to his family, who are at number 64.

Not on the 1911 census as he is now in Europe.

Married to Fanny Chadwick [registered in Blackburn, September 1894].
Died 30 May 1950, aged 84 years 105 days [registered in Fylde, June 1950].
Height/Weight 5' 10", 10st. 12lbs [1891].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Blackburn and was soon playing for Blackburn Swifts FC, then Blackburn Olympic FC and then Blackburn Rovers FC. He was playing for Stockton FC from July 1892, returning to Lancashire with Darwen FC in July 1894. Manchester City FC signed him in September 1896 until his retirement a year later.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1889-90, 1890-91;
Individual honours None
Distinctions His son is John Townley, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Clapton Orient FC.

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 152nd player (156) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
First match No. 35, 23 February 1889, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-upon-Trent, aged 23 years 9 days.
Last match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Ground, Belfast, aged 24 years 29 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89, 1889-90;
Team honours British Championship shared 1889-90;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Worked as a school teacher from 1890 until he began coaching throughout Europe from 1909 to 1934, primarily in Germany, but also in Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland during the twenties. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.249.

 

Bill Townley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
5 2 2 180 0-3 0-60 min 0-3 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 Townley - 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 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All - British Championship 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2

 

Bill Townley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2

 

Bill Townley - Match History
 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 2 full caps

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

Age 21
- 32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW reserve
Age 23
1 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW Start ol
Age 24
2 38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start ol
It is generally accepted that Townley scored twice.... its possible however, that he did not score any, or one, or two or three.
- 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow BC AD reserve
Age 25
- 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW reserve

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