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Henry Wace

Wanderers FC & Clapham Rover FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 9: A 12
67% successful


disciplined: none
one, maybe two
minutes played:


Full name Henry Wace
Born 21 September 1853 in Cottage Hill, St. Chad's, Shrewsbury, Shropshire [registered in Shrewsbury, December 1853]
Baptised 18 October 1853 in St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, Henry is the youngest of three children to George and Elizabeth Olivia. They live with their parent's at their grandparents house at College Hill in St. Chad's area of Shrewsbury, along with three servants. His father is an attorney and his grandfather, Richard, is a retired solicitor.

According to the 1871 census, Henry is still the youngest of the three children, still living at College Hill with their parents, who now own the house, and his father is still an attorney too.

According to the 1881 census, Henry, now a Barrister in practice, is lodging at 88 St. James Street in Westminster. Part of the Eton & Harrow Club.

Cannot be found on the 1891 census, but still likely to be in the Kensington area.

According to the 1901 census, Henry, now married to Hilda, is a barrister. They have three children, Katherine, Michael and Jocelyn, and are living at 26 Phillamore Gardens in Kensington with three servants.

According to the 1911 census, Henry is now a retired barrister, and with his wife and three of his four children (the youngest, Olivia, is omitted), they live at St.Winifred's, Sion Hill in Bath.

According to the 1939 register, the widowed Henry is a retired barrister living at St. Winifreds at Sion Hill with his daughter Olivia and two servants.
They lived in St.Winifred's until it was destroyed by German bombing on Bath in 1942.

Married to Hilda Ormerod Bailey [registered in Bolton, December 1889], died in December 1938. His son, Michael died in 1946.
Died 5 November 1947 at 1 Lansdown Place West, aged 94 years 45 days [registered in Bath, December 1947]. Left £56,859 16s. 11d. in his will.
Buried on 15 November at Lansdown Cemetery, Bath
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Shrewsbury School; and then St. John's College, Cambridge University, earning his Blue 1874-75.  Played for Wanderers FC, Clapham Rovers FC and Shropshire Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1876-77, 1877-78;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Not content with just playing football, Wace was also an accomplished cricketer and oarsman. He gained a rugby blue in 1873, and in 1878, represented the South of England against the North in a Rugby Union trial.


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 50th players (56) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 7, 2 March 1878, Scotland 7 England 2, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 24 years 162 days.
Last match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 25 years 196 day. Captain
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Son of a Shrewsbury Solicitor, Wace became a barrister, called to the Bar 1879, and was subsequently an acknowledged authority on bankruptcy law, writing a book 'Wace on Bankruptcy' that was a leading authority, until the Bankruptcy Act of 1914. Also President of the Royal Institution for a while. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.256.


Henry Wace - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captaincies Discipline
3 3 240 0 0 min one, maybe two 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.


Henry Wace - 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 0 0 1 2 7 -5 0 0 2.00 7.00 00.0 -1
Away 2 2 0 0 7 5 +2 0 0 3.50 2.50 100.0 +2
All - Friendly 3 2 0 1 9 12 -3 0 0 3.00 4.00 66.7 +1


Henry Wace - Match History

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 3 full capsx

 Club: Wanderers F.C. & Clapham Rovers F.C. - 3 full caps  
Age 24
1 7 2 March 1878 - Scotland 7 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start hb
Age 25
2 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start 60
Three reports, The Field, The Sportsman and Football Annual give the captaincy to Arthur Cursham, whilst The London Times, Athletic News and Bell's Life, gives it to Wace. The fact that Charles Alcock's own Football Annual lists Cursham makes us favour the Notts County forward, but one can never be sure and we will not commit ourselves with any degree of certainty.
3 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Captain hb