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Jimmy Ward

Blackburn Olympic FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 1: A 1
50% successful

1885

captain: none
minutes played:
90

Timeline

  James Ward
No evidence of a Thomas as a middle name
Birth Saturday, 6 August 1864 in Blackburn, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, September 1864].
Thought to be born on 28 March 1865, but there are no James Thomas' in Blackburn in 1865, only in Bradford. The new birthdate comes from the 1939 register.
Baptised Sunday, 7 August 1864 at St. Alban's Church in Blackburn

based on the only correct-aged James Ward, born in Blackburn.

According to the 1871 census, James is the oldest of three children to William and Elizabeth (née Morris). Like so many Blackburn residents, his father is employed as a weaver at the cotton factory. The live at 5 Wall Street in Blackburn.

 

According to the 1881 census, James is now the oldest of five children. He and his father are both cotton weaver's. They live at 9 Wall Street in Blackburn.
According to his 1886 wedding registration, James was living at 34 Florence Street in Blackburn.

Marriage to Sarah Louisa Helme, at St. James' Church, Blackburn, on 25 December 1886 [registered in Blackburn, December 1886].
 

According to the 1891 census, 26 year old James is married to Sarah Louisa, and has three children, Elizabeth, Albert and Frank, and they live at 59 Goldhey Street in Blackburn. He is a cotton weaver.

 

According to the 1901 census, James is now an insurance agent, whereas his wife and children are carrying on in the cotton weaving trade. They live at 3 Industrial Street in Blackburn.

 

According to the 1911 census, James is still married to Sarah, and still a cotton weaver, and with Albert, they live at 8 Eastwood Street in Blackburn.

According to the 1939 register, James is still married to Sarah L., and still an unemployed cotton weaver, and they live at 54 Emily Street in Blackburn.
Death
based on the above
Monday, 25 August 1941, at 54 Emily Street in Blackburn, aged 77 years 19 days [registered in Blackburn, September 1941].
Probate "WARD James of 54 Emily-street Blackburn died 25 August 1941 Administration Lancaster 3 April to Sarah Louisa Ward widow.
Effects £244 11s. 5d." [2019 equivalent: £12,410].

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played locally in Blackburn for the junior sides before joining Little Harwood FC in 1879. He joined Blackburn Olympic FC in 1881, and then awarded the vice-captaincy in June 1886, joining Blackburn Rovers FC later in the year - retiring a year later.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1882-83;
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 120th players (120) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
Only match No. 24, 14 March 1885, England 1 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Leamington Street, Wagtail, Blackburn, aged 20 years 220 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85
Distinctions The third England international player to die in August 1941, after Harry Cursham and Billy Betts

Beyond England

A cotton machine operator, before becoming a Blackburn licensee. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.259. [Though no evidence can be found of Ward become a licensee in the Blackburn area].



The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes Goals captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
Minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home Venue
British Championship
1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

Tournament Matches

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

Match History

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 20
1 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HD Start lb
  

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