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Vivian Woodward

Tottenham Hotspur FC

23 appearances, 28 goals

P 23 W 18 D 4 L 1 F 86: A 18
87% successful

1903-14

disciplined: none
captaincies:
14
minutes played:
2070

Profile

Full name Captain Vivian John Woodward
Born 3 June 1879 at 10 Crown Villa, Kennington, Lambeth, Surrey [registered in Lamberth, September 1879]. He is the seventh of eight children.
Baptised 17 June 1880 at St. Mark's Church in Kennington. Seven of the Woodward children were all baptised on the same date by H.H. Montgomery.

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, Vivian J. is the youngest of six children to John Alexander James and Anne Margaret (née Stephens). Living at 10 Crown Villas in Kennington with one servant. His father is an architect and district surveyor.

According to the 1891 census, Vivian J. is the youngest of four siblings living together at 'Engelfield', Ellis Road in Great Clacton. Annie is the oldest, followed by Isabella and Alaxander.

According to the 1901 census, Vivian J. is one of four siblings living at 69 Kennington Road. The others being head of the house Alice, also Isabella and Egbert. They are all architects and surveyors.

According to the 1911 census, Vivian John, still an architect, is living with his sister, Ethel and her husband, Frederick William Darvall. They live at Moss Rose Villa, on St Osyth Road in Clacton-on-Sea.

Died 31 January 1954 Castlebar Road Nursing Home in Ealing, aged 74 years 269 days [registered in Ealing, March 1954].
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 11st. 0lbs [1903 & 1914].

Source

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

Biographies Vivian Woodward: Football's Gentleman - Norman Jacob (Tempus, 1 August 2005)

Club Career

Club(s) Attended and played for Ascham College XI in Clacton. He played with Clacton Town FC, of the North Essex League, and Harwich & Parkeston FC as well as representing Essex FA and Old Clactonians AFC. Woodward also featured for Chelmsford FC and at the same time, from 1901, played with and made his name for, Tottenham Hotspur FC, he retired from the game on 31 July 1909. However Woodward signed amateur forms with Chelsea FC on 22 November 1909 and remained until the outbreak of war. Also captained the Footballers Battallion during war games. He retired during the hostilities, probably due to his wounding in January 1916.
Club honours World Championship runners-up 1901-02; Southern League runners-up 1901-02, 1903-04; The Sheriff of London's Charity Shield winners 1902; Football League Division Two runners-up 1911-12; FA Cup runners-up 1914-15;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions Assisted Essex CCC Second XI in 1902-03;
Scored Tottenham Hotspur FC's first ever League goal, against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
, 1 September 1908;
FA Cup Final
1914-15 (Woodward was given permission to play by the army. He arrived at Old Trafford but his team mate Bob Thomson who had been injured had recovered and Vivian who was renowned for his sportsmanship refused to take his place as he not played in any of the rounds and felt his team mate who had, deserved the place).

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 278th player (283) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward, inside-right/left
First match No. 77, 14 February 1903, England 4 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, aged 23 years 225 days.
Last match No. 109, 13 March 1911, England 3 Wales 0, a British Championship match at The Den, Cold Blow Lane, New Cross, London, aged 31 years 252 days. Captain
Major tournaments British Championships 1902-03, 1903-04, 1904-05, 1906-07, 1907-08, 1908-09, 1909-100, 1910-11;
Team honours British Championships shared 1902-03, 1907-08, winners 1903-04, 1904-05, 1908-09, 1910-11;
Individual honours England Amateur (44 appearances), FA Tour of South Africa 1910 (including the three tests); Olympic Gold Medal 1908, 1912;
Distinctions Top Scorer for England until 1958, but fourteen of his goals were against weak emergent amateur teams, namely Hungary and Austria. He scored just once against Scotland.

Beyond England

An architect by trade. He was Director of Tottenham Hotspur FC 1908 until 31 July 1909. Accepted his commission to join the 17th Middlesex Regiment (The Footballers' Battalion) on 29 December 2014. Became Captain on 19 October 1915. Captain Woodward was wounded in France in January 1916, a fragment of a rifle grenade hit him behind the right knee. Chelsea FC Director July 1922 until 1930. He was then part of the Royal Artillery during the Second World War, serving as an Air Warden. In his later life, he was a farmer at Weeley Heath and a diary seller in Frinton-on-Sea. In fact, he was fined  £1 15s. for selling preserved cream without adequate labelling, on 19 October 1925. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.276.

 

Vivian Woodward - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
27 23 16 2070 28 74 min 14 14 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.

 

Vivian Woodward - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 10 7 2 1 22 6 +16 0 5 2.20 0.60 80.0 +6
Away 13 11 2 0 64 12 +52 0 3 4.923 0.923 92.3 +11
All 23 18 4 1 86 18 +68 0 8 3.739 0.783 86.9 +17

 

Vivian Woodward - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 16 11 4 1 38 11 +27 0 6 2.375 0.688 81.3 +10
Friendly 7 7 0 0 48 7 +41 0 2 6.857 1.00 100.0 +7
All 23 18 4 1 86 18 +68 0 8 3.739 0.783 86.9 +17

 

Vivian Woodward - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1902-03 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 0 1 2.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1903-04 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 0 1 2.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC 1904-05 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1906-07 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1907-08 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 0 0 2.667 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1908-09 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 0 2 3.00 0.00 100.0 +2
BC 1909-10 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1910-11 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 16 11 4 1 38 11 +27 0 6 2.375 0.688 81.3 +10
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 16 11 4 1 38 11 +27 0 6 2.375 0.688 81.3 +10
All 16 11 4 1 38 11 +27 0 6 2.375 0.688 81.3 +10

 

Vivian Woodward - Match History
 

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 23 full appearances, 14 captainciesx

 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 21 full caps  
Age 23
1 77 14 February 1903 - England 4 Ireland 0, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HW Start
19, 52
cf
2 78 2 March 1903 - England 2 Wales 1, Fratton Park, Portsmouth HW Start 78 cf
3 79 4 April 1903 - England 1 Scotland 2, Bramall Lane, Sheffield HL Start 10 cf
Age 24
4 81 12 March 1904 - Ireland 1 England 3, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start cf
5 82 9 April 1904 - Scotland 0 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow AW Start cf
Age 25
6 83 25 February 1905 - England 1 Ireland 1, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HD Start cf
7 84 27 March 1905 - England 3 Wales 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool HW Start 55, 88 cf
8 85 1 April 1905 - England 1 Scotland 0, Sports Arena, Penge HW Start cf
Age 26
- 86 17 February 1906 - Ireland 0 England 5, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrawn
Age 27
- 90 18 March 1907 - England 1 Wales 1, Craven Cottage, Fulham BC HD reserve
9 91 1 April 1907 - England 1 Scotland 1, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne HD Start cf
Age 28
10 92 15 February 1908 - Ireland 1 England 3, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AW Capt 80 ir
11 93 16 March 1908 - Wales 1 England 7, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff AW Capt 18,80,85 ir
12 94 4 April 1908 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Captain ir
Age 29
13 95 6 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 6, Cricketer Platz, Wien tour AW Capt 40 ir
14 96 8 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 11, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW Captain
4,41,55,84
ir
15 97 10 June 1908 - Hungary 0 England 7, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW Capt 13 ir
16 98 13 June 1908 - Bohemia 0 England 4, Stadión Letná, Praha AW Captain ir
17 99 13 February 1909 - England 4 Ireland 0, Horton Park Avenue, Bradford BC HW Capt 60, 80 ir
18 100 15 March 1909 - England 2 Wales 0, City Ground, Nottingham HW Captain ir
- 101 3 April 1909 - England 2 Scotland 0, Sports Arena, Penge HW withdrawn captain
19 102 29 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 4, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth tour AW Captain ir
Weinber OG often creditted as Woodward's second
20 103 31 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 8, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW Captain
ir
21 104 1 June 1909 - Austria 1 England 8, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW Captain
ir
Age 30
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 2 full caps  
22 105 12 February 1910 - Ireland 1 England 1, Solitude Ground, Belfast BC AD Captain ir
Age 31
FA Tour of South Africa 29 June 1910 - South Africa 0 England 3, Durban tour AW Captain ir
23 July 1910 - South Africa 2 England 6, Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg AW Captain
35, 70
cf
30 July 1910 - South Africa 3 England 6, Cape Town AW Captain
46, 60
cf
23 109 13 March 1911 - England 3 Wales 0, The Den, New Cross BC HW Captain
64, 82
il
Age 34
- 119 4 April 1914 - Scotland 3 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL reserve

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