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Sheffield and England in the 19th Century...

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The City of Sheffield was a major centre of footballing development , and its influence on the evolution of the Association game cannot be overlooked.  There were Sheffield men present in the England XI right from the very start. Charlie Clegg played in the 5th 'Alcock International' and also in the first official international in 1872. Clegg, who went on to be a massively influential administrator, later complained about the snooty attitude of his southern teammates. 
During the 19th century 7 Sheffield based clubs had players capped by England:

Reverend John Robert Blayney Owen


Jack Hunter - in the 7 internationals in which he played England won only once and conceded 31 goals! He went on to lead Blackburn Olympic to FA Cup victory, being largely responsible for the professional approach they took to the game. 


Billy Mosforth-The Little Wonder, often described as England's first working class player (more on this matter in the near future) and the first player to represent both Wednesday and Sheffield United.

United's first international- Harry Lilley

 Michael Whitham


Raby Howell- the first Roma to play for England.

England's most famous 1 cap wonder? Billy Foulke

The Wednesday


Charles Clegg

Forward

1 cap

1872

William Clegg

Half Back

1 cap

1873

Billy Mosforth

Outside Left

5 caps

1877-82

Teddy Brayshaw

Centre Half

1 cap

1887

Billy Betts

Centre Half

1 cap

1889

Fred Spiksley

Outside Left

7 caps

1893-98

Tom Crawshaw

Centre Half

10 caps

1895-1904


Sheffield FC


John Owen

Forward

1 cap

1874

John Hudson

Half Back

1 cap

1883


Owlerton


William Carr

Goalkeeper

1 cap

1875


Heeley


Jack Hunter

Half Back

7 caps

1878-1882


Sheffield Albion


William Clegg

Forward

1 cap

1879

Billy Mosforth

Outside Left

4 caps

1879-80


Thursday Wanderers


Thomas Heathcote Sorby

Forward

1 cap

1879


Sheffield United


Harry Lilley

Left Back

1 Cap

1892

Michael Whitham

Right Back

1 Cap

1892

Ernest Needham

Half Back

16 Caps

1894-1902

Raby Howell

Right Half

1 Cap

1895

Billy Foulke

Goalkeeper

1 Cap

1897

Tommy Morren

Centre Half

1 Cap

1898

Harry Thickett

Right Back

2 Caps

1899





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