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Working class hero?

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 The focus of early Association football was exclusive- the preserve of young men, likely ex Public Schoolboys and university men of independent means. 
According to our research 27 players represented England before a 'working man' was included in the line up.
The schools/clubs/university affiliations of most of the players from the early days reveal their upper class backgrounds. Further insight is gleaned from their father's occupations and the professions that the players themselves pursued (often later than their footballing careers). Let's see:


Game


 school or college
1

Robert Barker

  Westminster


Father was a rector, he was a civil engineer.


1

Harwood Greenhalgh



Father Lace Manufacturer, he managed a cotton factory.


1

Reginald Courtenay Welch

 Harrow


Followed his father into the law.


1

Frederick Chappell

 Marlborough, Oxford University


Followed his father into the law.


1

William J Maynard



Legal clerk.


1

John Brockbank

 Shrewsbury, Cambridge University


Actor.


1

Charlie Clegg



Solicitor.


1

Cuthbert Ottaway

 Eton, Oxford University


Son of a surgeon, Ottaway became a barrister.


1

Charles Chenery



Articled to solicitors.


1

Kirke Smith

 Cheltenham College, Oxford University


Father was a solicitor and farmer- he was at Oxford University and went into the church.


1

Charles John Morice

 Harrow


Stockbroker, as was his father.


2

Alexander Morton



Member of the stock exchange.


2

Leonard Howell

 Winchester College


Malt Factor.


2

Lieut. Alfred G Goodwyn

 Royal Military Academy


From a military family and an officer in the Royal Engineers.


2

Walpole Vidal

Westminster, Oxford University


Went into the church.


2

Lieut. Pelham von Donop

Royal Military Academy


An officer in the Royal Engineers.


2

William Clegg



Solicitor.


2

Alexander Bonsor

 Eton


A brewer by trade, a director of Combe & Co., the family business.


2

Hubert Heron



Commercial clerk.


2

William Kenyon-Slaney

Eton , Oxford University


From a military family, an officer in the Grenadier Guards. His proper title in later life-The Right Honorable Colonel William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney MP.


3

Robert Ogilvie

Brentwood School


A member of Lloyds.


3

Alfred Hugh Stratford

Malvern College


No occupations recorded.

3

Francis Birley

Winchester College, Oxford University


Barrister.


3

Charles Wollaston

Lancing College, Oxford University


Solicitor.



3

Robert Kingsford

Marlborough College


His father was a solicitor, Robert lived on independent means.


3

J Hawley Edwards



Solicitor.

3

John Owen

Oxford University


Schoolmaster and clergyman.


What a profusion of lawyers! And then, in England's 4th international (06.03.75) William Henry Carr was one of six new 'caps' (an anachronism here). 


4
William Carr



A Metalsmith.


4
Edward Haygarth

Lancing College

Solicitor.



4
William Rawson

Westminster, Oxford University

Oxford schoolmaster, Electrical Engineer.


4
Charlie Alcock

Harrow

Sports journalist and administrator.


4
Herbert Rawson



An officer in the Royal Engineers.


4
Cpt.Richard Geaves

Harrow

An army officer.






Carr played for a number of Sheffield clubs and also represented the Sheffield Association. He was with Owlerton when he made his only international appearance, in which he came on 15 minutes late! He is described variously as A Metalsmith, a white metal smith and later a silversmith.  

Carr's fellow Sheffielder BillyMosforth (one of seven who became the 43rd players to represent England in match #6, 03.03.77) is often cited as being England's first working class player, and he was undoubtedly a professional footballer. However, Jimmy Forrest is generally regarded as being the first professional footballer to represent England, although he was 'among others' from the leading Lancashire clubs who were representing England during the period when professionalism was sanctioned by the FA.



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