Player Info

  • William Brindle

  • Born: 24th May 1853, Darwen, Lancashire
  • Died: 1900, Manchester, Connecticut, USA aged 46
  • England Career: 1880
  • Positions whilst with England: Left Back
  • Clubs (and caps) whilst with England: Darwen (2)
  • FA Legacy Number: 72
  • Notes: William Brindle (not Thomas) was born in Darwen in 1853 and played junior football before signing for Darwen where he helped them become the first Northern club to reach the FA Cup fourth round (quarter-finals) in 1879 where they were beaten by Old Etonians after two replays (5-5, 2-2, 6-2).
    In March 1880 he won his first cap against Scotland in a 5-4 defeat and was reselected two days later for the match against Wales in which he scored the first goal, rare for a full-back. In fact, the first such full back to do so. Sadly, the game ended prematurely for Brindle as he was injured 15 minutes after scoring and had to leave the field.
    Charles Alcock described him succinctly: "Strong back: kicks well". In 1881 Darwen went one better and reached the semi-finals. He moved to Blackburn Olympic in the mid 1880s before emigrating to the United States in 1887 where he died in Massachusetts in 1900.

England Career Statistics

England Match Statistics

    • Match Type
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Friendly
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 155
    • 0
    • 0
    • Competitive
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Home, Away or Neutral
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Away
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 155
    • 0
    • 0
    • Match Result
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Won
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 65
    • 0
    • 0
    • Lost
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • 90
    • 0
    • 0
    • Playing Positions
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Left Back
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 155
    • 0
    • 0
    • Total
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 155
    • 0
    • 0

England Managers

    • Manager
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Committee
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 155
    • 0
    • 0

    England Team Mates (Top 10)

    Sources

    • An English Football Internationals' Who's Who by Douglas Lamming (Hutton Press 1990)
    • England's Who's Who by Tony Matthews (Pitch Publishing 2013)

    Match List