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THE ENGLISH TEAM.

Appended will be found short biographical sketches of the members of the team.:—- >,-

J. T. HASLAM (Batlbt F.C.) -, Has played in, all < Yorkshire matches 'this season, also in the North and South matches, and is acknowledged to be the crack back of the North, and certain ot international honours. • Age 25 years, height sft 9in, weight list 101b. He first played with the Westbourne Junior F.C, and made his debut with the Batley first team against Heckmondwik'e at Heckmondwike, on October, 14, 18S2, when, besides playing a right good game* he dropped a clever goal. In 1883-1 he continued to make further progress in his upward career. He first attractedthe notice of the county committee in'lßß3-4, playing full back in the trial game at Dewsbury, where he acquitted himself fairly well./ Next season (1884-5) he was chosen to do battle, for his county against Durham, and he also took part in the match against Cheshire at Wakefield. Last season found him a fixture in the county team, he taking part in all the county fixtures, except when incapacitated by an accident he received at Leeds against Leeds Parish Church. His great reputation was undoubtedly gained by the brilliant form he showed all through the competition for the. Yorkshire Challenge Cup, when Batley became the holders. No one will readily forget the brilliant game he displayed at Halifax in the semi-final tie against Bradford. He is a clever drop-kick, and uses both ieet with equal facility, picks up in a remarkably clean manner, and his tackling is of the surest description. He possesses good pace, and would do well to put it to better advantage on many occasions, instead of kicking. He plays with a great amount of dash, a*d if he will only keep pegging away, there is every prospect of his gaining still further honours. " Tom " is also a fairly good' all-round cricketer, though he finds the summer game very. Blow work after the more exciting winter pastime. He has taken an active' part in most of the six and nine a-side contests in which several of the Batley players have competed during the summer months, and possesses many valuable prizes won by these, teams. By his skill in the field, and his genial and courteous manner, he has won a great many friends, and, we believe, not a Single enemy. A. PAUL (Swinton).

Ace 23, height 6ft, weight 14st 71b, born in Belfast ; is a splendid back piayer, But can show to great advantage at three-quarter, and also a brilliant forward. Has played several years with the Isle of Man Football Club, but this season played with Swinton, wbe^e he has been very successful in kicking goals. Has been selected as reserve for Lancashire v. Edinburgh for Saturday, March 3. Is very strong and muscular, and a powerful kicker ; is also a first-class cricketer, and is certain, of prominent county honours both in cricket and iootball.

HENRY OOLMNGE SPEAKMAN. Mr Speakman was born in Leinster Gardens, Suncorn, on January 19, 1864. He is slightly over the average height, being sft B£in. His weight is list 121b. He commenced his football career about nine years ago with a club in the small village of Weston, near Runcorn, where he played half back, ' During this time ho greatly improved, and the well-known Runcorn Football Club saw at once that they had in him the making of a first-class player. He was persuaded to cast in his lot with the second contingent as a half back. The first match of any note Speakman played in was with the best fifteen representing tke West Lancashire and Border Towns' Union against Batley (the Yorkshire Cup holders), which was played at Widnes at the commencement of the season 1885 and 1886, where he turned out a 'success as three-quarter back; he was again selected to represent the Union against Cumberland County, played at Warrington, and he was adjudged the beßt three-quarter on the field, and he now wears the Union badge. He has also played for this county, his first match being Cheshire against the fifteen Lorrettonians, on January 2, 1886, at Liscard, Cheshire, where he played a grand game, and his style of play was very favourably commented upon, as it was his debut as a county player. He was selected to,play in the nextcounty match— Cheshire v.*' Northumberland— and again in another county fixture — viz., Cheshire v. Yorkshire, which was played at Liscard, Cheshire. His play during the game was acknowledged by spectators and the press who witnessed the match to be such as to warrant his being regarded as the best centre three-quarter in Cheshire; and it was added, that with a little more judgment and confidence, Speakman would soon develop into a player of the l - highest order, being possessed of strong running powers, a capital dodger and picking-up splendidly, as well as being a good drop-kick. Mr Speakman, all round, is a very fair athlete. Mr Speakman has also played for his county this season in every match, and nearly in every instance the press proclaimed him the best three-quarter back on the field, his kicking, runniDg, passing, collaring, and judgment being of the finest order. Dr H. BKOOKS (Edinburgh University and

Durham County).

First played (aged about 16) for Darlington Club in 1874 as full back, was chosen for the Durham County team against Northumberland in 1875, and the following year represented his county against Yorkshire as three-quarter back. Retired for some time, but while at Hdinburgh University (1878-83) resumed play, and was elected captain of that distinguished team in 1882-83. Also chosen 1882-83 on the East v. West in Scotland^ and played six times in the Edinburgh v. Glasgow matches, and in the other inter-university matches. Flayed for the fiorth v. the South in 1884, and in that and following year for Durham Couuty. On returning from, Burmah played last Beason (right wing forward) for the Darlington Association team, who got into the final for the Durham Cop, and managed to win the Cleveland Association Cup. Took again to Bugby this season, and got once more selected in the Durham County team, and was chosen captain, though, through profesrional work, was prevented' from playing against Yorks and Middlesex, but was able to play against Cheshire and Northumberland.

J. ANDERTON,' (Lancashire and Swinton).

Is a very useful three-qnarter, and will be sure to prove that he i 6 deserving of his- place in the team.

W. BUMBY (Swinton).

Was born October 29, 1861, in the village of Pendlebury, stands 51fc 9in in height, weighs llßt 131b, has fair turn of speed, and ppleadtd dodging powers. Commenced playing football in 1879 with his own village club as three-quarter back. Bumby soon made his name, and was eagerly recruited by the famous Swinton Club^whinh he joined as a threequarter back in 1880-1. In the season of 1882 1.0 played behind the Ecrummaze, and vith such success that he has ever since figured as half back for Swinton. During the above season he got 23 tries against the best clubs in Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Cheshire. In 1883 4 was placed first on reserve four times for county matches, and succeeded in obtainiug his first county jersey- in the team of 1885 against Cheshire County. Took part in many competitions, gaiuing the following prizes: -Gold medal for placa-kickiug at Barrow, set of silver tea and coffee service at Warrliigtou, and Spada Ace guinea at Swinton against alt comers. In 1887-8 chosen to play against the County of Somersetshire and also against Durham County.

J. NOLAN (Koohdalb).

Aged 24 years, stands sft 7in, and weighs Hat 8Ib; born at Bochdale. Started playing With one of the local clubs— Boehdale St. John's— at fche «arly age of 15, playing with the second team only three

months when~iie'was drafted ffiEo thenrsOeam., He acquitted himself well on the field, and gained k prominent place in. the firse team; although only :15 l years of age. ,His next iplace was at threa-quarter back, infwhich position he proved a,dejnop.,BCorer,; as in one season and a-half lie gained upwards of. 40 . tries. When he severed his connection with' St.' John's he joined the -Albion. After "the district, match, In; which.' he 'showed grand- form, he 1 wris ' asked to join the Bochdale Hornets, and he played his, first match with- the first team against the, old Oheetham Club, ia which he greatly distinguished himself. ' The next season he scored no leiff thaa 19 tries for his club, and five tries' ' in minor matches . 1 he" fallowing year h.e was again in grand form for his club, as the. majority df> ties icored. by other members of , the team were 1 got through pis unselfish play, and, as usual, he had the top, score 1 , having scored 16 tries against the brsf dubs ha the North. Last season was his most successful, one., He proved himself one of the mostconsistent players 1 in the North, and he excelled at all points, of the game— tackling, dribbling, running, and passing . in great style. At following up he baa no .equal, it being through this point he has got the majority of, hie tries. -He wasagaln at the top of the tree f6r, Bcoring-with the -large' number of 24 tries, against ■ such clubs as \Swinton, Broughtdn, JBraughton: Rangers, Hosley, .Oldham, Barrow,, Liverpool, Sal r ford, and other first-class clubs. This season he, has . also, been in the crOBBJng-the-iine business, hayiiig' scored fiVetries fdr his olub, besides Boorinjfheavily in otber'matches. He iB very fast and possessed 'of ' great strength, and has his head screwed on the right way, but, his great point has been always," on> the ball,* which, accounts for the large, number, of •. tries he has got In hi« Brilliant career, the exact number being li 4. WILLIAM BURNETT {Ha^iCK F. 0., SCOTLAND).' ': Age33i height sfb9in; weight list 71b.'" Was cap-, tain of the Hawick team intne leason 1883-84. He has played lor his club six seasons, also for his county (Roxburgh) and the South of Scotland. 'He IS one of the best 1 centre three-quarters 1 going, and also bWlliant half back; in fact, he can play t anywhere behind the maul. He is a sure tackier and good dodger, a very useful passer, powerful kicker, and is very fast. , , n ' CHAS. MATHERS (BraMley P. C ( ). Age, 27, height sft B£in, weight 12st 81b,, ranks amongst the most prominent forwards in Yorkshire. , Has playea in 14' county matches, and twice this . season for the North against the South of England, in both of which he highly distinguished himself. - ' S. WILLIAMS (SWINTON). ! ;'' . Age 26, height sft 9in, weight list 71b, commenced playing football in 1879 with a minor club (the Orescent), which araalgated with the Salford> F.O. in 1881, for, which he played three-quarter for the "A", team, but w,aa soon drafted into the nrst. T Alter playing .for some time as three-quarter went forward, and in the' 'second season as a forward was selected to play in a county trial match (1886). Was* appointed to piny for the county, and proved the most successful try-getter for the Lancashire County . that season. Later on was selected, and played for the North against the South. Is considered a speedy, forward.'and very useful at the outside of the scrummnge. Dribbles very well. At the the end of 'last, season was appointed captain of' Salford Club. Under his 'captaincy the club has had the most successful chapter in its history, as, although battling asjainst all the leading amalgamations of the North, . it has only been beaten twice, and then after a hard struggle, by the powerful combinations of Leeds, St. John's, and Bradford. THOMAS BANKS (Swintox). FewßugbyplayersafeinLancashiremoredeservitu; of public esteem than the subject of this brief sketch. "Tom" Banks, as ho is most familiarly known, was ■ born at Fendlebury, a village four miles north-west ; of Manchester, on August 17, 1858. He was educated at the Edinburgh School of Medicine. His amiable disposition and everi lt temper made him a great favourite amongst the students of these popular schools'. His early ardent love for outdoor games added materially , to his muscular development, which has enabled him to .excel as a .football player. In 1878 Banks joined the Pendlebury Rovers Olub, an organisation which has supplied the famous Swinton Olub with many brilliant players, several of whom have done yeoman service for! the County of Lancaster, and one has gained international honours.,, Whilst at the Edinburgh College Banks joined the Rugby Football, Club connected with the North British Schools, playing half back with conspicuous ability to the admiration of his colleagues and the surprise of antagonists. 1 On leaving college in 1881 he joined the Swintoa Glub, at that .time the premier Lancashire club, if not the best Rugby club in England, and which for four seasons was never beaten, a record unparalleled in the history of football. For this satisfactory result, and the present high reputation of the " dark blues," " Tom " Banks deserves a fair share of credit. Banks was first selected to play for his native, county, Lancashire, in 1884 against Yorkshire, and on this occasion the representatives' of the Red Rose, (Lancashire) completely" vanquished their oppo tJ nents. Bince that time Banks has been seleoted 1 to 1 play for his county in nearly every impDrtantmatch, ' and no. more useful player will accompany the representatives of English football to the new, world.; Ho is smart nt half back, is a quick three-quarters, ancl" there are few more consistent forwards in the county.; As, an athlete he has won many prizes In sprint races, and while at college he won the Long-distance Swimming Championship. B. L. SEDDON (Swtnton F.C.), Age 26, height sft lljin. weight 12sfc. A grand, forward ;, unquestionably one ot tbe very finest in. the North of England. Played formerly with the Broughtori Rangers, but now plays with the famous; Swinton Club. Has played in the Lancashire matches for the last six years, three times in North v. South, and has earned his reputation as an international player, having played with England against ■ Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. , ■/; H. EAGLES (Salford F. 0.). Age 26, weight list 121b, and height sft 6MnCommenced football in 1876 with .the . Trafford . Hornets, and in the following season transferred his servicesto the Crescent Football Club. Thislclub existed three years, when the members' amalgamated with the Salford F.O. Was immediately chosen to play in the Salford 'first team against Dewsbury, who then he.H the Yorkshire Challenge Cup ; played for Salford ever since, and won a high reputation during the last ,six years. Choßen for Lancashire County last season,' lBB6-7, and played in all county matches, including Lancashire v. Middlesex ; scored three tries for the county ■ last season and five for his own club. Was elected last season to represent the North-west of England against the North-east, but owing to accident was unable to play. He scored four tries in county matches during present season, and seven tries for Salford. also played twice this season in the North v. South matches. This player exhibited brilliant form in the North v. South match, and has since received his international cap. W. H. THOMAS (Cambridge University and Wales).

First saw light in the little town of Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. After being at St. David's Cathedral School and Lnnghorne Qramiuar School some years he entered Llandovery School at the age of 13, and when 15 years old played his first football match in ihe school second fifteen. In the following year he obtained his first eleven colours, which he held until entering Cambridge at the age of 19 in 1886. He captained his school in the season of 1884-1885, and played with invariable Buccess as centre threequarter. His first publlo match of importance was playing as forward substitute for Swansea v. Llanelly in the season of < 1884-1885. He was then pronounced the best forward in the field, with the result that he was chosen as Becond reserve forward for" Wales v. England at Swansea in 1885, and was given a place in the Welsh team v. Scotland at Glasgow same season, at the age of 18. He has been chosen in all Welsh, international (earns from that season up to the present. On entering Cambridge he did not obtain his '* blue " owing to indisposition, although a week' after the inter-university match ho was selected for Walea v. EngUnd at Blaokheath on his form in the trial match, his first of the season. The last two years he has represented Cambridge v. Oxford, both years successfully. He has also played for the i-ondon Welsh in their annual tours through Wales, and has played for Richmond. Mr Thomas has represented Cambridge University v. Oxford University cross-country this season, the result of which was a win for Cnmbridge. He is a fair all-round athlete, holding numerous prizes for running i owing, cricket, swimming, fives, and tennis. He also obtained the all-round athlete medal at Llandovery School two years in succession. He is 21 years of age, sft ll^in. height, and scales 13st 71b. ■ - J. P. CLOWES (Halifax F.C).

Age 21, height sft B£in. weight list 71b, Commenced to play football at the age of 16, first joining the Halifax Free Wanderers, a very good junior team at the time. Played twp seasons for them, and then threw in his lot with the powerful Halifax' Club.

jfcis in tfte team'tfiaVwbiiifibtJfitiVirOTlfßHlfe'Ohal^'] lenge oup)l6 lSß6,'a.hd l hii6 'plsyMitt'Ti&rly ever^l matoh since. Was first 1 played- f(tf ttte' county this; season .againßtiSomerset."Us ,aj very fast forward, feood tackier, and expert dribbler. Was the ' highest scorer for his,club last season. He is looked upon as one of the best rising young players of the jNorth. ' '■ , THOMAS. KENT (Saiford). < Bom at'Krttingfcam; June 22, 1864; height sft 91n, weight 12st. - The above named' player commenced his football career during 1 the season of 188081 in the Badoliffe F. 0., and showing exceptional Jpromise as a back, he was drafted into the first team the following season. :, A, vacancy occurring at half back he was given a trial, and cune off wonderfully well,' his quick picking up; unselfish passing, and- clever ecrew kioKe often* proving invaluable to" nis side. He is alflo proficient in stopping rushes, and as a .placerHlckj many matches having been won by the fiadcliffe team owing to this lattefr accomplishment. For many seasons he, very ably officiated as captain of the first team of the Hadcliffe'FiC, but, being anxious to achieve more distinction i he threw in hii lot with' Salford F.O. at the beginning of the brestent , season,, He. went in the,, for ward .division, and by his - dash and untiring energy, at once installed t himself a great favourite', and fill 'along has teen & very consistent 'scorer. " In (btae match against Rochdale Hornets he dropped a goal (which proved.the winning point) when his op-ponents-,were .leading by two. tries.;;. H« also dis-. Jinguished himself against the Cheshire Champions by crossing their liuea twice in. the first encounter at Suncorn; arid by scoring the winning' point against them " in' the return fixture.'"*" He' then came under the notice | of the Lancashire County j Committee, who. selected him to play against, Somersetshire, and in the match he amply justified i the choice. In the next match against Durham he, was again selected, and showed up very p'rominen^tly. £he following Saturday'sawhim doing duty for the" North of Rngland team-against the South at Black- ' heath. Every; praise 'is due to so young a player, who has obtained,. his jersny both for his county and North of England during the present season. •/ ■' ,A. STUART, (IJbwsbuby F.O.V. ' | 'Learned football with a little club.calledßusholme, near Manchester. Migrated to the now famdus Salford Club in the Says it when was captained by Hugh Williamson. Flays three-quarter back. Subsequently joined -the now famous Cardiff .team, for which team he, scored (more tries in one season than any other three-quarter back in Wales. Then went to Dowsbury. .Played in. the forward division at Huddersfield exceptionally well. Was picked first reserve for the Yorkshire team to play against Middlesex, aUd afterwards was enabled to play in that match. In; this match gained a name for grand forward play, his . great dash making him ever confepicuous, while his tackling was very fine. Many good judges considered him to be ab'ont the best forJtrardon the field in the Yorkshire *v. Cheshire match. ' . • , • , <. „, A. P. PHNBBTH (Douglas F. 0.).

Age 25 years, stands -a * little over 6ft, and weighs about 12sb 121b. Played three-qnarter back for the pbuglas P.Q. for 'six year's, of which he was captain iorr'tbreeyears ; ban play a good forward came also. JThe Douglas' FiO. have 'played this season 14 patches (tome against first-class English teams), won 13, and drew one. Also played forward during two season's for the Penge F.O. in Surrey (now playing a's'tb'e Kent Rovers). ALEXANDEK J. LAING (HAWICK F.C., SCOTLAND).

! ARe!23 years', weight list 111b, height, sft 10£ in. Captain this. season of the Hawick Fifteen; has played five seasons ' for the club, also for Boxburgh County and the South of Scotland against Edinburgh, and is an."F,P." of .the Royal High School, Edinburgh. He ,ls one of the fastest forwards on the Borders, a good dribbler, 'and a splendid tackier, and Is a very dangerous man near the goal line. ' ' BOBT. BUBNBTT (Hawiok, P. 0., Scotlakd). ! ] Waa captain last season of the Hawick Fifteen ; has played for the club six seasons, also played for his county, Boxburgh. , He is a good sterling forward and a very hard worker in'th'e mauls, and can always be relied upon' turning out in good condition. Age 26 years, height sft lOin, .weight 12st 81b. | Dr J. SMITH (EDINBURGH' UNIVERSITY).. •- Height 6ft 3in, ' weight 15st. foruerly played for hit university and in most of the first-class Scotch matches, was reserve for -Scotland v. Ireland in 1877 i as 'full back, losing his place only by ,the casting, vote of the. chairman. From then until, 1882 he played as three-quarter back, and then took up the Association game, in which' be made 'a name and reputation throughout the whole of the United Kingdom. He was one of the most prominent members of the celebrated Queen's Park Club, Glasgow, playing in the position of centre forward, where he shewed 1 wonderful cleverness and ability. Six tinVeß 'has lie been selected to play for Scotland against England, and four times against Wales. ' Be • tiding now in London he plays with the Corinthians md the London Casuals. He will be the recognised umpire of the team during their tour in the colonies, but) will on many occasions ,don the jersey and take his place in the team as a forward,' where his weight "md • strength will make! themselves felt in the scrummages. , . -■> ■ ' , > < ;

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THE ENGLISH TEAM. Otago Witness, Issue 1901, 27 April 1888

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