Walter Bennett : Sheffield United

Walter Bennett : Sheffield United


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Walter Bennett was born in Mexborough in 1874. After leaving school he worked as a coalminer. An outside right, Bennett played football for Mexborough Town before being sold to Sheffield United in 1895 for £10.

In the 1896-97 season Sheffield United were runners-up behind the double-winning Aston Villa. The team conceded just 29 goals throughout the campaign and the club had easily the best defensive record in the Football League.

Sheffield United won the First Division championship of the Football League in the 1897-1898 season. The team included players such as William Foulke, Ernest Needham and George Hedley.

The club struggled the following year in the league but the team did reach the final of the 1899 FA Cup. Joan Boag scored for Derby County in the first-half. Sheffield United equalised when Bennett headed home an Ernest Needham cross. The club added three more goals and won the final 4-1.

With William Foulke in goal and Ernest Needham organizing the back five, Sheffield United was a very difficult team to play against and in the 1899-1900 season they once again had the best defensive record in the league and finished in second place to Aston Villa.

On 18th March, 1901, Bennett won his first international cap. England beat Wales 6-0. He also played in the 2-2 draw with Scotland twelve days later. The English team included Ernest Needham, Steve Bloomer and Fred Blackburn. He failed to score in both games and was not selected again.

The following season Bennett was a member of the Sheffield United team that reached the 1901 FA Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur. Bennett and the other players were on a £10 win bonus. However, the Southern League side was on a promise of £25 a man if they won the cup. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Spurs won the replay 3-1.

Bennett was a member of the Sheffield United team that played Southampton in the 1902 FA Cup Final. Sheffield took an early lead but Southampton scored a controversial equalizer and the game was drawn. C. B. Fry wrote in the Southern Echo: "The outstanding feature of the match was the grand goalkeeping of Foulke. he made a number of good saves, and on two or three occasions cleared the ball from what appeared impossible positions. Once, near the end, from a corner, he effected an absolute miracle with four or five men right on to him."

William Foulke was furious that the equalizing goal had been given after the game he went searching for the referee. The linesman, J. T. Howcroft, described how Frederick Wall, secretary of the Football Association, tried to placate the goalkeeper: "Foulke was exasperated by the goal and claimed it was in his birthday suit outside the dressing room, and I saw F. J. Wall, secretary of the FA, pleading with him to rejoin his colleagues. But Bill was out for blood, and I shouted to Mr. Kirkham to lock his cubicle door. He didn't need telling twice. But what a sight! The thing I'll never forget is Foulke, so tremendous in size, striding along the corridor, without a stitch of clothing."

Walter Bennett was injured and could not take part in the replay. He was replaced by William Barnes on the wing. The game was only two minutes old when a massive clearing kick by Foulke reached George Hedley and Sheffield United took an early lead. Led by the outstanding Ernest Needham, Sheffield dominated play but Albert Brown managed to score a equalizer. Southampton began to apply pressure but according to the Athletic News, "Foulke was invincible". With ten minutes to go, Needham took a shot that the Southampton goalkeeper, John Robinson, could only block, and Barnes was able to hit the ball into the unguarded net. Sheffield won 2-1 and Foulke had won another medal.

Sheffield United finished in 4th place in the 1902-03 season. The following year he moved to Bristol City in the Second Division. In his nine years at the club he scored 64 goals in 195 games. In the 1905-06 season he helped Bristol gain promotion to the First Division.

Bennett retired from professional football in 1906. He retumed to work at the Denaby Main Colliery but continued to play for Mexborough Town on Saturday afternoon.

Walter Bennett died on 6th April, 1908, when the roof of the Denaby Main Colliery collapsed. He was thirty-three years old.


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Who scored all the League goals 1901-02?

May 5, 1902
The following list shows how the goals in the Football League have been scored – at least who has been credited with having put on the final touches. Of course, the fact that a man places the ball into the net does not, as a rule, mean that he should have the credit for the point, for oftener than not the man who does the best work places the ball for the actual scorer. However, here is the record: –

18 goals:
Jack Dewhurst (Blackburn Rovers), Jimmy Settle (Everton).

16 goals:
Steve Bloomer (Derby County), Billy Gillespie (Manchester City), Sam Raybould (Liverpool).

15 goals:
Fred Priest (Sheffield United), Percy Humphreys (Notts County).

14 goals:
Billy Hogg (Sunderland), James McLuckie (Aston Villa).

13 goals:
Mart Watkins (Stoke), Richard Roberts (Newcastle United).

12 goals:
Billy Wooldridge (Wolves), Jack Calvey (Nottingham Forest).

11 goals:
Willie Wood (Bury), Jack Morris (Notts County), Duncan Ronaldson (Grimsby Town).

10 goals:
Walter Bennett (Sheffield United), Harry Chapman (The Wednesday), Andy Wilson (The Wednesday), Bobby McRoberts (Small Heath), Charles Sagar (Bury).

9 goals:
Andy McGuigan (Liverpool), Laurie Bell (Bolton Wanderers), William Ross (Notts County), Billy Beats (Wolves), John Picken (Bolton Wanderers), Jimmy Gemmell (Sunderland), Joe Bache (Aston Villa), Bill Appleyard (Grimsby Town).

8 goals:
Jock Peddie (Newcastle United), Jack Taylor (Everton), Billy Meredith (Manchester City), James McKie (Bolton Wanderers), Sam Higginson (Stoke), Arthur Lockett (Stoke), Jimmy Millar (Sunderland), Peter Somers (Blackburn Rovers), Arnie Whittaker (Blackburn Rovers).

7 goals:
Albert Monks (Bury), Alf Common (Sheffield United), Grenville Morris (Nottingham Forest), Alf Spouncer (Nottingham Forest), Ronald Orr (Newcastle United), Harry Davis (The Wednesday), Johnny McMillan (Small Heath), Tom Barlow (Bolton Wanderers), Robert Hogg (Sunderland), Jack Sharp (Everton), Hugh Morgan (Blackburn Rovers).

6 goals:
Ben Warren (Derby County), Charles Athersmith (Aston Villa), Ted Pheasant (Wolves), Jack Bell (Everton), Sandy Young (Everton), Tom Holford (Stoke), Jack Aston (Small Heath), Tom Roberson (Liverpool), Adam Haywood (Wolves), George Hedley (Sheffield United).

5 goals:
Fred Blackburn (Blackburn Rovers), Fred Spiksley (The Wednesday), Sid Wharton (Small Heath), Jock Rutherford (Newcastle United), Johnny May (Derby County).

4 goals:
Charles Field (Sheffield United), Walter Leigh (Grimsby Town), Harry Williams (Bolton Wanderers), Colin McLatchie (Sunderland), Harry Fletcher (Grimsby Town), Walter Abbott (Everton), Jack Plant (Bury), John Cox (Liverpool), Andy Gardner (Grimsby Town), Matt Broughton (Nottingham Forest), Walter Bull (Notts County), Arthur Leonard (Small Heath), George Lamberton (Bury), George Harris (Stoke).

3 goals:
William Tracey (Bolton Wanderers), Alex Gardner (Newcastle United), Fred Williams (Manchester City), Sam McClure (Blackburn Rovers), Ellis Gee (Notts County), Jock Malloch (The Wednesday), Billy Garraty (Aston Villa), Dick Jackson (Sunderland), Jock Wright (The Wednesday), John Henderson (Manchester City), Fred Forman (Nottingham Forest), Robert McColl (Newcastle United), Jack Miller (Wolves), Colin Veitch (Newcastle United), Ted McDonald (Notts County), Archie Fellows (Wolves), Tommy Niblo (Newcastle United), Archie Goodall (Derby County), Dicky Wombwell (Derby County), Billy Barnes (Sheffield United), Thomas Gray (Bury).
(Sporting Life: May 5, 1902)


Liverpool v Sheffield United 2-2 (FA Cup: March 18, 1899)

March 18, 1899
Match: FA Cup, Semi-Final, at City Ground, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Sheffield United 2-2 (2-1).
Attendance: 21,000 Gate receipts: £857.
Referee: Mr. Arthur Kingscott (Derby) linesmen: Messrs. A.G. Hines and W. Proctor.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, Rab Howell, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, John Cox, John Walker, George Allan, Hugh Morgan, Tom J. Robertson.
Sheffield United (2-3-5): Bill Foulke, Harry Thickett, Peter Boyle, Harry Johnson, Tom Morren, Ernest Needham, Walter Bennett, Billy Beer, George Hedley, Oakey Field, Fred Priest.
The goals: 0-1 Hedley (10 min.), 1-1 Allan (14 min.), 2-1 Morgan (30 min.), 2-2 Needham (70 min.).

X
Harry Storer, Liverpool (Lloyd’s Weekly News: December 1, 1895):

X

Sketch from the Liverpool Echo: March 18, 1899.


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Nicknamed “Cocky”, Mexborough, Yorkshire born inside or outside right Walter Bennett played for Sheffield United between 1896 and 1905 after joining them from Mexborough Town for a £10 transfer fee, making his Football League debut at West Bromwich Albion in February 1896. Initially supporters felt Bennett had a surly attitude and was not fit enough to play at the top level as he was a heavy, thick-set man. Dropping two stones following a fitness regime, however, he showed a good turn of speed and became a mainstay of the Blades side that dominated the game in that period.

His career with Sheffield United included winning the League Championship in 1898, when Bennett was The Blades’ top scorer with 12 goals, and the FA Cup in both 1899 and 1902, when they beat Derby County and Southampton respectively at The Crystal Palace, Bennett also being a member of their losing 1901 Final team beaten by Tottenham Hotspur. He scored the first goal in the 1899 Final and also scored the second equaliser in the drawn first Final match with Spurs in 1901.

He was capped twice by England, making his international debut in a win over Wales at St James’ Park in March 1901, playing against Scotland at the end of the same month at The Crystal Palace.

Bennett played his last match for Sheffield United in March 1905 before moving to Bristol City later the same month, having scored 72 goals in 232 appearances for The Blades. He then spent two years at Ashton Gate helping them win the Second Division Championship in 1906, when he scored a career best 20 goals in the campaign, including a hat-trick in a win over Burslem Port Vale in March 1906. He managed 22 goals in his 49 appearances for City, he then joined non league Denaby United in 1907 before retiring from the game. Bennett was killed in April 1908 following a roof fall at Denaby Main Colliery as he was making his way back to the surface after his shift, leaving a widow and four children.

He was from a footballing family. His brother William played for The Wednesday and appeared in the 1890 FA Cup Final, whilst another brothers Harry, known as ‘Tip”, and George both played for Barnsley.


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Nicknamed “Cocky”, Mexborough, Yorkshire born inside or outside right Walter Bennett played for Sheffield United between 1896 and 1905 after joining them from Mexborough Town for a £10 transfer fee, making his Football League debut at West Bromwich Albion in February 1896. Initially supporters felt Bennett had a surly attitude and was not fit enough to play at the top level as he was a heavy, thick-set man. Dropping two stones following a fitness regime, however, he showed a good turn of speed and became a mainstay of the Blades side that dominated the game in that period.

His career with Sheffield United included winning the League Championship in 1898, when Bennett was The Blades’ top scorer with 12 goals, and the FA Cup in both 1899 and 1902, when they beat Derby County and Southampton respectively at The Crystal Palace, Bennett also being a member of their losing 1901 Final team beaten by Tottenham Hotspur. He scored the first goal in the 1899 Final and also scored the second equaliser in the drawn first Final match with Spurs in 1901.

He was capped twice by England, making his international debut in a win over Wales at St James’ Park in March 1901, playing against Scotland at the end of the same month at The Crystal Palace.

Bennett played his last match for Sheffield United in March 1905 before moving to Bristol City later the same month, having scored 72 goals in 232 appearances for The Blades. He then spent two years at Ashton Gate helping them win the Second Division Championship in 1906, when he scored a career best 20 goals in the campaign, including a hat-trick in a win over Burslem Port Vale in March 1906. He managed 22 goals in his 49 appearances for City, he then joined non league Denaby United in 1907 before retiring from the game. Bennett was killed in April 1908 following a roof fall at Denaby Main Colliery as he was making his way back to the surface after his shift, leaving a widow and four children.

He was from a footballing family. His brother William played for The Wednesday and appeared in the 1890 FA Cup Final, whilst another brothers Harry, known as ‘Tip”, and George both played for Barnsley.


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Debut: Saturday, 18th November 1922, Burnley 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 20 years 8 months 22 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 5th January 1924, Chelsea 0 - 0 Arsenal

Appearances

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Walter Bennett made 5 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome AwayAtt
League18th Nov 1922Burnley10Chelsea15,000
League29th Sep 1923Sheffield United10Chelsea20,000
League20th Oct 1923Chelsea00West Ham United50,000
League1st Jan 1924Liverpool31Chelsea30,000
League5th Jan 1924Chelsea00Arsenal38,000
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Games Won:0
Win Percentage:0%
Total Bookings:0
Times Sent Off:0

During his Chelsea career of 5 appearances, Walter Bennett played alongside the following 21 players (number of appearances together in brackets)


Walter Bennett : Sheffield United - History

1871-7 2

WANDERERS 1
Monty Betts 15
ROYAL ENGINEERS 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

England did not play their first fixture until later in the year, although Alcock, Betts (as goalkeeper), Bonsor, Vidal and Wollaston had all played in unofficial internationals.

WANDERERS 2
Kinnaird 27 , Charles Wollaston 80
OXFORD UNIVERSITY 0

OXFORD UNIVERSITY 2
Mackarness 10, Patton 20
ROYAL ENGINEERS 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

ROYAL ENGINEERS 1
Renny-Tailyour 40
OLD ETONIANS 1
Alex Bonsor 30

After Extra Time - The Oval, Kennington, London

ROYAL ENGINEERS 2
Renny-Tailyour, Stafford
OLD ETONIANS 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

WANDERERS 1
Hawley Edwards 35
OLD ETONIANS 1
Alex Bonsor 30

The Oval, Kennington, London

WANDERERS 3
Charles Wollaston 30, Hughes 33, 50
OLD ETONIANS 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

WANDERERS 2
Kenrick 86, William Lindsay 97,
OXFORD UNIVERSITY 1
Kinnaird (og) 15

After Extra Time - The Oval, Kennington, London

WANDERERS 3
Kenrick 15, 65, Kinnaird 35
ROYAL ENGINEERS 1
Morris 20


The Oval, Kennington, London

OLD ETONIANS 1
Clerke 59
CLAPHAM ROVERS 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

CLAPHAM ROVERS 1
Lloyd-Jones 80
OXFORD UNIVERSITY 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

OLD CARTHUSIANS 3
Page, Wynyard, Edward Parry
OLD ETONIANS 0
The Oval, Kennington, London

Edward Parry (capt)
James Prinsep

OLD ETONIANS 1
Anderson 8
BLACKBURN ROVERS 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

Percy de Paravicini
Arthur Dunn
Harry Goodhart
Reg Macauley
John Rawlinson (gk)

BLACKBURN OLYMPIC 2
Matthews, Costly
OLD ETONIANS 1
Harry Goodhart
The Oval, Kennington, London

Jack Hunter (capt)
Jack Yates

BLACKBURN ROVERS 2
Sowerbutts, Jimmy Forrest
QUEEN'S PARK 1
Christie
The Oval, Kennington, London

Herby Arthur (gk)
Joe Beverley
Jimmy Brown
Jimmy Forrest
Jack Hargreaves
Joe Lofthouse

BLACKBURN ROVERS 2
Jimmy Forrest 14, Jimmy Brown
58
QUEEN'S PARK 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

Herby Arthur (gk)
Jimmy Brown (capt)
Jimmy Forrest
George Haworth
Joe Lofthouse

BLACKBURN ROVERS 0
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0
The Oval, Kennington, London

Herby Arthur (gk)
Jimmy Brown (capt)
Jimmy Forrest
Nat Walton

ASTON VILLA 2
Dennis Hodgetts,
Hunter
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

Dennis Hodgetts
Howard Vaughton

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2
Jem Bayliss 8, George Woodhall
77
PRESTON NORTH END 1
Fred Dewhurst
52

The Oval, Kennington, London

Albert Aldridge
Billy Bassett
Jem Bayliss
(capt)
Charlie Perry
Bob Roberts
(gk)
George Woodhall

PRESTON NORTH END 3
Fred Dewhurst
15, Ross 25, Thomson 70
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

Fred Dewhurst (capt)
John Goodall
Bob Holmes

Bob Howarth

BLACKBURN ROVERS 6
Billy Townley (3),
Nat Walton
, Southworth, Joe Lofthouse
THE WEDNESDAY 1
Mumford
The Oval, Kennington, London

Jack Barton
Jimmy Forrest
Joe Lofthouse
Billy Townley
Nat Walton

BLACKBURN ROVERS 4
Dewar 8, Southworth 30,
Billy Townley 35

NOTTS COUNTY 1
Oswald 70
The Oval, Kennington, London

Jack Barton
Jimmy Forrest
Joe Lofthouse
Billy Townley
Nat Walton

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2
Geddes 4, Nicholls 27,
Jack Reynolds 55
ASTON VILLA 0

The Oval, Kennington, London

Billy Bassett
Joe Reader (gk)
Jack Reynolds

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1
Harry Allen
60
EVERTON 0

Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester

Harry Allen (capt)
Dickie Baugh
George Kinsey
Billy Rose
(gk)
Robert Topham
Harry Wood

NOTTS COUNTY 4
Watson, 18, Logan 29, 67, 70
BOLTON WANDERERS 1
Cassidy 87
Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool

Harry Daft
Alf Shelton
George Toone (gk)

Charlie Athersmith
Jack Devey
Dennis Hodgetts
Jack Reynolds
Steve Smith
Howard Spencer

THE WEDNESDAY 2
Fred Spiksley 1, 18
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1
Black 8
Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London

Tom Crawshaw
Harry Davis
Fred Spiksley

ASTON VILLA 3
Campbell 18, Fred Wheldon 35, Jimmy Crabtree 44
EVERTON 2
Bell 23, Boyle 28
Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London

Charlie Athersmith
Jimmy Crabtree
Jack Devey
Jack Reynolds
Howard Spencer
Fred Wheldon

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3
Arthur Capes 19, 42 , McPherson 86
DERBY COUNTY 1
Steve Bloomer 31
Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London

Arthur Capes
Frank Forman
(capt)
Charlie Richards
Billy Spouncer

SHEFFIELD UNITED 4
Bennett 60, Beer 65, Almond 69, Fred Priest 89
DERBY COUNTY 1
Boag 12


Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London

Walter Bennett
Willie Foulke
(gk)
George Hedley
Harry Johnson
Tommy Morren
Ernest Needham
(capt?)
Fred Priest
Harry Thickitt


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