List of Doncaster Rovers F.C. players (1879–1918)

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For players that have made at least 100 appearances for the club, see List of Doncaster Rovers F.C. players.

This list contains players who have appeared in nationally organised first-team competition for Doncaster Rovers from its creation in 1879 until the end of First World War. Players that also represented the club after the war are included.

Explanation of list[edit]

Players should be listed in chronological order according to the season in which they first played for the club, and then by alphabetical order of their surname. Initially, the club only played friendlies, their first cup match being in October 1885. Doncaster joined their first league, the Midland Alliance, in 1890. To varying degrees in subsequent years, friendlies still formed a significant part of the fixtures throughout the season. Further information on competitions/seasons which are regarded as eligible for appearance stats are provided below.

League appearances[edit]

League appearances and goals should include data for the following league spells:

Total appearances[edit]

The figures for total appearances and goals should include the League figures together with the following competitions:

History[edit]

The first match was in September 1879 when Albert Jenkins got together a group of young men to play against The Yorkshire Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in which they drew 4−4 after being behind 4−0 at half time. It was after this match that the group of players decided to play further games and call themselves Doncaster Rovers on the walk back into the town. The first match played under this name was a 0−0 draw on 3 October 1879 at Rawmarsh F.C.. The line up in a 2−2−6 formation was:[1]

Players[edit]

Name Position Club career League
apps
League
goals
Total
apps
Total
goals
Notes
Jenkins, AlbertAlbert Jenkins Right Back 1879–86? Also club founder, captain and secretary
Mitchell, JohnJohn Mitchell Left Back 1879–85 Went on to play for Bolton Wanderers on the first day of the inaugural season of the Football League in September 1888
Stirling, PatrickPatrick Stirling 1885?–? Became Mayor of Doncaster in 1914
Bridgewater, BillyBilly Bridgewater Inside Right / Centre Forward 1886–87 1888–89 1891–93 7 23 During this time, not all scorers in games were recorded
Langton, WalterWalter Langton Left Back / Centre Forward 1887−1905 45 28 48 48 Appearance stats not including seasons 1887−1901 nor 1903−04 which are likely to at least put him well over 200 total appearances
Gresham, JamesJames Gresham Forward 1890–91 7 12
Herrod, BobBob Herrod Inside Right / Outside Right 1890–91 11 14
Kisbey, TomTom Kisbey Centre Forward 1890–91 9 12
Massey, JimJim Massey Goalkeeper 1890–93 0 0
Thickett, HarryHarry Thickett Full Back 1891 2 0 2 0 Went on to play for England twice, and won the First Division title once and FA Cup twice with Sheffield United before managing Bristol City
Hopewell, WilliamWilliam Hopewell Half Back 1892–93
Calder, BillyBilly Calder Outside Forward 1893–96 5 9 First manager of Doncaster, in 1920
Fenwick, RichardRichard Fenwick Goalkeeper 1893–94 0 0
Linward, BillyBilly Linward Outside Left 1895−1901 53 65
Wright, EllisEllis Wright Left Half 1895−1905 80 3 83 3 Appearance stats not including 1895−1901, 1903−04
Longden, BillyBilly Longden Outside Right / Right Half 1896−1902 31 2 33 2 Stats only for 1901−02 season, he scored 17 League and 5 other goals in total
Goodson, LenLen Goodson Outside Left 1900–02 1905−06 1909 38 6 40 2 Stats not including 1899–1901, 1905−06 and 1908−09 seasons where he scored 33 league and 14 other goals
Murphy, JohnJohn Murphy Inside Left / Left Half 1900−04 62 8 65 8 Stats not including Midland League seasons 1900−01 and 1903−04 when he scored 22 league goals
Simpson, GeorgeGeorge Simpson Full Back 1900−03 64 2 65 2 Stats not including 1900−01
Bailey, FrankFrank Bailey Outside Left 1901–02 22 6 23 6
Birch, ArthurArthur Birch Right Back 1901−04 34 0 34 0 Stats not including 1903−04 season
Dowson, ErnestErnest Dowson Right Half 1901−02 2 0 2 0
Eggett, JackJack Eggett Goalkeeper 1901–03 67 0 70 0
Jones, ArthurArthur Jones Centre Half 1901−02 21 1 23 1
Langham, BillyBilly Langham Outside Right 1901–03 1906−07 62 16 65 16 Playing stats for first period, scored 9 League goals in second period
Lindley, MannyManny Lindley Outside Right 1901–02 1 0 1 0
McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie Right Half 1901−02 2 0 2 0
Marsh, IkeIke Marsh Left Back 1901−03 33 2 35 3
Pepper, FrankFrank Pepper Right Half 1901−02 1 0 1 0
Price, JackJack Price Forward 1901–03 59 17 61 18
Aston, JackJack Aston Inside Forward 1902–03 30 3 31 3
Bann, FredFred Bann Centre Half 1902 1 0 1 0
Bratley, PhilPhil Bratley Centre Half 1902−03 3 0 3 0
Drake, AlonzoAlonzo Drake Forward 1902–03 36 7 37 7
Foxall, FrankFrank Foxall Inside Left 1902–03 12 2 12 2
Gordon, AndrewAndrew Gordon Centre Half 1902−05 43 0 46 0
Laverick, CharlieCharlie Laverick Full Back 1902−04 8 0 8 0 Stats not including 1903−04 season
Nettleton, WillieWillie Nettleton Outside Right 1902–03 1 1 1 1
Parker, JohnJohn Parker Centre Forward 1902−03 2 1 2 1
Pettit, JamesJames Pettit Right Half 1902−03 1 0 1 0
Pyle, ArthurArthur Pyle Inside Right 1902–03 5 2 5 2
Ratcliffe, GeorgeGeorge Ratcliffe Left Winger 1902–03 27 7 28 7
Richards, CharlieCharlie Richards Inside Right 1902–03 7 0 7 0
Roberts, HarryHarry Roberts Centre Forward 1902−09 5 19 5 22 Includes all goals, but only Football League appearances
Robinson, AlbertAlbert Robinson Left Back 1902−03 3 0 3 0
Stables, JackJack Stables Goalkeeper 1902–03 1 0 1 0
Woodland, TomTom Woodland Outside Left 1902−03 4 0 4 0
Bradley, EE Bradley Inside Left 1903−05 4 0 4 0 Stats don't include 1903−04 where he scored 3 league goals
Dyer, JimmyJimmy Dyer Forward 1903–04 11 11
Moran, JoeJoe Moran Outside Left 1903–04 12 12
Wragg, WillieWillie Wragg Wing Half / Full back 1903?−04? 0 0
Bedford, SamSam Bedford Outside Right 1904−06 1 0 1 0 Stats only for 1904−05 season, he scored 1 league goal in 1905−06
Burn, JoshJosh Burn Right Back 1904–05 19 0 21 0
Butler, WilliamWilliam Butler Left Back 1904–06 7 0 7 0 Stats not including September 1905−October 1906
Carnegie, JamesJames Carnegie Centre Forward 1904–05 14 3 15 3
Crowcroft, GeorgeGeorge Crowcroft Inside Left 1904–05 0 0 1 0
Davies, HarryHarry Davies Left Back 1904–05 26 1 28 1
Daw, TeddyTeddy Daw Goalkeeper 1904–05 2 0 2 0
Flowitt, CharlesCharles Flowitt Inside Left 1904−05 3 0 3 0
Gould, JamesJames Gould Inside Left 1904−05 2 0 2 0
Hanson, JimmyJimmy Hanson Inside Right 1904−05 14 2 16 2
Harling, EddieEddie Harling Goalkeeper 1904–05 1 0 1 0
Hawkins, SinjonSinjon Hawkins Right Back 1904−05 1 0 1 0
Howard, DavidDavid Howard Right Back 1904−05 1 0 1 0
Hyde, LenLen Hyde Inside Right / Outside Right 1904–05 32 1 33 1
Law, BillyBilly Law Outside Left 1904–05 26 2 27 2
McGhee, GeorgeGeorge McGhee Inside Forward 1904–05 11 3 11 3
McIntyre, JamesJames McIntyre Inside Left 1904–05 8 0 8 0
Moralee, MattMatt Moralee Half Back 1904–06 32 2 34 2 Stats for first season, also scored 1 League and 2 FA Cup goals in second season
Norris, BobBob Norris Left Half 1904−05 21 3 23 3
Pember, LaurieLaurie Pember Inside Left 1904−05 17 0 19 0
Raby, JoeJoe Raby Inside Forward 1904–05 2 0 2 0
Russell, JohnJohn Russell Inside Right 1904–05 3 0 4 0
Shinner, BertBert Shinner Inside Forward 1904–05 12 0 15 0
Thorpe, TommyTommy Thorpe Goalkeeper 1904–05 31 0 32 0
Tompkins, TommyTommy Tompkins Forward / Half Back 1904–05 15 1 17 2
Whittaker, GeorgeGeorge Whittaker Outside Right 1904−05 2 0 2 0
Wilkinson, AlfAlf Wilkinson Centre Forward 1904−05 2 0 2 0
Almond, JackJack Almond Forward 1905–06 8 8
Brelsford, BillBill Brelsford Centre Half / Right Half 1907−10 5 6
Charles, FredFred Charles Inside Forward 1907–09 7 11
Thompson, FredFred Thompson Goalkeeper 1908–09 0 0
Jex, WilliamWilliam Jex Inside Left 1908−09 1910−11 1913−14 65 49 58 Appearances not including 1913−14
Allen, JohnJohn Allen Full Back 1909−10 0 0
Turner, PeterPeter Turner Inside Forward 1909–10 0 0
Woodruff, CharlieCharlie Woodruff Outside Right 1910–13 18 20
Gunton, SamuelSamuel Gunton Full Back 1910−11 0 0
Bromage, HarryHarry Bromage Goalkeeper 1911–13 0 0
Buddery, HaroldHarold Buddery Forward 1911–13 22 24
Shreeve, FredFred Shreeve Full Back 1911−13 3 3
Cook, BertBert Cook Outside Left 1912–13 4 5
Reed, ArthurArthur Reed Forward 1912 0 0 1 2
Walker, WillisWillis Walker Goalkeeper 1912–1914 0 0
Hewitson, BobBob Hewitson Goalkeeper 1913?–? 0 0
Birtles, TommyTommy Birtles Outside Right 1914–15 6 8
Hall, JackJack Hall Outside Right 1914–15 5 5
Hicks, FreddyFreddy Hicks Right Half Back 1914–15 0 0
Husler, HoraceHorace Husler Goalkeeper 1914–15 0 0
Frith, BernardBernard Frith Outside Left 1915–? 1 1
Smelt, AlfredAlfred Smelt Right Back 1915−? 0 0


Notes[edit]

References[edit]

General
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  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
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