Henry Almond

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Henry Almond
Personal information
Full name Henry John Almond[1]
Date of birth 1850
Place of birth Westminster, England
Date of death 1910 (aged 60)[1]
Place of death At Sea, Venezuela[1]
Playing position Centre-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1863–1868 Charterhouse School
1868–1869 Stoke Ramblers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henry Almond (1850–1910) helped form Stoke Ramblers (now Stoke City) in 1863.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Stoke were formed in 1863 as Stoke Ramblers F.C. when Railway students from the Charterhouse School in Surrey moved to Stoke-upon-Trent to work as apprentices for the North Staffordshire Railway Works. Amongst them was Henry Almond who was a keen sportsman and it is believed that he introduced football to the local workers, although there is no record that matches took place.[1] However, in 1868 it was reported in The Field newspaper that Stoke Ramblers had been formed with Almond as its captain and the club was to play under association football rules.[1] It remains unclear as to whether Stoke played any matches from 1863 to 1868.[1]

After ending his educational studies and skippering Stoke in their first few games, he scored the first ever Stoke goal against E.W May’s XV in a friendly on 17 October 1868.

Later he became a successful Civil Engineer, going abroad to work in Costa Rica for the Venezuela-based La Guayra and Caracus Railway Company. He died at the age of 60.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.