Seth Powell

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Seth Powell
Personal information
Full name Seth Powell
Date of birth 1862
Place of birth Cerney, Wrexham, Wales
Date of death (1945-02-03)3 February 1945
Place of death Oswestry, England
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
Summerhill, Wrexham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1884–1885 Oswestry White Stars
1885–1890 Oswestry Town
1890–1892 West Bromwich Albion 30 (0)
1892–1893 Burton Albion 0 (0)
Oswestry United
National team
1885–1892 Wales 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Seth Powell (1862 – 3 February 1945) was a Welsh footballer who played at full-back for West Bromwich Albion in the English Football League. He made seven appearances for Wales in the 1880s and 1890s.

Football career[edit]

Powell was born in Cerney, near Wrexham, and played his early football in the nearby village of Summerhill.[1] In 1883, he moved just over the border into England to become assistant schoolmaster at the Oswestry Board School.[1]

He played for two Oswestry based football clubs; firstly with Oswestry White Stars with whom he won the Welsh Cup in 1884[2] and reached the final the following year.[3] He then joined Oswestry Town where he remained until 1890.[1]

His first international cap came on 23 March 1885 at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham when the Welsh suffered an 8–1 defeat at the hands of Scotland,[4] with Joseph Lindsay scoring a hat-trick. He was recalled to the side the following year for matches against Ireland and England.

Towards the end of the 1889–90 season, Powell joined West Bromwich Albion of the Football League on a wage of £2 per game plus expenses.[1] He remained with Albion for two years during which they finished each season at or near the foot of the table. Whist with Albion, he made a further four appearances for Wales, all of which ended in defeats.

Powell then spent a season with Burton Swifts without making any League appearances before moving to Chester, then playing in The Combination, before returning to Oswestry United.[1]

Later career[edit]

From 1900 until his retirement in 1930, Powell was the district relieving officer for the Oswestry Board of Guardians. He also served Oswestry F.C. as secretary and spent twenty years in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry.[1]

International appearances[edit]

Powell made seven appearances for Wales as follows:[5]

Date Venue Opponent Result[6] Goals Competition
23 March 1885 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Scotland 1–8 0 Friendly
27 February 1886 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Ireland 5–0 0 British Home Championship
29 March 1886 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  England 1–3 0 British Home Championship
7 March 1891 Newcastle Road, Sunderland  England 1–4 0 British Home Championship
21 March 1891 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Scotland 3–4 0 British Home Championship
5 March 1892 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  England 0–2 0 British Home Championship
26 March 1892 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh  Scotland 1–6 0 British Home Championship

Powell also played in the first match against a touring Canadian XI in September 1891.[7]


Oswestry White Stars


  1. ^ a b c d e f Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. p. 167. ISBN 1-872424-11-2. 
  2. ^ "Welsh Cup Final (14 April 1884)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Welsh Cup Final (March 1885)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wales 1 Scotland 8 (23 March 1885)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Samuel, Bill (2009). The Complete Wales FC 1876–2008. Soccer Books. pp. 8–11. ISBN 1-86223-176-1. 
  6. ^ Wales score first
  7. ^ Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. p. 224.