Thomas Marshall (footballer, born 1858)

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Thomas Marshall
Personal information
Full name Thomas Marshall
Date of birth (1858-09-12)12 September 1858
Place of birth Withnell, England
Date of death 29 April 1917(1917-04-29) (aged 58)
Place of death Blackburn, England
Playing position Outside-right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1878–1886 Darwen
1886 Blackburn Olympic
National team
1880–1881 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Marshall (12 September 1858 – 29 April 1917) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside-right for Darwen in the 1870s and 1880s and made two appearances for England, both against Wales.

Football career[edit]

Marshall was born in the village of Withnell, approximately midway between Chorley, Blackburn and Darwen.[1] After playing junior football in Lancashire, he joined Darwen in 1878.[2] Described as "a speedy winger with an accurate passing ability",[1] he was selected for the second international match against Wales, played at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on 15 March 1880. The match ended in a 3–2 victory for the English, with two goals from Francis Sparks and the other from Marshall's Darwen team-mate, Thomas Brindle[3] (although some sources credit this as an own goal by the Welsh goalkeeper, Harry Hibbott).[4]

Marshall retained his place for the next international, a return against Wales, played at Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn on 26 February 1881, where he lined up alongside another Darwen player, Thurston Rostron.[5] With a "lucky" goal from Jack Vaughan,[6] Wales secured their first victory over England at the third attempt.[7]

Marshall remained at Darwen until 1886, before retiring after a very short spell with Blackburn Olympic, where he was re-united with his former Darwen and England colleague, Thomas Brindle.[1]

Career outside football[edit]

By trade, Marshall worked in a cotton mill.[1] In the 1881 census, Marshall was listed as a cotton loomer, living in Duckworth Street, Darwen.[2] He died on 29 April 1917, aged 58.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 166. ISBN 1-905009-63-1. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tom Marshall". England players. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wales 2 – 3 England". England international matches. 15 March 1880. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wales 2 England 3". England Match No. 11. 15 March 1880. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "England 0 – 1 Wales". England international matches. 26 February 1881. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "England 0 Wales 1". England Match No. 12. 26 February 1881. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Wales". England's opponents. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 

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