William 'Billy' Mosforth

Name:William 'Billy' Mosforth
Clubs played for:Albion FC, Sheffield F.A.,Hallam FC, Zulus FC,Park Grange FC, The Wednesday and Sheffield United
Football Code played:Association
Position played:Forward
University/College:None. An engraver by trade
William 'Billy' Mosforth who played for Albion FC from age fourteen through to age twenty. He was known as the 'Little Wonder' because he was only 5' 3", 11 stone in weight and started competing as a runner at the many Athletic sports days held in Sheffield. He was also a regular for Hallam cricket club and regularly competed in the Hallam FC Annual Sports. In 1880, following his breaking of the Albion FC club rules he joined the Wednesday, where he stayed for eight years before joining Sheffield United in their first season in 1889. A knee injury meant he retired from football after one season but he played for United long enough to take the record as the first ever player to play and score for both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. He won nine caps for England, the first aged nineteen; all his fellow England teammates were upper class gentlemen, so Billy, was the England team's first working class player.