In wake of John Terry controversy we look at England's captains over the years


It has been revealed that the current Chelsea and England captain, John Terry, had an affair with the French girlfriend of his best friend, Manchester City's Wayne Bridge.

So let's look at some of England's other captains throughout the team's history.

England's first captain was Cuthbert Ottaway, who played in the 1872 match against Scotland - the world's first football international.

Charles Wreford-Brown, England captain between 1889 and 1898, was a believer in true amateur status and was against playing for monetary gain. In one match, he played with a pocket full of gold sovereigns. Each time a professional player scored, he pressed a coin into their hand.

Many people may view Roger Federer or Usain Bolt as the world's greatest ever sportsmen. But they were nothing compared with Max Woosnam, England's captain in 1922 who, amongst other things, was also a great cricketer (scoring a century at Lord's) and won the Men's Doubles at Wimbledon. He also once defeated English actor Charlie Chaplin at table tennis playing with a butter knife instead of a bat

R.E. Foster captained England at both football AND cricket - and scored an incredible 287 on his Test debut.

Stan Cullis was the only member of the England team which played Germany in Berlin in 1938 who did not make a Nazi salute before the match - he was therefore dropped from the team.

And of course, England's greatest-ever captain was Bobby Moore, England's youngest-ever captain and the only one so far to have won the World Cup. That England side is also regarded by many as the finest ever.

In wake of John Terry controversy we look at England's football team captains over the years

By Alun Palmer
The Mirror

The great est: England captain Bobby Moore relaxes before the 1966 World Cup Final, in which England beat West Germany

It is the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a footballer to captain their country.

Fans are demanding present skipper John Terry is stripped of the England armband over his fling with team mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend.

But how does Terry measure up to his predecessors?


Cuthbert Ottaway was England's first ever captain, and took part in the world's first international match, which was against Scotland

Englands first captain was educated at Eton and then Oxford, where he represented the university at football, cricket, rackets, athletics and real tennis.

He became a barrister while turning out for Old Etonians, Crystal Palace and Marlow.

He led England against Scotland in the first-ever international in November 1872, which finished 0-0.

The match between England and Scotland - the world's two oldest national teams - in 1872 was the world's first international match. It finished 0-0 and was played in Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground

He was a snob who looked down on players from the lower orders and, perhaps as a consequence, only captained the team once more.

He died aged just 27. Some blamed tuberculosis, others "a chill caught on a night dancing."

JACK HUNTER 1878-1882

Sheffield-born butcher and silver cutler Hunter showed his mettle on the pitch, both as player and tactician.

He won all his England caps after joining Sheffield Heeley in 1870.

He moved to Blackburn when he got a job as the manager of a pub and joined struggling local side Olympic.

He turned the weavers and tradesmen into a force to be reckoned with and they dominated local rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Hunter was the first manager to take his team away on a relaxing break. He shipped the club off to Blackpool for a few days before beating Old Etonians in the 1883 FA Cup final. He died of consumption on April 9, 1903.

Blackburn Olympic beat Old Etonians 2-1 in the 1883 FA Cup Final


Luxuriantly moustached Wreford-Brown is the man credited with coining the word soccer.

He was a staunch believer in true amateur status and was vehemently against playing for payment or any monetary gain. He came from a wealthy family and could well afford to play for free.

Brown captained England twice and in one game played with a pocket full of gold sovereigns. Each time a professional player scored, he pressed a coin into their hand.


HEIR to a wealthy Essex family, the Eton-educated forward was called the richest man who ever played football for England. He left 700,000 in his will.

R.E. FOSTER 1900-02

FOSTER has the distinction of being the only man to have captained England at football and cricket, scoring 287 on his Test debut.


PROBABLY the greatest sportsman who ever lived.

As well as captaining England and Manchester City at football, Woosnam scored a century at Lords, won Olympic gold at tennis, led the Davis Cup team, and won the mens doubles at Wimbledon.

After he retired he played golf off scratch, and scored the maximum 147 break at snooker.

DAVID JACK 1924-1932

David Jack became the world's first 10,000 footballer when transferring from Bolton Wanderers to Arsenal in 1928. Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman negotiated the transfer with Bolton's representatives in a hotel bar, his tactic being to drink gin and tonics without any gin in them, while letting Bolton's representatives drink as much as they possibly could. Jack was also the first player to score at Wembley.

Jack was the first player ever to score at Wembley. He was also the first footballer in the world to be transferred for more than 10,000. It could have been more, but canny Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman got Bolton's representatives drunk in a hotel bar.

STAN CULLIS 1937-1939

ON the eve of the outbreak of the Second World War England played Germany in Berlin. Wolves legend Cullis, then 21 and starting out in his international career, was the only player to refuse to perform a Nazi salute before the match. He was subsequently dropped from the team, but was later reinstated and went on to captain the team the following year.

Shameful moment: The England team, on the left in the picture, perform a Nazi salute before the 1938 match against Germany in Berlin. England won 6-3.

BILLY WRIGHT 1946-1959

Billy Wright was the first player in the world to play 100 times for his country

England captain, check. Pop star wife, check. Adulation, check.

But Wright came from a different age to the game now driven by money, status and yet more money.

He clocked up 105 caps, 90 of those as captain. And he was the first in the world to represent his country 100 times.

Manager Walter Winterbottom said of him: Billy had a heart of oak and was the most reliable of men. I considered myself lucky to have him to call on so often.

Billy married Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters in 1958. One of the most enduring showbiz marriages, it lasted until his death in 1994.

BOBBY MOORE 1962-1973

England captain Bobby Moore lifts the World Cup trophy in 1966. That game remains the only World Cup Final in which a hat-trick has been scored. It was scored by England's Geoff Hurst.

The youngest ever England skipper, at the age of just 22, and probably the greatest, Moore was also the only one to lift the World Cup, in 1966.

He picked up 108 caps, 90 of them as captain.

Even a clumsy attempt to frame him for stealing a bracelet in Colombia in the build-up to the 1970 World Cup could not tarnish his image.

England hero Bobby Charlton carries the World Cup trophy in 1966 alongside Alan Ball, Bobby Moore and George Cohen

Moore was just 51 when he died of bowel cancer in 1993, and a fund set up in his name by Cancer Research UK now raises 1million a year.
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