HARRY TUFNELL (1886 - 1959 )

The Scorer of Barnsley's F.A.Cup Winning Goal 1912

Photograph by Lambert Jackson

Dwelling:1 Bk 7 Cathcart St Census Place Aston, Warwick, England

Family History Library Film  1341723 PRO REF: RG11 Piece / Folio 3028 / 93 Page Number 37

 Name  Relation Status  Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
 Adolphus TUFNELL  Lodger - Head   M   Male   25   Hitchen, Hertford, England   House Painter (Herts Hitchen) 
 Emma TUFNELL   Lodger   M   Female   23   Birmingham, Warwick, England    
 William F. TUFNELL   Lodger      Male   2   Birmingham, Warwick, England   
 Adolphus TUFNELL   Lodger      Male   1m   Birmingham, Warwick, England    

Harry's father ADOLPHUS TUFNELL, the son of WILLIAM and MARIA TUFNELL originated in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.  The following information was obtained from Harry's great nephew:-

Adolphus was a House Painter Journeyman. (A family tale recalls that  when Adolphus had been paid for painting or decorating a house, he being fond of a drink, would have one too many and fall in the canal on the way home. He was regularly rescued and bought home drunk and wet. He was also fond of bloaters for his tea, and afterwards would wipe the grease off his hands on his hair.)

He married his wife EMMA in the September quarter of 1878 (Vol 6D Page454) in Aston, Birmingham Sometime after the births of their first two sons Frederick and Adolphus they moved to Horninglow in Derbyshire where they lived at 48, Charles Street and 49, John Street. (1891 Census RG12/2205 entry 224) By 1891 there were six children - Frederick (William),Adolphus,Ernest, Harry,Arthur and Alice. The 1901 Census shows the family living at 17 PRINCESS STREET, HORNINGLOW, BURTON, STAFFS. (GRO ref RG13/2645entry 22) Adolphus, who was one month old at the time of the 1881 Census, is now a Brewer's labourer whilst his father is still pursuing a living painting houses. The eldest son William Frederick was no longer with the family and it looks as though their eldest daughter Alice must have died in the interim. The younger Adolphus married in the September quarter of 1903 

 Name  Relation Status  Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
 Adolphus TUFNELL   Lodger (Head)   M   Male   44   Hitchen, Hertford, England   House Painter (Herts Hitchen) 
 Emma TUFNELL   Wife   M   Female   43   Birmingham, Warwick, England    
 Adolphus TUFNELL   Son    


 20  Birmingham, Warwick, England  Brewers Labourer
 Ernest TUFNELL  Son      Male  17    Birmingham, Warwick, England  Engine Cleaner
Harry TUFNELL Son   Male 15   Greengrocer's Assistant
Arthur TUFNELL Son   Male 13    
Mary TUFNELL Daughter   Female 8    
Annie TUFNELL Daughter   Female 6    
Ivy Elizabeth TUFNELL Daughter   Female 3    

In 1910 they were living at 2, Jersey Road, Saltley, Birmingham  It was at this time an epidemic of meningitis broke out and killed some of their children.

Grenville Firth in the Official History of Barnsley FC has Harry Tufnell as coming from Buxton in Derbyshire but his great nephew has confirmed that he was in fact born in Burton (or more specifically Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire). As the 1901 Census shows Harry Tufnell was working as a 15 year old greengrocers assistant in the Burton suburb of Horninglow. 

The records show Harry served in the Royal Army Service Corps between 19151919, his army record shows he was an electrician before army service. In 1918 he was sent to Basra in southern Iraq where he contracted Malaria. Harry was discharged from the Army in 1919.

After he left Barnsley FC, Harry had spells as manager of  Wakefield City and Doncaster Rovers (1 August 1921 - 31 May 1922) . Sometime after leaving Doncaster, he joined the training staff at Oldham Athletic (see above photograph).  Harry died December 1959 aged 73 in Oldham Infirmary with no family shown on the death certificate. The cause of death was a fractured skull that occurred after a fall at home. The certificate stated that he  a "cotton mill labourer". 


"I am one of three granddaughters of Harry Tufnell.  

Harry had three children, one boy (Harry) and two daughters (Elsie & Hilda).  Elsie died at age 15 and Hilda was my mother.  There are two surviving granddaughters, four great granddaughters and one great grandson.  There are also two great great grandsons and one great great granddaughter.
My sister has my grandfather's FA cup medal and a medal awarded to him after playing a charity match for the survivors of the Titanic in 1912"

"I can add something to the story. Harry married Sarah Jeffcoat Locker in 1907 in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Sarah was my grandfather's sister. Harry was a very popular chap as my grandfather organised charabanc (horse-drawn coach) trips to take friends and family to see Harry play his various games (the Locker family had a carriers business at the time). My late father told me about the 1912 cup final when grandad organised the trip to see the cup final which finished in a draw and it had to go to a replay. It caused him no end of bother to organise another one at such short notice, but everyone wanted to go and cheer Harry on. He also said that Harry played for England, but I have not found that information anywhere I have researched. My dad recalled visiting "the family in Oldham" (as he referred to the Tufnells) when he was young."

Pat, Jim and Sharon are all interested in the TUFNELL family and so if anyone can help please contact me or any of the three descendents.

"I am one of Harry's great grandchildren. My mum, his granddaughter Carole Wright, had his FA Cup Winners Medal but recently sold it to Barnsley Football Club. Harry now has another descendent - a great, great granddaughter."


The Daily Telegraph Football Chronicle (1995)

Barnsley's Sporting Heroes' by Annie Storey (Wharncliffe Publishing 1997)

The Official History of Barnsley Football Club 1887 - 1979 - Grenville Firth

Jim Whitaker

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Frederick William the son of William and Maria born in Hitchen, Herts - the brother of Adolphus Tufnell.(1856 -