Roger Ord was the Woolwich Arsenal goalkeeper from 1897 to 1900. He was born in Northumberland in 1871 (I don’t have a date of his death) and played for Hebburn Argyle, Middlesbrough Ironopolis, Hebburn A (for a second time) and then Woolwich Arsenal. After leaving Plumstead he went to Luton Town in September 1900 and ended up at Wellingborough.
He played 99 times for Arsenal (89 in the league, 10 FA Cup) and was also “A useful cricketer” according to Bernard Joy.
He made his league debut in a 4-1 win over Grimsby Town on the opening day of the 1897/98 campaign and played his last game on 17 March 1900.
Hebburn Argyle AFC, or as they were often known, “The Irish Highlanders” were formed by parishioners at the local church. Formed in 1882 (four years before Royal Arsenal) they were originally called St Aloysius Juniors.
The Tyneside League was founded in 1891, and Hebburn Argyle, applied to be a member but were rejected. After this they started bringing in professional footballers, and this is when Roger Ord came in although I don’t know how many times he played for the club.
His final destination – Wellingborough – is actually very close to my home, and so I can add a little there. The original Wellingborough Town FC was formed in 1867 – 19 years before Royal Arsenal – and is the sixth oldest football club in England – although initially they played a different sort of football – only becoming a football club in the modern sense in 1869.
Wellingborough Town claim to be the first club to play under floodlights when they played Bedford around this time – but again details are lacking.
Wellingborough joined Division 1 of the Southern League in 1901, and moved to the ground they still use (and currently share with Rushden and Diamonds) at the Dog & Duck, London Road, Wellingborough. This was where they stayed until 1906, and I suspect this period included Roger Ord as their keeper – although I don’t have records to check this.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal – crowd behaviour at the early matches
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