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Default Re: The sad case of a founding member and player of Wrexham Football Club

Originally Posted by eastsussexred View Post
Sergeant William Tootell was born the son of a cork cutter John Tootell in 1831. He followed in his fathers footsteps and worked as a cork cutter but later became a Musketeer instructor in the Royal Denbigh Rifle Militia, in which he was promoted to sergeant. He was also a drill instructor in the 5th Denbighshire (Gwersylt) rifle volunteers.
He was married to Elizabeth Roberts at St Giles Church on 15 September 1855 and they had 4 children
Sergeant Tootell played Cricket for the Denbighshire County Cricket Club and he attended the after-dinner event, after he had played in the last cricket match of the season on 04th October 1864.
During this event, the chairman, Edward Manners, announced that after consultation with the Mayor, he was going to purchase a football in the course of the week, with the intention of starting a new Athletic Club in Wrexham and stated that he expected a good many down on the field next Saturday.
Sergeant William Tootell was 1 of the 10 founding players who would play in their first ever match on 15th October 1864, against the 10 men of The Prince of Wales Fire Brigade; a game in which they lost 2-1
DCCC had very strong links with the military and this link would extend well beyond the founding of the Football Club.
A fellow volunteer in the Royal Denbigh Rifles, Sergeant Major Heath, also played in that opening game and each of these are referenced frequently, in The Wrexham Advertiser and other newspapers throughout the 1860’s, and Sergeant Tootell in particular: although the connections between the founding members and the military is easily found in the archives
Sergeant Tootells record of marriage is also available in the National registry of Births /Marriages and Deaths.

Wrexham Advertiser Clwyd, Wales
1 Oct 1864
militia staff
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William Tootell died aged just 35, after a fortnights illness on 30/09/1866 and was buried with full Military honours at Ruthin Road Cemetery on 03/10/1866; less than 2 years after he played in the clubs first ever game
DEATH OF SERGEANT WILLIAM TOOTELL.— MILITARY FUNERAL. We regret to record the death, on Monday last, 01 Sergeant William Tootell, after a fortnight's illness. The deceased, who was musketry instructor and staff sergeant of the Royal Denbigh Militia and drill instructor of the 5th Denbighshire (Gwersyllt) Rifle Volunteers, was interred in the New Burial Ground, Ruthin-road, Wrexham, with military honours, on Wednesday. About four o'clock nearly all the members of the Gwersyllt company of volunteers, the militia staff, members of…
• Wrexham and Denbighshire Advertiser and Cheshire…
• 6th October 1866 Welsh Newspapers Online - Search - ''[0]=1860&page=40563
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Most articles can be found under Wrexham Advertiser.
Good story on one of our founders, could be commemorated as a symbolic nod of thanks & rememberance to all who started this great club. Maybe name the player of the year award the Tootell Shield, but I'm probably being too sentimental.
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