Player #18

Appearances:

19

Starts:

19

Goals:

9

Seasons:

5

Olly Whateley
Olly Whateley

Source: Aston Villa portrait series, 1905.

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Olly Whateley
Olly Whateley

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Olly Whateley

Position

Forward

From

1881-82

To

1885-86

IMAGE CREDIT

Olly Whateley

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

20
21
22
23
24

Division

FAC
FAC
FAC
FAC
FAC

Appearances

19
5
5
4
4
2

Starts

19
5
5
4
4
2

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

9
3
3
2
1
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Oliver Whateley

Birth Date

Thursday, 8 August 1861

Birth Place

Coventry, West Midlands

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Coventry FC

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Gladstone Unity |
Coventry FC |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Retired

For

Released

On

1885

Subsequent Clubs

Retired |

Olly Whateley
Olly Whateley

Source: Aston Villa portrait series, 1905.

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Olly Whateley
Olly Whateley

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1881-85 Aston Villa, Free, 19 | 9 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Management Committee |
George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 5 November 1881

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 5 November 1881

Nottingham Forest (h), FA Cup

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 5 November 1881

Final Appearance

Saturday, 14 November 1885

Derby County (a), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 14 November 1885

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

1 October 1926, Aged 65

Olly Whateley

Player #18 for Aston Villa, Oliver Whateley, known as Olly Whateley and nicknamed Daisy-Cutter, played as a forward for the club. Olly represented Villa between 1881-82 and 1885-86.

Olly was born in Coventry on 8th August 1861 and made his debut as a 20 year old on the 5th November 1881. Villa had signed Olly from Coventry FC and he went on to represent the club over four seasons.

In his book former team-mate and renowned Villa player Archie Hunter said of Olly:

“Oliver Whateley was a hard worker and a clever player. He was the life and soul of the Villa team, being a good singer, one who could play the piano as well and was always a merry, good-tempered comrade. He came from the Aston Florence team and improved greatly during his stay with us, becoming ultimately one of the best forwards in the field and a deadly shot at goal. He was appropriately entitled the ‘Daisy-cutter’ as he always kept the ball low on the ground. He and Andy [Hunter] on the right were invincible.”

The Villa News and Record of 1st September 1906 also paid tribute to Olly:

“A member of the old school of players who took to football as a duck of water. Took the Selection Committee by storm after a few big matches. As a deadly shot and goal-getter, he achieved quite a remarkable distinction, and probably scored more dazzling goals than any other player of his period. Aimed from almost any range. Slipping through opponents by his smart dribbling and clever feinting, he won position for himself with astonishing celerity. One of the diminishing ‘band of brothers’ who helped to build up Aston Villa’s early fame, and still kindly remembered.” Olly played in the era when team selection was made by a Management Committee rather than the latter day more typical Manager role which from the 1884-85 season was led by George Ramsey.

Olly’s final game for Villa came on 14th November 1885 at the age of 24 having made 19 FA Cup appearances, scoring 9 goals. His retirement was prompted by his cancer of the face, prematurely ending what promised to be a great Villa career.

Olly passed away in October 1926 in Birmingham aged 65.