Player #100

Appearances:

26

Starts:

26

Goals:

3

Seasons:

2

Willie Groves
Willie Groves

Source: Football card Aston Villa issued by Kane Products under the Football Clubs & Colours series, 1956.

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Willie Groves
Willie Groves

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Willie Groves

Position

Midfielder

From

1893-94

To

1894-95

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Willie Groves

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

23
24

Division

D1
D1

Appearances

26
26
0

Starts

26
26
0

Substitute

0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0

Goals

3
3
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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Patrick William Groves

Birth Date

Tuesday, 9 November 1869

Birth Place

Leith, Edinburgh

Birth Country

Scotland

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

West Bromwich Albion

From

For

£100

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Edinburgh Thistle |
Leith Harp |
1885-88 Hibernian |
1888-90 Glasgow Celtic |
Everton |
Glasgow Celtic |
1890-93 West Bromwich Albion |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Hibernian

For

Free

On

1895

Subsequent Clubs

1895-96 Hibernian |
1896 Glasgow Celtic |

Willie Groves
Willie Groves

Source: Football card Aston Villa issued by Kane Products under the Football Clubs & Colours series, 1956.

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Willie Groves
Willie Groves

Source: Football card Aston Villa issued by Kane Products under the Football Clubs & Colours series, 1956.

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Villa Career

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

1893-95 Aston Villa, £100, 26 | 3 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 30 September 1893

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 30 September 1893

Derby County (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 7 October 1893

Final Appearance

Saturday, 14 April 1894

Nottingham Forest (h), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 14 April 1894

Honours

1893-94 League Champions |

Height

Foot

International Team

Scotland

Died

13 February 1908, Aged 38

Willie Groves

Player #100 for Aston Villa, Patrick William Groves, known as Willie Groves played as a midfielder for the club in a position then known as a wing half.

Willie represented Villa 26 times in the 1893-94 season scoring 3 goals.

Willie was born in Leith, Scotland on 9th November 1869 and made his debut as a 23 year old on 30th September 1893.

Villa had signed Willie from West Bromwich Albion for £100 and he went on to help Villa secure the League title in 1893-94.

When Willie signed for Villa in 1893 he became the first player to be transferred for over £100 however that fee was not one agreed between the clubs involved. Rather the fee came about retrospectively with the FA instructing Villa to make the the payment to West Brom as they suspected Villa of tapping up Groves over the transfer.

Contract issues were to feature again with Willie leaving the club in November 1894 as further money issues arose.

Indeed money issues had followed Willie around since his debut with Hibs when he was accused of illegally taking payment as an amateur player.

Willie’ final game for Villa came on 14th April 1894 after which Groves retired from football temporarily before re-joining Hibs in 1895.

Willie had played under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

Willie passed away from a sudden illness in Edinburgh on 13th February 1908 aged just 38.