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Joseph Denham Seddon

Joseph Denham Seddon

Joseph was born in Leeds in 1864.  

He was baptised on the 24th November 1864 at St. Matthews Church, Leeds.  His father was a Master at Leeds Grammar School and Joseph followed suit as in 1891 he was an Assistant Master at Ashton Grammar School, Dunstable.  

Joseph made his debut for Luton reserves in October 1890 as a half-back.  Made his first team debut on the 13th December 1890 against Luton Terriers.  There is no record that Joseph played again in the first team until January 1891.  He played at half-back in the Luton Charity Cup tie against Bedford.  This was an unlucky game for a return to the first team – Luton were red hot favourites for the game and to win the trophy but Bedford gave a footballing lesson and strode out 6 1 winners.  The public and the committee were angry at such a humiliating loss and Joseph never plays again – no specific blame being attached to him.  

Joseph died in tragic circumstances in the spring of 1907 in York.  The Weekly Despatch of the 14th April 1907 tells the sad story.