Baugh Dick Image 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1895

Baugh Dick Image 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1895


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Wolverhampton born right back Dick Baugh began his football career with Rose Villa in 1879 and played for Wolverhampton Rangers in 1880 and Stafford Road Railway Works (in Wolverhampton) in 1881. During his time there, he earned a call up to the England team – the club’s only player to achieve this honour – making his international debut on 13th March 1886 in a 6-1 win over Ireland at the Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast. Baugh joined Wolverhampton Wanderers two months later in May 1886, and made his club debut on 30th October 1886 in a 6-0 FA Cup thumping of Matlock.

When Wolves joined the Football League in 1888, Baugh played in their inaugural League fixture against Aston Villa at Dudley Road in September 1888, and was an ever present that season, which ended with Wolves finishing third in the League Championship and reaching the FA Cup Final, Baugh playing as Wolves lost 3-0 to “The Invincibles” and unbeaten League Champions, Preston North End at The Kennington Oval. He won a second England cap in a 9-1 win over Ireland at the Ulster Cricket Ground in March 1890.

He appeared in two further FA Cup Finals with the club – in 1893 he was on the winning side in a 1-0 triumph over Everton at Fallowfield, while in 1896 he was the club’s captain as they went down 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday at The Crystal Palace. He was also a losing semi finalist in March 1890 as Wolves lost 1-0 to eventual winners Blackburn Rovers at The County Ground, Derby. After scoring once in 218 appearances for Wolves in their League era (in addition to his appearances beforehand), he moved to Second Division Walsall in 1896. He played just one further season making 6 appearances for The Saddlers before retiring in 1897 due to a knee injury.

He was the father of Dicky Baugh who played for Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion.

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