Lt Maurice Pryce Parry, R Welch Fus

His Wikipedia entry concentrates on the football. Born in Trefonen, Oswestry, Parry played for Newtown, Long Eaton Rangers, Leicester Fosse (who became Leicester City in 1919), Loughborough and the short-lived Brighton United before being signed by Liverpool manager Tom Watson in March 1900 making his debut in a Football League Division One match on the 13 October the same year, a game which the Reds won 2-1 against Bolton at Anfield, he had to wait until the April fool's day 1904 before he scored his first goal, it came in the Merseyside derby against Everton a game that saw the Reds slump to a 5-2 defeat. The right-half never really established himself as a 'first choice' player during his 9-year Liverpool career but he still managed 222 appearances for the Reds helping them to 2 Football League First Division Championships, unfortunately not playing enough times to earn a medal for the 1901 title win. After leaving the club in May 1909, Parry along with the then Liverpool captain Alex Raisbeck joined Scottish side Partick. Parry played for Wales on 14 occasions making his debut against Ireland on the 23 March 1901 in a British Championship match. After leaving Thistle Parry went into coaching and got a post in South Africa but moved back to Oswestry to take up a role with Oswestry Town. Parry then, like many others, was affected by the Great War of 1914/1918 where he was badly gassed, but he returned to his passion after the war taking the managerial post at Rotherham County, who later merged with Rotherham Town to form Rotherham United in 1925. Parry then took up coaching roles with the more impressive clubs of Barcelona in Spain and both Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Köln in Germany before returning to the British Isles taking up a coaching role on the Channel Islands. Parry's association with the Anfield club was to be reunited when he took up a coaching role at Liverpool quite some time after leaving in 1909. He died in nearby Bootle.

1877 Oct 25. Born Oswestry, Shropshire . He took 5 years off his age to get into the ADRIC

1881 census at 4, Porkington Terrace, Oswestry

1891 census at Porkington Terrace, Willow Street, Oswestry,

1898 Jul 16. The announcement made in our columns on Saturday that Mr. Godfrey Beardsley, late of Loughborough Town, had thrown in his lot with the Leicester Fosse Club, has quickly been followed by the acquisition of another player in the person of Maurice Parry, of Oswestry, who, for the last three seasons, has figured as one of the reserves in the Welsh International team. Parry is a typical player, and, commanding both height and weight, he should be of immense service to his new club. He stands 5ft. 11in., and in the early part of last season assisted Nottingham Forest, from whom his transfer has been obtained. He plays at either right or centre half back. (Leicester Chronicle, 16-07-1898)

1899 Feb 2. Two new players have been secured for Loughborough Town in William Keech and Maurice Parry, of Leicester Fosse. Keech is centre forward, and Parry plays right half back. Both men have been granted free transfer from the Fosse to Loughborough for the remainder of the present season; the idea being to assist the latter club. The new players, who will be eligible to play for Loughborough against Grimsby on February 11th, return to the Leicester Club when the season ends. (Nottingham Evening Post, 03-02-1899)

1901 Jan 24. Maurice Parry has been selected to play in the Welsh International trial match at Wrexham on 15th February. (Manchester Courier, 24-01-1901)

1901 Feb 12. Maurice Parry has been selected to represent Wales against Scotland at Wrexham on March 2. (Manchester Courier, 13-02-1901)

1901 census at 27, Arkles Road, Liverpool, Walton on the Hill, West Derby, Lancashire. He is a professional footballer

1902 Jan 28. At a meeting of the Council of the Welsh Association at Wrexham, last night, Maurice Parry (Liverpool) was selected to take part in the International trial match at Wrexham on Feb 10.(Manchester Courier, 29-01-1902)

1902 Feb 10. At Wrexham, last night the following team was chosen to represent Wales in the match v. Ireland at Cardiff, on February 22, viz.: – L.R. Roose (Stoke), goal; S. Meredith (Stoke) and H. Blew (Wrexham), backs; Maurice Parry (Liverpool), E. Hughes (Tottenham Hotspurs), and J.L. Jones (Tottenham Hotspurs), half backs; Billy Meredith (Manchester City) and Jenkins (Rhyl), right wing; M. Watkins (Stoke), centre; E. Williams (Druids) and Richard Morris (Newtown), left wing, forwards. (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 11-02-1902)

1903 Mar 3. Maurice Parry and Richard Morris was selected to represent Wales in their international v. Scotland, at Cardiff, next Monday. (Edinburgh Evening News, 03-03-1903)

1905 Mar 1. Two of the half backs selected for Wales against Scotland, at Wrexham next Monday, have announced that they will be unable to play. M. Morgan Owen, the Corinthian centre half back, is suffering from influenza, and the Liverpool committee decline to allow Maurice Parry to play. (Manchester Courier, 01-03-1905)

1905 Mar 3. In place of Maurice Parry, of Liverpool, and M. Morgan Owen, Corinthians, who cannot play for Wales against Scotland at Wrexham on Monday, George Latham, of Liverpool, and E. Hughes, of Tottenham Hotspur, have been chosen by the Welsh Association. Apart from these two changes, it is expected that the Wales eleven will appear as selected. (Manchester Courier, 03-03-1905)

1905 Mar 20. Maurice Parry, the Liverpool half-back, will captain Wales against England. (Manchester Courier, 20-03-1905)

1908 Mar 31. Owing to the inability of Maurice Parry, of Liverpool, to play, the Welsh Committee have had to rearrange their half back line against Ireland, at Aberdare, on April 11, as follows: George Latham (Liverpool), right wing; Ernest Peake (Aberystwyth), centre; Haydn Price (Aston Villa), left wing. Price played for Wales against Scotland at Wrexham last season and Latham was originally picked as left half back. (Manchester Courier, 31-03-1908)

1909 Feb 27. This accomplished footballer was born at Oswestry, and was educated at the High School there. Here he commenced his career as a half back, and after leaving the institution became attached to the Old Boys’ Club of that town. At the age of nineteen he joined the professional ranks, and played for Leicester Fosse during one season. From here he migrated to Brighton, and with the Southern Leaguers was their recognised right half back. After one campaign he was persuaded to come to Anfield, and in the season of 1900-1 played his first League match for Liverpool. His abilities became quickly apparent, and that year he obtained his first International Cap against Scotland. Since that time he has regularly played in all the Welsh International games, and has been chosen for the team which will oppose Scotland on Monday next. Parry is finely proportioned for a footballer, standing 5ft. 11in. and weighing 12st. 10lbs. In adding to being a capable performer in the football field, Parry is a skilful musician, and on the piano or organ is equally at home. During recent weeks the right half back has been displaying his finest form, and in this respect has fully earned his right to be recognised as the most consistent back in the team. Few left wings can take the measure of Parry, and the Scots pair will find a sturdy opponent in the lengthy Welshman. (Joint Everton and Liverpool Programme, 27-02-1909)

1909 May 17. Partick Thistle have been long in starting to sign players, but they have started well. Yesterday they announced the capture of Maurice Parry, the Welsh internationalist, who played last season at right half for Liverpool. He played for the Principality in all three Internationals during the past year. (Dundee Courier, 18-05-1909)

1910 Nov 25. Maurice Parry, the Welsh international half back, who was for several seasons one of the Liverpool players, has signed on for Wrexham. (Lichfield Mercury, 25-11-1910)

1911 Feb 6. Joins Freemasons in Oswestry

1915 Jun 11. 7th (Merioneth and Montgomery) Battalion, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Serjeant Maurice Pryce Parry, from Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, to be Second Lieutenant.

Sergeant Maurice Pryce Parry, of the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, who has been gazetted second-lieutenant in the 7th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, is the ex-Liverpool and Welsh International footballer, having represented Wales on sixteen occasion – seven times against England, five against Scotland, and four against Ireland. Lieut. Parry enlisted in the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry immediately after the outbreak of the war. (Western Daily Press, 18-06-1915)

1915 Oct 13. We have not heard much in later months of our old friend, Maurice Parry, Welsh international, Scottish player, and well-known Liverpool player. To-day, from the boys of a boat which has had some “crummy” experiences, I get news of Maurice as follows: – “Dear Bee. – I thought you would be interested to know that Mr. Maurice Parry landed from this ship on Saturday, September 18, at Lemnos, which is the advanced base of the M.E.F. He is, as you are no doubt aware, a second lieutenant in the South Wales Borderers. Of course, he was a person of no small importance in the eyes of our crew, who are all Liverpool men. He was the life and soul of the party, and it was always he who started the music and singing. In an impromptu concert held on the last night the cry was always ‘Parry.’” (Liverpool Echo, 13-10-1915)

1916 Feb 3. All local and Welsh sportsmen will be sorry to learn that Maurice Parry, the Welsh international, who played many years for Liverpool F.C., has been in hospital. Parry is a lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and took part in the Dardanelles operations. He has been in hospital in Luxor for twelve weeks which period he lost 38lbs weight. He has now returned to his regiment. (Liverpool Echo, 03-02-1916)

1921 Jan 10. Joined ADRIC with service no 1463. Posted to K Coy

1921 Mar 13. Posted to O Coy

1921 Apr 8. Resigned ADRIC

1921 Oct 28. Following the appointment of Mr. Maurice Parry as general manager, Rotherham County have appointed W. Norman, of Scunthorpe, as chief trainer. This is part of the complete re-organisation scheme.(Hull Daily Mail, 28-10-1921)

1923 Mar 8. He leaves Rotherham because they are in financial difficulties

1924 Jan 8. Maurice Parry, the ex-manager of the Rotherham County Club, is now coaching in Barcelona. He is associated with Alf. Spouncer, the former Nottm. Forest forward, but there are a number of British footballers, lights of other days, who are also coaching Spanish teams. Football is usually played on hard grounds there, so the studs are hardly needed. (Nottingham Evening Post, 08-01-1924)

1935 Mar 24 Died at Bootle The death occurred during the week-end of Mr. Maurice Parry, many times Welsh international wing half-back, one-time manager of Rotherham Town and coach to Liverpool F.C. until two years ago. He was one of a noted line of half-backs for Liverpool when Alex Raisbeck was in his prime as captain of the team. (Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 26-03-1935)

 

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