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Full name Horace Wass
Born August 26, 1903, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Died January 14, 1969, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 65 years 141 days)
Major teams Derbyshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Height 5 ft 10 in
The brother of Edwin, also of Chesterfield, Horace Wass came to the Chesterfield FC in 1920 as an amateur right-winger but did not have the dash to stand out in that position; he oozed class, though, and read a game very well for a youngster, so was tried at right-half. In his first game in this position, the reserves lost 6-1 at home, and a career was launched!
As befits one of Chesterfield's most significant players, Horace was awarded two benefit matches by the club: the first, in 1929-30 against Sheffield Wednesday was rather poorly attended, but the second, against Hearts in `35-6, brought a more fitting reward. Horace was a professional cricketer, too. He played for the Golf Hill and West of Scotland clubs (both based in Glasgow) during the 1930s and was capped once by Scotland - at cricket - against the South Africans, in 1935. In 1929 Horace made one appearance for Derbyshire County Cricket Club, scoring nine runs against Glamorgan.
Horace left after 15 years as the club's all-time record appearance-maker - a record that remained intact until Ron Powell and then Dave Blakey overtook him in the early '60s - and had one season at Southport. In the summer of 1938 he joined Southern League Chelmsford, managed at the time by his former team-mate Allan Sliman. During the war, Horace served as a PT Instructor in the Middle East, rising to the rank of Sergeant-major. After retiring from football, Horace became a glue salesman.
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