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Philip Bach
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Full name Philip Bach
Date of birth 1872
Place of birth    Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Date of death    30 December 1937
Playing position Full back
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Bristol City
Cheltenham Town

43 0(1)
00 0(0)
03 0(0)[1]   
National team
1899 England 01 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Philip Bach (1872 – 30 December 1937) was an English footballer who played at full back. He played his club football for various teams including Middlesbrough and Sunderland and made one appearance for England in 1899. He was later the chairman of Middlesbrough F.C. for a total of 18 years.


Playing career

Bach was born in Ludlow, Shropshire, but moved to Middlesbrough as a child. He was signed by the local club, Middlesbrough, then an amateur club, straight from school.[2] In 1895, he moved to Reading and spent two seasons with the club playing in the Southern League, before returning to the north east to join Sunderland in June 1897.

He made his Sunderland debut in a 1–0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on 4 September 1897.[3] In his first season at the Newcastle Road club, Sunderland finished as runners-up in the Football League with Bach making twenty appearances. On 18 February 1899, Bach made his only international appearance against Ireland. The match was played at Roker Park, Sunderland's new ground and ended in a 13–2 victory for England, with four goals from Gilbert Smith and three from Jimmy Settle.[4] The scoreline in this match is the record number of goals scored by England in a single match, and also the highest aggregate goals (15) in a game involving England.

While England were playing at Roker Park, Sunderland were away to Sheffield Wednesday. In Bach's absence on international duty, Andy McCombie took over at right-back in a 1–0 victory.[5] Bach was unable to regain his place, making only two further appearances.

Two months later, in April 1899, he signed for Middlesbrough again, but failing to break into the first team he was on the move again a year later joining Bristol City. He spent four years at Ashton Gate helping City gain Football League status in 1901. In 1904 he was re-instated as an amateur, turning out for Cheltenham Town.[6]

Later career

He developed hotel interests in Cheltenham and later Middlesbrough.[2] He returned to Middlesbrough F.C. for the third time becoming a director in February 1911. In July he was appointed chairman in place of the disgraced Thomas Gibson-Poole. He was charged with rebuilding the club following the match-fixing scandal involving Gibson-Poole and manager Andy Walker. He appointed Thomas H. McIntosh as the new manager, who guided the club to their highest ever league position - third in the First Division in 1913-14 - but with a potential championship team taking shape his plans were interrupted by the outbreak of World War I. During the war, Boro released their players and closed down, while Ayresome Park was used as a munitions store.

Bach served as chairman until 1925, and again from 1931 to 1935. He later served on the F.A. Council from 1925 until his death in 1937 and was on the international selection committee from October 1929.[2] He was also on the Football League Management Committee and President of the North Eastern League.


  1. ^ Football League appearances only
  2. ^ a b c Graham Betts (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. pp. 19. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.  
  3. ^ Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sunderland 1, 4 September 1897 (Match summary)
  4. ^ "England 13 - Ireland 2, 18 February 1899 (Match summary)". Retrieved 24 September 2008.  
  5. ^ Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sunderland 1, 18 February 1899 (Match summary)
  6. ^ History of Cheltenham Town

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