Harry Devey

Henry Prince Devey (September - December 1864 – 1940) was an English footballer who played in The Football League for Aston Villa.[4][5][3]

Henry Devey
Personal information
Full name Henry Prince Devey[1][2]
Date of birth September - December 1864[1][2]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death 1940 (aged 79–80)[1][3]
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1881–1884 Aston Clarendon F.C
1884–1886 Montrose (Birmingham) F.C.
1886–1887 Birmingham Excelsior
1887–1892 Aston Villa 73 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


He was one of five brothers who all played professional football, Ted and Will for Small Heath and Jack, Harry and Bob Devey for Aston Villa. Another brother, Abel, was a cricketer with Staffordshire.[6]

Playing careerEdit

Harry Devey was a key member of the Aston Villa squad in the Football League inaugural season of 1888–1889. Devey played in the 1st ever Villa League match on 8 September 1888 at Dudley Road, Wolverhampton then home of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The match ended 1-1. Devey was described as a keen, hard-tackler who had the ability, then rare for a defender at bringing the ball forward. He only missed one game in 1888-1889 and was part of the excellent Aston Villa defence (as Centre-Half) that only conceded 43 goals in 1888-1889 the 3rd lowest in the League in 1888–1889. As a centre-half he played in a defence that achieved one League clean-sheet and kept the opposition to one-League-goal-in-a-match on no less than on eight occasions.[5] Aston Villa finished runners-up.[7]

Professional BaseballEdit

In 1890 Devey played professional baseball for Aston Villa in the National League of Baseball of Great Britain.


  1. ^ a b c Harry Devey at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b "FreeBirthsMarriagesDeaths". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (2004). Who's Who of Aston Villa. Mainstream Publishing. p. 82. ISBN 1 84018 821 9.
  4. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  5. ^ a b "English National Football Archive". Retrieved 23 December 2017. (registration & fee required)
  6. ^ "Abel Devey". cricketarchive. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mark (2013). The Origins of the Football League. Amberley. ISBN 978 1 4456 1881 4.