by Annette Edwards.
Edward was born in 1859 in Birkenhead; he was the son of Robert Phennah who was born in Chirk and Ellen Hughes who was born in Bagillt. Robert and Ellen married in Liverpool in 1846 when he was a sawyer but returned back to Wrexham where he worked laying plates on the railways for a while before returning to his original trade. Two more sons were born on the Wirral, so they were there for some time. After Robert died Ellen moved from Willow Road up to Fairfield Street, and her son Edward worked as a whitesmith and locksmith.
Edward turned out to be quite a sporting man and took part in many local games and football matches. He played for Wrexham at club level, playing in the club’s first competitive fixture in the inaugural Welsh Cup in the 1877–78 season.
He also joined the First Denbighshire Rifle Volunteers and was a member of the band, he took part in one of the annual shooting competitions that were held at the Erddig range and in the band and the recruits’ competition Edward came sixth out of seven and won 7 shillings.
There was an Athletic Sports day at Acton Park and race between several band members was won by E. Phennah.
Edward also played for the Civil Service Team football team for quite a few years, and even played whist and billiards for the Conservative Club.
As a Welsh international footballer he was goalkeeper, he represented Wales and became one of the first English born players to represent the country in 1878 during a 9–0 defeat against Scotland.
In 1891 Edward married Ann (possibly Williams) who was born in Selattyn and he became the Club Steward of the Conservative Club in Wrexham. Sept qtr Oswestry.
By 1911 Edward and Ann have moved down to Cefn where he is a licenced victualler at Newbridge. After 19 years of marriage they had no children and Ann is helping out at the pub.
Edward died at the Masons Arms Newbridge on 18 May 1923, he was 66.
Ann stayed on at the pub and died there on 19 June 1928 aged 72.
They are both buried in Wrexham Cemetery, also in the same grave is Elizabeth Williams who died aged 82 at 9 Benjamin Road and was buried 6 May 1942.
Researched by Annette Edwards. July 2018. Gravestone photograph by Graham Lloyd.
Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery G-06524