Israel Wormall (1881-1902)
ISRAEL Wormall was only 21 when he died in Grantham Hospital.
He was there following a football match, in which he broke his left leg had been broken just below the knee at the London Road ground, playing for Grantham Avenue against Grantham Amateurs, in a Minor Cup match.
Two days later, in Grantham Hospital, blood-poisoning symptoms showed themselves.
These became aggravated, and he died on the Wednesday morning about five o’clock.
The inquest jury found that death was caused blood-poisoning, brought about a fractured leg, accidentally sustained. No one was blame for the injury, it was accidental.
He had joined the former Amateurs’ Club (later the Avenue) when about 14.
As a 15 year-old he had been caught with fellow youths, playing cards for money under the Brick Kiln Lane (Springfield Road) railway arch. He was fined 2/3d (11p) plus 3d (1p) costs.
Two years later he was in court for a similar offence, this time being fined 10/- (50p) with 5/3 (27p) expenses – more than a week’s wages then – for a similar offence. He faced 14 days with hard labour had he failed to pay it.
He was a said to be somewhat reserved disposition, and his play was invariably without vindictiveness.
He was employed as a labourer in the moulding department of Richard Hornsby and Sons.
His gravestone is close to the entrance of Grantham cemetery, about the sixth on the right.