William Horsley is dealt with rather brusquely in a brief press review of his county career, viz: ‘He made top score of 13 and 24 (for XXII Colts in 1862) so he must have been able to bat a little. He also bowled lobs, but as his capabilities were not found to be up to the high standard of excellence required in a player for Nottinghamshire, he was shunted.’

Horsley was born in Southwell in June 1835 and played chiefly for the Southwell Town Club. He played twice for Notts in county matches, both being in 1862, but he died in Southwell on August 29, 1864 aged 28. He was a tailor by trade.