Born in Farsley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, Wade was a useful all-rounder, being a right-handed batsman and off spin bowler. He scored 1,616 runs at 16.83 in the seventy first-class matches he played in, with a best of 74 not out against Middlesex. He claimed thirty one catches, and took 139 wickets at 18.75, with a best performance of 7 for 28 against Gloucestershire.
He also appeared for M.B. Hawke's XI (1885), North of England (1887), Lord Hawke's XI (1889), L. Hall's XI (1889), Miscellaneous Yorkshire (1887-1890) and Blackpool and District (1893).
He was a leading all-rounder in the Leeds district for several years, before going to Saddleworth C.C. in 1880. He was later a professional in the Lancashire League with Church C.C. and Accrington C.C. Wade subsequently he became a first-class umpire.
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