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v Bath 30th September 1893


The second match played on Clifton's new pitch on Buffalo Bill's Field.

Clifton 5 - Bath 3

Three-quarter backs
Borwick, Baccus, Lucas, Barff
Lias, James
Vaughan, Cookson, Belson, H.L.Norrington, Jones, Schwalm
Three-quarter backs
Middleton, T.C.Rogerson, Gunnery, Patterson
T.N.Parnham, G.G.Vincent
Soane, B.Vincent, E.C.Rogerson, Coles, Clarke, England, Ross, Trowbridge.

An account of the match appeared in The Bristol Times & Mirror on 2nd October 1893 and said

Played at Horfield on Saturday. Both teams were well represented, and the game was evenly contested. The visitors kicked off with the wind against them, but the return being poor the ball went outside in the home 25. After the line out the Cliftonians dribbled into the visitors' territory, where the game remained during the greater part of the first half, although nothing was scored, Bath appeared much stronger in the scrums, but the home team had much the best of it in the open, chiefly due to their dribbling. On changing, a combined rush on the part of the Cliftonians carried the ball near the visitors' goal, and Bingham managed to secure a try. Lias kicked a spendid goal. Bath now played up much better, and from a free kick in the home 25, B.Vincent scored a difficult goal. The visitors continued to press, and the home team experienced some difficulty in defending their line, and were obliged to save twice. Nothing further was scored, and Clifton therefore won by five points to three. Teams :- Bath: Back, Pinch; three-quarters, Middleton, T.C.Rogerson, Gunnery, and Pattenson; half backs, T.N.Parnham, and G.G.Vincents; forwards, Soane, B.Vincent, E.C.Rogerson, Coles, Clarke, England, Ross, and Trowbridge. Clifton: Back, Herapath; three-quarters, Borwick, Baccus, Lucas, and Barff; half-backs, Lias, and James; forwards, Vaughan, Cookson, Belson, H.L.Norrington, Jones, and Schwalm.

The players were

Stanley Howard Herapath Born abt. 1860 in Bristol. A Leather factor?. In 1861 living at 11 Saville Place, Clifton. Father Alfred a Merchant. In 1891 living at 11 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol. In 1901 a boarder living at 4 Norton Terrace, Vinney Road, St. Mary's, Penzance. He died in Plymouth in 1905, aged only 45.
Frank Borwick Born on 16th December 1866. Clifton College 1879-1886. Died 1945. For more click here

John Harold Bacchus born on 11 th February 1875 in Sarawak, Borneo, the son of Mary Constance Bacchus, and the late George Henry Bacchus. Educated at Clifton College during 1887 and 1888. He served with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and died with his brother, Ralph Lancelot Bacchus, on the Somme battlefield. On 15 th September 1916 the brothers were detailed from the front line to carry the wounded back to the Casualty Station and while doing this, a shell exploded very near to them killing both brothers and the man they were carrying. They had only arrived on the Western Front 6 weeks before their death. Both brothers are commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley New Zealand Memorial, Somme, France

W.J.Lucas ?
Edward James Barff Born on 12th July 1864. Son of Canon H.T.Barff of Naples. Clifton College 1878-1883. Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Assistant Master Clifton College from 1887. Retired 1927. He lived at 3 Hurle Crescent, Clifton, Bristol. He died on 15th August 1936. His funeral service took place at Clifton College Chapel and he was buried at Canford Cemetery, Bristol.
William John Lias Born March 13th 1868 in Kensington. Son of the clergyman and author John James Lias. Went to Hailbury School. Attended Jesus College, Cambridge from 1886, BA 1889, MA 1898. Editor of the Cambridge Review 1890-1. Headmaster of the Downs School, Clifton 1893-98. Called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, May 1, 1901. Practised at Liverpool. Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Capt., Lancs. Fusiliers, and R.E.; mentioned in despatches). Professor of International Law at Sheffield University, 1924-9. Judge of County Courts, Circuit No. 13 (Sheffield), 1922-30; of County Court No. 59 (Plymouth) District, 1930-40. He died on July 20th 1941 at Torquay. click here
Reginald Valpy James Born 5th February 1878. He was only 15 when he played in this match. Clifton College 1888-1892. His father was Rector George B. James. In 1891 they lived at 24 Kings Square, Bristol. He died in World War 1. For more details click here
William Wyamar Vaughan

Born on 25th February 1865.Educated Rugby and New College, Oxford. Master Clifton College 1890-1904. Headmaster, Giggleswick School, Wellington College and Rugby School. Died 4th February 1938 in India. For more click here

Cookson Possibly George Heinrich Frederick Cookson. Born 1870 Frome. His mother (nee Brutzer) came from Baden-Wuerttemberg. Clifton College 1881-1889. Lincoln College, Oxford. Oxford XV 1891 and 1892. England Rugby Trial 1892 in the same trial as Cliftons C.A.Hooper and Edwin Field. He never played for England. He wrote books. He taught the Prince of Wales at the Royal Naval College.Captain RAF Kingsworth Airship Station. He died on 24th September 1949.
Belson The article doesn't say which one of the Belson brothers it was.
Henry Lawrence Weekes Norrington Born 16th August 1872. Clifton College 1883-1891. Played for Gloucestershire. Went to University College, Bristol. Lt-Col in RAMC. For more click here
T.Jones ?
Schwalm Believed to be Ferdinand Julius Schwalm. Born abt 1858 in Germany. Married Alice E. ? in 1890 in Thornbury. Managed a Tobacco Factory. In 1891 living at 3 Abbey Park, Keynsham. All his 3 sons went to Clifton College, 1 died in WW1. His son, Reginald St. George Charles Schwalm went on to play for Clifton from 1920.
Pinch Dr. Albert Edwin Pinch. Born 1868 in Bath.
Middleton ?
T.C.Rogerson ?
Gunnery ?
Patterson ?
Thomas Nevil Maskelyne Parnham Born on 13th November 1869.
George G. Vincent Born 1875 in Bath.
Frank Soane (captain) Born 12th September 1865 Bath. Award first of 4 caps for England the previous season. He died on 1st April 1932.
B.Vincent Believed to be Benjamin Vincent. Born 1861 Bath.
E.C.Rogerson ?
Coles ?
Clarke ?
England ?
Ross ?
Trowbridge ?

Above the match report from the Bristol Mercury on the 2nd October 1893