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Clifton College v Middlesex Wanderers 14th November 1891


Played on 14th November 1891 at Clifton College.

Although Clifton RFC were not involved, Middlesex Wanderers were largely made up of Old Cliftonians (11 of their 15 players), including, ex Clifton RFC player, Charles Alexander Hooper. Middlesex Wanderers was started by a group of Old Rugbeins, but as Ravenscourt Park were largely an Old Rugbeians London side and Marlborough Nomads were an Old Marlburians London side, Middlesex Wanderers had become an Old Cliftonians London side whose 2 England Internationals were Charles Alexander Hooper and Edwin Field, both ex Clifton College and Clifton RFC players.

The teams for this match were

Clifton College
David Thomas Price Born 10th December 1875. Clifton College 1890-1893. Physician, of Castle Cary, Somerset. Died 9th July 1945.
Lionel Edward Pilkington Born 2nd December 1873. [3rd] son of Col. Richard, C.B., of Rainford Hall, Lancs. (and Louisa, dau. of Arthur Sinclair, of St Helens). Clifton College 1883-1892. Kings College, Cambridge. Rugby ‘blue,’ 1893, 1894; Athletics ‘blue’ (hurdles) 1894, 1895. Joined 2nd Vol. Batt., South Lancs. Regt., 1896. Lieut., Imperial Yeomanry, 1900. Served in the South African War, 1899-1902. Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Lieut.-Col., South Lancs. Regt.; C.M.G., 1916; mentioned in despatches; mentioned twice in Secretary of State's list for ‘valuable services’). Hon. Col., 5th Batt., The Prince of Wales' Volunteers, 1934-45. A colliery proprietor. Chairman of Richard Evans and Co., Ltd. J.P., 1909. Married, 1902, Naomi Evelyn, dau. of Thomas Beckett, of Eccleston Square, London, W. Of 19, Greenbank Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, in 1951. Died 9th June 1952.
James Ronald Eccles Born 9th January 1874. Son of Richard, late of Lower Darwen, Lancs. Clifton College 1888-1893. Kings College, Cambridge. Assistant Master at Gresham's School, Holt, 1900-19; Head Master, 1919-35. Publications, Lecture Notes and Advanced Lecture Notes on Light; Advanced Lecture Notes on Heat. Of The Elms, Lower Darwen, Lancs. Died 31st August 1956 at "The Elms", Lower Darwen, Blackburn.
Edward Allan Price Born 26th May 1873, Bristol. [3rd] s. of Alfred Newall, of 10, Cambridge Park, Bristol (and Edna Budgett). Clifton College 1887-1892. Trinity College, Cambridge. In Germany and France, 1895-8. Assistant Master at Dulwich College, 1898-1901; at Winchester College, 1901-5; at the R.N. College, Osborne, 1905-20; at the R.N. College, Dartmouth, 1920-33; at Eton, 1934-5. Author of mathematical school books. Of 27, Upland Park Road, Oxford, in 1948. Died ?
Frederick Ricketts Hemingway Born 10th January 1875. Clifton College 1887-1893. New College, Oxford. Acting Collector, Madras. Died 1922.
Thomas Brinsly Nicholson Born 15th March 1876. Clifton College 1890-1894. Major Cheshire Regt. OBE. All Jamaica Golf Championship 1922 and 1932. Died 1939.
Frederick Thomas Henry Henle Born 2nd March 1874 London. Clifton College 1887-1892. Balliol College, Oxford. Barrister S.E. Circuit. Died 1913.
Claude Pybus Scudamore Sellon Born 29th April 1873. Son of John Scudamore, of Sydenham. Clifton College 1887-1892. Clare College, Cambridge. Married, Aug. 6, 1896, Antonia Frederica, dau. of the Rev. W. David, Priest-Vicar of Exeter Cathedral. Died Sept. 1901.
Anthony Arnold Mayhew Born 26th December 1873. Son of Rev. A. L. Mayhew. Clifton College 1888-1892. Trinity College, Oxford. Canon Res. and Sub. Dean Salisbury Cathedral. Died 11th May 1939
Wilfred Henry Jones Born 26th April 1874. S. of D[aniel], Esq., of Copse Hill, Wimbledon. Clifton College 1888-1892. Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Head Master of Hillside School, Eastbourne (‘late Head Master’ in 1924). F.R.G.S. Died 7th October 1944, at Willingdon, Sussex.
Edward Wingfield Brackenbury Born 3rd September 1874. Son of Captain E. F. Brackenbury and Emily Brackenbury (nee Shaw). Clifton College 1887-1893. Mining Engineer. Died 3rd August 1948 in Bristol.
Richard Griffith Born 5th October 1873. Son and h. of Samuel, Medical Officer, of Portmadoc. Oswestry Grammar School. Clifton College 1888-1891. Clare College, Cambridge. Rugby Blue 1894 and 1895. At the London Hospital. M.R.C.S.; L.R.C.P., 1902. Medical Officer to the Cambrian Railway. Medical Referee to Prudential Assurance Co. Of Penclogwyn, Portmadoc. J.P. for Co. Carnarvon. Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Major, 6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers; in the Dardanelles and Palestine, 1914-16; transferred to the R.A.M.C.; Lieut.-Col., 1917; in Palestine and Mesopotamia; wounded; mentioned twice in despatches). Died May 21, 1927, aged 53.
Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip Born 5th March 1876 in Clifton, Bristol. He attended Clifton College from 1886 - 1894. King's College, Cambridge. Played for Clifton RFC from 1895-96. He made several appearances for Bristol RFC while at Cambridge University the following season. He married in 1914 Lady Augusta Orr-Ewing, eldest daughter of the seventh Earl of Glasgow and widow of Charles Orr Ewing, Unionist MP for Ayr Burghs. He was MP for Central Bristol from 1918-29, Knighted in 1922 and MP for Fareham 1931-39. He become Viscount Caldecote of Bristol in 1939. He was Leader of the House of Lords in 1940 and Lord Chief Justice from 1940-46. He held many other positions of influence and note throughout his life. He died on October 11th 1947 at his home, Greystones, Enton, Godalming, Surrey. He was buried at Caldecote, near Baldock, Hertfordshire. His nephew John Hampden Inskip went on to play for Clifton RFC from 1901. click here
Walter Pearse Hewett Born 11th July 1875, Cheltenham. Father George Edwin Hewett Silk mercer merchant, cabinet manufacturer, empl 300 hands. In 1881 the family lived at The Leasowe (now called Charlton Manor), Battledown, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Clifton College 1886-1894. New College, Oxford. Solicitor. Partner, Devonshire, Wreford-Brown, Hewett & Co. 1919-35. Died 3rd July 1939 at Pixham Mill House, Dorking. He was a honorary Colonel in the 9th Middlesex Regiment. He left a wife Rose Emily.
Harry Butler Rowley Born 5th October 1874. Clifton College 1889-1891. Oxford Mil. Coll., Cowley. Died ?
Middlesex Wanderers
Ernest Alfred Hooper Born 7th September 1871. Clifton College 1883-1889. Died 1923. Woollen Manufacturer. Brother of Charles Alexander Hooper.
Charles Alexander Hooper Born 6th June 1869. Clifton College 1880-1888. Head boy 1886 and 1887. Previously played for Clifton RFC. Went oo to play for Gloucestershire, Cambridge University and England. For more click here
Edward Luiz Dunster Born 26th September 1867. Clifton College 1883-1886. Moved to Australia. Died ?
F. T. D. Miller ?
Cecil Greville Wilbraham Born 29th December 1866. Clifton College 1881-1885. Merton College, Oxford. Barrister, Chester Circuit. Died 1911
Frederick William Brown Born 9th October 1870. Clifton College 1886-1889. Died 1934.
Nicholas Egmont Bieber (captain) Born 29th March 1869. Clifton College 1884-1888. Middles XV 1890. Died 1899.
W. E. Newbigging ?
T. S. Whittaker ?
C. E. Williams ?
William Wood Leuchars Born 8th November 1872. Clifton College 1886-1891. New College, Oxford. Barrister. Died ?
Herbert R. Levy Born 31st March 1873. Clifton College 1885-1890. Died ?
Henry Morland Born 12th October 1878. Clifton College 1887- 1888. Died ?
George Frederick Fraser Born 17th November 1873. Clifton College 1886-1891. Moved to Australia. Died ?
Oliver Field Born 8th February 1873 Hampstead, London. Clifton College 1883-1890. In 1891 a Theological student at Patrington, Yorkshire. Trinity College, Oxford. Private G/9168, "C" Coy. 13th Bn., Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 31st August 1916. Remembered with honour THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Husband of Mary Field, of 10, Agatha St., New Gravel Lane, Wapping, London. Brother of Clifton RFC player and England International Edwin Field.

Match account from The Cliftonian to be done here.

Middlesex Wanderers were originally known as Victoria FC. Their home ground was in 1883 in Barnes, in 1884 in Notting Hill and in 1886 and 1887 in Chiswick Park.

Apart from the above match there were 2 other matches v Clifton College on 5th November 1892 (12 players Clifton College) and 21st October 1893 (10 players Clifton College). Middlesex Wanderer players who played in these 2 matches were

v Clifton College 5th November 1892
Ernest Alfred Hooper See above
Charles Alexander Hooper See above
George Herbert Hooper Born 21st March 1873. Clifton College 1885-1890. Royal College of Art. . Teacher Bedales School. Brother of Charles Alexander Hooper.
Leonard Mortimer

Born 5th February 1871, Redhill, Surrey. Clifton College 1884-1889. Exeter College, Oxford. Played rugby for Oxford (Blue 1892) and Surrey. Stockbroker. Died 1944. Brother of Ernest Mortimer (see below)

Cecil Greville Wilbraham See above
John Graham Born 10th October 1870 London. Son of William Graham, of 41, Upper Richmond Road, Putney. Clifton College 1884-1889. Trinity College, Cambridge. Played cricket and rugby for Cambridge University. Drowned in canoeing accident in Norway 22nd August 1893. Buried Mortlake Cemetery, London on 12th September 1893.
George William Lewis Born 12th March 1871. Clifton College 1883-1889. Died 1915.
Edwin Berry Bartleet Born 12th April 1872, Edgbaston, Birmingham. Eldest son on T. H. Bartleet FRCS of Birmingham. Marlborough College. Clifton College 1888-1891. New College, Oxford. Rector Hope, Shrewsbury, 1901; Vicar, Much Wenlock, Salop, 1908-26;. Rector, Wistanstow, 1926-33; Archdeacon, Ludlow, 1928-32. Died 17th December 1946 at his home, Hope Cottage, Rushbury, Salop.
Walter Duffield Dobell Born 11th March 1872, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Clifton College 1886-1891. Magdalen College, Oxford. Barrister. Died 1903.
Bernard Cecil Fry Born 6th August 1872, Darlington. Son of Darlington MP Sir Theodore Fry. Clifton College 1884-1891. New College, Oxford. Stockbroker, Peterborough. Died 18th August 1929.
W. F. Hobdell Possibly William Fisher (John) Hobdell. Died 1953.
C. H. Cooke ?
Henry Morland See above
C. H. Nicholson ?
Charles Raymond Pilkington Born 9th October 1875. Clifton College 1886-1894. Died 1938.
v Clifton College 21st October 1893
Ernest Alfred Hooper See above
Charles Alexander Hooper See above
Arthur Beard Hooper Born 8th June 1870. Clifton College 1881-1886. Died 1941. Brother of Charles Alexander Hooper.
Ernest Mortimer Born 13th March 1876. Clifton College 1890-1894. Exeter College, Oxford. Farmer, Wrentham, Suffolk. Died 1945. Brother of Leonard Mortimer.
Cecil Greville Wilbraham See above
Gerald Maxwell Orr Born 9th June 1876. Clifton College 1890-1894. Major-Gen. Died 1934.
Charles Ekin Born 11th November 1870. Son of Charles Ekin, of Surbiton, Surrey. Clifton College 1885-1890. Clare College, Cambridge. Athletics ‘blue,’ 1891, 1892. Adm. Solicitor, April 1897. President of the Birmingham Law Society, 1923. Of 36, Waterloo Street, Birmingham, in 1941.
Nicholas Egmont Bieber See above
George William Lewis See above
Keith Fenton Crawford Born 14th Januuary 1869. Clifton College 1882-1887. Business with Far East. Died 1930.
A. E. Saunders ?
W. F. Hobdell See above
C. E. F. Copeman ?
H. Rotherham ?
? ?

Out of all the Clifton College players that played for Middlesex Wanderers only Charles Hooper and Edwin Field played for Clifton RFC.

The 1894-95 season saw the demise of Middlesex Wanderers. Most of the remaining players, including Hooper and Field, joined Richmond. The last match report I can find is v Old Merchant Taylors played on March 23rd 1895 at Richmond which was drawn. They appear to have played their last games at Richmond.

Middlesex Wanderers colours of amber and black were adopted by Catford Bridge. In 1964-65 Catford Bridge, no longer having ties to Catford, changed their name to Bromley Football Club.