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'He whom the gods favour dies young'

 

Cuthbert Ottaway

Oxford University AFC

two captaincies, no goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 1 F 5: A 4
25% successful
1872-74

full appearances:
two
minutes as captain:
180

Profile

  Cuthbert John Ottaway
Born Friday, 19 July 1850 at 5 Hammond Place, Dover, Kent [registered in Dover, September 1850].
Died Tuesday, 2 April 1878, at 34 Westbourne Place, Pimilico, London, aged 28 years 257 days. [registered in St George Hanover Square, June 1878].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Michael Southwick's England's First Captain [2009] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Ottaway enrolled Eton College in September 1863 and Oxford (Brasenose) University in September 1869 at a time when the new Association code was gaining considerable popularity.  He starred in their first ever game, 10 February 1872, and even scored in their first match against Radley College. He appeared in the inaugural FA Cup competition (1871-72) for two teams, Marlow FC and Crystal Palace (amateur) FC and he began the 1872-73/1873-74 season splaying for Oxford University AFC in the FA Cup.  From 1874, he represented Old Etonians FC, where he remained until his retirement in 1876, when he was called to the bar.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1872-73, 1874-75; winners 1873-74;
Individual honours Played cricket for Kent CCC and Middlesex CCC, as well as Oxford University, MCC, South of England, Gentlemen of the South, Gentlemen of England and Gentlemen.
Height/Weight 6' 0", 12st. 6lbs [nk].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Michael Southwick's England's First Captain [2009]

England Captain

Captain number The very first player to captain England.
Player number One of eleven who became the first players (8) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First captaincy No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 134 days.
Last captaincy No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 23 years 231 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours Ottaway held the record of most captaincies (two) from 1874 until 1879, when he was equalled by Arthur Cursham. It was not until 1882 when Norman Bailey got his third captaincy to take the record.
Distinctions Served on the FA Committee 1872-73

 

Cuthbert Ottaway - Captain Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 1 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1
All 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 1 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1

 

Cuthbert Ottaway - Captain History
 
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - two captaincies (180 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two captaincies (180 min)x

Age 22
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Debut for
2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW withdrawn captain

Age 23
2 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL second app for

Notes

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