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"Very fast, he had splendid command over the ball, middled with great accuracy and judgement and was, to crown it all, a remarkable good shot at goal."
 

Charlie Bambridge

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

18 appearances, 12 goals (2 on debut)

P 18 W 9 D 3 L 6 F 67: A 34
*(actual F 64: A 29)

58% successful

1879-87

Captain: two
minutes played:
1533

Timeline

  Edward Charles Bambridge
Birth Friday, 30 July 1858 in Windsor, Berkshire [registered in Windsor, September 1858].

 

According to the 1861 census, two year-old Edward Chas. is living with his parents, William and Sophia (née Thorrington), and four older siblings, at 3 Sheet Street, New Windsor. His father is a photographer.

 

According to the 1871 census, twelve year-old Edward Charles, was living at Kings Road, Adelaide Place in New Windsor with his parents and brother, Arthur.

 

According to the 1881 census, all brothers (George, Ernest, Edward and Arthur) living together at 22 Spencer Road in Battersea, London. Edward C. was an Insurance Clerk for Lloyds. They had two servants.

  "Artillery.
"1st London (the City of London)―The undermentioned Lieutenants resign their commissions: ...Edward Charles Bambridge―, August 16, 1884;"
- Saturday, 23 August 1884, Volunteer Service Gazette & Military Dispatch
Marriage to Kathleen Sylvia Bailey, on 26 April 1890 at Streatham Common Immanuel, Lambeth [registered in Wandsworth, June 1890].
 

According to the 1891 census, Edward C. is now married to Kathleen S.. They have two servants, and Edward is an underwriter, living at Boveney, Thornlaw Road in Lambeth.

  "BAMBRIDGE.―On the 24th inst., at Boveney, West Norwood, Surrey, the wife of Edward Charles Bambridge, of a son." - Saturday, 30 September 1893, The Sussex Agricultural Express/South London Press
  "BAMBRIDGE.―November 22, at Boveney, West Norwood, London, the wife of Edward Charles Bambridge, of a son." - Tuesday, 27 November 1894, Irish News and Belfast Morning News
  "BAMBRIDGE.―On the 30th March, the wife of Edward Charles Bambridge, Cecil Lodge, Limpsfield, of a daughter." - Friday, 6 April 1900, The Sussex Agricultural Express
 

According to the 1901 census, still married and an underwriter at Lloyds, living with four children, Rupert Charles Feredrick, Godfrey Charles, Oliver Charles and Kathleen, along with four servants at 9 Cecil Lodge, Gresham Road, Limpsfield in Surrey

 

According to the 1911 census, Edward Charles and his wife, and four children, now only two servants were all living at 121 North Side, in Clapham Common, Battersea. Still an underwriter.
The Kelly's Directory of 1918 stated that Bambridge was living at 22 Merton Hall Road in Wimbledon. The London Electoral Rolls from 1919 to 1921 also stated that Bambridge was living at the same address. 

Death Friday, 8 November 1935, in London, aged 77 years 101 days [registered in Surrey NE, December 1935].

Obituary

"DEATH OF E. C. BAMBRIDGE
"The death occurred in London yesterday of Mr. E. C. Bambridge, one of the original members of the Corinthian Football Club. His passing at 77 years removes a very prominent personality from the world of association football. The most accomplished outside-left of his time, E. C. Bambridge played every year for England against Scotland from 1879 to 1887 except in 1883 and was capped four times against Ireland and six times against Wales during that period.
 "Playing first for Swifts he helped to found and became a life member of the Corinthians, while for several years until quite recently he acted as hon. secretary of the club.
"A BAMBRIDGE STORY
"A good story is told of Mr. Bambridge. He once had a leg broken, and it was not thought that he could possibly be fit in time for the local Cup final. Just before the time for the kick-off, Bambridge, to everyone's surprise, drove up in a dog cart ready changed for the match, wearing one large shin guard outside his stocking. Towards the end of a great struggle, Bambridge finished one of his characteristic runs by shooting the winning goal. His colleagues, looking at the shin guard, which showed signs of many kicks, asked how his broken leg stood the strain.
"'Bam,' in his dry manner, replied, 'Quite well; I wore the guard on the sound one.'
"At Lloyd's during all his manhood he was one of the most familiar figures in insurance business."
- Saturday, 9 November 1935, Sheffield Independent.

Funeral Tuesday, 12 November 1935 at Putney Vale Cemetery, London
"FUNERAL OF E.C. BAMBRIDGE.
"Many Corinthian footballers attended the funeral of E. C. Bambridge at Putney Vale Cemetery, London, to-day. Among them were A. M. Walters, R. T. Squire and George Brann, who all played with E. C. Bambridge for England 50 years ago. A. G. Doggart, G. N. Foster, F. H. Ewer and P. A. Sergeant. There also were present H. J. Huband, treasurer, and S. F. Rous, secretary of the Football Association. Wreaths were sent by the Football Association, Corinthian Club, Queen's Park, The Casuals, West Ham United, Arthur Dunn Cup Committee, Crystal Palace trustees and G. O. Smith. The Archdeacon of Kingston conducted the service." - Tuesday, 12 November 1935, The Yorkshire Evening Post/Wednesday, 13 November 1935, Gloucestershire Echo/Birmingham Daily Gazette.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) He was educated at St Mark's School in Windsor and then Malvern College and began his football career there. From there he went onto play for numerous clubs including Swifts FC, Windsor Home Park FC, Streatham FC, Upton Park FC, Clapham Rovers FC and was also part of the Corinthians team (1886-89); also represented Surrey FA, Berkshire FA and London.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions The first attempt to form a league in southern England to rival the Football League came from a proposal by Charlie Bambridge in 1890. His idea failed to generate a positive response due to the powerful Old Boys' network of clubs from the public schools - then dominant in the south.
Height/Weight not known

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 62nd players (69) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left/Inside-right, half-back;
First match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 249 days. .
Last match No. 31, 19 March 1887, England 2 Scotland 3, a British Championship match at Leamington Street, Wagtail, Blackburn, aged 28 years 232 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86, 1887-88;
Team honours British Championship winners 1885-86;
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (two 1879, one 1881, three 1885), Second player after Kenyon-Slaney to score two goals on their debut.
England's Record Top Scorer
1880-91, briefly shared with Howard Vaughton in 1882. Fred Dewhurst 1889-91, overtaken by Tinsley Lindley.
Distinctions Arthur Bambridge was the younger brother of Charlie Bambridge and EH Bambridge. One of the elder brothers, George, was the Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Beyond England

Earned his living as a Lloyd's underwriter, but Lloyd's went broke in 1909; Member of the FA Committee 1883-86 and an original member of the Corinthians committee in 1882. Becoming the Corinthians honorary secretary 1923-32. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.21/22.

Charlie Bambridge - Career Statistics

Parties Appearances Comp.
Appearances
Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Captain
19 18 11 1533 12 128 min 5 Two
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

Charlie Bambridge - All Matches

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 5 2 2 30 15 +15 0 4 3.333 1.667 66.7 +3
Away 9 4 1 4 37 19 +18 1 2 4.111 2.111 50.0 =0
All 18 9 3 6 67 34 +33 1 6 3.722 1.889 58.3 +3

Charlie Bambridge - By Type of Match

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4
Friendly 7 3 0 4 32 25 +7 0 2 4.571 3.571 42.9 -1
All 18 9 3 6 67 34 +33 1 6 3.722 1.889 58.3 +3

Charlie Bambridge - Tournament Matches

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1884-85 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1885-86 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1886-87 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 0 2 4.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC All 11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4
All 11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4

Charlie Bambridge
- Match History
 
 Club: Swifts F.C. - thirteen full appearances (1068 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 18 full appearances (1533 min)x

Age 20
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start
 
48,83
il

Age 21
2 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start
 
37-42, 88/89
il
11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW withdrew injured

Age 22
3 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start 64 il

Age 23
4 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW Captain
nk
or
5 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start il
6 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham (withdrawn @ 0-0) AL Start ▼3 hb

Age 24
7 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start
42/43
ol

Age 25
8 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast (withdrawn @ 0-6) BC AW Start ▼75
nk
il
9 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow AL Start il
10 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start ol

Age 26
11 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW Start 44 ol
12 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Road, Blackburn HD Start ol
13 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington HD Start 57 ol

 Club: Swifts F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - thirteen full appearances (1068 min)  

Age 27
14 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start ol
15 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start ol

Age 28
16 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW Captain ol
17 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington HW Start ol
18 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Road, Blackburn HL Start ol

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