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Robert Barker

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals, 0 goals against
one clean sheet

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 0: A 0
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Robert Barker
Wouldham Rectory



Birth: Saturday, 19 June 1847 at The Rectory [left] in Wouldham, Kent [registered in Malling, September 1847].
Despite Alcock's Annuals, and newspaper reports calling this one RC Barker... there is no other male in the Hertfordshire area in 1871, of playable age.
"BARKER―June 19, at the Rectory, Wouldham, the lady of the Rev. Alleyne Barker, of a son." - Tuesday, 29 June 1847, The Kentish Gazette.

According to the 1851 census, Robert was the middle child of five, to parents Alleyne Higgs and Marianne (née Burminister). His father was the Rector of Wouldham, so they all lived at The Rectory in Wouldham. They had five servants.

According to the 1861 census, Robert's family were now in Watford, his father now the Vicar of Rickmansworth.  All living in Church Street, Rickmansworth. Robert was not with them in the census.

According to the 1871 census, Robert was now living with the rest of his family in Church Street, Rickmansworth. His occupation is stated as a Civil Engineer.

According to the 1881 census, Robert was still in Church Street, and still a Civil Engineer.  His mother had died in the previous ten years.

According to the 1891 census, Robert, still a Civil Engineer, was living with two of his older sisters, Fanny and Augusta, at Brierry Close, in Croxley Green, Rickmansworth.

According to the 1901 census, Robert was boarding with the Quick's at 100 Warwick Street, in St George Hanover Square, London.
According to the 1911 census, Robert was still boarding at 100 Warwick Street, although he was here on his own.... Still a Civil Engineer for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway.
Death Thursday, 11 November 1915, at Briery Close, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, aged 68 years 149 days [registered in Watford, December 1915].
"BARKER.―Nov 11th, at his residence, Brierly Close, Croxley Green, Robert Barker, son of the late Rev. Alleyne H, Barker, Vicar of Rickmansworth, aged 68 years. Deeply loved and mourned." - Friday, 26 November 1915, The Advertiser
Probate "BARKER Robert of the Briery Close Croxley Green Rickmansworth Hertfordshire died 11 November 1915 Probate London 11 January to Richard Tesdale Dewe esquire the reverend Charles Alleyne Hutchinson and the reverend Francis Ernest Hutchinson clerks.
Effects £19011 8s. 8d." [2019 equivalent: £1,666,095]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) After leaving school, he joined Hertfordshire Rangers FC to concentrate on "soccer". He also made occasional appearances for Westminster School AFC and Wanderers FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours Middlesex FA, Kent FA
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (one) to appear for England. Generally regarded as the first player to play for England, as his is the first name on the teamsheet.
Position(s) Goalkeeper/Forward; described by Douglas Lamming as a utility player. First goalkeeper to appear.
Only match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 25 years 164 days.
Individual honours Barker was one of the umpire's in the third unofficial international match between England and Scotland in February 1871.
Distinctions "Barker was chosen (to play in goal) because he was the biggest and slowest player in the England team and because his rugby experience and handling of the ball would come in useful"

Beyond England

A civil engineer by profession (MICE 1889), he was at different times Chief Assistant Engineer to the London, Chatham & Dover Railway and the South Eastern Railway. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.24.

The Numbers
parties Apps minutes Goals Goals
GA ave.min clean sheets clean sheet
1 1 90
 (c.45 as gk)
0 0 0 min one 100% none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venue
Friendly match
1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

Match History
 Clubs: Herts Rangers F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 25
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Start g/fb