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John Brockbank

Cambridge University AFC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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Full name John Benn Brockbank
John Brockbank was also an actor, who used the name John Benn.
In the 9 Feb 1879 edition, an advert announcing 'MR. JOHN BENN (Mr. John Brockbank) Terminates Thirteen Months' Engagement with the "Pink Dominos" Company February 15th. The 26 April 1890 edition printed a letter about 'THEATRICAL CRICKET signed JOHN BENN BROCKBANK.' - The Era
Born 22 August 1848 in Whitehaven, Cumberland [registered as John Brockbank in Whitehaven, September 1848].

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, John was the eldest of two children to James and Jane (née Nicholson), living at 5 Lowther Street in Whitehaven with three servants. His father is a solicitor.

According to the 1861 census, John is now the eldest of five children, and along with five servants, they all live at 82 Louth Street in Whitehaven.

According to the 1871 census, an undergraduate at Cambridge, John is visiting the Austin's at Pemberton Villa, 1 High Road in Tottenham.

According to his 1878 marriage certificate, Brockbank's address was given as Evans' Hotel in Covent Garden. A thriving and sumptous music hall.

According to the 1881 census, John was a visitor of shipbroker Frederick Hamilton at 43 Siddeley Street at Toxteth Park in Lancashire. John is stated as being an actor and a Lit BA Cambridge.  He is there with wife, May and second daughter, Dora.

According to the 1891 census, the 'Actor' John, was living at 27 Grove Gardens in Marylebone with the rest of his family, and all of his daughters, Margurite, Dora and Naomi.

Married to May Pimm, 16 January 1878 at Strand Registrar Office
Died 4 February 1896 in Fulham, London, aged 47 years 166 days [registered in Fulham, March 1896] from bronchitis and a congested liver.
Funeral, 8 February 1896 at Kensal Green cemetery, Kensington.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Brockbank was educated at Shrewsbury School of whom he represented at football before going up to Cambridge University.  He subsequently earned his "Blues" appearing for Cambridge University against Oxford University in 1874 and 1875, having previously played in representational matches for London between 1872 and 1874. Also played with Wanderers FC and Clapham Rovers FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours Played cricket for MCC and Cumberland.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Andy Mitchell's First Elevens [2012]

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (6) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
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 24 years 100 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first class cricket for England in 1874, as a right-hand batsman.

Beyond England

By profession, Brockbank was an actor. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.47.


John Brockbank - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min. Captains Discipline
1 1 90 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


John Brockbank - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


John Brockbank - Match History
 Club: Cambridge University F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

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