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John Brockbank

Cambridge University AFC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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

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  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
Birth Tuesday, 22 August 1848 in Whitehaven, Cumberland [registered as John Brockbank in Whitehaven, September 1848].

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 practicing solicitor (Armistead & Brockbank, Whitehaven).

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.

Marriage to May Pimm, 16 January 1878 at Strand Registrar Office. Brockbank's address was given as Evans' Hotel in Covent Garden. A thriving and sumptuous 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.

Death Tuesday afternoon, 4 February 1896 in Fulham, London, aged 47 years 166 days [registered in Fulham, March 1896] from bronchitis and a congested liver.
"MR JOHN BENN BROCKBANK, we regret to state, died Tuesday afternoon, last, at his residence at West Kensington, at two o'clock in the afternoon, from bronchitis and congested liver. Mr Brockbank was for some time a member of Miss Cissy Grahame's provincial company. After breaking a blood-vessel, he passed away very quietly in a state of unconsciousness. The funeral with take place at Kensal-green Cemetery, at one o'clock today." - Saturday, 8 February 1896, The Era


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

Playing 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 AFC against Oxford University AFC in 1874 and 1875. Also played with Wanderers FC and Clapham Rovers FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours London FA (between 1872 & 1874)
Played cricket for MCC and Cumberland.
Height/Weight not known


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.
Distinctions Also played first class cricket for England in 1874, as a right-hand batsman.
The twelfth England player to die, and the second to die from the original 1872 team.

Beyond England

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

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals captain
1 1 90 0 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 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0

Match History
 Club: Cambridge University A.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 for