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William Bromley-Davenport

Oxford University AFC & Old Etonians FC & Corinthians FC

2 appearances, 2 goals

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Full name Brigadier-General Sir William Bromley-Davenport KCB CMG CBE DSO TD
Lord Lieutenant of Chester 1920-49
Born 21 January 1862 in St George Hanover Square, Middlesex [registered as William Davenport Bromley, in St. George Hanover Square, March 1862].
note: St. George Hanover Square was part of the Middlesex County Registration before 1889.
name notes WILLIAM BROMLEY-DAVENPORT, of Capesthorne, Cheshire, Baginton Hall, Warwicks, and Wootton Hall, Staffs, DL and JP, MP for N. Warwick 1864-84, Lt-Col Staffordshire Yeo Cav, authorised by Royal Licence, 13 Jan 1868, to discontinue the surname of DAVENPORT before that of BROMLEY, and to take the surname of DAVENPORT in addition to, and after that of BROMLEY, and to bear the arms of Davenport quarterly with those of Bromley;

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, William is the fourth child of eight to William and Augusta Elizabeth (née Campbell), living at The Hall in Baginton, Kenilworth in Warwickshire. They have 21 servants.

According to the 1881 census, William is one of four with their parents and they have fifteen servants at 1 Belgrave Place, Kensington. His MP father is Lieutenant Colonel of Yeomanry.

According to the 1891 census, William B. is head of the household at 1 Belgrave Place, living with his mother and four young siblings, and nine servants. William is an MP.

Not found on the 1901 census, his family remained at 1 Belgrave Place. Army duty abroad?

According to the 1911 census, William is once more head of the household over his mother and a younger sibling and his family, also ten servants, at 6 St Aubuyn's Grove in Hove.
According to a 1916 Will of Testement, William was a Lt Col and residing in Egypt. From 1925 evidence, he was living at Capesthorne in Cheshire.

According to the 1939 register, Sir William B. is head of the household at Capesthorne, he is a landed proprietor. He lives with four members of his family and eleven servants. 
Died 6 February 1949, aged 87 years 16 days [registered as William B.B. in Macclesfield, March 1949].
Buried in All Saints Church, Siddington, Cheshire.
Height/Weight not known.


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

Club Career

Club(s) Educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford; He thus played his football for Old Etonians FC and Oxford University AFC (earning his Blue in 1884), and also made appearances for Corinthians FC;
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Awarded his knighthood on 1 January 1924


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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 111th players (112) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 21, 15 March 1884, Scotland 1 England 0, a British Championship match at Cathkin Park, Cathcart Road, Glasgow, aged 22 years 54 days.
Last match No. 22, 17 March 1884, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 22 years 56 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

He was made a Member of Parliament for Macclesfield in the July 1886 general election. He served in the Conservative administration of Arthur Balfour as Financial Secretary to the War Office from 1903 to 1905 and was a Civil Member of the Army Council from 1904 to 1905. However, he lost his seat in the 1906 Liberal landslide.  Bromley-Davenport fought in the Second Boer War in the Imperial Yeomanry, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. During the First World War he commanded the 22nd Mounted Brigade of the Egyptian Expedition Force with the rank of Brigadier-General from 1916 to 1917. He was also Assistant Director of Labour from 1917 to 1918. Between 1920 and 1949 he held the honorary post of Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire. He was made a CMG in 1918, a CBE in 1919 and a KCB in 1924. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.48.


William Bromley-Davenport - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 180 2 90 min 2 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.


William Bromley-Davenport - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0


William Bromley-Davenport - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0


William Bromley-Davenport - Match History

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 2 full capsx

 Club: Oxford University A.F.C., Old Etonians F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - 2 full caps  
Age 22
1 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL Start cf
2 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start
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