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Arthur Dunn

Cambridge University AFC, Old Etonians FC, Corinthians FC

4 appearances, 2 debut goals

P 4 W 4 D 0 L 0 F 21: A 2
100% successful


captain: twice
minutes played:


  Arthur Tempest Blakiston Dunn

name notes

His birth registration spells his middle name as 'Blakison'. His marriage and death registrations, simply as 'B.'.
Birth Sunday, 12 August 1860 in Whitby, North Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Whitby, September 1860].
"August 12, at Whitby, Yorkshire, Mrs. John Dunn, of Cambridge, of a son."
- The Cambridge Chronicle and University Journal, Saturday, 18 August 1860.

According to the 1861 census, Arthur T.B. is the youngest of three children to John and Mary Ely (née Bowen). They live at 3 Pembroke Street in St Botolph, Cambridge with two servants. His father is a private tutor and a Master of Arts.


According to the 1871 census, Arthur T.B., a scholar, now has two younger sisters. His older sisters have moved on. Together with three servants, they live at Gwydir House in Mill Road, Cambridge. His father is still an M.A. and tutor.


According to the 1881 census, Arthur Tempest Blakeston Dunn is a pupil, alongside Harry Goodhart, at Trinity College, Cambridge.

"Bachelors of Art.—Arthur Tempest Blakiston Dunn, Trinity College:" - The London Standard/Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 8 February 1884.

According to the 1891 census, Arthur T.B., now a tutor and M.A. himself at Trinity College, is living back with his parents at Kirby Lodge, in Little Shelford High Street, Harston. His father, still a tutor at Cambridge, teaches Italian, Greek and Mathematics.

Marriage to Helen Matilda Malcolmson, on 29 December 1892 at Christ Church in Cockfosters. [registered in Edmonton, December 1892].
"DUNN—MALCOLMSON—Dec 29, at Christ Church, Cockfosters, Arthur Tempest Blakiston Dunn, of Little Shelford, to Helen Matilda Malcolmson, of East Barnet." - Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 6 January 1893.

According to the 1901 census, Arthur Tempest B. is now married to Helen Matilda, with three children, John Herbert M., Marjory Florence and Olive Mary Dunn. They live and teach at the school Arthur founded at Ludgrove on Hadley Common, Monkton Hadley, Hertforshire.

Death Thursday, 20 February 1902 at Ludgrove in Barnet, London, aged 41 years 192 days [registered in Barnet, March 1902]. Living at Cockfosters, Hertfordshire.
"DUNN—On February 20th, at Ludgrove, New Barnet, Arthur T. B. Dunn, son of the late John Dunn, of Shelford, Cambridge, aged forty-one." - Morning Post, Saturday, 22 February 1902.
"The cause of Mr Dunn's death, as disclosed at the inquest, was angina pectoris." - Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 25 February 1902.


"The world of amateur sport has been thrown into general mourning by the announcement of the sudden death of one of its brightest ornaments. Born at Whitby in 1860, Arthur Dunn was only just over 40, and he was still a great personality in any team. So keen was his interest in Oxford and Cambridge football that his death, occurring as it has on the eve of the annual match between the Universities.
"Mr. Dunn went to Eton in 1874 and up to Cambridge in 1880. He obtained his blue in 1883 and 1884, He was a fine natural player in any positionfast, clever and a sure kick. Of late years Mr. Dunn had had a large preparatory school at Ludgrove, near New Barnet. His sudden death threw quite a gloom over the rival elevens at Queen's Club on Saturday.
"Arthur Dunn had many friends in Norfolk, and during the early eighties his services were often placed at the disposal of Norfolk County. He has assisted both at cricket and football, and in 1883 he helped Lynn to win the Norfolk Cup. He gave Lakenham-goers an opportunity of witnessing his full-back play in the same season that he captained England against Scotland, and a few years afterwards Mr. Dunn brought to the Newmarket Road ground one of the best amateur sides that has been seen for many years."
- Eastern Daily Press, Monday, 24 February 1902.


"FUNERAL OF MR. A.T.B. DUNN At Shelford: This Afternoon
"Amateur sport was strongly represented at the funeral of Mr. A. T. B. Dunn, of Association football fame, which took place at Little Shelford this afternoon. In addition to the family mourners, the bier was followed by many amateur sports, famous in their own particular departments — sports of present-day fame such as G. O. Smith, the great centre forward, and W. J. Oakley, the International back, and many others whose zenith in the sports arena is past. Corinthians, Casuals, Old Carthusians, Old Etonians, and other amateur organisations were represented, and several athletic bodies in which the deceased was or had been associated sent tokens of their regret in the shape of wreaths or crosses. The deceased was laid to rest in a corner of the quiet Little Shelford churchyard, very close to the spot where his father was interred about years ago.
"The village choir chanted a simple choral service while the giants of the amateur football field bowed their heads in regretful remembrance of one who had been associated with them so long.
"The service was conducted by the rector (Rev. E. T. S. Carr), assisted by the Rev. C. A. E. Pollock (Cambridge) and the Rev W. W. Wyonard (Lowfield Heath, Surrey, brother-in-law of the deceased). Two hymns were sung. 'Oh quickly come' in the church, and 'On the Resurrection Morn' at the graveside.
- Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 25 February 1902.
"With a desire to pay last respects to the memory of Mr A. T. B. Dunn, a memorial service was arranged to be held at the same time the funeral was taking place, at Trent Church, near Ludgrove School, New Barnet, yesterday. Fortunately for the many friends who revered the deceased in life, the weather turned out bright and sunny, and the church, which is a spacious structure, was filled. Amongst some of those who are identified with sport present to hear the last rites were: Mr. C Wreford-Brown, Mr. W. Wreford-Brown, Col. Kenyon-Slaney, M.P., Mr. H. Malcolmson, Mr. R. E. Foster, Mr. S. S. Taylor, Col. Barrington Kennett...Mr H. Stanbrough, Rev. W. Hall, all the young athletes of Ludgrove.
"The service, which was choral, was taken by Rev. W. Warren, the Vicar, who was ably assisted by the Rev. A. Winters, the curate of the parish. The first named reverend gentleman made a strong impression on his congregation when advising the boys of Ludgrove to follow in the footsteps of their late principal, whom he characterised as a model of all that was manly and good, and whose aim in life had been to do anything he undertook with a will."
- The Sportsman, Wednesday, 26 February 1902.
Probate "DUNN Arthur Tempest Blakiston of "Ludgrove" Monken Hadley Hertfordshire died 20 February 1902 Probate London 30 April to Frederick Theodore Mac Donnell barrister-at-law and Bertrand Yorke Bevan banker.
Effects £24807 13s. 3d." [2019 equivalent £3,072,023]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Eton College, then earned his Cambridge University AFC blue in 1883-84, before becoming an Old Etonians. Played with Granta FC.
Corinthians 1886-92
Club honours FA Cup winner 1881-82, runners-up 1882-83;
Individual honours Cambridgeshire FA, Norfolk FA
Distinctions The Arthur Dunn Cup, a football competition for Public School Old Boys since 1902, was donated by R. C. Gosling in Arthur Dunn's memory.
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 103rd players (106) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward and full-back
First match No. 18, 24 February 1883, England 7 Ireland 0, a friendly match at Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, aged 22 years 196 days;
Last match No. 46, 2 April 1892, Scotland 1 England 4, a British Championship match at Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Glasgow, aged 31 years 234 days; captain
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84, 1891-92;
Team honours British Championship winners 1891-92;

Beyond England

Dunn was a schoolmaster who founded Ludgrove School, New Barnet in 1892.  An establishment which subsequently had W.J. Oakley and G.O. Smith as joint headmasters. His daughter, Mary Dunn, born 1900, became a noted satirical writer. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.92.


The Numbers
parties Appearances comp.apps minutes Goals Goals ave.min captain
5 4 3 360 2 180 min two
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
4 4 0 0 21 2 +19 0 2 5.25 0.50 100.0 +4

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Away venue
British Championship
3 3 0 0 14 2 +12 0 1 4.667 0.667 100.0 +3

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1887-88 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC 1891-92 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 0 1 2.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC All 3 3 0 0 14 2 +12 0 1 4.667 0.667 100.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 3 0 0 14 2 +12 0 1 4.667 0.667 100.0 +3
3 3 0 0 14 2 +12 0 1 4.667 0.667 100.0 +3

Match History

 Clubs: Cambridge University A.F.C. & Old Etonians F.C. - 2 full appearances (180 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 2 full appearances (180 min)x

Age 22
1 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW Start

Age 23
2 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start cf

 Clubs: Old Etonians F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 27
32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW reserve

Age 31
3 45 5 March 1892 - Wales 0 England 2, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW captain rb
4 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4, Ibrox Park, Glasgow BC AW captain lb