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Edgar Field

Clapham Rovers FC

2 appearances, 0 goals
1 own goal

P 2 W 0 D 0 L 2 F 1: A 9
0% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Edgar Field
Birth Saturday, 29 July 1854 in The Paddock House, London Road, Wallingford, Berkshire
  registered in Wallingford July-September 1854
  According to the 1861 census, Edgar is the sixth of seven children to Thomas Edward and Anne Charlotte (née Payne)(now deceased). His father is the Aldermans of Wallingford, as well as draper and brewer and has remarried (to Mary Lee). They all live at The Paddock House on London Road, Benson in Wallingford along with three servants.
(His mother died on 17 January 1859, five days after giving birth to his younger brother, Bernard Robert)
  According to the 1871 census, Edgar is a pupil at St Nicholas Cottage in Lancing. In Shoreham, Sussex. He now also has two half-sisters at home.
  According to the 1881 census, Edgar is the only one of the children living with his parents at Paddock House, with two servants. Edgar is an accountant, his father is still the Alderman, and now just a brewer.
Marriage to Emily Florence Fuller, on Thursday, 31 October 1889, at Aston Tirrold Church, Wallingford
  registered in Wallingford October-December 1889
"October 31, at Aston Tirrold Church, Mr. Edgar Field to Emily Florence, daughter of the late Mr. T. H. Fuller, of Shiplake-on-Thames." - Bicester Herald, Friday, 8 November 1889.
Marriage Edgar and Emily had two children together. Florence Marjorie Fuller (b.18 June 1891) and Edgar Fuller (b.23 April 1893)
  According to the 1891 census, Edgar is married to Emily and is now a wine merchant. They live with Emily's brother and sister, at St Mary's Street in Wallingford, with one servant.
  "FIELD.―Feb. 5, at 38, Park Hall Road, East Finchley, Emily Florence, the wife of Edgar Field." - Berkshire Chronicle, Saturday, 12 February 1898.
  According to the 1901 census, Edgar is now a widower and accountant. He is visiting his cousin, Alfred Edward Howard Field, a mechanical engineer, living at 80 Onslow Gardens in Hornsey, with his own daughters and three servants.
  (His father died on 30 January 1909 at Woodspring House, Clevedon)
According to the 1911 census, Edgar, still a chartered accountant, is living with his niece and her husband, Blanche and Herbert Smith. Herbert is a bank clerk and they both live in 38 Griffiths Road in Wimbledon, along with their two daughters and two servants.
  According to the 1921 census, Edgar, still an accountant (for Snow & Fuller Lane Agents & Surveyors), is boarding with his employer, Thomas Alfred & Kathleen Evelyn Fuller in Warwick Avenue in Littleover.
Death Thursday, 11 January 1934 at 7 Fairfield Road, Normanton in Derby, Derbyshire
aged 79 years 166 days registered in Derby January-March 1934


"We regret to record the death of Mr. Edgar Field, which occurred on Thursday, the 11th instant, at 7, Fairfield Road, Derby.
"Deceased, aged 79, was a son of the late Mr. T. E. Field, senior partner in the firm of Messrs. Field. Hawkins and Ponking, the well-known Wallingford drapers. For some years he managed the wine and spirit business belonging to the old Shillingford Brewery, whose premises were situated in the Wallingford Market Place, and he had served the Burgesses as one of their representatives on the Town Council.
"In his youth, Edgar Field was in the front rank as a footballer, and old Wallingfordians will have recollections of the burly figure who invariably played a wonderful game for the Town team in the 'Eighties. One could always be certain of Edgar; he was a full-back par excellence―fearless, thrustful, brainy, and having a remarkably good and accurate kick...
"Other teams coveted Edgar's services and he was included in he Reading side for some time. In 1881, while captain of the Clapham Rovers team, he had the honour of representing England against Scotland and captained the side
[ed. this is an error, as it was evidently Norman Bailey, his Clapham teammate] while playing in the half-back position.
"While at Wallingford he filled the office of President of the Football Club and was also captain of the cricket team."
"Shortly after his marriage to a sister of the late Mr. George F. Fuller, of Copstyle, Aston Tirrold (a well-known farmer and sportsman), he was the recipient of a handsome present from the Wallingford footballers. He left Wallingford for London, where he was engaged for some time as an accountant. On his retirement he went to reside at Derby. A married son and single daughter survive him, he being a widower."
- Berkshire & Oxon Advertiser, Friday, 19 January 1934.
Funeral on Monday, 15 January 1934 in Littleover.
"FIELD.―Funeral on Monday at Littleover at 2.30 p.m."
- Friday, 12 January 1934, Derby Daily Telegraph.
Probate "FIELD Edgar of 7 Fairfield-road Derby died 11 January 1934 Probate London 18 April to Edgar Fuller Field rubber technologist and Florence Marjorie Fuller Field spinster.
Effects £648 5s. 10d." [2019 equivalent: £46,726]
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Lancing College before leaving to play for Reading FC during the mid-1870's. Turned out for his local Wallingford Town FC. Joined Clapham Rovers FC before his only international match; Field was playing with Thame FC from its founding 1 October 1883. Spent his time at Reading FC refereeing other matches in the local area.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79, winner 1879-80;
Individual honours Berkshire and Buckinghamshire FA (President until 1892)
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 34th player (35) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
First match No. 5, 4 March 1876, Scotland 3 England 0, friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, aged 21 years 219 days.
Last match No. 13, 12 March 1881, England 1 Scotland 6, friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 26 years 226 days. 79 min
Individual honours Probables (one appearance, 1878); The South (one appearance, March 1880);
England Trial (one appearance, March 1881)
Distinctions At least two sources say Field scored an own goal in his last international.  If he did (some reports credit John Smith with a hat-trick), he was the first player to do so in an England match.
The last member of the 1876 team to die.

Beyond England

Field was a Chartered Accountant by profession. A wine and spirit salesman for Shillingford Brewery in his later years. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.97./obituary

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
2 2 180 0 1 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 0 0 2 1 9 -8 1 0 0.5 4.5 0 -2
Both of his matches were friendly matches

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 0 0 1 1 6 -5 0 0 1.00 6.00 00.0 -1
Away 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 00.0 -1

Match History
 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) 1ᵒᵍ F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min) 1ᵒᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 21
1 5 4 March 1876 - Scotland 3 England 0
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AL   fb

one of nine who became the 34th (35) players to appear for England
one of two (4) to become the fourth player from Clapham Rovers FC to represent England

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The Probables vs. The Improbables, February 1878

Age 25    
one appearance - The South vs. The North, March 1880

Age 26    
one appearance - Birmingham & District vs. England, 5 March 1881
2 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HL 74 kick fb

the first England player to score an own goal
his gap of 1834 days (5 years, 8 days) is a new record between appearances