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Richard Geaves

Clapham Rovers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 2: A 2
50% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Captain Richard Lyons Geaves
Born 6 May 1854, as a British subject born in Mexico [registered in the GRO Consular Birth Indices 1849-1965].

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, Richard was the eldest of two children to Richard and Helen M. His younger sister, Adelade, had been born in West Derby in 1858, meaning the Geaves family returned to England after 1854, but before 1858. His father, a British subject born in Turkey, was a commission merchant. His mother was a British Subject born in Malta. The four of them, along with four servants, lived at Bankfield Road in West Derby.

According to the 1871 census, Richard is a pupil at Harrow School.
Appointed a lieutenant of the the 15th (York) Battalion on 15 November 1875.

According to the 1881 census, R.L. is living with his parents and his sister at 6 Gloucester Square in Paddington. He is a Lieutenant in the 14th Regiment.

According to the 1891 census, Richard is now married to an Australian, Jane, living with three daughters, May, Violet and Dorothy. Along with six servants, they live in the Manor House on Blackwater Road in Yateley, Hampshire.  Richard is a retired Army Officer.

According to the 1901 census, 'Lyon' still married and still living at The Manor House in Yateley with his six daughters. Evelyn, Gladys and Phyllis are the additions to those found in the 1891 census. They have four servants.

According to the 1911 census, Richard is still married to Jane, and live with four daughters. They have five servants, all still living at The Manor House.

Married to Jane Chute Ellis [registered in Kensington, September 1881]
Died 21 March 1935, aged 80 years 319 days [registered in Aldershot, March 1935]
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Geaves was educated at Harrow School, playing his football there.  Moved up to Cambridge University and earned his 'Blue' in 1874.  Joined Clapham Rovers FC and also played for Old Harrovians FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 28th players (33) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 304 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Geaves was commissioned into the Bucks Militia in 1874 and transferred to the 14th Regiment in November of the following year. He embarked with the Regiment to Afghanistan and was present at the action at Mazina and took part of the Kama Expedition. Along with a fellow Officer he was invalided home following contracting an illness in the field and resigned his commission on the 1st October 1881. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1971). Hatton Press, p.105./FindMyPast.com/Bosleys Auctioneers


Richard Geaves - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 0 0 min 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.


Richard Geaves - 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 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0


Richard Geaves - Match History
 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 20
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start ol