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Vivian Gibbins

Clapton FC & West Ham United FC

2 appearances, 3 goals (two on his debut)

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 3
100% successful


captain: none
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  William Vivian Talbot Gibbins

According to the 1901 census, New Zealnd-born Amy Margaret (née Francis) is pregnant with a child who will be named William Vivian Talbot. With his Welsh father, John, they already have two children and live at 21 York Road in Forest Gate. John is an assistant schoolmaster.

Birth 10 August 1901 at 21 York Road in Forest Gate, Essex [registered in West Ham, September 1901]. Birthdate confirmed by his death registration and the 1939 register.

According to the 1911 census, William V.T. is the third of five children still living at 21 York Road with their parents. His father is an assistant school teacher at an elementary school.

  According to the 1921 census, William Vivien Talbot is at the Training College in Carmarthen, but his family (parents and his four sisters) are still at 21 York Road.
Marriage to Frances Mabel Joyce Ashworth on 26 May 1928 at St. Peter's Church, Brighton [registered in Brighton, Sussex, June 1928].
  According to the 1939 register, William V.T., a schoolmaster, is married to Frances M.J., an evacuation helper, and living at The Bungalow, on Playford Road in Deben.
Death 21 November 1979 in Herne Bay, Kent, aged 78 years 103 days [registered in Canterbury, Kent, December 1979].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Was playing as an amateur for Clapton FC from 1919. Also playing with West Ham United FC from 12 December 1923 on a gentleman's agreement. On 2 January 1932, Gibbins intimated his intentions to leave West Ham, he having been signed until the season's ending. In response, Syd King, the Hammers' manager, attempted to sign him as a professional, Gibbins refused, and so was finally released on 11 February 1932. Signing for Brentford AFC on the same day. Before the end of the season, on 7 June, Bristol Rovers FC signed him. On 29 September 1933, Southampton FC signed him. Played for Leyton FC in 1933-34. Subsequently assisted Catford Wanderers FC and finished playing in 1939 when his school was evacuated.
Club honours FA Amateur Cup winners 1923-24, 1924-25, runners-up 1933-34;
Individual honours FA Charity Shield runners-up with Amateurs 1924;
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 6' 0", 11st. 10lbs [1925].


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 474th players (477) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 141, 17 May 1924, France 1 England 3, an end-of-season friendly match at Stade Pershing, Bois de Vincennes, Paris, aged 22 years 281 days.
Last match No. 146, 21 May 1925, France 2 England 3, an end-of-season friendly match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, off injured (35), aged 23 years 284 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England amateur (twelve appearances)
England Joint Topscorer 1923-24 (2);
Distinctions most appearanced Englishman from Clapton FC.
Vivian's father is Welsh, meaning he could have played for the country.

Beyond England

A schoolmaster in East London from 1922-67, including being the headmaster of Harold Road School in West Ham. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.107./Graham Budd Auctions


Vivian Gibbins - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
2 2 0 125 3 42 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Vivian Gibbins - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +2


Vivian Gibbins - Match History
 Club: Clapton F.C. & West Ham United F.C. - 2 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 22
1 141 17 May 1924 - France 1 England 3, Stade Pershing, Paris Fr AW Start 25, 40 cf
Age 23
2 146 21 May 1925 - France 2 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris Fr AW Start 23
off 35