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Robert Kingsford

Wanderers FC & Old Marlburians FC &
Crystal Palace (amateur) FC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

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Full name Robert Kennett Kingsford
Born 23 December 1849 in Sydenham Hill, Kent [registered in Lewisham, March 1850].
notes: Lewisham was in the Kent Registration County up until 1889.
Baptised 10 February 1850 in Sydenham

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, Robert K. is the youngest of two sons to James and Emma. They live at Sydenham with four servants. His father is an attorney and solictor.

According to the 1861 census, Robert K. now has three younger siblings, and they all live with their parents at Bell Green in Lower Sydenham with four servants. His father is still an attorney and solictor.

According to the 1871 census, Robert Kennett remains at home with his parents and four siblings and three servants at The Woods in Sydenham Hill. His father is still an attorney and solitor, Robert his assitant?

According to the 1881 census, Robert is married to Emily and the two now live in Guernsey. In 4 Rohais Road, Rohais Terrace in St Peter Port. Robert is now an 'annuitant'. That is, he receives a yearly pension.

According to the 1891 census, Robert K remains married and now with three sons, William, Reginald and Sydney. They remain on Guernsey, but now live at 2 Belle Vue Terrace in St Peters Port. He is living on his own means.

Married to Emily Louisa Radden [registered in Exeter, Devon, September 1879]. Died in Guernsey, 14 January 1897
Died 14 October 1895 at his home in Rohais, St Peters Port, Guernsey, aged 45 years 295 days [not registered in UK].
Death place notes Most sources state he died in Australia, but Guernsey's own newspaper The Star reports the death of Kingsford at his home, and the death of his widow a couple of years later - as pointed out by Cris Freddi.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Marlborough College.  Played football for Old Marlburians, Wanderers FC and the amateur club Crystal Palace. Also represented Surrey.  Succeeded Charles Alcock in 1874 as secretary of Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1872-73;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played first-class cricket as a wicketkeeper for Surrey and England.


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 21st players (25) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 24 years 74 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England Top Goalscorer (one 1874) and the third player to score on his debut.
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Was a law student.  Emigrated to Australia [but returned ended in Guernsey], where he died aged only 45 years. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.151.


Robert Kingsford - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain Discipline
2 1 90 1 90 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.


Robert Kingsford - 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 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 00.0 -1


Robert Kingsford - Match History

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

 Club: Wanderers F.C., Old Marlburians F.C. & Crystal Palace F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 23
- 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW squad member
Age 24
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Start 25 f