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Robert Kingsford

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

1 appearance, 1 goal on debut

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 2
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captain: none
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  Robert Kennett Kingsford
Birth Sunday, 23 December 1849 in Sydenham Hill, Kent
  registered in Lewisham January-March 1849 Lewisham was in the Kent Registration County up until 1889
"KINGSFORD.―Dec. 23, at Sydenham, Mrs. J. Kingsford, of a son." - London Daily News, Saturday, 29 December 1849
Baptism 10 February 1850 at St. Bartholomew's in Sydenham
  According to the 1851 census, Robert K. is the youngest of two sons to James and Emma (née Dudin). They live at Sydenham with four servants. His father is an attorney and solicitor.
  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 solicitor.
  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 solicitor, Robert is his assistant, having signed an article of clerkship on 25 November 1869.
Marriage to Emily Louisa Raddon, in the middle of 1879 in Exeter
  registered in Exeter Devon July-September 1879
Children Robert and Emily have three sons together. William James Kennet (b.1 January 1882), Reginald Edgar (b.16 August 1883) and Sydney Charles (b.21 November 1884)
  According to the 1881 Channel Islands 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 Channel Islands census, Robert K. remains married and now with three sons, William, Reginald and Sydney Charles. They remain on Guernsey, but now live at 2 Belle Vue Terrace in St Peters Port. He is living on his own means.
(His mother died 25 November 1892, and then his father, 23 March 1895)
Death Monday, 14 October 1895 at his home at Belle Vue, on Rohais Road, Rohais, St Peters Port, Guernsey
aged 45 years 295 days no registration found but. Kingsford did not die in Australia


"The sudden death of Mr. Robert Kingsford
formed the subject of inquiry this morning, at the Court House, before the Bailiff and Jurats Mansell, Tardif and Le Cocq. Deceased, who was of gentle birth and independent means, lived with his wife and three sons at Belle Vue, Rohais-road, and was forty-[five] years of age. Both himself and wife (of Guernsey birth) were described as of intemperate habits. He passed Sunday in the ordinary way, partaking of the several meals with the family. Husband and wife occupied separate bedrooms, and after supper, he prepared to retire to rest in company with his eldest son, William a lad of thirteen. Shortly before retiring, in reply to the inquiry of an occasional visitor, he stated that he did not feel well, but made no special complaint, The hour was about ten minutes past nine. Neither the boy nor other members of the household were disturbed during the night, but between seven and eight o'clock on Monday morning he was discovered partly on the bed and partly on the floor, the body reclining on the right side, his feet resting on the bed, his head on the floor, the right arm being underneath the body, the left arm uplifted. Dr. Aikman was forthwith called, and immediately responded to the call, but on his arrival at the house found that death had occurred some time previously. He thought deceased had had a convulsive attack and that death had resulted from suffocation. The verdict was in accordance with the facts above stated."
The Jersey Weekly Press and Independent, Saturday morning, 19 October 1895
  Emily Kingsford died in Guernsey, 14 January 1897
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Marlborough College.  Played football for Old Marlburians AFC, Wanderers FC and the amateur club Crystal Palace. Succeeded Charles Alcock in 1874 as secretary of Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1872-73;
Individual honours Surrey FA
Distinctions Played first-class cricket as a wicketkeeper for Surrey and England.
Height/Weight not known
Source 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. 25
Individual honours England's second Top Goalscorer (one 1874) and the third player to score on his debut.
Distinctions The eleventh player to die, just five weeks after Leonard Howell.

Beyond England

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

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals ave.minute captain
2 1 90 1 90 min none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1 2 0 -1
His only match was a friendly match and at an away venue

Match History
 Clubs: Wanderers F.C., Old Marlburians F.C. & Crystal Palace F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍ  
  F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 23
2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW party member

Age 24
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AL 25 for

one of seven who became the 21st (25) players to appear for England
one of four players (nine) from Wanderers FC to become the seventh to represent England
the only Old Marlburian to represent England
the second player from Crystal Palace (amateur) FC to represent England
third player to score on his England debut
his solitary goal in 1874 makes hip England's top goalscorer for the year and season