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Alf Lyttelton

Cambridge University AFC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 3
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disciplined: none
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Full name Honourable Alfred Lyttelton QC, MA (Cantab), MP.
name notes The spelling of the name Lyttleton is incorrect. The family name is Lyttelton.
Born 7 February 1857 in Westminster, Middlesex [registered unnamed, in St James, March 1857].
notes: Westminster was in the Middlesex Registration County up until 1889.

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, Alfred is the youngest of nine children to George W. and Mary (deceased 1857). They have ten servants. His father is the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. They live at 80 Marine Parade in Brighton.

According to the 1871 census, Edward has a new mother, Sybella Harriet, and a new half-sister, Sarah R. They all live at Hagley Hall in Hagley, Bromsgrove, with fifteen servants. His father is a Peer. Alfred is a student at Eton College.

According to the 1881 census, as a student of the inner temple, Hon. Alfred is visiting Eton College.

Not on the 1891 census, possibly visiting Russia.
The GWR Shareholders List states that the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton is one of two executors of the will of Miss Catherine Pole Carew who died on 26 January 1893. In the February, Lyttelton was stated as living at 4 Green Street, Grosvenor Square, in receipt of £400.

According to the 1901 census, Alfred is now married to Edith, and with her, he has three children, Oliver, Mary and Antony. He has nine servants, all living at 16 Great College Street. Alfred is part of the Kings Counsel and a member of parliament.

According to the 1911 census, Alfred is still married, and still on the King's Counsel and part of the privy committee, with his daughter, Mary,and nine servants, they remain at 16 Great College Street. The census reveals that one of his children had since died (Antony, in 1901).
The GWR Shareholders List states that upon the death of Alfred Lyttelton was on 5 July 1913. A.E. Balfour declared the death and Mrs Edith Sophy Lyttelton and Miss Evelyn Tablot were excecutors. He left £2259. His addresses were in Paper Buildings in Temple, 3 Devonshire Terrace and Wittersham.

Married twice, firstly to Laura Mary O. Tennant [registered in St George Hanover Square, June 1885]. She died in 1886, and Alfred remarried to Russian bride, Mrs Edith Sophy Balfour in 1892
Died 5 July 1913 at 3 Devonshire Terrace, Marylebone, London, aged 56 years 148 days [registered in Marylebone, September 1913].
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his education at Eton College and Cambridge University where he graduated with a Masters of Arts.  Then turning out for the Old Etonians FC, also Hagley FC in Worcestershire.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1875-76;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first-class cricket for Middlesex and Worcestershire.


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 43rd players (46) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 24 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (one 1877) and fifth player to score on his debut, and at the time, the youngest to score on his debut.
Distinctions Also played first-class cricket for England. Brother of Edward Lyttelton

Beyond England

Became a legal private secretary to the Attorney General. Became a member of parliament in 1895, before going to South Africa in 1900 as chairman of the planning committee reconstructing the country following the Boer War.  Eventually becoming Colonial Secretary. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.161.
Lyttelton was admitted to Inner Temple in 1881 entitled to practice as a barrister. He was invested as a King's Counsel. He held the office of Recorder of Hereford between 1893 and 1894. He held the office of Recorder of Oxford University between 1894 and 1903. He held the office of Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington between 1895 and 1906. He held the office of High Steward of Cambridge University. He was invested as a Queen's Counsel in 1899. He was awarded the honorary degree of Master of Arts by Oxford University. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor. He was Chancellor of Rochester Diocese in 1903. He held the office of Secretary of State for the Colonies between 1903 and 1905. He held the office of Member of Parliament for St. George's, Hanover Square between 1906 and 1913. - ThePeerage.com


Alf Lyttelton - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Capt. Disc.
1 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.


Alf Lyttelton - 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 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 00.0 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 00.0 -1


Alf Lyttelton - Match History

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

 Club: Cambridge University F.C. & Old Etonians F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 20
1 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start 55 f