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Cuthbert Ottaway

Oxford University AFC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 1 F 5: A 4
25% successful

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Full name Cuthbert John Ottaway
Born 19 July 1850 at 5 Hammond Place, Dover, Kent [registered in Dover, September 1850].
Baptised 14 August 1850 at St James' Church, Dover.



Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, the nine month old Cuthbert is the only child to James Cuthbert and Jane (née Bridge), living at 5 Hammond Place in Dover. They have five servants. His father is a surgeon.

According to the 1861 census, they now all live at 7 Camden Crescent in Dover. His father now a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Now with four servants.

According to the 1871 census, the entire family have moved into the Bridge residence. Head of the house, John Bridge, is Jane Ottaway's brother. Alongside the three Bridge's, and three Ottaway's, their are six servants, living at 57 Inverness Terrace in Marylebone.

When Cuthbert married in 1877, his marriage certificate stated his occupation as a 'barrister at law'.

According to the 1881 census, Marion was now living at 57 Inverness Terrace, with their daughter, Lillian, and three servants.  She subsequently left England and returned to Canada. Cuthbert's parents, James and Jane, were living  at 3 Queens Gate, Portsea.

Married to Marion Stinson, a Canadian, on 29 August 1877 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Ontario. They had one daughter, Lillian, who was born after his death in September 1878.
Remarried in June 1884 in Ontario.
Died on 2 April 1878, at 34 Westbourne Place, Pimilico, London, aged 28 years 257 days. [registered in St George Hanover Square, June 1878]
Died as a result of complications "from a chill," according to some accounts, "caught in the course of a night's dancing." Ottaway's family sources more plausibly attribute to "tubercular trouble". He is buried in Paddington Old Cemetery.
A special ceremony and a new gravestone was erected (left) on 13 August 2013.
Height/Weight: 6' 0", 12st. 6lbs [nk].

Source: Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Michael Southwick's England's First Captain [2009] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Ottaway enrolled Eton College in September 1863 and Oxford (Brasenose) University in September 1869 at a time when the new Association code was gaining considerable popularity.  He starred in their first ever game, 10 February 1872, and even scored in their first match against Radley College. He appeared in the inaugural FA Cup competition (1871-72) for two teams, Marlow FC and Crystal Palace (amateur) FC and he began the 1872-73/1873-74 season splaying for Oxford University AFC in the FA Cup.  From 1874, he represented Old Etonians FC, where he remained until his retirement in 1876, when he was called to the bar.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1872-73, 1874-75; winners 1873-74;
Individual honours Played cricket for Kent CCC and Middlesex CCC, as well as Oxford University, MCC, South of England, Gentlemen of the South, Gentlemen of England and Gentlemen.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Michael Southwick's England's First Captain [2009]

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (8) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 134 days.
Last 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 23 years 231 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Served on the FA Committee 1872-73

Beyond England

He left Oxford with a First who became the a barrister and called to the Bar in 1876.  He practiced until his untimely death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.189.


Cuthbert Ottaway - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min. Captains Discipline
3 2 180 0 0 min Two 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.


Cuthbert Ottaway - 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 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 1 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1
All 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 1 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1


Cuthbert Ottaway - Match History
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock)  - 2 full capsx

Age 22
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Captain for
- 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW withdrawn captain
Age 23
2 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Captain for