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James Prinsep

Clapham Rovers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 4
100% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Sub-Inspector General James Frederick MacLeod Prinsep
Born 27 July 1861 as a British Subject in Allyghur, Bengal, India.
Baptised 7 October 1861 in Simla, Calcutta, by the Chaplain, Julian Robinson.
Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, James, son of James Hunter and Christina Louisa (née White), is a scholar, one of three cousins living with their aunty at 14 Warwick Place, Milverton in Warwickshire. His father is part of the Indian Civil Service.

There is no James Prinsep on the 1881 and 1891 census'. Evidently, James was on army duty in Egypt.

At the time of his marriage, as well as death, Prinsep was living at 46 Thurloe Square in Kensington. He also had a home in Alexandria, Egypt.

Married To Evelyn Elizabeth Campbell, 27 July 1891 at St Stephen's Church in Kensington [registered in Kensington, September 1891]. James was Captain of the Essex Regiment at the time. Three children, Evelyn, Cradoc and David.
Died 22 November 1895 in Nairn, Scotland, aged 34 years 118 days. He died while on holiday to Scotland. A game of golf on a wet day led to pneumonia. After seven weeks of illness, Prinsep died of blood poisoning and kidney disease. Left £1204 to his widow, Elizabeth
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Charterhouse School (1874-78), playing football there 1877-78; Played his regular football with Clapham Rovers FC and Old Carthusians FC; Attended The Royal Military College in Sandhurst from 1878; also represented Surrey FA.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79, winner 1880-81;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Prinsep held the record for being the youngest player to play in an FA Cup final, playing in the 1879 final against Old Etonians at the age of 17 years and 245 days. This record was broken in the 2004 final.


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

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 63rd players (65) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
Only match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 17 years 253 days;
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Held the record of England's youngest ever player for just under 124 years.

Beyond England

Prinsep was commissioned into the Essex Regiment in May 1882, serving in the Sudan campaign 1884-85. In 1885, he joined the Egyptian Army, making Lieutenant in 1886, he was involved in operations around Suakin, Sudan in 1888. He was promoted to Captain in 1890 and transferred to the Egyptian Coastguard Service, becoming Sub-Inspector General. He received two Royal Humane Society awards for rescuing men from the Nile. On 23 December 1884, Lieut. Prinsep saved Private Wheeler from drowning.  He then saved a Sudanese sailor almost a year later. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.200.


James Prinsep - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Captain Discipline
4 1 90 0 0 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.


James Prinsep - 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 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1


James Prinsep - Match History
 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 17
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start hb
Age 18
- 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW withdrew injured
 Club: Old Carthusians F.C. - 0 full caps  
Age 20
- 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL withdrew injured
- 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL withdrew injured