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George Raikes

Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC

4 appearances, 4 goals against
one clean sheet

P 4 W 2 D 1 L 1 F 12: A 4
63% successful


captain: probably the one
minutes played:


  Reverend George Barkley Raikes
Birth Friday, 14 March 1873 at The Rectory, Carleton Forehoe, Norfolk
  registered in Forehoe April-June 1873
Baptism Sunday, 30 March 1873 in Carleton Forehoe
"DEATHS ...On the 19th inst., at Hyères, France, aged 56 years, FRANCIS RAIKES, Rector of Barnham Broom and Kimberely" - Bury & Norwich Post, Monday, 28 January 1879
  "RAIKES.—Feb. 16, at Barnham Broom, Norfolk, Margaret Beatrice, youngest daughter of the late Rev. F. Raikes, aged nine years." - The Standard, Friday, 21 February 1879

According to the 1881 census, George is possibly the youngest of eight children of the widowed Martha (née Barkley). They are living with his uncle Robert Barkley and aunty Kate, and their four children, at The Priory in Thrandeston Road in Palgrave. They have three servants as his uncle is a gentleman.
(His 28 year-old sister, Edith, died ion 3 July 1884)


According to the 1891 census, George B. is a boarder at Grammar School in Shrewsbury.
According to the 1892 and 1893 editions of Oxford Men and Their Colleges, George Barkley Raikes is part of the Magdalen College of Oxford University from 18 October 1892.

The Bishop of Winchester held his Trinity Ordination at Farnham Parisch Church on Trinity Sunday. There were 22 candidates—11 for deacons' and 11 for priests' orders, viz:
RIESTS.—George Raikes Barkley, B.A."
- Hampshire Post, Friday, 2 June 1899

According to the 1901 census, George, now a .of E. clergyman, is the only one of the children living with their mother at Hedenham Hall. They also have a visitor, a Miss Maud Cochrane.

Marriage to Maud Cochrane, on Tuesday, 9 May 1905 at Loftus Parish Church, North Riding of Yorkshire.
  registered in Guisborough April-June 1905
The usually calm and tranquil pulse of the little town of Loftus was stirred to a pitch of unusual excitement on Tuesday by marriage festivities of more than ordinary interest and brilliance, the occasion being the nuptials of Miss Maud Cochrane, youngest daughter of the late Mr Henry Cochrane, The Hawthorns, Loftus (formerly of the Longlands, Middlesbrough), and sister of Mr. O. H. Cochrane, coroner for Middlesbro' and district, and the Rev G. B. Raikes, youngest son of the Rev Francis Raikes rector of Barnham Broom, and Mrs Raikes of Hedenham Hall, Norfolk. The absorbing interest evinced in the auspicious event was by the crowded congregation present at the ceremony, which took place at the Parish Church, the building, under the direction of Misses Del Strother and the Misses Cumming, being prettily and appropriately decorated with flowers. A full choir was present to do honour to the event, and the service, which was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Nelson, rector of of Blendworth, assisted by Revs A.H. Cumming and Ernest Wilson, rectors of Loftus and Middleton-on-the-Wolds respectively, was fully choral, Miss Cumming kindly presiding at the organ...The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Oswald Cochrane. She wore a fashionable gown of ivory satin, trimmed with chiffon and orange blossom, a wreath of white heather, and embroidered tulle veil lent by her aunt, Mrs Davies, who also gave the lovely Indian brocade, of which the Court train was composed. The wedding dress, which her tall and graceful figure set off to advantage, was the gift of her sisters. She also wore a diamond and pearl pendant, the gift of the bridegroom. There were four bridesmaids whose dresses were of cream voile and lace fichus, with white crinoline hats trimmed with lilac. They carried lilac bouquets and wore turquoise and pearl necklaces. After the ceremony the Rev Ernest and Mrs Wilson entertained a large number of guests at The Hawthorns, and during the afternoon the Rev and Mrs Raikes left for Devonshire where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride's travelling dress was a directoire coat and skirt of cornflower blue cloth with white satin vest finished with jabot of old Brussels lace." - The Loftus Advertiser, Friday, 12 May 1905.

According to the 1909 edition of Kelly's Directory confirms that between 1897 and 1903, Raikes had been curator of Portsea. On to Lakenham in Norwich in 1904-05. Great Ellingham in 1905, and up until this point, chaplain to the Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey.

"CLERICAL APPOINTMENTS ...On the 8th inst. the Rev. George Barkley Raikes, Clerk, B.A., was instituted to Little and Great Ellingham, Norfolk, on the presentation of the King." - Downham Market Gazette/Norwich Mercury, Saturday, 15 July 1905

According to the 1911 census, George Barkley, a clergyman of the established church, is married to Maud. They have a visitor and three servants. They live at The Hermitage in Welbeck, Worksop.

The Rev. G. B. Raikes, M.A., Chaplain to his Grace the Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey, has been offered and has accepted the living of Bergh Apton, in Norfolk, and he will shortly be leaving to take up his new duties. His departure is much regretted, for during the fifteen years he has been at Welbeck, Mr. and Mrs. Raikes have made numerous friends. They will both be missed in many ways, and the sincere good wishes of the people to whom Mr. Raikes has ministered will follow them to their new home. Mr. Raikes has been a popular and familiar figure on the cricket and football field, and has done much to foster a healthy interest in clean sport. An old international footballer, he has never lost interest in the game.
Some idea of the high regard in which he and Mrs. Raikes are held was furnished by by the presentation made to them at the Club, at Welbeck. Mr. T. Warner Turner presided over a large attendance, which included Mrs. Warnet Turner and Mr. Phillip Turner, and expressed his deep regret at the Chaplain's and Mrs. Raikes departure. They would, he could assure them, be greatly missed at Welbeck, not only on the Sunday, but on the weekday. Mr. Raikes had always been ready to do his best to help forward anything for the benefit of those on the estate. He had been a friend to them all, the old and the young, and he had encouraged good sport in every way. He had been at Welbeck fifteen years and the friends he had made could not let him and Mrs. Raikes go without expressing their appreciation of his services, their hopes for his future success, and asking their acceptance of some gifts which would remind them which would remind them of the friends they were leaving behind."
- The Mansfield Reporter & Sutton Times, Friday, 13 August 1920.

According to the 1921 census, George Barkley, a Clerk in Holy Orders, is still married. They have three servants and live at The Rectory in Bergh Apton.
(His mother died on 20 February 1924).
According to the 1933 edition of Kelly's Directory, The Rev. George Barkley Raikes MA is living at The Rectory in Bergh Apton, Norfolk.

  According to the 1939 register, George B. remains married to Maud, and he is an 'occasional' clergyman. They live at Langbaurgh Hall in Stokesley.
(Maud will die on 12 March 1958)
Death Sunday, 18 December 1966 at his home at The Old Rectory, Lamyatt, in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
aged 93 years 279 days registered in Wells October-December 1966
Probate "RAIKES the reverend George Barkley of The Old Rectory Lamyatt Shepton Mallet Somerset Clerk in Holy Orders died 18 December 1966 Administration (with Will) London 18 May to the reverend Myles Kenneth Raikes clerk in Holy Orders and Patricia Joan Raikes spinster. £18557." [2023 equivalent: £286,355].
Oxford University Alumni
Raikes, George Barkley, born at Carlton Forehoe, Norfolk, 14 March, 1873; 4S. Francis, of
    Hedenham Hall, Suffolk, cler., deceased.,  MAGDALEN, matric. 18 Oct., 92, aged 19 from
    Shrewsbury School.
Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended and played for Shrewsbury School, making the first XI from 1890-92. Went up to Oxford University, and earned his blue between 1893-96. Also played for Wymondham FC and he retired from playing as he left University.
Corinthians between 1893-96.
Club honours None
Individual honours Norfolk FA
Distinctions Also a noted cricketer for Shrewsbury School and Oxford University, and at County level for Norfolk and Hampshire (1900-02)
Height/Weight 6' 2", ?st. ?lbs [1895].


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 222nd player (222) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; the 26th goalkeeper to appear
First match No. 54, 18 March 1895, England 1 Wales 1, a British Championship match at The Recreation Ground, Queen's Club, West Kensington, London, aged 22 years 4 days.
Last match No. 58, 4 April 1896, Scotland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 23 years 21 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1894-95, 1895-96;
Team honours British Championship winners 11894-95;
Individual honours The Amateurs (two appearances, March 1895-March 1896);
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Ordained in 1897, he was curate at Portsea to 1903, chaplain to the Duke of Portland 1905-20 and Rector of Bergh Apton, Norfolk, 1920 until his retirement in 1936. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.202.

The Numbers
parties Apps Comp
minutes Goals
GA Av.
Comp GA Clean
Sht Av
4 4 4 360 4 90 4 1 25% one, maybe
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
4 2 1 1 12 4 +8 1 1 4 1 62.5 +1
all of his matches were played in the British Championship competition

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
Away 3 2 0 1 11 3 +8 1 1 3.667 1.00 66.7 +1

Captain Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1894-95 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1895-96 3 2 0 1 11 3 +8 1 1 3.667 1.00 66.7 +1
BC All 4 2 1 1 12 4 +8 1 1 4.00 1.00 62.5 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 2 1 1 12 4 +8 1 1 4.00 1.00 62.5 +1
4 2 1 1 12 4 +8 1 1 4 1 62.5 +1

Match History

 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - four full appearances (360 min) 4ᵍᵃ  
  F.A. International Select Committee - four full appearances (360 min) 4ᵍᵃx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 22
1 54 18 March 1895 - England 1 Wales 1
Recreation Ground, West Kensington (home ground)
BC HD 1ᵍᵃ

one of five who became the 222nd players (222) to appear for England
one of two who became the nineteenth Oxford University AFC player to represent England
one of five players to become the 52nd players from Corinthians FC to represent England
The 26th goalkeeper to play for England - eleventh competitive

one appearance - The Professionals vs. The Amateurs, 28 March 1895;

Age 23
2 56 7 March 1896 - Ireland 0 England 2
Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast
BC AW   ᶜgk
The captaincy was probably given to George Raikes. Most sources do not specify any captain.
3 57 16 March 1896 - Wales 1 England 9
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
BC AW 1ᵍᵃ

one appearance - The Amateurs vs. The Professionals,  25 March 1896;

4 58 4 April 1896 - Scotland 2 England 1
Celtic Park, Glasgow
BC AL 2ᵍᵃ gk
ᵍᵃtwo shots