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William Rawson

Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC & Old Westminsters FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 3: A 5
25% successful

captain: one
minutes played:


  William Stepney Rawson
Birth Saturday, 14 October 1854 as a British Subject, born in Cape Town, Kaapkolonie

According to the 1871 census, William S. was a scholar at St. Peter College in Westminster.
William is a child to Rawson William and Sophia Mary Ann (née Ward). 

According to the 1881 census, William S. is now an Oxford schoolmaster, he is lodging with the Morgan's, in Bridge Street, Brecknock St David, in Wales.

An 1889 report by the British Association for the Advancement of Science: Rawson, Sir Rawson W. - and Rawson, W. Stepney, both of 68 Cornwall-gardens [left],Queen's-gate, London.

According to the 1891 census, there is no William, but his family, including father and mother, William and Sophia, are at 68 Cornwall Gardens in Kensington. His marriage certificate, which will be written in three months after the 1891 census, states he lives at this address.

Marriage to Alice Maud Fife, on 15 July 1891 at St. Thomas' Church, Goring-in-Thames.
"Miss Alice Maud Fife, third daughter of Lieutenant-General Fife. R. E., and Mr. William Stepney Rawson, third son of Sir Rawson Rawson, K.C.M.G. C.B."
- Thursday, 4 June 1891, Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette
"On July 15, at St. Thomas's Church, Goring-on Thames, by the Rev. F. Howlett, Vicar of East Tisted, Hampshire, uncle of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. H. C. Littlewood, Vicar of the parish, William Stepney Rawson, M.A., third son of Sir Rawson W. Rawson, K.C.M.G., C.B., of Cornwall-gardens, Queen's Gate, to Alice Maud, third daughter of Lieut.-General Fife, R.E., and J.P.
- 25 July 1891, South Africa Magazine by Ellen Stanton

According to the 1901 census, William S. is married to Alice M. They have two servants and live at 21 Grey Coat Gardens, in St George Hanover Square. He is an electrical engineer.

"At the Reading County Bench, on Saturday, before captain Cobham (in the chair), Gen. Waddington, Col. Walter Thornton and Col. Broadbent, C.B., Herbert William Jones, of 20, Stanley-street, Birkenhead, was charged on remand with stealing a gold watch and chain and a gold locket, value £14 [2018 equivalent = £1585], the property of Mrs. Stepney Rawson, of Little Orchard, Streatley, at that place, on April 1st.
"P.S. Sparkes, stationed at Pangbourne, stated that he received information of the theft on April 3rd, and continued inquiries until August 1st, when he saw the prisoner at Goring and asked him to account for a watch he had in possession in April. Prisoner asked if it would be all right if he paid the money, and when witness replied that he thought not he said he was at Mrs. Rawson's with two or three servants, and when they were busy he went into her bedroom and took the watch, etc. Witness found pawn tickets on the prisoner showing that he had pawned the watch at Birkenhead and the locket at Reading.
"Mrs. Rawson, who is the wife of William Stepney Rawson, identified the watch and locket as her property. She missed her watch from a table at her bedside on the night of April 1st, but she was not aware that the locket had been stolen from a drawer in the dressing table, where she had placed it some weeks previous to April 1st, until P.S. Sparkes showed it to her. She had seen the prisoner once in her kitchen, and understood him to be courting the cook.
"Henry Winter, a pawnbroker's assistant at Birkenhead, stated that the watch was pawned by the prisoner for £1 5s. on the 5th April, and William Burfitt, assistant to William Rose, pawnbroker, of Reading, gave evidence of advancing 15s. on the locket in April.
"A further remand for a week was granted the police, who were making further investigations into the matter.

Thursday, 11 April 1910, Reading Observer.

According to the 1911 census, William Stepney, still married, is now a Managing Director of his company. Two servants, living at Little Orchard, Streatley in Berkshire. He signed his name as W. Stepney Rawson.

Death Friday, 4 November 1932, at The Yew Tree Cottage in Whitchurch, Oxfordshire, aged 78 years 21 days [registered in Henley, December 1932].
Probate "RAWSON William Stepney of Yew Tree Cottage Whitchurch Oxfordshire died 4 November 1932 Probate London 12 January to Alice Maud Rawson widow.
Effects £260 5s. 9d." [2019 equivalent: £18,285]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Rawson attended Westminster School, representing the school at football in 1872 and 1873, becoming captain in his final year. He then went up to Oxford University, winning a "blue" in four consecutive years, from 1874 to 1877; also appeared for Old Westminsters AFC and Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1873-74, runners-up 1876-77;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Refereed the 1876 FA Cup Final between the Wanderers and Old Etonians.
Height/Weight not known.


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 28th players (30) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
First match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 143 days.
Last match No. 6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 140 days. captain
Distinctions Brother of Herbert
Missed out on becoming the England's youngest captain by six days. Cuthbert Ottaway was 22 years and 134 days old.

Beyond England

He served on the FA committee from 1876 to 1877 and again in 1879. According to his census records, he became an Electrical Engineer, following his retirement from the game. He married author Alice Maud Fife in 1891, who would write under the pseudonym Maud Stepney Rawson. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.203./FindMyPast.com

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals captain
2 2 180 0 one
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0 0 1.50 2.50 25.0 -1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0 0 1.50 2.50 25.0 -1

Match History
 Clubs: Oxford University A.F.C., Wanderers F.C., Old Westminsters A.F.C. - two full appearances (180 min), one captaincy  
  F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min), one captaincyx
Age 20
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start fb

Age 22
2 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL captain fb