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Tot Rostron

Darwen FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 0 L 2 F 1: A 7
0% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Thurston Rostron
Born 21 April 1863 in Over Darwen, Lancashire [registered in Blackburn, June 1863].
Baptised date unknown, but he was baptised in the Lower Chapel in Darwen

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Thurston is the only child of Christopher and Maria (née Pierce), living at 5 Orchard Street in Over Darwen. His father is an overlooker of cotton eavers.

According to the 1881 census, Thurston is still the only child, and with his parents, they live at 9 Edward Street in Over Darwen. Thurston is now a cotton weaver, while his father is till an overlooker.
A newspaper report in March 1888 regarding Thurston's bankruptcy stated that he was living as a coal-agent at 25 Vernon Street in Darwen. Previous to this, he was landlord at George & Dragon Inn, Bolton.

According to the 1891 census, Thurston is married to Eleanor and they have two children, Sarah and Christopher. They live at 75 Steeley Lane in Chorley. Thurston is a finisher at the bleach works.

Married to Eleanor Garstang [registered in Blackburn, September 1882].
Died 4 July 1891, aged 28 years 74 days [registered as Thurstan, in Chorley, September 1891].
Not the 3rd. That's a mistake. Blackburn Standard confirms he died on the Saturday [4th], and the Death Duty, signed by his wife Eleanor, confirms the 4th July.
He had been poorly for up to a fortnight before his death.
Height/Weight 5' 5" [1884].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his playing career with Helmshore FC, before joining Darwen Old Wanderers FC.  Started his first spell with Darwen FC, before joining Great Lever FC in 1883, rejoining Darwen FC in 1884. He played as a guest for Blackburn Rovers FC in an FA Cup game, in their FA Cup winning year of 1885; also represented Lancashire FA;
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 81st players (84) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
First match No. 12, 26 February 1881, England 0 Wales 1, a friendly match at East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn, aged 17 years 311 days.
Last match No. 13, 12 March 1881, England 1 Scotland 6, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 17 years 325 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A cotton weaver by trade, afterwards, he became a beer seller and a coal merchant. He was declared bankrupt between 1886 and 1888. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.212./Blackburn Standard (1888).


Tot Rostron - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captains Discipline
2 2 180 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.


Tot Rostron - 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 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 1 0 0.50 3.50 0.00 -2
All 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 1 0 0.50 3.50 0.00 -2


Tot Rostron - Match History
 Club: Darwen F.C. - 2 full caps

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

Age 17
1 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1, East Lancashire Cricket Club, Blackburn Fr HL Start ir
2 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington HL Start ir