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Bruce Russell

Royal Engineers FC

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Full Name Colonel Bruce Bremner Russell D.S.O.
Born 25 August 1859 in Bayswater, Kensington, Middlesex [registered in Kensington, September 1859].
notes: Kensington was in the Middlesex Registration County up until 1889.

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, mistakenly transcribed as Pierce P., he is the eighth of nine children, to John A. and Laura C., living at 32 Pembridge Gardens in Kensington. His father is a merchant in East Indies. They have six servants.

According to the 1871 census, Bruce B. is a scholar at Worthing House School on the Chaple Road in Broadwater, Worthing. He is there with brothers, Frederick and Edward.
According to Harts Army List 1888, Bruce Bremner attained the level of Lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers on 18 December 1878.

Russell cannot be found on the 1881, 1891 or 1901 census', presumed to be in Bombay.
Although he is a victim of crime in 1892. His solicitor William Charles Galloway is arrested on 10 May 1892 after being 'entrusted by Russell with a power of Attorney for the transfer of certain property, but did convert the same to his own use'.
Galloway pleaded Guilty on 26 July 1892, and sentenced to fiver years penal servitude.

According to the 1911 census, still single, but head of his household in The Mount, Glenn Manga in Leicester. He had one male boarder and three servants
According to passenger lists, Colonel Russell, left the port of Liverpool on 21 November 1922 bound for Bombay on board the Castalia, under the mastership of H. Alder. He is still living at The Mount in Leicester.

According to the 1939 register,Bruce, still single, is living at 49 Wilbury Road in Hove with Alma Russell and two servants.
In Russell's trustee report in the London Gazette, October 1942, stated his address as 49 Wilbury Road in Hove, Sussex, at the time of his address.

Died 13 May 1942 at 49 Wilbury Road in Hove, Sussex, aged 82 years 261 days [registered in Hove, September 1942]
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began at the Royal Military College in Woolwich before joining Royal Engineers FC in 1878. He served as a Colonel in the Royal Engineers. Also played with the Corinthians FC team at some point;
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 99th players (100) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 17, 3 February 1883, England 5 Wales 0, friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 23 years 162 days;
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions With an Irish father and a Scottish mother, Russell could have played for three of the home countries.

Beyond England

A Royal Engineer from 1878 to 1907, when he retired holding the rank of Colonel.  He returned to serve in the First World War. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.214.


Bruce Russell - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min Captain Discipline
3 1 90 0 0 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.


Bruce Russell - 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 0 +5 0 1 5.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 0 1 5.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Bruce Russell - Match History
 Club: Royal Engineers F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 22
- 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
Age 23
1 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for