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Arnold Smith

Oxford University AFC

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Full name Arnold Kirke Smith
Sometimes recorded as Kirke-Smith.  But Kirke is definitely only a middle name. He sometime signed himself as A. Kirke Smith.  He just preferred to sign himself Kirke.
Born 23 April 1850 at Ecclesfield, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Wortley, June 1850].

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, the young Arnold Kirke was the youngest of nine children to William and Mary Ann (née McKenzie), living at Barns Hall in Elliotts Lane, Ecclesfield with four servants. His father was a solicitor and farmer.

According to the 1861 census, still living at Barns Hall, Arnold K. was one of five children, although now only the second youngest, and eight servants, living with his parents.

According to the 1871 census, Arnold Kirke is an Oxford undergraduate and boarding at the Hammond's, at 82 Upper Grosvenor Street at Marylebone.

According to the 1881 census, Arnold K. is now married to Emma, with two children, Arthur and Janet.  He is a curate in charge of Somersham in Cambridgeshire, where they live along with three servants, in The Rectory, on Rectory Lane.

According to the 1891 census, Arnold K. is now a Clerk in Holy Orders in Boxworth, also in Cambridgeshire. Still with his wife, and now with three more children, Douglas, Martin and Kathleen. Along with four servants, they all live at The Rectory in Grape Vine Row, Boxworth.

According to the 1901 census, Arnold K. is a CofE clergyman, living at St Peters' Rectory in Boxworth, with his wife, one of his daughters, Kathleen and three servants.

According to the 1911 census, Arnold Kirke is still at St Peters' Rectory with his wife and two of his daughters and two of his grand-daughters, as well as five servants.

Married to Emma Lindsell at Biggleswade Parish Church on 25 September 1877.
Died 8 October 1927 in Boxworth, aged 77 years 168 days [registered in St. Ives, December 1927]. Buried in St Peters' Church, Boxworth.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Smith was educated at Cheltenham College before going up to the Oxford University.  He starred in their first ever game, 10 February 1872, and even scored in their first match against Radley College.  During his career he also represented the Sheffield FA and played for the original Sheffield club.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1872-73;
Individual honours None


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

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (10) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 221 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first class cricket for England in 1874, as a right-hand batsman.

Beyond England

After leaving university, he was ordained in 1875 and became the curate at Biggleswade for two years. He was then curate at Eaton Socon from 1877 to 1881 before moving to Somersham, Cambridgeshire, where he became vicar in 1883.  After six years, he was then appointed as vicar at Boxworth where he remained until his death on 8 October 1927. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.225.


Arnold Smith - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min. Captains Discipline
1 1 90 0 min 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.


Arnold Smith - 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 0 1 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


Arnold Smith - Match History
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 20
- u/o 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr AD Started for Scotland for
Age 21
- u/o 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr AL Started for Scotland for
Age 22
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Start for