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Leonard Wilkinson

Oxford University AFC & Corinthians FC

1 appearance, 1 goal against
no clean sheets

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Leonard Rodwell Wilkinson JP
Birth Thursday, 15 October 1868 at Southampton Lodge in Highgate, Middlesex
  registered in Pancras January-March 1868 Pancras was part of the Middlesex County Registration until 1889
"On the 15th inst., at Southampton Lodge, Highgate, the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Wilkinson, R.V., of a son." - The Illustrated London News, Saturday, 17 October 1868/The Atlas, Saturday, 23 October 1868

According to the 1871 census, Leonard is the second of four children to Colonel Josiah and Alice Emma (née Atkinson), living at Southampton Lodge in Highgate with nine servants. His father is a practising barrister.


According to the 1881 census, twelve year old Leonard is a pupil in Woodcote House School in Windlesham.


According to the 1891 census, Leonard is an Oxford student, he still lives at home at Southampton Lodge with his parents and younger sister. They have eight servants.

  "In a congregation held to-day, at which the View-Chancellor presided, the following degrees were conferred:―B.A. Leonard Rodwell Wilkinson, Trinity." - The Globe, Thursday, 10 November 1892

According to the Post Office Directory for London, in 1895, Leonard Rodwell is working as a barrister at 2 Paper Buildings in Temple, with his father.
And according to passenger lists, Leonard is one of seventeen who went to Madeira on 30 September 1896 on the Bulawayo.
Then according to Rate Books, between 1897 and 1900, Leonard is living at 19 Buckingham Palace Road, as stated by his marriage register. And at 62 Chester Square in Knightsbridge after 1900, he also has a property at 62 Ebury Mews.

Marriage to Laura Mary Baxendale, Saturday, 29 October 1898 at St Peter's Church in Pimlico, Westminster. Address stated as 19 Buckingham Palace Road.
  registered in St. George Hanover Square October-December 1898
"The marriage of Mr Leonard Rodwell Wilkinson, the eldest son of Col. J. Wilkinson, of Southampton Lodge, Highgate, with Laura Mary, elder daughter of Joseph Baxendale, Esq., of Hursley Park, Hants, took place on Saturday last in St. Peter's Church, Eaton-square, which was effectively decorated with white flowers and palms. The bride entered the church at two o'clock, on the arm of her father, who afterwards gave her away, and was met by six bridesmaids. The bride's gown was of white satin, with Court train of brocade (borne by the children). She wore a wreath of orange blossom and tulle veil, and carried a lovely bouquet of lilies of the valley. The bridesmaids were in charming dresses of white satin, made rather long, with yokes trimmed with lines of crystal paillettes, and lace over the shoulders. Their white hats were ornamented with lover's knots in satin, and pink roses, and they carried bouquets of pink and white roses. The clergy were the Rev. J. G. Young, Vicar of Hursley, and the Rev. L. R. Phelps, Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. Mr and Mrs Baxendale afterwards entertained the numerous relations and friends of both families at their house in Brook-street, Grosvenor-square, and Mr and Mrs Leonard Wilkinson started later for Brussels."
- The Queen, Saturday, 5 November 1898.
Children Leonard and Laura Wilkinson had two sons together. Harold Francis (b.30 July 1899) and Arthur Vernon (b.5 July 1902)

According to London Electoral Registers, in 1900, Leonard Rodwell is living at 62 Chester Square, and the Post Office Directory again states him as working as a barrister at 2 Paper Buildings in Temple, with his father.
And according to the 1901 census, Leonard is a Barrister at Law and is married to Laura M. with one son, Harold. They are still at 62 Chester Square in Knightbridge with five servants.
Then according to the 1902 Court Guide & County Blue Book, Leonard Rodwell is working as a barrister at 29 King's Bench Walk in Temple, working the Oxford Circuit, Stafford and Worcester Sessions and Birmingham Assizes.
(His father died 20 October 1903)
Then according to the Post Office Directory for London, in 1905, Leonard Rodwell is still working from 9 King's Bench Walk.

  "Mr. Leonard Rodwell Wilkinson has been elected to the seat on the board of the Imperial Continental Gas Association, rendered vacant by the death of Mr. Clarence Pigou." - The Daily News, Monday, 13 November 1905.
  According to the 1911 census, Leonard, still a barrister, but now a director of gas companies, still married, now have a second son, Arthur, they now live with five servants at Emery Down in Lyndhurst in the New Forest.
(His mother died on 14 November 1911)
According to Kelly's Directory, between 1911 and 1913, Leonard Rodwell is a resident at Hollowdene in Lyndhurst
Death Sunday, 9 February 1913 at his home at Hollowdene in Emery Down, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
aged 44 years 117 days registered in New Forest January-March 1913
"WILKINSON. - On the 9th inst., at Lyndhurst, Leonard Rodwell Wilkinson." - The West Sussex Gazette, Thursday, 13 February 1913


"Mr. Leonard R. Wilkinson, a Hampshire magistrate, of Emery Down, Lyndhurst, was found dead in a shed adjoining his home yesterday morning. A gun was lying by his side, and part of his head was blown away. Deceased, who had been in ill-health for some time, was a fine cricketer and footballer in his day, and at one time kept goal for the Corinthians."
- Northern Daily Mail/The Courier, Tuesday, 11 February 1913.
"With a gun by his side, Mr. Leonard R. Wilkinson, J.P., of Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, was, during Sunday night, found dead in a shed adjoining his residence. The deceased gentleman, who had been a prominent athlete and took a leading part in local sport, had suffered from sleeplessness, and spoke of a dread of becoming a permanent invalid. A verdict of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind" was returned by the Coroner's jury." - The Western Gazette, Thursday, 13 February 1913.
Probate "WILKINSON Leonard Rodwell of Hollowdene Lyndhurst Hampshire and of 9 King's Bench-walk London died 9 February 1913 Probate London 19 March to Keppell Pulteney esquire and the reverend Guy Vernon Smith clerk.
Effects £40946 18s. 5d." [2019 equivalent: £4,760,181]
Laura Mary Wilkinson died on 25 February 1942
Oxford University Alumni Wilkinson, Leonard Rodwell, born at Highgate, near London, 1869; 2s.
       CHRIST CHURCH, matric. 14 Oct., 87, aged 18 (from the Charterhouse), exhibitioner 87, B.A. 92;
       HONOURS:―2 classical mods. 89, 3 classics 91."


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended and played for the Charterhouse School in 1887. Went up to Oxford University and earned his blue in 1889-91. Also playing for the Old Carthusian AFC team.
Corinthians 1890-93
Club honours FA Amateur Cup winners 1893-94, 1896-97, runners-up 1894-95;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also gained a Blue for athletics (1890-91)
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 179th players (179) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; the twentieth to appear for England
First match No. 42, 7 March 1891, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Football Ground, Newcastle Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, aged 22 years 143 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship winners 1890-91;
Individual honours The South (one appearance 3ᵍᵃ January 1891);

Beyond England

A barrister by trade, called to the bar in 1893. In 1907, Leonard stood as a councillor for Lyndhurst for the New Forest Guardian of the Poor and Rural District Councillors. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.269.

The Numbers
parties Apps Comp
minutes Goals
GA Av.
Comp GA Clean
Sht Av
1 1 1 90 1 90 min 1 none 0% none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4 1 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4 1 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍᵃ  
  F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍᵃx

Age 22 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 12 January 1891;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1
Newcastle Road Football Ground, Sunderland
BC HW 1ᵍᵃ
cs: 82min
ᵍᵃpassed under bar

one of six who became the 179th player (179) to appear for England
one of two who became the sixteenth player from Oxford University AFC to represent England
one of two who became the 36th Corinthian to represent England
The twentieth goalkeeper to play for England - sixth competitive