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Claud Wilson Oxford University AFC & Old Brightonians AFC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 3: A 7
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Claud William Wilson
Birth Wednesday, 12 May 1858 at The Vicarage, in Edgehill, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
registered as Claud in Banbury July-September 1858
"May 12, at the Vicarage, Banbury, the wife of the Rev. W.Wilson, of a son." - Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday, 10 March 1860.
Baptism Sunday, 23 May 1858 at St. Mary's Anglican Church in Banbury. Living at Horse Fair and his father is the Vicar of Banbury
"DEATHS ...THE LATE VICAR OF BANBURY.—The death of the Rev. Wm. Wilson, Vicar of Banbury, which occurred yesterday ne'nnight, at the age of 38, has followed very closely upon that of his predecessor, the Rev. T. W. Lancaster. The loss of such an earnest-minded clergyman as Mr. Wilson will be severely felt. It has spread a gloom over Banbury and the neighbourhood. In no place has that loss been more sincerely deplored than in Deddington, where the Rev. gentleman was so well known, and where the Wilson family, connected with it for so many years, possess the sympathy of all classes at this sad event." - Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday, 10 March 1860.

According to the 1861 census, two year old Claude W. is the third of four children living with their widowed mother, Ann Rodick Wilson (née Corbett).at 19 Eaton Place in Kemp Town area of Brighton, with three servants.

According to the 1871 census, Claude is still the third of four children living with their widowed mother still at 19 Eaton Place, where they also now only have two servants.

According to the 1881 census, Claud is a visitor to the Humphrey's household in Grove Road, Epsom. Claud is an undergraduate at Oxford College.

Death Wednesday, 29 June 1881 at More Place, Wonham Lane in Betchworth, near Reigate, Surrey.
aged 23 years 42 days registered in Reigate July-September 1881
"WILSON.―On the 29th June, at More Place, Betchworth, Surrey, Claude William Wilson, Esq., Commoner of Exeter College, Oxford, youngest son of the late Rev. William Wilson, of Over Worton, Oxon, aged 23." - Oxford Journal/Berkshire Chronicle/Surrey Mirror, Saturday, 9 July 1881,


More Place in Betchworth, where Claud Wilson tragically died"SAD DEATH OF A CRICKETER.―We hear with much regret of the sad death of Mr. Claud William Wilson, 23 years of age, and formerly a member of the Oxford cricket eleven. It seems that the deceased last year had a sunstroke whilst in India, and recently had a similar attack. He was paying a visit to his uncle, Mr. Corbett, of More-place [left], and there died. He was attended by three surgeons, and the cause of his death was certified to be abscesses on the brain. The internment took place on Saturday in the presence of a very large crowd, including many cricketers from the district, and also from Oxford, the deceased being also buried in his cricketing dress. The Rev. Dr. Saunders officiated, and the surpliced choir sang two hymns and the 90th Psalm. The service was of a very impressive character." - Surrey Mirror, Saturday, 9 July 1881.
Oxford University Alumni Wilson, Claude William, 4s. William, of Banbury, Oxen, cler.. EXETER COLL., matric. 12 Oct., 1878, aged 20; died in 1881.
  Two years after Wilson's death, the Corbett family, Claud's Uncle and Aunty, presented the St. Michael's Church with a stain-glassed window and other beautiful memorial reredos.
Claud's mother died on 24 September 1885.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) Attended and played for Brighton College, becoming captain in 1877.  Went on to attend and play for Oxford University AFC, earning his Blue in 1879-80-81. Played for Old Brightonians AFC.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1879-80;
Individual honours Sussex FA
Distinctions Played first class cricket with Surrey in 1881.
Height/Weight not known

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

England Career
Player number One of six who became the 57th players (58) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
First match No. 8, 18 January 1879, England 2 Wales 1, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 251 days.
Last match No. 13, 12 March 1881, England 1 Scotland 6, a friendly match at Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 304 days.
Individual honours The South (one appearance, February 1881);
England trial
(one appearance, March 1881).
Distinctions His untimely death, aged just 23 years, makes him the fourth youngest England player to die, overtaking AG Goodwyn by two years, and the third England player to die. The first from the 1879 and 1881 teams.
Beyond England
'A splendid back; strong kick; very fast and active; his unexpected demise, in June, was deeply regretted by all who knew him' - Charles Alcock. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.272.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
3 2 150 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 1 0 1 3 7 -4 0 0 1.5 3.5 50 =0
Both of his matches were friendly matches and played at a home venue

Match History
 Clubs: Oxford University A.F.C. & Old Brightonians A.F.C. - two full appearances (150 min) F.A. Committee - two full appearances (150 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 20
1 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW  match lasted sixty minutes fb

one of five who became the 57th (58) players to appear for England
the eighth player from Oxford University AFC to represent England
the first Old Brightonian to represent England

Age 21
11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW withdrew injured

Age 22 trial  
two appearances - The North vs. The South, 19 February 1881; Birmingham & District vs. England, 5 March 1881

2 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HL   fb