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"Very fast, he had splendid command over the ball, middled with great accuracy and judgment and was, to crown it all, a remarkable good shot at goal."
 
Charlie Bambridge Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

18 appearances, 12 goals
two goals on debut

P 18 W 9 D 3 L 6 F 67: A 34
*(actual F 64: A 29)

58% successful

1879-87

captain: two (one goal)
minutes played:
1533

Timeline

  Edward Charles Bambridge
Birth Friday, 30 July 1858 in Windsor, Berkshire
registered in Windsor July-September 1858
  According to the 1861 census, two year-old Edward Chas. is living with his parents, William and Sophia (née Thorrington), and four older siblings, at 3 Sheet Street, New Windsor. His father is a photographer.
  According to the 1871 census, twelve year-old Edward Charles, is living at Kings Road, Adelaide Place in New Windsor with his parents and brother, Arthur.
(His mother died in 1876 in Windsor, and then his father died on 1 May 1879 in Wandworth)
  According to the 1881 census, all the brothers (George, Ernest, Edward and Arthur) are living together at 22 Spencer Road in Battersea, London. Edward C. is an Insurance Clerk for Lloyds. They have two servants.
  "Artillery.
"1st London (the City of London)―The undermentioned Lieutenants resign their commissions: ...Edward Charles Bambridge―, August 16, 1884;"
- Volunteer Service Gazette & Military Dispatch, Saturday, 23 August 1884.
Marriage to Kathleen Sylvia Bailey, on 26 April 1890, at Streatham Common Immanuel, Lambeth
registered in Wandsworth April-June 1890
Children Charlie and Kathleen had four children together. Rupert Charles (b.4 June 1891 d.23 May 1918 in Rouen), Godfrey Charles (b.24 September 1893), Frederick Oliver Charles (b.4 January 1895 d.13 July 1918 in the Somme) and Kathleen (b.30 March 1900)
  According to the 1891 census, Edward C., an underwriter, is now married to Kathleen S.. They have two servants, and they are living at Boveney, Thornlaw Road in Lambeth.
  "BAMBRIDGE.―On the 24th inst., at Boveney, West Norwood, Surrey, the wife of Edward Charles Bambridge, of a son." - The Sussex Agricultural Express/South London Press, Saturday, 30 September 1893.
  "BAMBRIDGE.―November 22, at Boveney, West Norwood, London, the wife of Edward Charles Bambridge, of a son." - Irish News and Belfast Morning News, Tuesday, 27 November 1894.
  "BAMBRIDGE.―On the 30th March, the wife of Edward Charles Bambridge, Cecil Lodge, Limpsfield, of a daughter." - The Sussex Agricultural Express, Friday, 6 April 1900.
  According to the 1901 census, Edward is still married and an underwriter at Lloyds, living with four children, Rupert, Godfrey, Oliver and Kathleen, along with four servants at 9 Cecil Lodge, Gresham Road, Limpsfield in Surrey
  According to the 1911 census, Edward Charles, still an underwrite, his wife, and their four children, but now only two servants, are all living at 121 North Side, in Clapham Common, Battersea.
The Kelly's Directory of 1918 stated that Bambridge is living at 22 Merton Hall Road in Wimbledon. The London Electoral Rolls from 1919 to 1921 also stated that Bambridge is living at the same address.
  Ernest Bambridge died on 16 October 1917 in Southend-on-Sea
  According to the 1921 census, Edward Charles, an insurance broker, and his wife, and two of their children, are now living at 22 Merton Hall in Wimbledon.
  Arthur Bambridge died on 27 November 1923 in Leigh-on-Sea
Death Friday, 8 November 1935, in London
aged 77 years 101 days registered in Surrey NE October-December 1935

Obituary

"DEATH OF E. C. BAMBRIDGE
"The death occurred in London yesterday of Mr. E. C. Bambridge, one of the original members of the Corinthian Football Club. His passing at 77 years removes a very prominent personality from the world of association football. The most accomplished outside-left of his time, E. C. Bambridge played every year for England against Scotland from 1879 to 1887 except in 1883 and was capped four times against Ireland and six times against Wales during that period.
 "Playing first for Swifts he helped to found and became a life member of the Corinthians, while for several years until quite recently he acted as hon. secretary of the club.
"A BAMBRIDGE STORY
"A good story is told of Mr. Bambridge. He once had a leg broken, and it was not thought that he could possibly be fit in time for the local Cup final. Just before the time for the kick-off, Bambridge, to everyone's surprise, drove up in a dog cart ready changed for the match, wearing one large shin guard outside his stocking. Towards the end of a great struggle, Bambridge finished one of his characteristic runs by shooting the winning goal. His colleagues, looking at the shin guard, which showed signs of many kicks, asked how his broken leg stood the strain.
"'Bam,' in his dry manner, replied, 'Quite well; I wore the guard on the sound one.'
"At Lloyd's during all his manhood he was one of the most familiar figures in insurance business."
- Sheffield Independent, Saturday, 9 November 1935.
Funeral Tuesday, 12 November 1935 at Putney Vale Cemetery, London
"FUNERAL OF E.C. BAMBRIDGE.
"Many Corinthian footballers attended the funeral of E. C. Bambridge at Putney Vale Cemetery, London, to-day. Among them were A. M. Walters, R. T. Squire and George Brann, who all played with E. C. Bambridge for England 50 years ago. A. G. Doggart, G. N. Foster, F. H. Ewer and P. A. Sergeant. There also were present H. J. Huband, treasurer, and S. F. Rous, secretary of the Football Association. Wreaths were sent by the Football Association, Corinthian Club, Queen's Park, The Casuals, West Ham United, Arthur Dunn Cup Committee, Crystal Palace trustees and G. O. Smith. The Archdeacon of Kingston conducted the service." - The Yorkshire Evening Post, Tuesday, 12 November 1935/Gloucestershire Echo/Birmingham Daily Gazette, Wednesday, 13 November 1935.
  Kathleen Bambridge died on 4 December 1940 in Surrey
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) He was educated at St Mark's School in Windsor and then Malvern College and began his football career there. From there he went onto play for numerous clubs including Swifts FC, Windsor Home Park FC, Streatham FC, Upton Park FC, Clapham Rovers FC.
Corinthians 1885-89, 27 appearances, seven goals.
Club honours None
Individual honours Surrey FA, Berkshire FA and London FA.
Distinctions The first attempt to form a league in southern England to rival the Football League came from a proposal by Charlie Bambridge in 1890. His idea failed to generate a positive response due to the powerful Old Boys' network of clubs from the public schools - then dominant in the south.
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].
England Career
Player number One of eight who became the 62nd players (69) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left/Inside-right, half-back;
First match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 249 days. .
Last match No. 31, 19 March 1887, England 2 Scotland 3, a British Championship match at Leamington Street, Wagtail, Blackburn, aged 28 years 232 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84, 1884-85, 1885-86, 1886-87;
Team honours British Championship winners 1885-86;

Individual honours
The Probables (one appearance, 1878);
The South (six appearances, one goal, March 1880-January 1887 (postponed appearance January 1879, withdrew twice January 1883 & January 1888));
The Whites (one appearance, February 1879);
The Stripes
(one appearance, February 1879);
The Gentlemen (two appearances, Mach & December 1886 (withdrew January 1886));

England's Top Goalscorer (two 1878-79, one 1880-81, & three 1884-85), joint topscorer (two 1883-84 with Harry Cursham).
Second player after Kenyon-Slaney to score two goals on their debut (youngest).
England's Record Top Scorer
1880-91, briefly shared with Howard Vaughton in 1882. Fred Dewhurst 1889-91, overtaken by Tinsley Lindley.
Distinctions Arthur Bambridge was the younger brother of Charlie Bambridge and Ernest Bambridge. One of the elder brothers, George, was the Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh.
most appearanced Englishman at the Swifts.
Bambridge died four days after
Harold Morse, nine days after Lindsay Bury.
Beyond England
Earned his living as a Lloyd's underwriter, but Lloyd's went broke in 1909; Member of the FA Committee 1883-86 and an original member of the Corinthians committee in 1882. Becoming the Corinthians honorary secretary 1923-32. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.21/22.


The Numbers

parties Apps comp.apps withdrew minutes Goals ave.min comp.goals captain
17 18 11 one 1533 12 128 min 5 two
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
18 9 3 6 67 34 +33 1 6 3.722 1.889 58.3 +3

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 9 5 2 2 30 15 +15 0 4 3.333 1.667 66.7 +3
Away 9 4 1 4 37 19 +18 1 2 4.111 2.111 50.0 =0

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4
Friendly 7 3 0 4 32 25 +7 0 2 4.571 3.571 42.9 -1

Captain Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 0 1 7.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 13 0 +13 0 1 13.0 0.00 100.0 +1
2 2 0 0 20 0 +20 0 2 10 0 100 +2

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 3 2 0 1 12 2 +10 1 1 4.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1884-85 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 0 1 2.00 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1885-86 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1886-87 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 0 2 4.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC All 11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4
11 6 3 2 35 9 +26 1 4 3.182 0.818 68.2 +4

Match History
 
 Club: Swifts F.C. - thirteen full appearances (1068 min) 1ᶜ 11ᵍ F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 18 full appearances (1533 min) 2ᶜ 11ᵍx

Age 19 trial  
one appearance - The Probables vs. The Improbables, 20 February 1878.
Age 20    
postponed - The North vs. The South, 4/25 January 1879
two appearances - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 19 February 1879; The Whites vs. The Stripes, 26 February 1879.

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

pp 1 March 1879 - England vs. Scotland, Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr postponed - frost il
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW 48
83
il

one of eight who became the 62nd (69) players to appear for England
the fifth player from Swifts FC to represent England
Charlie is the youngest player, so far, to score on his debut
also the youngest player, so far, to score two goals in one match - second to do so
his two goals in 1879 makes him top goalscorer for the seasonand year
followed his brother Ernest in playing for England - the fifth set of brothers to do so

Age 21 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 6 March 1880

2 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Fr AL MOST GOALS il
42
88/89

first player to score four goals for England

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

Age 22 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 19 February 1881

his brother Arthur played for England in February 1881 - becoming the only set of three brothers

3 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HL 64 il

first player to score five goals for England
his solitary goal in 1881 makes him top goalscorer for the seasonand year - first to achieve it twice
his brother Ernest is the umpire for this match

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 28 January 1882

4 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13
Knock Ground, Belfast
Fr AW nk ᶜor

first player to score six goals for England
the twelfth player to captain England

5 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Fr AL   il
6 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
AL (0-0) 3 hb

Age 24 trial  
withdrew - The North vs. The South, 15 January 1883

7 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW 42/43 ol
    

first player to score seven goals for England
his brother Arthur also played in this match - the fourth set to do so in the same match

Age 25 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 26 January 1884

8 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8
Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast
BC AW nk
(0-6) 75
il

first player to score eight, nine and ten goals for England
his brother Arthur also played in this match - the second set to do so in the same match twice

9 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0
Cathkin Park, Glasgow
BC AL   il
10 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW   ol

his 3 goals in 1884 makes him joint-top scorer for the seasonand year - first to do so three times

Age 26
11 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0
Manchester Football Ground, Manchester
BC HW 44 ol

first player to score eleven goals for England
also competitive top scorer with four goals

12 24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1
Leamington Street, Blackburn
BC HD   ol
13 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
BC HD 57 ol
    

first player to score twelve goals for England - also competitive top scorer with five goals
his two goals in 1885 makes him top scorer for the seasonand year - first to achieve it four times

 Clubs: Swifts F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - five full appearances (450 min) 1ᶜ  

Age 27 trial  
withdrew - The Players vs. The Gentlemen, 16 January 1886
two appearances - The South vs. The North, 30 January 1886;
The Gentlemen vs. The Players, 20 March 1886.

if not for the 1885-86 FA Cup semi-final, featuring The Swifts, Bambridge would have played for England and broken Billy Mosforth's record to make eight consecutive appearances, which would have extended to eleven by the end of the following season.

14 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   ol

one of four who became the 23rd Corinthian to represent England

15 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW   ol

Age 28 trial  
two appearances - The Players vs. The Gentlemen, 18 December 1886; The North vs. The South, 22 January 1887.

16 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0
Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield
BC HW   ͨ ol
17 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
BC HW   ol
18 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3
Leamington Street, Blackburn
BC HL   ol
    

Age 29 trial  
withdrew - The South vs. The North, 14 January 1888.

will be England's record goalscorer until 1891

  

 
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