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Robert Barker

Hertfordshire Rangers FC & Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals, 0 goals against
one clean sheet

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


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Robert Barker
Born 19 June 1847 in Wouldham, Kent [registered in Malling, September 1847].
Despite Alcock's Annuals, and newspaper reports calling this one RC Barker... there is no other male in the Hertfordshire area in 1871, of playable age.

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, Robert was the middle child of five, to parents Alleyne Higgs and Marianne (née Burminister). His father was the Rector of Wouldham, so they all lived at The Rectory in Wouldham. They had five servants.

According to the 1861 census, Robert's family were now in Watford, his father now the Vicar of Rickmansworth.  All living in Church Street, Rickmansworth. Robert was not with them in the census.

According to the 1871 census, Robert was now living with the rest of his family in Church Street, Rickmansworth.  His occupation is stated as a Civil Engineer.

According to the 1881 census, Robert was still in Church Street, and still a Civil Engineer.  His mother had died in the previous ten years.

According to the 1891 census, Robert, still a Civil Engineer, was living with two of his older sisters, Fanny and Augusta, at Brierly Close, in Croxley Green, Rickmansworth.

According to the 1901 census, Robert was boarding with the Quick's at 100 Warwick Street, in St George Hanover Square, London.
According to the 1911 census, Robert was still boarding at 100 Warwick Street, although he was here on his own.... Still a Civil Engineer for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway.
Died 11 November 1915, at Briery Close, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, aged 68 years 149 days [registered in Watford, December 1915]. Left 19,011 8s. 8d.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) After leaving school he joined Hertfordshire Rangers to concentrate on "soccer". He represented both Middlesex and Kent during his career, as well as making occasional appearances for Westminster School and Wanderers.
Club honours None
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 (one) to appear for England. Generally regarded as the first player to play for England, as his is the first name on the teamsheet. First goalkeeper to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper/Forward; described by Douglas Lamming as a utility player.
Only match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 25 years 164 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours Barker was one of the umpire's in the third unofficial international match between England and Scotland in February 1871.
Distinctions "Barker was chosen (to play in goal) because he was the biggest and slowest player in the England team and because his rugby experience and handling of the ball would come in useful"

Beyond England

A civil engineer by profession (MICE 1889), he was at different times Chief Assistant Engineer to the London, Chatham & Dover Railway and the South Eastern Railway. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.24.


Robert Barker - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Goals
GA Av.
Sht Av.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 (c.45 min as gk) 90 (c.45 as gk) 0 0 min 0 0 min 1 100% 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.


Robert Barker - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


Robert Barker - Match History
 Club: Herts Rangers F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 25
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Start g/fb