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Reginald Birkett

Clapham Rovers FC

1 appearance, 4 goals against

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 4
100% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Reginald Halsey Birkett
Born 28 March 1849 in the City of London, London [registered in City of London, June 1849].

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, Reginald Halsey is the second youngest of four children to John and Lucy Matilda. They live with four servants at 6 Wellington Street in Southwark.  His father is a Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons.

According to the 1861 census, Reginald H. is a pupil at John Bentley's boarding school, Silver Street, in Calne, Wiltshire.

According to the 1871 census, Reginald H. was the eldest of the four children (Perceval, Evelyn and Louis are the others) now living with their parents in Green Street, Westminster, along with three servants. Reginald is a commercial clerk.

According to the 1881 census, Reginald H. is a hide brokers clerk, visiting the Crumden's (one of the daughters will be his wife in one to four months, so he is presumably engaged to her). They live at 5 Marlborough Place in Brighton. They have four servants.

According to the 1891 census, Reginald H. is a colonial broker, married to Lisette, with two children, Gerald H. and John G.G., along with two servants they live at 18 Park Road in Richmond, London.

When Birkett died in 1898, his entry in the death duty register stated he was living in Wimbledon.

According to the 1901 census, both John Guy Giborne and Gerald Halsey were pupils in Hailbury College in Ware. Their mother, Lisette, was living in Glendale Road in Burgess Hill, Cuckfield.  She is a widow with one servant.

Married to Lisette Crumden [registered in Cuckfield, Sussex, June 1881].
Died 30 June 1898, in Kingston, Middlesex, aged 49 years 94 days [registered in Kingston, September 1898].
Following "an inquest, it was stated that [Birkett] was delirious from diptheria, and while being helped into bed he suddenly leapt through the window, falling a distance of twenty feet and smashing his skull. He died in a few moments. A verdict was returned that he Committed suicide while delirious."
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Lancing College, playing football 1866-67, before joining Lancing Old Boys, then Clapham Rovers FC; also represented Surrey FC.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79; winners 1879-80;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 62nd players (62) to appear for England. Tenth goalkeeper to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Only match No. 9, 5 April 1879, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 30 years 8 days;
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Reginald Birkett was a member of the original RFU Committee when he was with Clapham Rovers, and was capped by England (four times) at both Rugby Union also.  His brother Louis played rugby for England with Reginald - against Scotland and Ireland. Reginald's son, John Guy Gisberne Birkett, played as England centre from 1902-07.  He was an England cap record holder, and served in World War One as a Captain in the R.F.A., where he was mentioned in dispatches and was also decorated with the Order of the Crown, 5th Class.

Beyond England

Birkett was a Hide & Skin Brokers Clerk in the City. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.34/FindMyPast.com


Reginald Birkett - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. GA GA Av.
Sht Av.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 90 4 23 min 0 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.


Reginald Birkett - 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 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1


Reginald Birkett - Match History
 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 30
1 9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start gk