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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


Captain: none
minutes played:


  Reginald Halsey Birkett
Birth Wednesday, 28 March 1849, at 2 Broad Street Buildings, in the City of London, London [registered in City of London, June 1849].
"On the 28th ult., at No, 2, Broad-street-buildings, City, the lady of John Birkett, Esq., of a son;" - Monday, 2 April 1849, London Morning Post

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.

Marriage to Lisette Crunden, on Wednesday, 15 June 1881 at St. John's Church, Lower Church Road, Burgess Hill [registered in Cuckfield, Sussex, June 1881].
"BIRKETT―CRUNDEN―At St. John's, Burgess Hill, Reginald H., Birkett, of Cambridge-villas, Park-road, Richmond, son of Mr. John Birkett, F.R.C.S., of Green-street, Grosvenor-square, to Lisette, daughter of Mr. Thomas Crunden, of Burgess Hill, Sussex, June 15." - Thursday, 16 June 1881, Pall Mall Gazette.

St John's Church in Burgess Hill, the scene of both Birkett's wedding and funeral service"MARRIAGE OF MISS CRUNDEN.
"On Wednesday last the marriage of Mr. Reginald Halsey Birkett (of London), with Miss Lizette Crunden, took place at the Church of St. John
[left]. The weather was all that could be wished for. The ceremony took place soon after eleven, and for an hour before that time could be seen hundreds of the inhabitants, dressed in holiday costume, on their way to the church; it was, to all intents in purposes, a general holiday, as the bride is very popular in the neighbourhood, and by the time of the arrival of the wedding party the church was literally crammed, there not being even standing room. The altar, altar rails, reading desk, choir pews, &c., had been most beautifully decorated with flowers by ladies of the district. The bride leaning on the arm of her father, looked beautiful, and was most magnificently attired in a white satin and broche dress, orange blossoms, and Honiton lace veil. The bridesmaids were eight in number...The officiating clergymen were the Rev. F. Arnold (curate-in-charge), Rev. Theodore H. Janson (curate of St. Clement's, Bournemouth,) cousin of the bridegroom, who performed the marriage ceremony, and Dr. Savage. The service was fully choral...On emerging from the sacred edifice, the happy couple were received with a perfect shower of flowers, rice, &c. An adjournment was then made to the residence of the father of the bride, Oak Hall, where about 50 sat down to breakfast. The newly-married couple shortly after left, amid a shower of old slippers, &c;, for Henfield, and from thence to the Garden of England, viz., the Isle of Wight, to spend the honeymoon." - 18 June 1881, The Horsham Advertiser

  "BIRTH.―On December 27, at Richmond, Surrey, the wife of Reginald Halsey Birkett, of a son;" - Thursday, 1 January 1885, The Sportsman.

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.

Death Thursday, 30 June 1898, in Grangeside, Wimbledon, aged 49 years 94 days [registered in Kingston, September 1898].


"We record in our obituary column, with the deepest regret, the death of a gentleman well known in Burgess Hill as a periodical visitor, and more especially as a son-in-law of Mrs. Crunden, of Oak Hall, to whom, and to whose family, we are sure, the widest sympathy will be extended. We refer to Mr. Reginald Halsey Birkett, of Grangeside, Wimbledon, formerly noted in the football world, who died on Thursday under exceptionally distressing circumstances. Deceased had been suffering from diptheria, and had rambled in his mind. Towards the close of Wednesday he got more restless, and talked a good deal. Later he got out of bed, and pulled the window curtains to one side. His nurse told him to go back to bed, and having exclaimed 'Oh, this is the wrong entrance,' he did so. Subsequently he again got out, but the nurse induced him to take his dressing-gown off, and got him towards the bed. Just then he wrenched himself from her, put his hands together as if to dive, and jumped through the curtains and the thick plate-glass of the window, falling adistance of 18ft. or 20 ft. onto the area outside. Mr. Birkett was picked up unconcious, in a pool of blood, and expired in a few hours from a fractured skull. Deceased, who was of a most genial disposition, leaves a widow and two sons." -
Tuesday, 5 July 1898, The Mid-Sussex Times

Funeral Thursday, 7 July 1898, at St. John's Church, Burgess Hill
"The funeral is to take place on Thursday at St. John's Church, Burgess Hill, wherein deceased's marriage came off about seventeen years agos." - Tuesday, 5 July 1898, The Mid-Sussex Times

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.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Lancing College, playing football 1866-67, before joining Lancing Old Boys, then Clapham Rovers FC, where he became the captain for many seasons; also represented Surrey FC.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1878-79; winners 1879-80;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


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;
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

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes GA GA Av.
Sht Av.
1 1 90 4 23 min none none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 1 0 0 5 4 +1 0 0 5.00 4.00 100.0 +1

Match History
 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

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