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George Brann

Swifts FC & Corinthians FC

3 appearances, 1 goal

P 3 W 2 D 1 L 0 F 8: A 3
83% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  George Brann
Birth St. George's Day, Sunday, 23 April 1865 in Eastbourne, Sussex.
  no registration found
Baptism Sunday, 10 September 1865 in Aldingbourne, Sussex.

According to the 1871 census, George is boarding with the Bray's at The Green, Ringmer in Lewes. His father is also called George, according to his marriage registration. His mother is Mary.


This George Brann cannot be found on the 1881 census.


According to the 1891 census, George is a visitor to Bridge Cottage on Walton Lane in Shepperton. There is no householder on this night, but there are two servants. George is an insurance agent. According to his marriage registration, George was living at 14 Temperley Road in Streatham, in 1892, and his job listed as a solicitor.

Marriage to Florence Elizabeth Ellwood, Tuesday, 18 October 1892 at Balham Hill Ascension, Streatham.
  registered in Wandsworth October-December 1892.
"18th inst., at the Church of the Ascension, Balham, by the Rev. H. Curtis (Vicar), George Brann to Florence Elizabeth. eldest daughter of Mrs. Ellwood, of Fair Oak, Nightingale-lane, Balham". - The Mid-Sussex Times, Tuesday, 25 October 1892

"MARRIAGE OF MR. GEORGE BRANN.—Past and present students of Ardingley College and the cricketing world of Sussex will be interested to hear of the marriage of Mr. George Brann, the well-known amateur Sussex cricketer and former Ardingly master, which took place last Tuesday at the Ascension Church, Balham. Mr. Brann's bride was Miss F. E. Ellwood, daughter of Mrs. Ellwood, of Fair Oak, Nightingale-lane, Balham. Among the numerous congregation who witnessed the ceremony were many well-known cricketers, including Mr. W. W. Read, Mr. W. E. Bainbridge, and Mr. E. C. Bainbridge. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. G. Ellwood, was accompanied by five bridesmaids, and the bridegroom was attended by Mr. L. C. Docker in the capacity of 'best man.' The service which was fully choral, was performed by the Rev. H. Curtis (Vicar). Upon the return of the guests to Fair Oak Mrs. Ellwood welcomed them at a reception, when the wedding presents were inspected. These included a handsome chiming clock presented to the bridegroom by the members of the Sussex County Cricket Club and a silver-mounted walking stick from the professional members of the eleven'". - The Mid-Sussex Times, Tuesday, 25 October 1892

Children George and Florence Brann had one child together. George Ronald (b&d. late 1893)

According to the 1901 census, George is now married to Florence, and they are currently residing her her widowed mother, Mary Ellwood, at 15 Nightingale Lane in Streatham. George is living 'within his own means'.


According to the 1911 census, George is Secretary to the Golf Club, still married, and are living at 42 Ewell Road in Surbiton.


According to the 1921 census, George is still Secretary to the Golf Club, and is a visitor at The Royal Hotel at 86 Beach Street in Deal.
(Florence Brann died on 23 December 1927)

  According to Passenger Lists, George returned to Southampton from Cape Town on  April 1929 on the 'Armadale Castle'. He also returned to Avonmouth from Kingston, Jamaica, 16 March 1930, on board the 'Cavina' and he then left Liverpool on 15 August 1930 bound for Montreal on board the 'Duchess of York.' He arrived back in Liverpool on 24 September on the same ship. George then returned to Quebec on 25 August 1934 from Southampton on board the 'Empress of Britain', returning on the 'Empress of Australia' on 30 September.
He then left Southampton for Cape Town on 6 December 1935 on the 'Balmoral Castle.' His return to Southampton was on the 'Kenilworth Castle' on 9 March 1936.
According to the 1939 register, George is a widowed and retired Golf Club Secretary. He lives with a housekeeper and servant at 42 Ewell Road in Surbiton.
Death Monday, 14 June 1954 at Ivyholme, 42 Ewell Road, Surbiton Hill, Surrey
aged 89 years 52 days  registered in Surrey N. April-June 1954.


"BRANN, MR. GEORGE, who died at his home at Surbiton, Surrey, on June 14, aged 89, was a famous Sussex batsman at the turn of the century. A product of Ardingly College, where he spent ten years, he first appeared for Sussex in 1883 and played his last match for the county in 1905, but his career really began in 1885 and ended in 1904. Originally a very free batsman and powerful hitter, he forsook his dashing methods during his last few years of county cricket, but although becoming a far more watchful type of batsman he continued to make many runs. Born on April 23, 1865, he scored altogether 11,150 runs, average 25, and he scored twenty-five centuries for Sussex. He owed much to the coaching of Alfred Shaw and William Mycroft. Standing nearly six feet, Brann was a capital fieldsman and once at Ardingly threw a ball over 115 yards.
"His biggest score was 219 against Hampshire at Brighton. In 1899 he and C. B. Fry opened the two Sussex innings against Middlesex at Lord's with partnerships of 135 and 148. In 1892 he enjoyed what was then the rare distinction of scoring two centuries in a match--105 and 101 against Kent at Brighton. Only Dr. W. G. Grace (three times) and W. Lambert, of Sussex, had to that point in cricket history achieved the feat. Brann went to Australia in 1887-88 as a member of Shaw and Shrewsbury's Team, visited South Africa under W. W. Read in 1891-92 and America in 1899 when K. S. Ranjitsinhji was captain.
"Brann was also a fine Association football forward. Fast and heavy, he did great work for that celebrated Slough club, the Swifts, and for the Corinthians and played for England against Scotland and Wales in 1886 and against Wales in 1891. After retiring from cricket he achieved some fame at golf." - Wisden Obituary

Probate "BRANN George of Ivyholme Ewell-road Surbiton Hill Surrey died 14 June 1954 Probate London 14 October to Barclays Banks Limited and sir George James Cullum Welch knoght O.B.E. MC. solicitor.
Effects £21170 14s. 6d." [2019 equivalent: £583,995].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Started his playing career with Ardingley College in West Sussex.  Brann went onto play for Swifts FC, which then merged with other teams from Slough in 1890 to form Slough Town FC.
Corinthians 1885-93, 32 appearances, eight goals
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first-class cricket with Sussex CCC 1883-1905;
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number Became the 133rd player to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left/right;
First match No. 27, 27 March 1886, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Crosshill, Glasgow, aged 20 years 338 days.
Last match No. 41, 7 March 1891, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Football Ground, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, aged 25 years 318 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1885-86, 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship shared 1885-86, winners 1890-91;
Individual honours The South (three appearances, 2ᵍ 1886-91)
The Gentlemen (one appearance, March 1890, withdrew in January 1890)
The Blues (one appearance, March 1890)
The Whites (withdrew in March 1891)

Beyond England

Following his retirement from cricket in particular, Brann became a good golfer and was secretary to the Home Park Golf Club in Surbiton for twenty years. He also taught at Ardingly College. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.44.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
3 3 3 270 1 270 min 1 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 0 0 2.667 1 83.3 +2
All of his matches were played in the British Championship competition

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1885-86 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 0 0 2.667 1.00 83.3 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 0 0 2.667 1.00 83.3 +2
3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 0 0 2.667 1 83.3 +2

Match History

 Club: Swifts F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - three full appearance (270 min) 1ᵍ F.A. Committee - two full appearances (180 min) 1ᵍx

Age 20 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;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

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

the 133rd player to appear for England
the ninth player from Swifts FC to represent England
one of four who became the 23rd Corinthian to represent England

2 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW 80 corner ir

  F.A. International Selection Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, January 1889;
Age 24    
one appearance - The White vs. The Blues, March 1890;
Age 25    
one appearance - The North vs. The South, January 1891;

3 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1
Newcastle Road Football Ground, Sunderland
BC HW   or

withdrew - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 24 March 1891;