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Nevill Cobbold

Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians FC, also Corinthians FC

9 appearances, 6 goals (2 on debut)

P 9 W 5 D 2 L 2 F 31: A 9
67% successful

1883-88

Captain: none
minutes played:
810

Timeline

  William Nevill Cobbold MA
Birth Wednesday, 4 February 1863 in Long Melford, Suffolk [registered in Sudbury, March 1863].
Attended Charterhouse School
 

According to the 1871 census, William N. was the youngest of three children (the only son) to Edward A. and Matilda C., living at Cheriton Villa in Folkestone, with three servants. His father was a clergyman, assisting at The Trinity Church in Folkestone.

 

According to the 1881 census, William Nevill was a pupil at Charterhouse in Godalming.

Marriage
to Hester Marion Arbuthnot, Wednesday, 23 July 1890 at West Hoathly Parish Church [registered in East Grinstead, September 1890].
"23rd inst., at the Parish Church, West Hoathly, by the father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. W. R. Morgan, Vicar of West Hoathly, Mr. William Nevill Cobbold, of West Wratting Park, Cambridgeshire, son of the Rev. C. A. Cobbold of Drylid Park, to Hester Marion, third daughter of Mr. W. R. Arbuthnot, of Plawhatch, Sussex."-
Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday, 2 August 1890.
"MARRIAGE OF MISS HESTER ARBUTHNOT .—On Wednesday, amid general rejoicings, the marriage took place at the Parish Church of Miss Hester Marion Arubthnot, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Arubthnot, of Plawhatch, to Mr. William Nevill Cobbold of West Wratting Park, Cambridgeshire, and son of the Rev. C. A. Cobbold, of Dry Hill Park, Tonbridge. Brilliant weather favoured the ceremony, which was witnessed by a large party of guests, as well as by a great number of parishioners anxious to testify to the respect and esteem in which the bride and her family are held. Many persons also gathered in the village street and churchyard to obtain a sight of the party. At the entrance of the churchyard an arch of evergreens and flowers had been erected, and the pathway up the door was laid with green cloth. The interior of the church was tastefully decorated for the happy occasion. A little before one o'clock the bridegroom arrived, accompanied by his best man, Mr. Herbert Cobbold (his brother), and took his place in the chancel. He was shortly followed by the bride, leaning on her father's arm, and the service was at once proceeded with. The bride wore a dress of white Irish poplin trimmed with point de Gaze; tulle veil and wreath of orange blossoms; whilst her ornaments were pearl and diamond stars and crescent. She bore a superb bouquet of choice white flowers.
"The service was choral....After leaving the church the briadal party returned to Plawhatch, where Mrs. Arbuthnot held a reception and garden party. Early in the afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Cobbold left Forest Row, en route for a driving tour in Devonshire."
- Mid Sussex Times. Tuesday, 29 July 1890.

According to the 1891 census, Nevill is now married to Hester, and are the only two visitors at The Ship Inn in Doverhay, Porlock in Minehead. Nevill is a tutor.

BIRTHS — "COBBOLD.—June 11, at West Wratting Park, Cambs., the wife of W. N. Cobbold, of a son."- London Evening Standard, Wednesday, 14 June 1893.
DEATHS — "COBBOLD.—July 1, Clive Arbuthnot Nevill Cobbold, infant son of W. N. Cobbold, West Wratting Park, Cambs."
- London Evening Standard, Tuesday, 4 July 1893.
BIRTHS — "COBBOLD.—On the 31st. ult., at West Wratting Park, Cambs., the wife of W. N. Cobbold, of a daughter."- London Morning Post, Thursday, 3 January 1895.

According to the 1901 census, Wm N, still married, and still a Tutor, is visiting alone, the Escombes at 34 Kidbrooke Park Road in Woolwich, London.

"WOOLWICH, SANDHURST, and UNIVERSITIES.
WEST ERATTING PARK, CAMBS.
MR. W. N. COBBOLD, M.A.,
and
MR. W. L. B. HAYTER, M.A.,
and
FIVE RESIDENT TUTORS
——
14 SUCCESSES SANDHURST and WOOLWICH, 1905"
"-
London Daily Post, Tuesday 3 & Thursday 5 & 12 April 1893.
According to the 1911 census, William Nevill cannot be found. However, his wife was found in Abbey School in Marlow Hill, High Wycombe. She was only visiting though. It shows that she and her husband had had three children, one sadly died. One of them, Laura, was also on the Abbey School census return.
Death Saturday, 8 April 1922 at 1 Richmond Gardens in Bournemouth, aged 59 years 63 days [registered in Christchurch, Hampshire, June 1922]. Left property of the value of £3750.
Cambridge University Alumni

Admission as a pensioner at Jesus College: 1 October 1882
son of Edward Augustus [1844], clerk .
born Melford, Suffolk  4 February 1863
School: Charterhouse
Matriculated 1882, Rustat Scholar BA 1885, MA 1889.
Football (assoc.) blue' 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886.
Of West Wratting Park, Cambridgeshire.
Army and University Tutor; a very successful 'coach.' Married and had issue.
Died at
I, Richmond Gardens, Bournemouth 8 April 1922, aged 78.
(Charterhouse Sch. Reg. The Times, Apr. 11, 1922.)

Obituary

"W. N. COBBOLD DEAD
"The death is announced of W. N. Cobbold, one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game. Educated at Charterhouse and Cambridge, he played four times for the University against Oxford at Kennington Oval—1883 to 1886 inclusive—and was always on the winning side. He figured very prominently for the Old Carthusians and the Corinthians in the great days of those clubs, and altogether was capped nine times for England."
- The Daily Herald, Tuesday, 11 April 1922.
Probate "Famous Footballer's Estate.
"Mr William Nevill Cobbold, of West Wratting Park, Cambridge, who died at Bournemouth on April 8, left property of the value of £3750." - Aberdeen Press & Journal, Wednesday, 6 September 1922.
 [2019 equivalent £148,982]

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) He started playing for the local club in Long Melford, went on to play for and attend Charterhouse School, 1880-1882, and was Rustat Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge (BA 1885; MA 1889) gaining his first football Blue in 1883, playing for Cambridge against Oxford for the next three years and as Captain in 1885 and 1886.  Played as an Old Carthusian also, as well as guesting for the Corinthians team between 1885 and 1888. - Cobbold Family History Trust
Club honours None
Distinctions Also represented Cambridge University at tennis and cricket.  Played a single game for Kent CC in 1887.
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 103rd players (105) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside/outside-right;
First match No. 18, 24 February 1883, England 7 Ireland 0, a friendly match at the Liverpool Cricket Ground, Aigburth, Liverpool, aged 20 years 20 days;
Last match No. 31, 19 March 1887, Scotland 3 England 2, a British Championship match at Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Glasgow, aged 24 years 43 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85, 1885-86, 1886-87;
Team honours British Championship shared 1885-86;

Beyond England

A schoolteacher in later life, working principally as a 'crammer'.  that is, preparing boys for the British army. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.69.

 

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Comp.
Apps
Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Captain
12 9 7 810 6 135 min 3 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
9 5 2 2 31 9 +22 0 4 3.444 1.00 66.7 +3

Match Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 7 4 2 1 27 7 +20 0 4 3.857 1.00 71.4 +3
Away 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 50.0 =0

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 7 4 2 1 22 6 +16 0 3 3.143 0.857 71.4 +3
Friendly 2 1 0 1 9 3 +6 0 1 4.50 1.50 50.0 =0

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4 0 1 2.50 0.50 50.0 =0
BC 1885-86 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1886-87 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 0 2 4.33 1.00 66.7 +1
BC All 7 4 2 1 22 6 +16 0 3 3.143 0.857 71.4 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 7 4 2 1 22 6 +16 0 3 3.143 0.857 71.4 +3
7 4 2 1 22 6 +16 0 3 3.143 0.857 71.4 +3

Match History

 Club: Cambridge University F.C. & Old Carthusians F.C. - two full appearances

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - nine full appearances (810 min)x


Age 20
1 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW Start
17,19
ir
2 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr HL Start 44 il

 Club: Cambridge University F.C., Old Carthusians F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - four full appearances (360 min)  

Age 21
20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrawn
  

Age 22
3 23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Manchester BC HW Start il
24 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HD withdrawn
4 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HD Start il
   

Age 23
5 27 27 March 1886 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start il
6 28 29 March 1886 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start il

 Club: Old Carthusians F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)  

Age 24
7 29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW Start
25,47
il
8 30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HW Start 75 il
9 31 19 March 1887 - England 2 Scotland 3, Leamington Street, Blackburn BC HL Start il

 

F.A. International Selection Committee - no full appearancesx


Age 25
32 4 February 1888 - Wales 1 England 5, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Crewe BC AW withdrawn
    
34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW withdrawn
   

Notes

 

MY WIFE'S SPECTACLES by W.N. Cobbold.

Her specs are here, her specs are there,
Her spectacles are my despair,
Sometimes they're found upon the stairs,
At times in depths of cosy chairs.

I seek them here, I seek them there,
At times I feel inclined to swear,
These deemed elusive spectacles,
They're in some sofa's tentacles.

I search the grounds and grope the floors,
I hunt in vain without a pause,
But all she says is "Lend me thine,
They suit me just as well as mine
".

Cambridge University entry

Admission as a pensioner at Jesus College: 1 October 1882
son of Edward Augustus [1844], clerk .
born Melford, Suffolk  4 February 1863
School: Charterhouse
Matriculated 1882, Rustat Scholar BA 1885, MA 1889.
Football (assoc.) blue' 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886.
Of West Wratting Park, Cambridgeshire.
Army and University Tutor; a very successful 'coach.' Married and had issue.
Died at
I, Richmond Gardens, Bournemouth 8 April 1922, aged 78.
(Charterhouse Sch. Reg. The Times, Apr. 11, 1922.)

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