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Harry Cursham

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

8 appearances, 5 goals

P 8 W 5 D 0 L 3 F 42: A 16
63% successful

1879-84

Captain: none
minutes played:
720

Timeline

  Henry Alfred Cursham
Birth Sunday, 27 November 1859 in Wilford, Nottinghamshire [registered in Basford, March 1860].
Baptism 12 January 1860 at St. Wilfrid's Church, Wilford
 

According to the 1861 census, Henry was the ninth of ten children to William George and Harriette, living in Wilford, with four servants. His father is a solicitor.

 

According to the 1871 census, Henry A. was one of eight lodgers, seven of them Cursham's, living at Wilford Green in Wilford.

 

According to the 1881 census, Henry A. was one of seven children still living with their parents in Wilford, along with three servants. Father was the Colliery Owner as well as a solicitor. Henry is a law student.

Marriage to Francis Annie Elizabeth Rawson, on 20 January 1885 at St. Anthony's Church at Lenton Priory [registered in Nottingham, September 1885]. Wedding was postponed a year earlier, after his brother, Arthur had died.
"CURSHAMRAWSON.―Jan. 20, at Lenton, Notts. by the Rev. Frank Cursham, brother of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. George Browne, Rector of the parish, Henry Alfred Cursham, of Wilford, Notts, to Frances Anne Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Francis George RAwson, of Lenton Grove." - Friday, 23 January 1885, London Evening Standard
  "RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.―(From the London Gazette.)
―1st Nottinghamshire (Robin Hood.)―The undermentioned gentle[man] to be Lieutenant:―Henry Alfred Cursham." -
Saturday, 18 April 1885, Nottingham Evening Post
"RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.―(From the London Gazette.)
―1st Notts. (Robin Hoods.)―Lieutenant Henry Alfred Cursham resigns his commission." -
Wednesday, 14 October 1885, Nottingham Evening Post
 

According to the 1891 census, Henry A. is now married to Francis A.E., with three children, Francis Irene, Curzon and Francis George, with three servants. Henry is a District Manager of an Union Assurance Society. They live at Grove Avenue in St Mary, Nottingham.

 

According to the 1901 census, Henry and his wife, and one of his daughters now live at The Firs, Holme Pierrepont. Henry is an Insurance Broker.

 

According to the 1911 census, Henry Alfred, still married, and now with two of his children at The Firs. He is now an Insurance Agent at District level. They have three servants.
According to a 1914 Will & Testament of Reverend Francis Lambert Cursham, Henry's elder brother, Henry was the executor of his will, living at Holme Pierrepont, on 30 November 1914.

  According to the 1939 register, Henry Alfred is still married to Frances, he is a retired insurance broker and they are still living at The Firs with two servants. They are visited by their son Curzon, a solicitor, and his wife, Sheila.
Death Wednesday, 6 August 1941, at The Firs, Holme Lane in Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire, aged 81 years 252 days [registered in Bingham, September 1941].

Obituary

"PLAYED FOR NOTTS. COUNTY
"The death took place yesterday of Mr. Henry Alfred Cursham, a prominent sportsman and business man, at The Firs, Holme Pierrepont. He was 81.
"At one time he was a member of the Notts County Football Club and played in the team. He was capped on nine occasions, playing against Scotland, Ireland and Wales. He was also a cricket player, but devoted most of his time to football.
"Mr. Cursham, who was born at Wilford Grange in 1859 was educated at Repton. He etered the insurance business, and for over 50 years was district agent for the Union Assurance Society Ltd., retiring two years ago. He remained a director of the local board. Mr. and Mrs. Cursham celebrated their golden wedding in 1935."
 
- Thursday, 7 August 1941, The Nottingham Journal
Funeral Saturday, 9 August 1941, at Holme Pierrepont cemetery
"The funeral of of Mr. Henry Alfred Cursham, who died at his residence, The Firs, Holme Pierrepont, on Wednesday, takes place at noon to-morrow at Holme Pierrepont."
- Friday, 8 August 1941, The Nottingham Evening Post
"Funeral Of Mr. H. A. Cursham
"Im the 13th century church of Holme Pierrepont tribute was paid to the late Mr. Henry ALfred Cursham, of The Firs, Holme Pierrepont, before his burial there on Saturday. Many people representative of the business, social and sporting society with which Mr. Cursham was associated attended the funeral. Included among them were a number whose memory went back to the Eighties, when Mr. Cursham's participation in Notts. first-class cricket and football was active. The service was conducted by Archdeacon J. P. Hales, assisted by the Rector of Holme Pierrepont, Canon A. D. Allen."
- Monday, 11 August 1941, The Nottingham Journal

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended Repton School and played with Grantham FC in 1877 and Nottingham Thursday Wanderers FC; before he joined Notts County FC circa 1880, and played with the Corinthians FC team 1882-86. Cursham wrote a personal letter to the Notts County FC board stating his intention to retire in January 1889;
Club honours None
Individual honours Cursham is the current FA Cup highest goalscorer.  From 1877 to 1887, he scored 49 FA Cup goals. He got 48 in the Competition Proper and one in a Qualifying tie;
Distinctions Played first class cricket with Nottinghamshire, in 1880 and 1904;
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 75th players (78) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left/right, inside-right/left;
First match No. 11, 15 March 1880, Wales 2 England 3, a friendly match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 20 years 109 days;
Last match No. 20, 23 February 1884, Ireland 1 England 8, a British Championship match at The Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 24 years 88 days; two in the first half and 75th min.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84;
Team honours None
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (three, 1884)
Distinctions Younger brother of Arthur Cursham. Brother-in-law of Harold Morse.
The last member of the 1880 teams to die.

Beyond England

Original Committee member of the Corinthians FC in 1882. He was an insurance broker by profession.  Was a law student according to the 1881 census. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.83./FindMyPast.com



The Numbers
Parties Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Captain
11 8 1 720 5 144 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
8 5 0 3 42 16 +26 0 3 5.25 2.00 62.5 +2

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 2 0 1 14 3 +11 0 2 4.667 1.00 66.7 +1
Away 5 3 0 2 28 13 +15 0 1 5.60 2.60 60.0 +1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Friendly 7 4 0 3 34 15 +19 0 3 4.857 2.143 57.1 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Match History

 Club: Notts County F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - eight full appearances (720 min)x


Age 19
9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW reserve
   

Age 20
1 11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW Start ir
   

 Club: Notts County F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - seven full appearance (630 min)  

Age 22
2 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW Start nk ol
3 15 11 March 1882 - Scotland 5 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL Start or
4 16 13 March 1882 - Wales 5 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AL Start 48 ir

Age 23
5 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start il
6 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW Start or
7 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Bramall Lane, Sheffield Fr HL Start ol
8 20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start

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Age 25
21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0, Cathkin Park, Glasgow BC AL withdrew, following an accident
22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW
   

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