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Vivian Gibbins

Clapton FC & West Ham United FC

2 appearances, 3 goals (two on his debut)

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 3
100% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name William Vivian Talbot Gibbins
Born 10 August 1901 in Forest Gate, Essex [registered in West Ham, September 1901]. Birthdate confirmed by his death registration and the 1939 register.
Birth notes Because Gibbins cannot be found in 1911 census, then his parents cannot be found either, but given that he was born four months after the 1901 census was completed, we can say thatTheir youngest in April 1901 was a seven-month old Arthur William Gibbins.

Census Notes

Cannot be found on the 1911 census, however, the only Gibbins that were in Forest Gate in April 1901 were a Charles H. and an Emily, who had already had four children. They live at the Boot Shop, 56 Stacey Road in West Ham.

According to the 1939 register, William V.T., a schoolmaster, is married to Frances M.J., an evacuation helper, and living at The Bungalow, on Playford Road in Deben.
Married to Frances Mabel J. Ashworth on 26 May 1928 at St. Peter's Church, Brighton [registered in Brighton, Sussex, June 1928].
Died 21 November 1979 in Herne Bay, Kent, aged 78 years 103 days [registered in Canterbury, Kent, December 1979].
Height/Weight 6' 0", 11st. 10lbs [1925].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Was playing as an amateur for Clapton FC from 1919. Also playing with West Ham United FC from 12 December 1923 on a gentleman's agreement. On 2 January 1932, Gibbins intimated his intentions to leave West Ham, he having been signed until the season's ending. In response, Syd King, the Hammers' manager, attempted to sign him as a professional, Gibbins refused, and so was finally released on 11 February 1932. Signing for Brentford AFC on the same day. Before the end of the season, on 7 June, Bristol Rovers FC signed him. On 29 September 1933, Southampton FC signed him. Played for Leyton FC in 1933-34. Subsequently assisted Catford Wanderers FC and finished playing in 1939 when his school was evacuated.
Club honours FA Amateur Cup winners 1923-24, 1924-25, runners-up 1933-34;
Individual honours FA Charity Shield runners-up with Amateurs 1924;
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 474th players (477) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 141, 17 May 1924, France 1 England 3, an end-of-season friendly match at Stade Pershing, Bois de Vincennes, Paris, aged 22 years 281 days.
Last match No. 146, 21 May 1925, France 2 England 3, an end-of-season friendly match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, off injured (35), aged 23 years 284 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England amateur (twelve appearances)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A schoolmaster in East London from 1922-67, including being the headmaster of Harold Road School in West Ham. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.107./Graham Budd Auctions


Vivian Gibbins - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
2 2 0 125 3 42 min 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.


Vivian Gibbins - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 100.0 +2


Vivian Gibbins - Match History
 Club: Clapton F.C. & West Ham United F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 22
1 141 17 May 1924 - France 1 England 3, Stade Pershing, Paris Fr AW Start 25, 40 cf
Age 23
2 146 21 May 1925 - France 2 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris Fr AW Start 23
off 35