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'He whom the gods favour dies young'

 

Cuthbert Ottaway

Oxford University AFC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 1 F 5: A 4
25% successful
1872-74

Captain:
two
minutes played:
180

photo credit: University College, Oxford

Timeline

  Cuthbert John Ottaway
Birth Friday, 19 July 1850 at 5 Hammond Place, Dover, Kent [registered in Dover, September 1850].
"At Dover, on the 19th inst., the wife of J.C. Ottawat, Esq., surgeon of Dover, of a son." - Tuesday, 23 July 1850, South Eastern Gazette
Baptism 14 August 1850 at St James' Church, Dover.

 

 

According to the 1851 census, the nine month old Cuthbert is the only child to James Cuthbert and Jane (née Bridge (m.21 June 1849 at St. James'), living at 5 Hammond Place in Dover. They have five servants. His father is a surgeon.

According to the 1861 census, they now all live at 7 Camden Crescent in Dover. His father now a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and had been mayor of Dover in 1859-60. Now with four servants.

According to the 1871 census, the entire family have moved into the Bridge residence. Head of the house, John Bridge, is Jane Ottaway's brother. Alongside the three Bridge's, and three Ottaway's, their are six servants, living at 57 Inverness Terrace in Marylebone.

Marriage to Marion Stinson, on 29 August 1877 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Ontario.
"OTTAWAY―STINSON―At Hamilton, Canada, Mr. Cuthbert J. Ottaway, of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law, to Marion E., daughter of the late Mr. John Stinson, of Hamilton, Aug, 29." - Friday, 14 September 1877, Pall Mall Gazette.
They had one daughter, Lillian, who was born after his death in September 1878.
Remarried in June 1884 in Ontario.
Death

Tuesday, 2 April 1878, at 34 Westbourne Place, Pimilico, London, aged 28 years 257 days. [registered in St George Hanover Square, June 1878].
"OTTAWAY―April 2, at Westbourne Place, London, Cuthbert John Ottaway, Esq., Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, in the 28th year of his age." - Friday, 5 April 1878, Belfast News-letter.
Died as a result of complications "from a chill," according to some accounts, "caught in the course of a night's dancing." Ottaway's family sources more plausibly attribute to "tubercular trouble". He is buried in Paddington Old Cemetery.
A special ceremony and a new gravestone was erected (left) on 13 August 2013.

According to the 1881 census, Marion was now living at 57 Inverness Terrace, with their daughter, Lillian, and three servants.  She subsequently left England and returned to Canada. Cuthbert's parents, James and Jane, were living  at 3 Queens Gate, Portsea.

Obituary

Cuthbert Ottaway's gravestone in Paddinton Old Cemetery"DEATH OF MR. C. J. OTTAWAY.
"The columns of Thurday's Daily News contained an announcement which could not have been received with other than feelings of regret by those who take the slightest interest in cricket and cricketers. We refer to the death of Mr Cuthbert John Ottaway, whose name was associated with nearly every department of athletic sports. It was at cricket, however, that he was most famous, and his performances in the four Inter-University contests, and the other first-class matches in which his name so often figured, will be recollected for years and years to come. As a steady, defensive player he had not many superiors. Only a few months since he was married to a Canadian lady in Canada."
- Saturday, 6 April 1878, Bell's Life in London.
"Athletics and University men will regret to hear of the death of Mr. Cuthbert J. Ottaway, the famous cricketer, at the age of 27. He was the son of J. C. Ottaway, Esq., who some years ago was for a considerable period the leader of the Conservative party at Dover. Mr. Ottaway was seized about ten days ago with a severe attack of congestion of the lungs, from which it was hoped he was recovering, but typhoid fever supervened, and he expired on Tuesday last. He was educated at Eton, and passed a successful University career at Oxford. In all the manly sports and pastimes that mark the young English gentleman of the age, he not only delighted but generally excelled. He was alike at home in his college class-room, the racquet court, or the cricket field. Two years ago he was called to the bar, and then joined the South-Eastern Circuit." - - Monday, 8 April 1878, The Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegram.

Funeral He is buried in Paddington Old Cemetery.
A special ceremony and a new gravestone was erected (left) on 13 August 2013.
 

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Michael Southwick's England's First Captain [2009] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Ottaway enrolled Eton College in September 1863 and Oxford (Brasenose) University in September 1869 at a time when the new Association code was gaining considerable popularity.  He starred in their first ever game, 10 February 1872, and even scored in their first match against Radley College. He appeared in the inaugural FA Cup competition (1871-72) for two teams, Marlow FC and Crystal Palace (amateur) FC and he began the 1872-73/1873-74 season splaying for Oxford University AFC in the FA Cup.  From 1874, he represented Old Etonians FC, where he remained until his retirement in 1876, when he was called to the bar.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1872-73, 1874-75; winners 1873-74;
Individual honours Played cricket for Kent CCC and Middlesex CCC, as well as Oxford University, MCC, South of England, Gentlemen of the South, Gentlemen of England and Gentlemen.
Height/Weight 6' 0", 12st. 6lbs [nk].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Michael Southwick's England's First Captain [2009]

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (9) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 134 days. Captain.
Last match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 23 years 231 days. Captain.
Distinctions Served on the FA Committee 1872-73. He became the second England player to die, four years after AG Goodwyn.

Beyond England

He left Oxford with a First who became the a barrister and called to the Bar in 1876.  He practiced until his untimely death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.189.



The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave. min. Captain
3 2 180 0 none Two
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 1 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1

Match Record
Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away venues
Friendly matches
2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 1 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1

Match History
 
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 22
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD Captain for
2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW withdrawn captain

Age 23
2 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL Captain for
  

Notes

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