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William Rawson

Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC & Old Westminsters FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 3: A 5
25% successful

disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name William Stepney Rawson
Born 14 October 1854 as a British Subject, born in Cape (of Good Hope) Town, Kaapkolonie.

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, William S. was a scholar at St Peter College in Westminster.

According to the 1881 census, William S. is now an Oxford schoolmaster, he is lodging with the Morgan's, in Bridge Street, Brecknock St David, in Wales.

An 1889 report by the British Association for the Advancement of Science: Rawson, Sir Rawson W. - and Rawson, W. Stepney, both of 68 Cornwall-gardens, Queen's-gate, London.

According to the 1891 census, there is no William, but his family, including father and mother, William and Sophia, are at 68 Cornwall Gardens in Kensington. His marriage certificate, which will be written in three months after the 1891 census, states he lives at this address.

According to the 1901 census, William S. is married to Alice M. They have two servants and live at 21 Grey Coat Gardens, in St George Hanover Square.  He is an electrical engineer.

According to the 1911 census, William Stepney, still married, is now a Managing Director of his company. Two servants, living at Little Orchard, Streatley in Berkshire.  He signed his name as W. Stepney Rawson.

Married "On July 15 [1891], at St. Thomas's Church Gorin-on Thames, by the Rev. F. Howlett, Vicar of East Tisted, Hampshire, uncle of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. H. C. Littlewood, Vicar of the parish, William Stepney Rawson, M.A., third son of Sir Rawson W. Rawson, K.C.M.G., C.B., of Cornwall-gardens, Queen's Gate, to Alice Maud, third daughter of Lieut.-General Fife, R.E., and J.P." - South Africa Magazine by Ellen Stanton, July 25th, 1891, BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS
Died 4 November 1932, in Whitchurch, Oxfordshire, aged 78 years 21 days [registered in Henley, December 1932].
Height/Weight not known.


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

Club Career

Club(s) Rawson attended Westminster School, representing the school at football in 1872 and 1873, becoming captain in his final year.  He then went up to Oxford University, winning a "blue" in four consecutive years, from 1874 to 1877; also appeared for Old Westminster's and Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1873-74, runners-up 1876-77;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Refereed the 1876 FA Cup Final between the Wanderers and Old Etonians.


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 28th players (30) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
First match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 143 days.
Last match No. 6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 140 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Brother of Herbert

Beyond England

He served on the FA committee from 1876 to 1877 and again in 1879. According to his census records, he became an Electrical Engineer, following his retirement from the game. He married author Alice Maud Fife in 1891, who would write under the pseudonym Maud Stepney Rawson. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.203./FindMyPast.com


William Rawson - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave
Captain Discipline
2 2 180 0 0 min One 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.


William Rawson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0 0 1.50 2.50 25.0 -1
All 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0 0 1.50 2.50 25.0 -1


William Rawson - Match History

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 2 full capsx

 Club: Oxford University A.F.C., Wanderers F.C., Old Westminsters A.F.C. - 2 full caps  
Age 20
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start fb
Age 22
2 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Captain fb