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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
1875-77

full appearances: two
minutes as captain:
90

Timeline

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

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 [left],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.

Marriage to Alice Maud Fife, on 15 July 1891 at St. Thomas' Church, Goring-in-Thames.
"Miss Alice Maud Fife, third daughter of Lietenant-General Fife. R. E., and Mr. William Stepney Rawson, third son of Sir Rawson Rawson, K.C.M.G. C.B."
- Thursday, 4 June 1891, Bath Chroncile & Weekley Gazette
"On July 15, at St. Thomas's Church, Goring-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.
"
- 25 July 1891, South Africa Magazine by Ellen Stanton
 

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.

"STREATLEY LADY ROBBED―SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST A BIRKENHEAD MAN.
"At the Reading County Bench, on Saturday, before Captain Cobham (in the chair), Gen. Waddington, Col. Walter Thornton and Col. Broadbent, C.B., Herbert William Jones, of 20, Stanley-street, Birkenhead, was charged on remand with stealing a gold watch and chain and a gold locket, value 14 [2018 equivalent = 1585], the property of Mrs. Stepney Rawson, of Little Orchard, Streatley, at that place, on April 1st.
"P.S. Sparkes, stationed at Pangbourne, stated that he received information of the theft on April 3rd, and continued inquiries until August 1st, when he saw the prisoner at Goring and asked him to account for a watch he had in possession in April. Prisoner asked if it would be all right if he paid the money, and when witness replied that he thought not he said he was at Mrs. Rawson's with two or three servants, and when they were busy he went into her bedroom and took the watch, etc. Witness found pawn tickets on the prisoner showing that he had pawned the watch at Birkenhead and the locket at Reading.
"Mrs. Rawson, who is the wife of William Stepney Rawson, identified the watch and locket as her property. She missed her watch from a table at her bedside on the night of April 1st, but she was not aware that the locket had been stolen from a drawer in the dressing table, where she had placed it some weeks previous to April 1st, until P.S. Sparkes showed it to her. She had seen the prisoner once in her kitchen, and understood him to be courting the cook.
"Henry Winter, a pawnbroker's assistant at Birkenhead, stated that the watch was pawned by the prisoner for 1 5s. on the 5th April, and William Burfitt, assistant to William Rose, pawnbroker, of Reading, gave evidence of advancing 15s. on the locket in April.
"A further remand for a week was granted the police, who were making further investigations into the matter.
"

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Thursday, 11 April 1910, Reading Observer
 

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.

Death Friday, 4 November 1932, in Whitchurch, Oxfordshire, aged 78 years 21 days [registered in Henley, December 1932].

Source

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

Playing 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.
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 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. Captain
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



The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave
minute
Captain
2 2 180 0 none once
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 3 5 -2 0 0 1.50 2.50 25.0 -1

Match Record

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0 0 1.50 2.50 25.0 -1

Match History
 
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C., Wanderers F.C., Old Westminsters A.F.C. - two full appearances (180 min), one captaincy  
 

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min), one captaincyx

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
  

Notes

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