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Arthur Topham

Casuals FC & Corinthians FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 5: A 1
100% successful

1894

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

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Full name Arthur George Topham BA
Born 19 February 1869 at Elson, Ellesmere, Shropshire [registered in Ellesmere, March 1869].
Attended Oswestry School

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Arthur is the youngest of six children, and the youngest of two sons, the other being Robert, to Robert and Anne. His father is a farmer of 15 acres, employing four men and a boy. Along with five servants, they live at 9 Tumpley Toll Gate in Elson, Ellesmere.

According to the 1881 census, both Robert and Arthur are two of four boarding as pupils with the Humphrey's family at Lower Brook Street in Oswestry.

According to the 1891 census, Arthur George is a tutor living at The Royal Marine Hotel in Royal Parade, Eastbourne.

According to the 1901 census, Arthur G. is an assistant schoolmaster. He is living at 5 Dalton Terrace in Eastbourne.

Cannot be found on the 1911 census.
According to 1917 newspaper announcements, Arthur was living at St Botolphs, The Goffs in Eastbourne

Died 18 May 1931 at Ashburnum Road, Eastbourne, aged 62 years 88 days [registered in Eastbourne, June 1931]. Left £4,938 8s. 6d. in his will.
Buried at Ocklynge Cemetery, Eastbourne
"Sacred to the memory of ARTHUR GEORGE TOPHAM, born Feb 19th 1869, died May 16th 1931."
Death notes "The death occurred suddenly at Eastbourne of Mr. Arthur George Topham, the international and Corinthian footballer. Mr. Topham, who was aged [62], was a private tutor. After giving a pupil some work to do he went into the garden, mowed a lawn, returned, and after saying to the pupil, "How are you getting on?" collapsed." - Hartlepool Northern Mail, 19 May 1931.
Given that his obituary appeared in the newspaper on the 19 May, we assume that his inscription on his gravestone is an error. But until we see his death certificate, it can only be an assumption.
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Attended Keble College at Oxford University, earning his Blue in 1890. After leaving, he played for the Casuals FC, Eastbourne FC, Chiswick Park FC and guested for the Corinthians club between 1893 and 1897.
Club honours FA Amateur Cup runners-up 1893-94;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 214th players (215) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
Only match No. 51, 12 March 1894, Wales 1 England 5, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 25 years 23 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1893-94;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Younger brother of Robert Topham

Beyond England

He was a schoolmaster, first as co-proprietor of a school in Eastbourne and then, from 1912, at Ascham St. Vincent's School, another Eastbourne academy.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.248.

 

Arthur Topham - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 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.

 

Arthur Topham - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Arthur Topham - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1893-94 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 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 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Arthur Topham - Match History
 Club: Casuals F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 22
- u/o 19 December 1891 - England 6 Canadian-Americans 1, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Start ch
Age 25
1 51 12 March 1894 - Wales 1 England 5, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start lh

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