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Robert Topham

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC & Casuals FC & Corinthians FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 11: A 2
100% successful

1893-94

disciplined: none
captain:
none
minutes played:
180

Timeline

  Robert Topham
appears to be also known by the name Dick
Birth Sunday, 3 November 1867 at Elson, Ellesmere, Shropshire [registered in Ellesmere, December 1867].
Attended Oswestry School and Oxford University.
Baptised Sunday, 1 December 1867 at Ellesmere
 

According to the 1871 census, Robert is the fifth of six children, and the oldest of two sons, the other being Arthur, 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, Robert is an assistant master living at the Grammar School in Brewood, Cannock.

 

According to the 1901 census, Robert is now an assistant schoolmaster living at Belvedere School in Hove.

 

According to the 1911 census, Rob is now a farmer visiting his elder widowed sister, Marion Owen and her family at Plas-yn-grove in Eastwick, Ellesmere.

Marriage to Mabel Young (b.12 October 1866) [registered in Kingston, December 1917].
  According to the 1939 register, Robert is retired and married to Mabel, living by private means and at his sister's home at Playsn Grove on Horse Shoe Lane, in Eastwick area of Ellesmere.
Death Friday, 31 August 1951 at Whitegates Convalescent Home, Alpha Road in Birchington, Kent, aged 83 years 301 days [registered in Thanet, September 1951].
Probate "TOPHAM Robert of The Chateu Gallwey-avenue Birchington Kent died 31 August 1951 at Whitegates Convalescent Home Alpha-road Birchington Probate (save and except settled land) Gloucester 29 January to Robert Charles Dorsett Owen retired captain H.M. army.
Effects £6316 8s. 2d. [2019 equivalent: £199,884]. Further grant (limited to settled land) 20 May 1952"
  "TOPHAM Robert of The Chateu Gallwey-avenue Birchington Kent died 31 August 1951 at Whitegates Convalescent Home Alpha-road Birchington Probate (limited to settled land) Gloucester 20 May to George Okell solicitor.
Effects £2500 [2019 equivalent: £79,118]. Former grant (save and except settled land) D.R. Gloucester 29 January 1952."
Oxford University Alumni Topham, Robert, born at Ellesmere, Salop, 1867; IS. Robert, gen,
       KEBLE, matric. 19 Oct., 86, aged 18 (from Oswestry gr. school); brother of Arthur G.

Source

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

Playing Career

Club(s) Although he was a pupil at Oxford University, he did not earn his Blue. Instead, he started out with his local club, Oswestry FC before "going to reside at Brewood" joining Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in 1891. He was also playing for Casuals FC (losing 13-1 at Aston Villa FC in the FA Cup first round, 17 January 1891) and Chiswick Park FC.
"R.Topham...has promised to assist his old comrades in their League matches against Aston Villa and Sunderland, at Wolverhampton, on December 26th and 27th, and also, if possible, in the English Cup ties." - Scottish Referee, 9 December 1895
Corinthians 1894-98.
League History
23 appearances, 14 goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1891-95 23 appearances, fourteen goals
debut: 14 March 1891 Aston Villa FC 6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.
last: 27 December 1895 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 Sunderland AFC 3.
Club honours Welsh FA Cup runners-up 1884-85;
Football League fourth place 1890-91 (one app, two goals);
FA Cup winners 1892-93 (6, 3 gls), runners-up 1896-96 (0);
FA Amateur Cup runners-up 1893-94;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 11", 14st 0lbs [1893]

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 199th players (203) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 47, 25 February 1893, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Wellington Road Football Ground, Perry Barr, Handsworth, aged 25 years 114 days.
Last match No. 51, 12 March 1894, Wales 1 England 5, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 26 years 129 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1892-93, 1893-94;
Team honours British Championship winners 1892-93;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Robert was picked to play for Wales against Scotland in 1885, but he did not accept.
Older brother of Arthur Topham.

Beyond England

A master at Brighton College 1892-1905, after which he became a hop grower in Kent. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.248.


The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes Goals captain
2 2 2 180 0 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1892-93 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1893-94 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Match History

 

F.A. International Select Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

 Clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. & Casuals F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  
Age 25
1 47 25 February 1893 - England 6 Ireland 1, Wellington Road Ground, Handsworth BC HW Start or
 

 Clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., Casuals F.C.& Corinthians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 26
2 51 12 March 1894 - Wales 1 England 5, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start or
 

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