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Walpole Vidal

Wanderers FC, Old Westminsters FC, Oxford University AFC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 2
100% successful

1870-73

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Reverend Robert Walpole Sealy Vidal
Changed his name by deedpoll on 11 May 1892 to Robert Walpole Sealy.
Born 3 September 1853 in Cornborough House, Abbotsham, nr Bideford, Devon [no registration found].

Census Notes

According to the 1861 census, seven year old Walpole Sealy is the sixth of eleven children to Edward and Emma. His father is a magistrate and a barrister, living at Cornborough House at Abbotsham. There are seven servants/

The 1871/81 census' cannot be found

According to the 1891 census, Robert W.S. Vidal is living at The Vicarage, in Abbotsham, as the Vicar. He is married to Gertrude and they have four children, Walpole, Alice, Edward and Gertrude. They have three servants.

The 1891/1901 census' cannot be found

According to the 1911 census, Robert Walpole Sealy is still living at The Vicarage, in Abbotsham, as the Vicar. Still married to Gertrude and they have two children living with them, Alice and Violet. They still have three servants.
Married to Gertrude Molesworth [registered in Bideford, September 1885]. Gertrude is a British Subject born in Banglahore.
Died 5 November 1914 at The Vicarage, Abbotsham, aged 61 years 63 days [registered as Robert Sealy. in Bideford, December 1914].
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Vidal attended school at Westminster, London and university at Christ Church, Oxford before becoming a reverend. He was a member of the Wanderers FC team and the Old Westminsters FC. The following year, 1874, Vidal moved to Oxford University AFC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1871-72 [probably the only schoolboy ever to win the FA Cup], 1873-74; runners-up 1872-73;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Vidal also has the very peculiar honour of being the only person to score a hat-trick without anybody else touching the ball! Such were the rules of the day, that the team who had scored got to restart the match. Vidal scored his first, took the ball out of the net, put it down on the centre spot, ran the length of the field and scored again (his second), took the ball out of the net, ran back and repeated the feat (his third). The changing of the rules in 1877 prevented further scenes like this to happen. The "king of dribblers" showed why he was so called with this amazing feat.

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 12th players (15) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-Back
Only match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 19 years 186 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Became for a short while, England's youngest ever international at 19 years 186 days. A record held between 1873 and 1877.
Older brother of William Vidal and George Vidal.

Beyond England

Served on the FA Committee 1872 and 1874. Ordained in 1877 and Vicar of Abbotsham, Devon, 1881 to his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.255.

 

Walpole Vidal - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Capt. Disc.
1 1 90 0 0 min 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.

 

Walpole Vidal - 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 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1

 

Walpole Vidal - Match History
 

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

 Club: Wanderers F.C. & Westminsters School F.C. - 0 full caps  
Age 16
- 1 5 March 1870 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington Fr HD Start n/a
Age 17
- 2 19 November 1870 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Start n/a
 Club: Wanderers F.C. & Old Westminsters A.F.C. - 0 full caps  
- 3 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington Fr HD Start n/a
Age 18
- 4 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Start n/a
- 5 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Start for
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 19
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Start hb

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