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Walpole Vidal
Old Westminsters FC, Oxford University FC

1 appearance, 0 goals
100% successful
1870-73
disciplined: none
captaincies: none
minutes played: 90


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"Prince of Dribblers"

Walpole Vidal Profile

Full name Reverend Robert Walpole Sealy Vidal
Popular name Walpole Vidal
Born  3 September 1853 in Cornborough, nr Bideford, Devon.
Died 5 November 1914, as R.W. Sealy, aged 61, in Bideford, Devon.
Height/Weight -

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 F.C. team and the Old Westminsters FC. The following year, 1874, Vidal moved to Oxford University.
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.

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 12th players to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-Back;
First & last match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, friendly match at 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.  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 (1971). Hatton Press, p.255.

 

Walpole Vidal - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. Goals Goals Avg Capt. Disc.
1 1 90 0 0.000 0 None

 

Walpole Vidal - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 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 Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
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
Club: Westminsters School F.C. - 0 full caps
Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full cap
- u/o 19-Feb-1870 England 1 Scotland 1 The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HD Start n/a
- u/o 19-Nov-1870 England 1 Scotland 0 The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Start n/a
Club: Old Westminsters F.C. - 0 full caps
- u/o 18-Nov-1871 England 2 Scotland 1 The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Start n/a
- u/o 24-Feb-1872 England 1 Scotland 0 The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Start n/a
Club: Wanderers F.C. - 0 full caps
- u/o 25-Feb-1871 England 1 Scotland 1 The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HD Start n/a
Club: Oxford University F.C. - 1 full cap
1 2 08-Mar-1873 England 4 Scotland 2 The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Start n/a

Notes

[Biographical sketch to come]

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