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Charles Wilson

Hendon FC & Corinthians FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 4: A 1
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Charles Plumpton Wilson
Birth Thursday, 12 May 1859 in Roydon, Norfolk
  registered in Freebridge Lynn April-June 1859
Baptism 12 June 1859 in Roydon Parish Church

According to the 1861 census, the only son to Plumpton Stravenson and Elizabeth (née Walker). His father is the curate of Ringstead. They live in Hunstanton Road in Ringstead, with two servants.


According to the 1871 census, Charles is now the oldest of six children, including Kenneth, to their parents. They have two servants and they live at Pinchbeck Vicarage in Spalding, where his father is the Vicar.


According to the 1881 census, Charles P. is a Cambridge Graduate lodging at home in Barnet Lane, Edgware.

Marriage to Elizabeth Sills Smith, on 4 April 1888 in Horbling
  registered in Bourne April-June 1888
"WILSON―SMITH.―April 4, at Horbling, Lincolnshire, by the Rev. W. H. Bather, of Elstree School, assisted by the Rev. Plumpton S. WIlson (father of the bridegroom), and the Rev. J.D. Todd, rector of Annsby, Charles Plumpton Wilson, Assistant Master of Elstree School, to Elizabeth Sills (Lily), daughter of Henry Smith, Esq., J.P., of Horbling." - Friday, 6 April 1888, Stamford Mercury/London Evening Standard.
"On Wednesday afternoon last, the usually quiet village of Horbling was en fête, the occasion being the marriage of Mr. Charles Plumpton Wilson, eldest son of the Rev. P. S. Wilson, Vicar of the parish, and Miss Elizabeth Sills Smith, fifth daughter of captain Smith, of Horbling. The day was beautifully fine, and large numbers of the inhabitants and people from the surrounding villages assembled in the vicinity of the Church quite early in the afternoon, and awaited eagerly the hour fixed for the ceremony. As the carriages drove up and deposited their charge at the Church gates, it was a pretty sight to watch the several ladies and gentlemen walk up into the seats appointed for them. At length, the bridegroom arrived, attended by his best man, F. W. Leaf, Esq., and after a short interval the bride herself appeared, led to the altar by her father. She was most becomingly and handsomely attired. The dress was of rich ivory striped moirĂ© silk, with panels of plain satin, Honiton lace veil, and wreath of orange blossoms, and she carried an exquisitely arranged bouquet of flowers. It is many years since the Church was the scene of so pretty a wedding. There was a very large number of people present; many rushed into the Church after the bridal procession had entered. The marriage ceremony was rendered by the Rev P. S. Wilson, assisted by the Rev. J. D. Todd and Rev. W. H. Buther. During the service, the choir sang 'How Welcome Was The Call', and at the conclusion of the ceremony, as the wedding party, preceded by the newly-married pair, left the Church, Mr. A. W. Wilson rendered in first-class style Mendelsohn's 'Wedding March.' Subsequently, a reception took place at captain Smith's residence. Throughout the remainder of the day, the public were reminded of the event by merry peals from the Church bells. The happy pair left Billingborough station by the 4.28 train for London, en route for the Isle of Wight, where they intend to spend their honeymoon."
- Friday, 6 April 1888, Stamford Mercury/Saturday, 7 April 1888, Grantham Journal
Children Charles and Lily Wilson had two children together. Alan Plumpton (b.19 January 1889) and Joyce (b.12 March 1890)

According to the 1891 census, Charles is married and lives with his parents and five younger siblings, including Geoffrey, at Horbling Vicarage in Bourne, along with two servants. He is an Assistant Master at Elstree. His wife, Elizabeth, is at home in Elstree with their two children, Alan and Joyce.


According to the 1901 census, Charles is still married and with them is just the one daughter. He is a Schoolmaster, heading the Private School at Sandroyd in Cobham, Epsom.

According to the 1911 census, Charles remains married and with them are their two children. He is still a schoolmaster in charge of the Sandroyd Preparatory school in Cobham.
(His father died on 19 January 1912)


(Elizabeth Wilson died on 1 November 1918)
According to the 1921 census, Charles is now a widow. He is now also a retired schoolmaster. With two servants, he lives at Eckling Grange in East Dereham.
(His mother died in early 1924)

Death Wednesday, 9 March 1938 at Eckling Grange, East Dereham, Norfolk.
aged 78 years 301 days registered in Mitford January-March 1938


"The death has occurred at Dereham, Norfolk, of Mr. Charles Plumpton Wilson, who provided the rare case of a man appearing for England both at Rugby and Association football. Born on May 12, 1859, he was 78 years of age. He graduated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was in the Rugby XV in 1877, 1878, 1879 and 1880, being 'capped' for England as a forward against Wales in 1881. After leaving Cambridge, he took up Association football, and played for Casuals, Corinthians, Hendon, and for England, at right half-back, against Wales and Scotland in 1884. He also represented Cambridge University at cricket, being in the XI against Oxford in 1880 and 1881, and took part in the 25 miles bicycle race against the Dark Blues in 1878. Mr. Wilson was headmaster of Sandroyd School, Cobham, Surrey, from 1898 to 1920, and Mr. Anthony Eden, the former Foreign Secretary, was among his pupils."
- Friday, 11 March 1938, The Scotsman
"The death occurred in Norfolk on Thursday of Mr. Charles Plumpton Wilson, M.A., eldest son of the Rev P. S. Wilson, a former Vicar of Horbling, who, had he lived until next May, would have been 79. A cricketer of repute, he frequently played for Lincolnshire in the early days of the county club. He married a daughter of the late captain Henry Smith, D.L., J.P., of Horbling, but had been a widower for many years. He leaves one son, who is a master at Repton School, and one daughter."
- Saturday, 12 March 1938, Grantham Journal
Probate "WILSON Charles Plumpton of Eckling Grange East Dereham Norfolk died 9 March 1938 Probate Norwich 2 May to Alan Plumpton Wilson schoolmaster and Frank Clyde Smith rubber planter.
Effects £20253 10s. 6d." [2019 equivalent: £1,373,467].
Cambridge University Alumni
WILSON Charles Plumpton
Admission at TRINITY: 11 October 1877

S. of the Rev. Plumpton Stravenson (Exeter College, Oxford, 1849)
V. of Horbling, Lincs. B. 12 May 1859 at Roydon, Norfolk.
School: Uppingham and Marlborough College
Matriculated Michs. 1877. B.A. 1881; M.A. 1887;
Football (rugby.) 'blue' 1887-80. Captain, 1880;

Cricket 'blue' 1880, 1881; played for Norfolk, 1881-5.
Played for England at 'rugby' football 1881, and association ,1884.
Assistant Master at Elstree School 1881-98;
Joint Head Master at Sandroyds School, Cobham, 1898-1920.

Married, 4 April 1888, Elizabeth Silk, dau. of H. Smith, Esq, of Horbling, Lincs.
Died, 9 Mar 1938 at Eckling Grange, Derehem, Norfolk.
Brother of Kenneth P. (1880)
(Marlborough Coll.. Reg.; Schoolmasters' Directories; The Times, Mar. 11 & 19, 1938.)


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Educated at Uppingham School and Marlborough College. He then attended Cambridge University, but did not gain a Blue. Played his football with Hendon FC, as well as Casuals FC
Corinthians 1883
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Assisted Norfolk Cricket Club 1881-85;
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 111th players (111) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
First match No. 21, 15 March 1884, Scotland 1 England 0, a British Championship match at Cathkin Park, Cathcart Road, Glasgow, aged 24 years 308 days.
Last match No. 22, 17 March 1884, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 24 years 310 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1883-84;
Individual honours The South (one appearance, January 1884)
Distinctions One of only three men capped for England at Football and Rugby, John Sutcliffe and Reg Birkett, the others;
Brother of
Geoff Wilson and Kenneth Wilson.
Died just three days after Jackie Mordue and four days after
Robert Ogilvie,

Beyond England

A schoolmaster by profession, a master at Elstree School between 1881 and 1898. He was joint-headmaster of Sandroyd School in Cobham, Surrey, from 1898 to 1920. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.271/2.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
2 2 2 180 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2 0.5 50 =0
Both of his matches were played in the British Championship competition and at an away venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1883-84 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2.00 0.50 50.0 =0
2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 1 1 2 0.5 50 =0

Match History

 Clubs: Hendon F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) F.A. Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 24 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, January 1884.

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

1 21 15 March 1884 - Scotland 1 England 0
Cathkin Park, Glasgow
BC AL   hb

one of three who became the 111th (111) players to appear for England
the only player from Hendon FC to represent England
one of two who became the ninth Corinthian to represent England

2 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC AW   hb

his younger brother Geoff also played for England in 1900 - the twelfth set of brothers to do so