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Claud Wilson

Oxford University AFC & Old Brightonians FC

2 appearances, 0 goal

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 3: A 7
50% successful


Captain: none
minutes played:


  Claud William Wilson
Birth Thursday, 9 September 1858 in Banbury, Oxfordshire [registered as Claud in Banbury, September 1858].

Cannot be found on the 1861 census but we know he is son of Rev. William and Ann Wilson.

According to the 1871 census, Claude is the third of four children living with their widowed mother Ann at 19 Eaton Place in Brighton, where they also have two servants.

According to the 1881 census, Claud is a visitor to the Humphrey's household in Grove Road, Epsom. Claud is an undergraduate at Oxford College.

Death Wednesday, 29 June 1881 at More Place, Wonham Lane in Betchworth, near Reigate, aged 22 years 293 days [registered in Reigate, September 1881], died only 109 days after his latest England appearance.
"WILSON.―On the 29th June, at More Place, Betchworth, Surrey, Claude William Wilson, Esq., Commoner of Exeter College, Oxford, youngest son of the late Rev. William Wilson, of Over Worton, Oxon, aged 23." - Saturday, 9 July 1881, Oxford Journal/Berkshire Chronicle/Surrey Mirror.
Most history reports state he died on 7 July, but his death notice clearly states otherwise.
Two years later, the Corbett family, Claud's Uncle and Aunty, presented the St. Michael's Church with a stain-glassed window and other beautiful memorial reredos.


More Place in Betchworth, where Claud Wilson tragically died"SAD DEATH OF A CRICKETER.―We hear with much regret of the sad death of Mr. Claud William Wilson, 23 years of age, and formerly a member of the Oxford cricket eleven. It seems that the deceased last year had a sunstroke whilst in India, and recently had a similar attack. He was paying a visit to his uncle, Mr. Corbett, of More-place [left], and there died. He was attended by three surgeons, and the cause of his death was certified to be abscesses on the brain. The internment took place on Saturday in the presence of a very large crowd, including many cricketers from the district, and also from Oxford, the deceased being also buried in his cricketing dress. The Rev. Dr. Saunders officiated, and the surpliced choir sang two hymns and the 90th Psalm. The service was of a very impressive character."
Saturday, 9 July 1881, Surrey Mirror.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended and played for Brighton College, becoming captain in 1877.  Went on to attend and play for Oxford University, earning his Blue in 1879-80-81.  Played for Old Brightonians and also represented Sussex.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1879-80;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played first class cricket with Surrey in 1881.
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 57th players (58) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
First match No. 8, 18 January 1879, England 2 Wales 1, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 131 days.
Last match No. 13, 12 March 1881, England 1 Scotland 6, a friendly match at Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 184 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions His untimely death, aged just 22 years, makes him the youngest England player to die, overtaking AG Goodwyn by two years, and the third England player to die. The first from the 1879 and 1881 teams.

Beyond England

'A splendid back; strong kick; very fast and active; his unexpected demise, in June, was deeply regretted by all who knew him' - Charles Alcock. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.272.

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain
2 2 150 0 none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 1 0 1 3 7 -4 0 0 1.50 3.50 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly matches
2 1 0 1 3 7 -4 0 0 1.50 3.50 50.0 =0

Match History

 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. & Old Brightonians F.C. - two full apps (150 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full apps (150 min)x

Age 20
1 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start 60 fb

Age 22
2 13 12 March 1881 - England 1 Scotland 6, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start fb