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Charles Wollaston

Oxford University AFC, Wanderers FC, Lancing Old Boys FC & Clapham Rovers FC

4 appearances, 1 goal

P 4 W 0 D 1 L 3 F 8: A 12
13% successful


captain: one
minutes played:


Pic courtesy of SFA museum Charles Henry Reynolds Wollaston
Birth Tuesday, 31 July 1849 in The Rectory, Vicarage Lane, Felpham, Sussex
  registered as a male in West Hampnett July-September 1849
"On the 31st ult., at Felpham Rectory, Sussex, the wife of the Rev. Charles B. Wollaston, of a son." - The London Morning Post, Friday, 3 August 1849.
Baptism Tuesday, 5 September 1849 at Parish Church, Vicarage Lane, Felpham
Education Temple House in Brighton and Trinity College at Oxford University
  According to the 1851 census, Charles is the youngest of two children to Charles Buchanan and Eleanor (née Reynolds). His father is the Vicar of Felpham and along with four servants, they live at Felpham Rectory.
  According to the 1861 census, Charles is a scholar at Temple House (Grammar School) in Brighton.
  According to the 1871 census, C.H.R. is a visiting Law Student to Hayes Common. Headed up by the Morris family.
  According to the 1881 census, Charles H.R. is a Solicitor lodging at 14 Coleshill Street in Westminster, with the Wheatley's.
(His father died on 11 August 1887 in Reading).
  According to the 1891 census, Charles H.R. is a visitor at the home of Francis H. Birley, who is now a practising barrister. They live at Claridges House in Haxted, in Dormans Lands in East Grinstead.
(His mother died on 10 December 1891)
  According to the 1901 census, Charles H.R., a bank director, is head of his household at 13 St. George's Road in Belgrave, along with two servants.
  Cannot be found on the 1911 census.
  According to the 1921 census, Charles H.R. is now a retired bank director, is head of his household at 146 Belgrave Road in Belgrave, along with one servant.
Death Tuesday, 22 June 1926 at 46 Belgrave Road [left below], Pimlico, London
aged 76 years 326 days registered in St. George Hanover Square April-June 1926


"At Golder's Green Crematorium, London, last week-end, there took place the funeral of Mr. Charles Henry Reynolds Wollaston, a member of the family of that name who has owned and occupied Shenton Hall, near Nuneaton, since 1625. Born in 1850, Mr. Wollaston was the eldest son of the late Prebendary Charles Buchanan Wollaston, Canon of Chichester and Vicar of Amport; and he resided at 46, Belgrave Road, London, where his death occurred suddenly, He left instructions that there were to be no flowers and no mourning.
"Mr. Wollaston was descended from illustrious ancestors. Thomas Wollaston, of Peron (Staffordshire) was a person of rank and influence in the reign of Henry VII., and had a grant from the Crown of the office of keeper of the outwoods of Lyndridge. Sir John Wollaston was Lord Mayor of London, and William Wollaston, of Shenton, held the position of High Sheriff of Leicestershire in 1629. Another William Wollaston was an eminent writer of ethics and theology, and the author of 'The Religion of Nature'."
The Coventry Herald, Saturday, 3 July 1926.
Funeral Saturday, 3 July 1926 at Golder's Green Crematorium, London
Probate "WOLLASTON Charles Henry Reynolds of 46 Belgrave-road Victoria Middlesex died 22 June 1926 Probate London 28 July to Ella Wollaston Greeve and Clare Wollaston Bartholomew spinsters.
Effects £22946 18s. 2d." [2019 equivalent: £1,413,102]
"Mr. Charles Henry Reynolds Wollaston, of Belgrave-road, Victoria, S.W., who died on 22 June, aged 76, left £100 each to 'his faithful guides in Switzerland for some 25 years, Joseph Biner and Augustin Gentinetta, both of Zermatt.' His estate is valued at £23,000." - Wednesday, 4 August 1926, Birmingham Daily Gazette.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Wollaston attended Lancing College, and Trinity College, Oxford University.  Also played for Lancing Old Boys AFC and Clapham Rovers FC before joining Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1871-72, 1872-73, 1875-76, 1876-77, 1877-78;
In all he won five winner's medals, the first player to achieve this feat.
Individual honours Middlesex FA
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 21st players (24) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 24 years 219 days.
Last match No. 10, 13 March 1880, Scotland 5 England 4, a friendly match at Hampden Park, Hampden Terrace, Glasgow, aged 30 years 226 days.c
Individual honours England's joint-Top Goalscorer (one 1875);
The South (one appearance, March 1880).
Distinctions Referee for Match No. 9, England 5 Scotland 4, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London.

Beyond England

A solicitor by profession, admitted 1875.  He was in the employ of the National Provincial & Union Bank of England 1878-98, first as assistant secretary and then as secretary. Becoming one of its directors afterwards. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.274.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals ave.minutes captain
4 4 360 1 360 min one
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
4 0 1 3 8 12 -4 0 0 2 4 12.5 -3
All of his matches were friendly matches

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0 0 1.50 2.50 25.0 -1
Away 2 0 0 2 5 7 -2 0 0 2.50 3.50 00.0 -2

Captain Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away 1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0 0 4.00 5.00 00.0 -1
1 0 0 1 4 5 -1 0 0 4 5 0 -1

Match History
 Club: Oxford University A.F.C. - no full appearances F.A. Committee - four full appearances (360 min) 1ᶜ 1ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 22
5 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for

 Clubs: Wanderers F.C., Lancing Old Boys A.F.C. & Clapham Rovers F.C. - four full appearances (360 min) 1ᶜ 1ᵍ  

Age 24
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AL   for

one of seven who became the 21st (24) players to appear for England
one of four players (eight) from Wanderers FC to become the seventh to represent England
the first player from Lancing Old Boys AFC to represent England
one of two players (two) from Clapham Rovers FC to become the first to represent England

Age 25
2 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (home ground)
Fr HD 24 kick for

his goal in his second match makes him the =most experienced player to score for England so far
England's third top goalscorer for the season and calendar year (with Charlie Alcock)

Age 27
3 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington (home ground)
Fr HL   for

Age 29
9 5 April 1879 - England 5 Scotland 4, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr replacement  referee

Age 30 trial  
one appearance - The Southc  vs. The North, 6 March 1880

4 10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Fr AL won toss ͨ for

the second player to make four England appearances
the last Wanderers FC to represent England
the eighth player to captain England

  International Selection Committeex

Age 33
17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr umpire

Age 35
23 28 February 1885 - England 4 Ireland 0, Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range BC umpire