Clapham Rovers F.C.
Clapham Rovers was from its foundation in 1869 a leading English sports organisation in the two dominant codes of football, association football and rugby union. It was a prominent club in the late 19th century but is now defunct, the club played variously on Clapham Common, Tooting Bec Common and Wandsworth Common and wore a cerise and French-grey kit. The club was formed on 10 August 1869 by a meeting arranged by W. E. Rawlinson, at this very first meeting it was agreed to play under both codes, with Association rules to be played one week, and Rugby the other. This peculiar feature in the constitution of the club obtained for the club the sobriquet of the Hybrid Club, the first match was played on 25 September 1869, against the Wanderers, at that time arguably the strongest Association club. Despite the prowess of their opponents The Rovers won by one goal to nil, at the close of the 1870 season only two matches had been lost, one under each rules, and in both instances the return match was won. Clapham Rovers were one of the fifteen teams to play in the very first edition of the FA Cup, the first ever FA Cup goal was scored by Clapham Rovers Jarvis Kenrick, in a 3–0 victory over Upton Park on 11 November 1871. Rovers greatest achievement was winning the FA Cup in 1879–80 with a 1–0 win over Oxford University at The Kennington Oval, the previous year, Clapham Rovers had also reached the final, but lost 1–0 to Old Etonians. Clapham Rovers were also one of ten members of the Surrey County Football Association. The clubs strength in rugby was borne out by their record, from 1870 to 1881 the club played 151 Rugby games, winning 80, losing 30, and drawing 41. During the 1870s they fielded a team that had four internationals, R. H. Birkett was captain, his brother, L. Birkett, and the Bryden brothers. Additionally Crampton, and Walker were well regarded forwards and Clapham was known to have the strongest combination of the time behind the scrummage. On 26 January 1871,32 members representing twenty-one London and suburban football clubs that followed Rugby School rules assembled at the Pall Mall Restaurant in Regent Street, E. C. Holmes, captain of the Richmond Club assumed the presidency. It was resolved unanimously that the formation of a Rugby Football Society was desirable and thus the Rugby Football Union was formed. A president, a secretary and treasurer, and a committee of thirteen were elected, R. H. Birkett represented The Rovers and was one of the thirteen original committee members. The first international match was played between Scotland and England in 1871 and The Rovers provided R. H. Birkett. In this match he scored Englands first ever try, when the club played one of the strongest and most well established clubs, Richmond, for the first time on 21 October 1871, they won the match by 1 goal and 2 tries. The date of the dissolution is unclear, although the last time they competed in the FA Cup was in the 1885–86 season. Their most successful player, Norman Bailey, was described as a Clapham Rovers player when he made the last of his 19 England appearances on 19 March 1887
The Oval, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Kia Oval, is an international cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, South London. The Oval has been the ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845. It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket in September 1880, the final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there. In addition to cricket, The Oval has hosted a number of historically significant sporting events. In 1870, it staged Englands first international match, versus Scotland. It hosted the first FA Cup final in 1872, as well as those between 1874 and 1892, in 1876, it held both the England v Wales and England v Scotland rugby international matches, and in 1877, rugbys first Varsity match. The Oval is built on part of the former Kennington Common, Cricket matches were played on the common throughout the early 18th century. The earliest recorded match was the London v Dartford match on 18 June 1724. However, as the common was used regularly for public executions of those convicted at the Surrey Assizes. Kennington Common was eventually enclosed in the mid 19th century under a scheme sponsored by the Royal Family, in 1844, the site of the Kennington Oval was a market garden owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. Hence, Surrey County Cricket Club was established in 1845, the popularity of the ground was immediate and the strength of the SCCC grew. On 3 May 1875 the club acquired the remainder of the leasehold for a term of 31 years from the Otter Trustees for the sum of £2,800. In 1868,20,000 spectators gathered at The Oval for the first game of the 1868 Aboriginal cricket tour of England, the first tour of England by any foreign side. Thanks to C. W. Alcock, the Secretary of Surrey from 1872 to 1907, the Oval, thereby, became the second ground to stage a Test, after Melbourne Cricket Ground. In 1882, Australia won the Test by seven runs within two days, the Sporting Times printed a mocking obituary notice for English cricket, which led to the creation of the Ashes trophy, which is still contested whenever England plays Australia. The first Test double century was scored at The Oval in 1884 by Australias Billy Murdoch, surreys ground is noted as having the first artificial lighting at a sports arena, in the form of gas-lamps, dating to 1889. The current pavilion was completed in time for the 1898 season, in 1907, South Africa became the 2nd visiting Test team to play a Test match at the ground. In 1928, the West Indies played its first Test match at The Oval, in 1936, India became the fifth foreign visiting Test side to play at The Oval, followed by Pakistan in 1954 and Sri Lanka in 1998
Clopton Allen Lloyd-Jones was an English businessman and amateur sportsman, best known for football and cricket. He played for the Clapham Rovers when they won the FA Cup in 1880 and was selected and he was born in Hanwood, Shropshire, the younger son of Charles Lloyd Jones, who was known as the squire of Hanwood, about three miles from Shrewsbury. Like his father, his name was not hyphenated on his certificate, while commonly named as Lloyd-Jones in newspaper reports. He studied at Trent College, where he was a boarder at the 1871 census and he was one of two senior pupils who passed Satisfied at the Cambridge University Local Examinations of Christmas 1874 but he did not enter university. Lloyd-Jones worked in London as an indigo broker but during 1884 returned to Shropshire and later moved into Shrewsbury where he set up as a commission agent, i. e. a bookmaker. Lloyd-Jones married on 30 October 1894, at St Chads Church, Shrewsbury, Sarah Emma Catherine, daughter of Robert Everall, the couple had four children who survived him. Lloyd-Jones died on 7 March 1918, aged 59, at his last home, Montreux, Belle Vue Gardens in Shrewsbury, after what was described as a long and painful illness, from cancer of the bladder. He was buried on 9 March in Shrewsbury’s General Cemetery in Longden Road where, more recently in 2002 and his headstone, in section 147, bears the Italian motto Godi tu che vinci – a translation of this being Enjoy, you who win. Lloyd-Jones had been in the football XI at Trent College where he played against Nottingham Forest and was described as the player on the field. He also won two cups at the school sports in 1875. He was described in the Trent College Magazine that year as A wonderful goal getter, being fast, Lloyd-Jones captained a fairly strong scratch team called The Casuals against Westminster School in November 1880, winning 3–2. His team were drawn from Clapham Rovers, Pilgrims, Royal Engineers, Swifts and Hawks and he had played for the Walthamstow club, Southill Park, in losing first-round ties of the F. A. Cup against Cambridge University in 1877 and the Old Harrovians in 1878 captaining his team in the latter match and he joined Clapham Rovers in time for the start of the 1879–80 season and took part in all the ties up to the Final. He appeared without scoring against Romford in the first round, scored two out of his teams four goals against Pilgrims, and two of their four goals against South Norwood in the third. In the fifth round, in February 1880 at Kennington Oval, against the Cups then holders, Old Etonians, he scored the goal of the match. In the first half, he attempted to twice, with a shot from the left which glanced off a goalpost. In the second half, six minutes before the close of time, although Oxfords Charles King attempted to stop the ball with a weak mis-kick, Lloyd-Jones, who had followed well up shot it between the posts. This feat quite brought down the house, according to The Field magazines report, there was vociferous cheering, throwing up of hats, and other demonstrations of delight from their supporters
Reginald Halsey Birkett was an English football player who played for Clapham Rovers, as well as the English national side. He also played rugby union for England in 1871, in the first international rugby match. In this match he scored Englands first try, Reginald Halsey Birkett was born in London on 28 March 1849. He was baptised on 31 May 1849 in St Botolph Bishopsgate in the City of London and his parents were John Birkett a surgeon, and Lucy Matilda Janson. Reginald got his name, Halsey, from his maternal grandfather Halsey Janson. He had a number of brothers and sisters including Percival, Evelyn, Arthus and he was educated at William Jacobs school in Calne and Lancing College, for whom he later played club football. His brother was another international, Louis Birkett. Birkett was an important figure in the formation of the Rugby Football Union as well, Birkett was selected for the first international rugby match for England vs Scotland in 1871. His brother Louis and his son John later also played for England, of his rugby ability a near contemporary account states that he was very useful both forward and behind the scrummage, and had plenty of pace. When Reg Birkett was playing football and rugby football the two codes had not long been separated and the term football could still apply to either. Whilst at school he played both codes and was a member of Lancings senior soccer team in 1866–67 and he then joined Lancing Old Boys, and then on to Clapham Rovers FC, a club that played both codes of football and had distinguished itself in both. In 1879 Birkett had a season in which he reached the FA Cup final and was selected to play for England. Despite conceding four goals, he was on the winning side, the following year Clapham Rovers once again made it to the FA Cup final. The opposition this time was Oxford University A. F. C, clopton Lloyd-Jones scored for Clapham and combined with Birketts clean sheet, Clapham prevailed 1–0. Clapham Rovers FA Cup winner,1880 FA Cup runner-up,1879 Reginald married Lizette Crunden in 1881 in Cuckfield and they had at least two sons, Gerald and John. A skin and fur broker by profession, he died at his Wimbledon home following an accident when ill with typhoid, Player profile at EnglandStats. com Player profile at the FA. com iffhs article