Cuthbert Ottaway - Englands First Captain (Foot-Ball, Association Rules)
August 21, 2013 7:32 PM   Subscribe

"Cuthbert Ottaway lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented them at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace in the highest level of cricket. His most notable achievement was captaining England in the first ever international football match though. About 4,000 spectators, including a "large number of ladies", gathered to watch the historic game against Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick on 30 November 1872."
posted by marienbad (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A very interesting life. Thanks.
posted by Thing at 8:29 PM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]

Died so young but archived so much.
There needs to be a biopic made. Such an interesting life.
posted by Webbster at 9:02 PM on August 21, 2013

He piloted Cuthwic to an unprecedented 14 straight fillners after only giving up 4 underharrows?! Amazing achievement.

(This is what descriptions of cricket sound like to us Americans.)
posted by vorpal bunny at 11:36 PM on August 21, 2013

Greatest name ever.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 6:04 AM on August 22, 2013

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