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v Bristol 23rd March 1889


played at Leach's Field, Westbury-on-Trym.

Clifton 0 - Bristol 4. The first fixture between the sides. After a fixture under the title of Bristol United the previous season, click here, Carlton and Redland Park amalgamated in 1888 to form Bristol. This match was dubbed as the decider for the leading rugby team in Bristol. Clifton were a team of youth and experience, Gloucestershire county players, including the captain and England International, Hiatt Cowles Baker, and England trialists, against a team of very little experience that had only played together for 7 months. A team who had been outplayed the previous season. Bristol had no internationals and no county players but won. This started a slow downhill slide for Clifton as they lost players and supporters.

Three-quarter backs
H.Brooke, Hill, H.Budgett, Charles Alexander Hooper
G.L.Gore Graham, F.B.Budgett
Hiatt Cowles Baker, Edward Leonard, C.R.Edwards
Edward Payne Press, A.Salisbury, W.Garnett, M.M.Baker
William H. Birch
Three-quarter backs
Bryan, Lowther, Prout, Haskins
Cruikshanks, Hill
Gee, Brown, Bryan,
Luffman, Lambert, Lockey, Winter

An account of the match appeared in The Bristol Times & Mirror on 25th March 1889 and said

CLIFTON v BRISTOL - Great interest was felt in this match, which took place on Saturday afternoon on the ground of the former team, at Westbury. These teams have not met before this season, although it was a return match, the first fixture having been abandoned on account of the ground being in a flooded condition. The weather being fine, there was a large attendance of spectators, as a result of the game would practically decide which is the leading Rugby team in Bristol. Gee kicked off for Bristol at a quarter to four, the ball being well returned. Shortly afterwards Clifton had a free kick, which Baker took, and it resulted in a touch-down. From a loose field Bryan picked the ball up and ran between the posts, securing a try, which was converted into a goal by the same player. At half-time the score stood: Bristol, one goal one touch-down; and Clifton, three touches. During the second part of the game Bristol had it pretty much their own way, compelling Clifton to touch down five or six times. Luffman also secured a try for Bristol, but Bryan failed to kick a goal from a very difficult position. At the finish the score stood - Bristol 1 goal, 1 try, and 7 touches; Clifton, 3 touches. The teams were :- Bristol: Back, Aldridge; three-quarter backs, Bryan, Lowther, Prout, and Haskins; half backs, Cruikshanks and Hill; forwards, Gee, Brown, Bryan, Luffman, Lambert, Lockey, Winter, and Thompson; umpire, Mr H. Chandler. Clifton: Back E.F.Woodgate; three-quarter backs, Brook, Hill, Budgett, and Hooper; half backs, Graham and F.B.Budgett; forwards, H.C.Baker. E.Leonard, Edwards, Press, Salisbury, Garnett, Baker, and Birch; umpire, Mr.H.C.M.Hirst, Mr.A.E.Masters acted as the referee.

Another account of the match appeared in the Western Daily Press on 25th March 1889 (the microfilm copy in Bristol Central Library isn't clear and some interpolation has been done) and said

CLIFTON CLUB v BRISTOL - In fine weather and in the presence of a goodly number of spectators, chiefly partisans of the later team, the twoclubs met on Saturday for the first time this season. Hiatt Baker won the toss, and chose to play with the wind. Clifton kept the game for some time on the Bristol goal line until the latter worked it into the centre and Bryan, after a good sprint got past the Clifton back and scored a try amid considerable cheering, which was redoubled when the same player converted it into a goal. Baker restarted with a splendid kick, and Bristol toched down. This was followed by some hard play in the latter's territory, Edwards and Fred Budgett doing some good service for their side. Cruickshank now put in a good run. Hill neutralised, and Bristol again touched down. Hard forward play from both sides then prevailed until half-time. Resuming play again, Clifton were forced quickley to touch down. Soon after this Luffman got possession and suceeded in getting over the line. Bryan made a very good attempt at goal. Haskins and Prout next put in some good runs, and Frank Budgett, intercepting a pass, took the ball to the half-way flag; Bryan returned it, and Clifton touched down. Frank Budgett and Bryan now played well for their respective sides, Lowther and Bryan rendering material assistance with some good kicking. The Bristol forwards now brought off some good forward play. Graham replied with a good run, but failed to reach the line, and Haskins dribbled back to Clifton territory, where play was carried on for some time Clifton eventually touching down. Prout put in another good run for his side, and Leonard was also consicuous. After div? free kicks and a lot more forward play the whistle sounded for "No side," Bristol being left winners by 1 goal, 1 try, and 6 minors to 3 minors. Of the winners, behind the srimmage Cruikshank played an admirable game, and Bryan and Prout were likewise very useful. All the forwards on both sides played well; for Bristol, Lockey, Brown and Lambert were most noticeable; for Clifton, Edwards, Leonard and Salisbury. Of the Clifton backs, Frank Budgett the three-quarters played best, though he foolishly attempted to drop a goal when he could have run in easily. Hooper and Hill were useful, but the former lost many opportunities of passing, and the latter had very few chances, but played well. Teams:- Bristol- J.E.Aldridge, back; Bryan, Lowther, T.A.Prout, and Haskins, three-quarter backs; R.D.Cruikshank and F.Hill, half backs; A.Gee, S.W.Brown, R.Bryan, Lambert, P.Lockey, Winter, W.Thompson, and Luffman forwards; Clifton- E.F.Woodgate, back; E.E.Hill, C.A.Hooper, H.Brook, and F.Budgett, three-quarter backs; G.Graham and F.B.Budgett, half backs; H.C.Baker. E.Leonard, R.Edwards, E.P.Press, A.Salisbury, W.Garnett, M.M.Baker, and W.H.Birch, forwards; referee Mr.A.E.Masters

The players were

Ernest Francis Woodgate Believed to be Ernest Woodgate. Born abt 1870 Downend, Bristol. Brother Charles also played for Clifton.
H.Brooke Believed to be Herbert L. Brooke. Born abt 1861 Bristol. Commercial Traveller. In 1881 lived at 34 Shadwell Road, Horfield.
Dr. Hedley Hill Born Neath, Glamorgan abt 1861. In 1891 living at 28 Coronation Road, Bedminster. Physician/Surgeon qualified from Bristol Medical School in April 1886. He worked at Bristol General Hospital with ex England International and Clifton player William John Penny. Played rugby for Gloucestershire. In 1901 married to Marion and living at 1 Redcliff Hill. In 1926 Dr. Hedley Hill lived on Pembroke Road, Clifton.
H.Budgett Believed to be Henry B. Budgett Born abt 1866 Bristol. In 1881 attended The Leys School, Cambridge
Charles Alexander Hooper Born 6th June 1869. Clifton College 1880-1888. Head boy 1886 and 1887. Went on to play for Gloucestershire, Cambridge University and England. For more click here
G.L.Gore Graham Believed to be Gerard L. Graham. Born abt 1866 Caerleon, Wales. In 1891 living at Southmead House, Westbury on Trym. Accountant.
F.B.Budgett Believed to be Frederick B. Budgett. Born abt 1865 Bristol. In 1881 attended the Wesleyan College, Trull, Somerset. Timber Merchant. In 1890 living at Rose Villa, 68 Cotham Road, Bristol. Played rugby for Gloucestershire. Clifton captain 1889-91.
Hiatt Cowles Baker Born 30th June 1863. Clifton Captain 1886-89. Gloucestershire Captain. Played 18 times for Gloucestershire. England International. Died 19th September 1934. For more click here
Edward Albert Leonard Born abt 1849. Played for 26 times for Gloucestershire, more than any other Clifton player. Clifton captain 1883-85. He died on 28th December 1940. For more click here
C.R.Edwards Beleived to be Charles R. Edwards
Edward Payne Press Born 12th February 1870, Henbury, Gloucestershire. Clifton College 1881-1888. Played for Gloucestershire. Clifton captain 1892-93. Solicitor at 25 Baldwin St., Bristol. Married Muriel A. C. Hoare, daughter of Sir Samuel John Gurney Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood, Foreign Secretary 1935, Home Secretary 1937-39, amongst many other positions. Lived at Gwyder Villa, 18 College Road, Clifton. Father John Latham Press. In 1901 living at 14 Westbury Park, Bristol. Committed suicide in 1914. Buried at Portbury, near Portishead. His son, Edward Press later became head of the Bank of Egypt - until the Bank was nationalised by Nasser 50 years ago. For more click here
A.Salisbury Possibly Albert Salisbury. Born abt. 1871 Clifton, Bristol. A Butcher.
W.Garnett Believed to be William Garnett. Born abt 1865, Myton, Yorkshire. Corn Merchant. In 1901 living at Backwell Hill House.
Maurice Mills Baker Hiatt Cowles Baker's younger brother Maurice. Born 1867. Attended St. Dunstans College, London, Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford 18 October 1887. He graduated BA on 17 December 1891 and MA on 14 June 1894. Barrister. Died 22nd November 1936, Southbourne, Hampshire. For more click here
William H. T. Birch Born 1869 in Cape of Good Hope , South Africa. Captained Clifton in 1891-92. Had 2 trials for England 1894-95. Captained Gloucestershire. Later moved to Bristol Rugby Club. During the 1881 census he was at a Private School in Ham Lane, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. He was a Clerk in a Solicitors office. In 1891 he was a lodger at 20 Clyde Road, Redland, Bristol. In 1901 he was a lodger at 64 Oakfield Road, Clifton, Bristol. For more click here
H.C.M.Hirst (umpire) Henry C. M Hirst - born abt 1861 Bristol. 1871 Prep School, West Street, Warminster. Played rugby 20 times for Gloucestershire. Clifton captain 1885-86. For more click here


H.E.Aldridge ?
Howard W. Bryan ?
Harold J. Lowther Born abt 1862 in Bristol. Ex Westbury Park. In 1901 still alive and living at 15 Ashgrove Road, Clifton, Bristol.
T.A.Prout Believed to be Thomas Prout. Born abt. 1867 Pachuce, Mexico. In 1891 living at Belgrave Villa, Bristol. Chief Clerk in W.G. & S.W. Telephone co.
George Haskins ex Carlton
Revd R.D.Cruikshank Believed to be the Rev. Robert D. Cruikshank Born abt. 1865 Cannanoie, India. Attended Queens College, Oxford. In 1891 living at 40 Seymour Road, Bristol with brother John W. Cruikshank. In 1901 living at 8 Mapperley Park Drive, Nottingham. Married to Annie from Nailsworth, Glos.
Frederick J.Hill Born abt 1861 Bristol. in 1891 living at 21 Somerset Street, Bedminster, Bristol.
Arthur Gee Born Huddersfield. ex Carlton. Captain of Bristol for this match. Later joined Bristol Harlequins.
S.W.Brown ex Carlton. The first Bristol player to be selected for Gloucestershire.
R.L.A.Bryan Believed to be Robert Byron, an accountant. Born in Bishopston, Bristol abt 1868. In 1891 living at 36 Gloucester Road, Horfield.
Frederick T. Luffman Born 1867 in Suffolk but moved to the West Country as a small child and was living in Keynsham in 1889. Taught at Harvard. Went on to have 10 children.
W.E.Lambert ?
P.V.Lockey ex Redland Park
J.W.Winter Believed to be John Winter of the Gloucestershire Regiment based at Horfield Barracks.
W. 'Tommy' Thompson Born 12th March 1868. Ex. Carlton. Captained Bristol from 1890/91 for 4 seasons. Went to South Africa for business reasons. Played for Transvaal. Returned to Bristol in 1896. Died 18th December 1899 of pneumonia. Funeral service at St. Nicholas Church. Buried at Arnos Vale Cemetry, Bristol.