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v Bristol 15th March 1890


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

Clifton 4 - Bristol 1. The third fixture between the sides.

Three-quarter backs
Hill, E.Harvey, G.Davies, Edmonds
F.B.Budgett, F.W.Hunt
Edward Leonard, William H. Birch, Edward Payne Press
W.Garnett, A.Waller, A.Boyle, D.W.Smith
Three-quarter backs
Lowther, Turner, Prout, Stephens
Hill, Pearce
Lockey, Thompson, Adams,
Williams, Davies, Edbrooke, E.Sloper

An account of the match appeared in The Bristol Times & Mirror on 17th March 1890 and said

CLIFTON v BRISTOL - Notwithstanding the mildness of the weather, the attendance was very limited when Bristol met Clifton at Westbury on Saturday afternoon. This was the second match of the season, Clifton having beaton their opponents easily upon a prior occasion. Thompson stated for Bristol, the town club having the wind in their favour. The visitors opened with a rapid rush along the left, Davies putting in a smart run, but was pulled down in the Clifton 25. A close scrum followed a line-out shortly afterwards through which Clifton worked, and a free kick awarded to them afforded welcome relief. Webb returned the kick, but Leonard carried the game into neutral ground.. Here for some time the contest raged, and Turner twice lost opportunities through not passingout when he had little or no chance of getting through himself. Williams made a fine rush up the field, and was well into the Clifton quarters before Herapath took the oval into touch. From the throw-in, a tough struggle ensued, which resulted in Pearce scoring a try, the place-kick being a failure, although a good attempt. Again play centred about the half-way line, until Clifton rushed the game. Webb held, but Hill and Harvey kept the ball moving; a magnificent pack, almost on the Bristol goal however, resulting in the Town team working out. At half time Bristol led by a try to nil. The Cliftonians with the wind in their favour showed far better form, and before the second half was very old they had secured a try, which was not improved upon. Soon afterwards Hill had a fine run along the left and planted the ball over the line, but in such a position as to make the kick exceedingly difficult. A loud cheer, however, greeted a kick which landed the ball between the posts. This proved to be the last point of the match, and Clifton left the field victorius by a goal, a try, and one minor to a try. The teams were: Clifton - Herapath, back: Hill, Harvey, Davies, and Edmonds, three-quarter backs; Budgett and Hunt, half backs; Leonard, Birch, Press, Garnett, Waller, Boyle, Smith, and Cumberland, forwards. Bristol - Webb, back; Lowther, Turner, Prout, and Stephens, three-quarter backs; Hill and Pearce, half backs; Lockey, Thompson, Adams, Williams, Davies, Edbrooke, E.Sloper and Platnaue,r forwards.

The players were

Stanley Howard Herapath Born abt. 1860 in Bristol. A Leather factor?. In 1861 living at 11 Saville Place, Clifton. Father Alfred a Merchant. In 1891 living at 11 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol. In 1901 a boarder living at 4 Norton Terrace, Vinney Road, St. Mary's, Penzance. He died in Plymouth in 1905, aged only 45.
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.
E.Harvey Possibly Edward Field Harvey. Born 27th July 1872. Clifton College 1887-1889. Moved to Philadelphia, USA.
G.Davies ?
Edmonds Possibly William A. Edmonds born abt. 1873 Clifton, Bristol. Chevaller Cycle Trader. In 1891 living at 8 Auburn Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.
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.
Frederic William Hunt

Born on the 6th April 1867. Son of Thomas Hunt of 39 Lansdown Crescent, Cheltenham. Educated at Cheltenham College from Sept. 1878 to Dec. 1879. Moved to Bristol Rugby Club in 1892.

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

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
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
W.Garnett ?
A.Waller Believed to be Dr. Alfred W. Waller, a surgeon at Stroud General Hospital. Born abt. 1865 Waldringfield, Suffolk. His father was Thomas H. Waller, rector of Waldringfield, Suffolk.
A.Boyle Believed to be Sir Alexander George Boyle. Born 6th March 1872. Clifton College 1887-1889. Lt. Gov Nigeria 1913-20. CBE 1919. Died 1943.
D.W.Smith ?
J.Cumberland ?


Webb ?
Harold J. Lowther Born abt 1862 in Bristol. Ex Westbury Park. In 1901 still alive and living at 15 Ashgrove Road, Clifton, Bristol.
H.B.Turner ?
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.
Stephens ?
Frederick J.Hill Born abt 1861 Bristol. in 1891 living at 21 Somerset Street, Bedminster, Bristol.
Walter T. Pearce ex Carlton. Played for Gloucestershire. Became President of the RFU from 1929-1931. Died in 1940.
P. V. Lockey ex Redland Park
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.
Adams ?
Williams ?
T. O. 'Fatty' Davies Educated at Brighton House College. Played for Gloucestershire.
Thomas Edbrooke Born abt. 1861 in Bristol.
E.Sloper Believed to be Edward Sloper born abt. 1869 St. George, Bristol.
Raphael Platnaur Surname sometimes spelt Platnauer. Born abt. 1862 in St. Pauls, Bristol. In 1881 a solicitors articled clerk. Living at 45 Alma Road, Clifton. Father Michael J. Platnauer, A Wholesale Jeweller born In Prussia, listed as a naturalised British Subject. Mother Sophia.