Charles Wollaston
Personal information
Full name Charles Henry Reynolds Wollaston
Date of birth (1849-07-31)31 July 1849
Place of birth Felpham, England
Date of death 22 June 1926(1926-06-22) (aged 76)
Place of death London, England
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Oxford University
Lancing Old Boys
1870 – 1880 Wanderers
1880 – ? Clapham Rovers
National team
1874–1880 England 4 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Charles Henry Reynolds Wollaston (31 July 1849 – 22 June 1926) was an English footballer who played as a forward for Wanderers and England. He won the FA Cup five times with Wanderers, becoming the first player to do so. Wollaston was born in Felpham, Sussex and died in Westminster.[1]

Football career

Wollaston played for Wanderers in the inaugural FA Cup Final in 1872 and scored in the second half of the 1873 final.[2] In all he won five winner's medals, the first player to achieve this feat.[3][4] Arthur Kinnaird, James Forrest and Patrick Vieira are the only other players with five FA Cup winning medals,[5][6] and all of them are only bettered by Ashley Cole, who has won the FA Cup six times, beating the record in 2010.[7][8] In Wanderers' 1874 FA Cup first round match against Farningham, Wollaston scored four goals in a 16–0 victory for Wanderers;[9]: 70  the match was Wanderers biggest ever win.[10]: 135  Wollaston had previously scored hat-tricks in 1872 against Clapham Rovers and in 1873 against Civil Service.[10]: 129 

In 1879, Wollaston became Wanderers' club secretary,[11] and was also the club's captain.[12] In total, Wollaston played ten seasons for Wanderers and became the club's second top scorer, before joining Clapham Rovers in 1880/81.[10] He earned four caps for England, scoring one goal.[10] Wollaston captained the national side against Scotland in 1880; he was the eighth English team captain.[9]: 144  Wollaston is also recorded as having refereed an 1884 match between Old Westminsters and Wednesbury Town.[13]

In 2013, Wollaston was included on a special London Tube map released by the Football Association to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The map replaced station names with famous footballers.[14]



International goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 March 1875 The Oval, Kennington  Scotland 1–0 2–2 Friendly

Cricket career

Wollaston is known to have appeared in a total of 13 cricket matches between 1863 and 1869, although he did not play any first-class matches. He made appearances for Lancing College, FH Birley's XI, Oxford University freshman, and an Etceteras team.[16][17] His first recorded appearance was for Lancing College against Brighton College at the Royal Brunswick Ground; Wollaston made scores of 6 and 12* in the match.[18] Wollaston made a half-century in a match for FH Birley's XI against S Pelham's XI,[19] and his last known match was for an Etceteras team against a Perambulators team, in which he scored 9 and 29*, and took one wicket.[20][21]


  1. ^ "Charles Wollaston". CricketArchive. 2016.
  2. ^ "Wanderers v. Oxford University, Match for the Association Challenge Cup". London Daily News. 31 March 1873. p. 6 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ Matthews, Tony (2006). Football Firsts. Capella. ISBN 1-84193-451-8.
  4. ^ Cox, Richard William; Russell, David; Vamplew, Wray (September 2002). Encyclopedia of British Football. Routledge. p. 211. ISBN 9780714652498.
  5. ^ Motson, John (September 2005). Motson's FA Cup Odyssey: The World's Greatest Knockout Competition. Anova Books. ISBN 9781861059031.
  6. ^ Morgan, Johnny (September 2011). The Football Lover's Companion. Summersdale. ISBN 9780857656261.
  7. ^ "The FA Cup's Greatest Defenders".
  8. ^ "Chelsea's Ashley Cole Wins Record-Setting Sixth FA Cup".
  9. ^ a b Brown, Paul (May 2013). The Victorian Football Miscellany. Superelastic. ISBN 9780956227058.
  10. ^ a b c d Cavallini, Rob (June 2005). The Wanderers – Five Times F.A. Cup Winners. Dog N Duck Publications. p. 67. ISBN 9780955049606.
  11. ^ Will Buckley (30 October 2009). "The forgotten story of ... the first FA Cup winners – Will Buckley". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Football". London Daily News. 20 October 1879 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. ^ "Old Westminsters v. Wednesbury Town". Athletic News. 23 January 1884 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ "Footballing icons 'rename' London's Underground". ITV News. 3 October 2013.
  15. ^ Mark Fleming (29 May 2009). "Cole on brink of Cup record". The Independent.
  16. ^ "Miscellaneous Matches Played by Charles Wollaston (13)". CricketArchive. 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Cricket". Oxford Journal. 17 April 1869. p. 8 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  18. ^ "Brighton College v Lansing College". CricketArchive. 2016.
  19. ^ "FH Birley's XI v S Pelham's XI". CricketArchive. 2016.
  20. ^ "Etceteras v Perambulators". CricketArchive. 2016.
  21. ^ "Perambulators v. Etceteras". Oxford Journal. 8 May 1869. p. 8 – via British Newspaper Archive.