No. 240

On the 15th of April 1875, the following rules about the Captains of the Elevens and the Head of the Water were passed by a meeting consisting of the Sixth Elevens and Eight.

  1. The Senior or Town Boy in the Sixth or Shell, over sixteen, who has been longest in either Eleven on the Eight is Captain of that Eleven or Head of the Water respectively.
  2. If there is no-one satisfying the above conditions in either the Eleven or in the Eight, the member of that Eleven or Eight who has been longest in it, is Captain of that Eleven or Head of the Water respectively.
  3. These rules will not come into force until the end of the next football season (Easter 1876).

After various objections had been raised and over-ruled, and several amendments proposed and rejected, the original rules were carried by a majority of 29 votes against 12, or more than two thirds.

A copy of the rules was sent to Scott and the following answer received: “No master could object to the rules you send me, and I fully approve of them. It is evidently not satisfactory that a boy low in the school should have the responsibility of managing either Fields or Water, and be the representative of the School to the outside world. The only thing that surprises me is that as many as 12 voices should be found in the minority. I suppose that it is intended that when a Q.S. is head of the Cricket Eleven, the Head Town Boy in that Eleven would be determined by the same rule: and Vice Versâ if a Town Boy is head. Probably it may be needless to define this expressly.”

L.S. Bristowe. Prin. Opp.

No. 229

The football season has been rather successful out of 6 matches 3 were won, 2 drawn & 1 lost.

F Noyes team won 4-2
The twenty two won 2-0
Civil Service lost 0-1
Harrow Chequers drawn 2-2
Crystal Palace won 3-1
Clapham Rovers drawn 2-2


The eleven is composed of P.G.L Webb, A.H. Alington, E. Waddington, F.D. Crowdy, C. Fox, F. Whitehead, W.C. Aston, H. Rumball, JH Williams.

No 551

The Eleven has begun to improve this year and has at last won 2 matches. The first against the Guards and the 2nd against the I Zingari. The following was the Westminster Eleven –
 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx    1st                                      2nd
R.D. Balfour                  12                                       2
E.B. Henderson              7                                        2
H.E. Bull T.B.                19                                       6
T.D. O’Brien                  1                                         0
W.H. Oliver T.B.            10                                     14
C.W.S. Stanhope            2                                          0
J.F. Pratt                         2                                          0
A.H. Harrison                0                                          1
G. Upperton                   6                                         11
L.J. Swake                      1                                          3
C.M. Barker                   3                                          2
A. Walker O.W.              1                                          3
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  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  77                                         68
The I Zingari got 140 within the two games.

J.C. Hawkeshaw

Pr. Opp.

No 477

The other day “Dickson”, the present Captain of the QS, took it into his head to go and annoy the first eleven game at Fields, and on the ball hitting him by chance, after he had been warned, he threw it away, at the same time stopping where he was before; wherefore one of the Eleven, Adams (in 5th Form), cut a ball at him; the next day he expressed attention of tanning Adams up school, which being told to me, I went and tried to convince him how entirely he was in the wrong, but as he would not listen to anything I said, I left him, telling him that if he dared hide Adams up School I should not let the matter drop: he did not do so, and thus ended the row- I must say that no Captain of Westminster was ever more cordially detested than he has been, since he was first made so—

John Gray


No 459

I received a challenge from Charterhouse the other day in which Parish, the Captain of the Charterhouse Eleven said that they were anxious to gain their lost laurels, which I answered to the following effect, that as the Old Westminsters were for the most part averse to the match it was not possible to continue it, by that means I don’t suppose the Captain of the Eleven will be troubled any more with a challenge.

C.G. Lane

Prin. Opp.