No. 36

The Town boy & Queen’s scholars football match was played on Tuesday the … of February. We unluckily had a very weak eleven & were beaten easily by 3 games to one. The elevens were as follows.

T.B.

Giles

Preston

Whittaker

Dowdeswell ii

Dowdeswell iii

Vidal

Lucas

Bovill

Wylde

Hurley

Short

 

Q.S.

Chepmell

Yates

Lane

Besly

Pember

Sim

Nicholls

Circuitt

Taylor

Harrison

Mackey

They played for a couple of hours. The T. B. played very pluckily, & did all they could but the superior weight & play of Q. S. S. won the day. The following players were honourably mentioned.

No 33

On the following Friday the Eton eleven came down. They played hard for more than [an] hour without any success on either side, till a length just as they were going to finish, one of the Eton men (Lyttleton) was thrown heavily. He fell with his arm twisted under him and was helped up with a broken arm. A doctor was luckily on the ground, who bandaged it up temporarily then advised his immediate removal to the hospital. It seems, that the poor fellow has broken the small bone of the arm, which, though not as bad as the main one, is sufficient to keep his arm in a sling for some time to come. I can only add that the game was immediately stopped; that we (the Westminsters) were unutterably grieved at this accident, it is unnecessary to say. The pain must have been awful, but he bore it like a trump, and was not heard to utter a single complaint. I must not close this article without saying how pluckily and well our eleven played. There was not one under the mark. Everyone did his best, and I think the Etonians did the same. I don’t think an accident of the kind has ever occurred before at Westminster. At any rate not within the memory of any of the Old Westminsters who were looking on at the time. However it can’t be helped, accidents will happen, and I am sure that in this case, if it was nothing more than a pure accident, it was a bona fide ‘Spill’ shoulder to shoulder. No tripping up, or pushing. I hope Eton will come down next year. When we will show them again that we don’t mean them to consider themselves invincible. This match was a great improvement on last year’s, and those next year’s will improve on this, and that we shall lick Eton at football, and on the water.

E.R. Dowdeswell

Prin. Opp.

No 586

This term a new match at football was played for the first time, between Rigauds (Revd B. F. James) and Grant’s (Rev. Marshall).

This year the Rigaudites won, getting one game to none.

I hope this match will be kept up annually, as it stimulates the little fellows to play and thus prepares them for future matches. The following rules have been agreed to –

  1. That no fellow above Upper Shell or in the football Eleven be allowed to play on either side
  2. That it always be played “up fields” and after the Xmas vacation but previous to the T.B & Q.S football match

W. Winters Prin. Opp.

For list of Head Town Boys since 1815 see article 398.

No 562

At the beginning of this half we played the Town Boy & Q.S. match at football up fields. We began on the Wednesday and played a most determined game for two hours, without either side getting a game: though I think the T.Bs had the best of it. We went on with it on the next Tuesday which was a Sts Day and played for another two hours in which T.Bs decidedly got the best of it in getting one game obtained by myself. Though we were all rather done up it was agreed to go on with it the next day (Wednesday). But when the time came the Q.S. refused to play and as several T.Bs had already gone up to fields we were […] indignant and said if they did not play then we would not play again and so the match was never continued. There is very little doubt that the T.Bs would have licked and they fairly considered this match as theirs, it having been played for 4 hours, T.Bs 1 game Q.Ss 0.

J. C. Hawkshaw

Prin. Opp.

No 442

The annual match at football between the TBs and QS came off on Wednesday afternoon October 20th in which the QS were victorious, the game standing at the end TBs 4 and QS 6. The players on each side were:

TBs
Malorie
P Shipworth
J Fellows
Hon E Bourke
G Onslow
Markham
Barrow
Eden
Barton
Allington
Burn 
QS
Swiss
Oliver
Gilbert
Madan
Gregorie
Vincent
A. Williams
Upperton
Slade
L. A. Williams

O Salvin. Prin. Opp.

No 419

A match at football was played this moth (Nov) between 15 of the sixth form & 21 of the rest of the school; These unusual numbers were arranged for the satisfaction of both sides. The following are the names

(Sixth) Armitstead (Capt) Edwards, W. Fellows, Gilbert, Lacy, Madan, Merton, Murray, Somerville, Twiss, Upperton, Vincent, Waterfield, Whitaker, E. Williams.

(School) Bourke, S. Fellows, Fendall, Forster, Francis, Freeman, Gregorie, Ld Grosvernor, Hamond, Henty, Kent, Lipscomb, Markham (sen), Onslow, Salvin, Skipworth, Slade (capt), Southey, A. Williams, L. Williams, Wright –

This was a very good match, & ultimately won by the sixth by one game.

J Murray
Prin. Opp.

No 418

I am glad to say that football has met with many supporters this half. A match was played between TBs & QSS wh terminated in favour of the latter by three games, rather contrary to expectations. The following were the sides –

T.B. Berens, S. Fellows, Francis, Hamond, Henty, Hunt, Morton, Murray (capt), Southey, Waterfield, Whitaker, Wright

QSS. Armitstead (capt) W. Fellows, Fendall, Gilbert, Lacy, Slade, Somerville, Twiss, Upperton, Vincent, E. Williams, A Williams.

JM Murray
Prin. Opp.

No 321

Some of the choristers who were in the school having been hit & kicked by some of the QS for not stopping the ball well in green and the organist J. Turle having shown up to Dr Williamson he expressed his wish to me that they should not be obliged to go into the green and the next day as Head-master said he thought it would be best for them not to go in at all.

C.F.L West

No 300

On Octr 31st 1844 during the time usually occupied in playing at Football the Ball having bounded repeatedly over the railings of the Green, was at last detained by the assembled ‘scis without; nor was until some sharp blows had been given & received that the Ball was again forcibly restored. After the game was finished a fight arose in Bowling Street between a Fourth Town Boy of the name of Green & a ‘Sci about his own size, a crowd soon collected near the spot, & there being but few Westminsters there, & but one Sixth Fellow (a Town Boy) it was deemed necessary to send off for a detachment of certain T.B.s and QSs assembled at Shottons who immediately were on the spot the dispute or rather fight ending in nothing at all, the disturbance temporarily died away and would have done so entirely had not a “surly quarrelsome Irish superintendant”* of Police collared a Town Boy (Andrewes) & proceeded to menace him with “divers thumps in sundry places”. This he at any rate did not prove his right to carry into execution, but during the time he was arguing with Andrewes, some Beer was obtained & drank by several of us. This he took hold of & in lieu of something better, informed Dr. Williamson of the fact. *Eight of us next day were called in & accused of disorderly conduct & language, by the Doctor, & acquitted with the exception of the one who had meddled with the Porter who got *100 lines. The Question being then put to Dr. Williamson, as to what was the proper manner of proceeding in such circumstances, the undermentioned answer was given. For in the present instance, if we did not act, we were liable to be insulted; & if we did resent injury, to be taken up “That if an aggression were made by a ‘sci upon a Westminster, & the matter terminated in fighting, in case it were brought before him, he should take no steps to punish. That in case he was violating the laws of the land, & breaking the peace; his authority would not be recognised as sufficient to protect him. That now Dean’s Yard, the cloisters & even the Abbey itself were put under the hands of the Police; if he himself were quieting a row, which was going on before his own doors, & the Police were to interfere, he could not prevent their taking up even a Q.S. – That if a ‘sci attacked a Westminster & a fight ensued, he could not expect other Westminsters to stand quietly by, & that if he (the ‘sci) got a licking, he richly deserved it; yet that as gentlemen the Westminster ought to withdraw from & avoid rather than excite & encourage such disturbances. That fighting amongst each other was not allowed by the rules of the School, although where it was not of serious character it was not interfered with, & that if the authorities complained to him he must stop it. At the same time that he professed his willingness to lay the case before, the Superintendants’ (Lowies) superiors if we thought we had been unfairly dealt with. That there always was some little difficulty attending these matters, but that we must accommodate ourselves to matters as far as we could. That if a Westminster of inferior size were defended by one of a superior size against one ‘sci or more, & that one or more of his opponents were threshed at the time or even one or two days afterwards, he thought the law could not take hold of it, but if after a greater interval of time he thought it could. That in the present case he would be content with receiving from each an assurance that he individually did not behave himself with impropriety, & would proceed to punish any one no further” Which assurance we each did give him. I felt satisfied that Dr Williamson had done us justice & to use his own expression had fairly and equitably considered and decided upon the case in point.

I have taken so much space up for this insertion knowing that such things as this frequently occur & I thought it might be useful to refer to hereafter.

*Alluding to the character he bore among the force, as another Policeman informed us.

*The names were
J. Preston T.B Sixth
G. Gillett T.B. Sixth H.B.
C.G. Andrewes T.B. Sixth
W. Green T.B. Upper Shell H.B.
F. Cooper Q.S. Senior
A. Merewether Q.S. Senior
C.R. Bedford Q.S. 3d Election
D. Markham Q.S. 3d Election

*of which 50 were let off