Reg Birkett - 1 Cap (0 Goals)

  • Full Name: Reginald Halsey Birkett
  • Born: 28th March 1849, Bishopsgate, London
  • Died: 30th June 1898, Wimbledon aged 49
  • England Career: 1879
  • Positions whilst with England: Goalkeeper
  • Clubs (and caps) whilst with England: Clapham Rovers (1)
  • FA Legacy Number: 62
  • Birkett attended Lancing College as a youth where he played for their first XI in 1866-67. He also represented Lancing Old Boys, Surrey and Clapham Rovers. He received a FA Cup runners-up medal in 1879 but bettered that the following year with a winner’s medal with Clapham Rovers. He was also capped for England at Rugby four times between 1871-1877.
    According to James Holder's Sport's Great All-Rounders, Birkett "died in 1898 at the age of 49, following an accident at home; whilst suffering from diphtheria, he leapt from a window while being helped into his bed and fell 20 feet to his death - at the inquest, a verdict of suicide whilst delirious was returned." The Surrey Advertiser added "It was stated that Birkett was on Thursday [30th June 1898] delirious from diphtheria, and while being helped into his bed at his residence, Grangeside, Wimbledon he said to a nurse, “Oh, that’s it, is it?” and, putting his hands together, suddenly leapt through the window, as if diving, falling a distance of 20ft, into the area and smashing his skull.”
    He worked in the City as a hide and skin broker.

England Career Statistics

  • Only Cap: v Scotland (FR) on 5th April 1879 aged 30 years, 0 months, 8 days
  • Starts: 1
  • Substitute: 0
  • Withdrawn: 0
  • Full Games: 1

England Match Statistics

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    • Match Result
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    • Total
    • 1
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    • 0
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    Sources

    • An English Football Internationals' Who's Who by Douglas Lamming (Hutton Press 1990)
    • The Early FA Cup Finals by Keith Warsop (SoccerData 2004) p 63.
    • England's Who's Who by Tony Matthews (Pitch Publishing 2013)
    • ESPN Rugby
    • Sport's Great All-Rounders: A Biographical Dictionary by James Holder (AuthorHouse 2015)
    • Surrey Advertiser "Suicide whilst delirious", Wednesday 6th July 1898, page 3.

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