|Full name||Segar Richard Bastard|
|Date of birth||25 January 1854|
|Place of birth||Chigwell, England|
|Date of death||20 March 1921 (age 67)|
|Place of death||England|
|Playing position||Outside right/Forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Segar Richard Bastard (25 January 1854 – 20 March 1921) was an English amateur association football player and referee born in Chigwell, Essex. He also played county cricket for Essex County Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club and was a solicitor by profession.
Having grown up in Bow, London, Bastard played for Upton Park F.C. between 1873 and 1887. He also played for Trojans F.C. and Leyton F.C.. and occasionally played as a guest player for Corinthians F.C.. Like many of his contemporaries, he was both a player and a referee simultaneously, unlike the modern day, where referees are neutral with no playing connections. He refereed the 1878 FA Cup Final between Wanderers F.C. and Royal Engineers A.F.C. at The Oval, before refereeing the first England v. Wales match, at The Oval, London on 18 January 1879. Bastard was a well-respected referee by the fans, players and amongst his fellow referees at the time. After refereeing the 1878 FA Cup final, he was referred to as a "knight of the whistle".
Bastard's debut as an international player came after his debut as a referee; he played for England as an outside right against the Scotland national football team on 13 March 1880 at The Oval. Scotland won 5-4 in a match that saw England come back from 5-2 down. That was Bastard's only international playing match for England. Between 1877 and 1883, Bastard was also a member of one of the Football Association's committees.
Bastard not only was involved in playing and officiating association football, he was also involved in playing cricket. Bastard played for Essex County Cricket Club between 1881 and 1885, where he was listed on cricket scorecards as "S.R. Bastard". Bastard made his debut for Essex against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at the Old County Ground, Brentwood where he was out for a duck in his first batting innings and later scored the winning runs after coming in to bat at number three to be three not out after Marylebone were forced to follow on. In his next match for Essex against Hertfordshire County Cricket Club at the Old County Ground in Brentwood, Bastard was again out for a duck in his first innings after being given out Leg Before Wicket. Bastard's next match against Suffolk County Cricket Club at Portman Road in Ipswich also resulted with him being out for a duck in his first innings after being bowled out. This resulted in Bastard getting a King pair after he was caught out in his second innings. Bastard then didn't play for Essex for 3 years before he was recalled in 1885 to play against Northamptonshire County Cricket Club at Racecourse Ground Promenade in Northampton. Bastard was again out for a duck in his first innings but managed to score nine in his second innings.
Bastard then became a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club. In 1886, Bastard played his final cricket match for the Marylebone Cricket Club against his home county at the County Ground, Leyton. In his first innings he was nine not out and in his final innings he was out for a duck.
In popular culture
There is a popular belief in English football culture that, because of his name, Bastard was the inspiration behind the creation the football chant: "Who's the bastard in the black?" which is sung to the tune of Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer. The chant is usually aimed by English football fans towards football referees. However it is unlikely that Bastard was the inspiration for the chant as it was not documented that he wore black while he was refereeing. Another reason why it is unlikely that Bastard was the inspiration for the chant is because football chants did not involve that type of attitude towards officials until the 1960s, long after Bastard had died.
Bastard was born to Richard Bastard and Josephine Green in Chigwell. He was into a working family where his father was a hop merchant by trade. Bastard's family initially ran a merchants shop and drapers in Exeter, Devon called Wholesale Linen-Drapers and Hop-Merchants until 1870 when it was dissolved by mutual consent between the family with a law firm being created, named Segar Bastard & Company, as a result of Bastard's family ceasing to run the drapers and merchants shop and Bastard becoming trained as a solicitor. Bastard was solicitor by profession. One of Bastard's higher profile clients in his solicitors firm was Ashanti Goldfields Corporation. Bastard was also on the board of a number of mining companies. He was listed as a director of Escurial Copper Mines Limited and Tarkwa Main Reef Limited while also serving as the chairman of Black Eagle Gold Mining Company Limited and Wassan Extended Gold Mines Limited. In June 1884, Bastard married Gertrude Littlewood Garrett in West Ham. He had a daughter named Florence Garrett Bastard.
Bastard was noted for gambling; he was also a fan of horse racing and is one of the first footballers and referees known to have owned a race horse. He died aged 67 in 1921 after a fatal heart attack at Epsom railway station in Epsom, Surrey. In his will he left £11,000 (approximately £413,200 in 2013) to his wife.
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