Francis Isherwood

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Francis Isherwood
Birth nameFrancis William Ramsbottom Isherwood
Date of birth16 October 1851
Place of birthReading, Berkshire, England
Date of death30 April 1888(1888-04-30) (aged 35)
Place of deathSouthsea, Hampshire
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1872 England 1 (1)

Francis William Ramsbottom Isherwood (16 October 1851 – 30 April 1888) was an English sportsman who played international rugby union for England and first-class cricket.

Francis was the third son of Richard Ramsbottom Isherwood of Clewer Lodge and Reading, both in Berkshire, and his wife, Anna Clarendon, the daughter of William Cox of Windsor in New South Wales, Australia. He was educated at Rugby School and Brasenose College, Oxford.[1]

Isherwood made his only appearance for England in game against Scotland at Kennington Oval in 1872. His conversion helped England to a 2-1 win.[2]

He also played five first-class cricket matches in 1872, as a fast-medium round arm bowler. His first match was for the Marylebone Cricket Club against Oxford University, but his four other first-class games were for Oxford.[3]

Five of his seven career wickets were taken in the one match, against the Gentlemen of England, including a return of 4/52 in the first innings.[4] His nephew, Lionel Isherwood, played first-class cricket in the 1920s.


  1. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888). Alumni Oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886. 2. Oxford: Parker and Co. p. 732.
  2. ^ "England 2G - 1G Scotland (FT)". ESPN Scrum.
  3. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Francis Isherwood (5)". CricketArchive.
  4. ^ "Oxford University v Gentlemen of England". CricketArchive.