Frederick Maddison (footballer)

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Frederick Brunning Maddison (22 July 1849 – 25 September 1907) was an English footballer who played for England as a midfielder in the first international match against Scotland, as well as winning two FA Cup medals with Oxford University in 1874 and with The Wanderers in 1876.

Later he was a music publisher and, together with his wife the composer Adela Maddison, was closely associated with the French composer Gabriel Fauré.[1]

Football career[edit]

He played for Scotland in the third of the unofficial matches prior to the first official international match, a 1–1 draw on 25 February 1871[2] playing under the pseudonym "F. Maclean".[3] He won his solitary England cap playing on the left of midfield in England's first ever international match against Scotland on 30 November 1872.[4]

Oxford University's F.A. Cup winning side of 1874 (Maddison sitting upright second from right in front row).

The University reached the 1874 FA Cup Final and (with Maddison now on the right) this time they were successful, defeating the Royal Engineers by two goals to nil. Maddison was involved in the move which resulted in the second goal, when he, together with Cuthbert Ottaway and Robert Vidal, "dribbled their way to the Engineers' goal, where Frederick Patton was waiting to slide the ball between the posts."[5]

Maddison also played for amateur club Crystal Palace (not the later professional club) and the Civil Service, and in representative matches for London and The South versus The North.[6]

Life outside football[edit]

On 14 April 1883 he married Katharine Mary Adela Tindal, at Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, London.[7] They had two children, Diana Marion Adela and Noel Cecil Guy,[8] born in 1886 and 1888 respectively. His wife was a composer, usually known as Adela Maddison.[9]

From around 1894, the couple played a major part in encouraging and facilitating the entry onto the London musical scene of the French composer Gabriel Fauré.[10] Frederick was then working for a music publishing company, Metzler, which obtained a contract to publish Fauré's music during 1896–1901. Fauré was a friend of the family and in 1896 vacationed at their residence in Saint-Lunaire, Brittany.[1] From 1898 Maddison and his wife lived separately, with Adela residing in Paris;[9] she may have had a romantic liaison with Fauré.[1]

Frederick Maddison died in Germany on 25 September 1907, at Moabit Hospital, Berlin.[6]


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  2. ^ Cavallini, Rob (2005). The Wanderers F.C. – "Five times F.A. Cup winners". Dog N Duck Publications. pp. 83–84. ISBN 0-9550496-0-1. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Andy (2011). Arthur Kinnaird: First Lord of Football. Andy Mitchell. pp. 51–52. ISBN 1-4636-2111-6. 
  4. ^ Graham Betts (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 1-905009-63-1. 
  5. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. pp. 41–42. ISBN 1-84426-035-6. 
  6. ^ a b Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early FA Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. Tony Brown, Soccerdata. p. 103. ISBN 1-899468-78-1. 
  7. ^ "Marriages". The Times. London. 18 April 1883. 
  8. ^ Nectoux, Jean-Michel (2004). Gabriel Fauré: A Musical Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 579. ISBN 0-521-61695-6. 
  9. ^ a b Fuller, Sophie (2004). "Maddison (née Tindal) (Katherine Mary) Adela (1862/63?–1929)". In Matthew, H.C.G.; Harrison, Brian. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 36. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 75–76. ISBN 0-19-861386-5. 
  10. ^ Nectoux, Jean-Michel (2004). Gabriel Fauré: A Musical Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 150. ISBN 0-521-61695-6. 

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