Robert King (footballer)

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Robert King
Personal information
Full name Robert Stuart King
Date of birth (1862-04-04)4 April 1862
Place of birth Leigh-on-Sea, England
Date of death 4 March 1950(1950-03-04) (aged 87)
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1882–1885 Oxford University ? (?)
Upton Park ? (?)
Grimsby Town ? (?)
National team
1882 England 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Canon Robert Stuart King (4 April 1862 – 4 March 1950) was an English international footballer and Anglican clergyman.


Robert Stuart King was born into a family of clergymen. His father, Reverend Walker King (1827–1892), was Rector of Saint Clement's Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, from 1859 to 1892.[1]

His uncle Right Reverend Edward King, was Bishop of Lincoln from 1885 to 1910 and was famously prosecuted for ritualistic practices.[2]

Robert's great-grandfather, Revered Walker King, was Bishop of Rochester from 1809 to 1827.[1]

One of his sons, Robert Jasper Stuart King, was a cricketer for Essex in the 1920s.[3]

Robert's father, Walker King, married Juliana Stuart. Her uncles included Major Robert Stuart and artist James Stuart; her great-uncle was the Indophile Major-General Charles "Hindoo" Stuart.

Education and clerical career[edit]

King attended Felsted School from 1873 to 1880, where he was captain of the Cricket XI in 1879 and captain of the Football XI in 1880.[4]

He later studied at Hertford College, Oxford, obtaining his B.A. degree in 1885 and his M.A. in 1890.

In 1892 Robert succeeded his father as Rector of Saint Clement's Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, serving until his death in 1950.[5] In 1918 he was appointed honorary Canon of Chelmsford.[4]

Football career[edit]

Whilst at Oxford, King played in the Football XI from 1882 to 1885. He earned one cap for the English national team on 18 February 1882, playing as a half back in a match against Ireland.[6] This was the Irish team's international debut and they lost 13-0 to the English side (see Ireland national football team (1882–1950) for more details).

King also played for Upton Park and Grimsby Town in the 1880s.[3]


  1. ^ a b Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886, p. 796
  2. ^ Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886, p. 794
  3. ^ a b England Football Online profile - retrieved online on 20 October 2010
  4. ^ a b Felsted School archives - retrieved online on 17 October 2010
  5. ^ Saint Clement's Church history - retrieved online on 17 October 2010
  6. ^ profile - retrieved online on 17 October 2010