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Robert Kennett Kingsford (23 December 1849 – 14 October 1895) was an English footballer who made one appearance for England in 1874, and was a member of the Wanderers team that won the 1873 FA Cup Final.



Kingsford was born in Sydenham and was educated at Marlborough College,[1] where he played football for the college. After leaving college, he played for the Old Marlburians and the Wanderers, winning the FA Cup with the Wanderers in 1873. In the final, played at Lillie Bridge on 29 March 1873, the Wanderers defeated Oxford University 2–0.

He made his solitary England appearance on 7 March 1874 against Scotland, playing as an outside forward. After "a most competitive game",[2] Scotland won 2–1, with Kingsford scoring England's opening goal in the 22nd minute, before the Scots scored twice.[3]

Kingsford also played for Crystal Palace and represented Surrey at football, and took over from Charles Alcock as secretary to the Wanderers in 1874.

He was also a useful cricketer, and played three first class matches for Surrey as a wicket-keeper.

He studied law[1], and emigrated to live in Adelaide, Australia where he died on 14 October 1895 aged 45.




  1. ^ a b Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.  
  2. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England - A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 1-84426-035-6.  
  3. ^ "Report on Scotland v England match". Retrieved 1 March 2008.  

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