Player Info

  • Rt. Hon. Alfred Lyttelton

  • Born: 7th February 1857, Westminster, London
  • Died: 5th July 1913, Marylebone, London aged 56
  • England Career: 1877
  • Positions whilst with England: Forward
  • Clubs (and caps) whilst with England: Cambridge University (1)
  • FA Legacy Number: 46
  • Alfred Lyttelton QC was a British politician and sportsman who excelled at both football and cricket - coming from a good stock of sporting brothers - five of whom played first-class cricket. At Eton College, he captained the first XI football team in 1875 and reached the FA Cup final in 1876 with Old Etonians along with his younger brother Edward. During his time at university he participated in Varsity Matches in five sports: cricket (1876-79), football (1876-78), athletics (1876) (he was selected to throw the hammer), rackets (1877-79) and real tennis (1877-79), displaying an ability that made him arguably the pre-eminent sportsman of his generation; his only rival in terms of versatility was Oxford's Cuthbert Ottaway. He was, among numerous other achievements, the first man to represent England at both football and cricket, the latter whilst still at University. He kept wicket in four Ashes test matches from 1880-84. He was also president of the MCC in 1898.
    Lyttelton was also a successful politician and served as MP for Warwick and Leamington from 1895-1906 and in government as Secretary of State for the Colonies between 1903 and 1905.
    Lyttelton and both his wives were members of the intellectual group known as The Souls. In 1885 he married Octavia Laura, daughter of Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Baronet. Laura, as she was usually known, was born in 1862 and died in 1886, within days of giving birth to their only child, a son, who died in 1888. Edward Burne-Jones designed her memorial in St Andrew's Church, Mells and, also in her memory, used her features for the mermaid in his 1886 painting The Depths of the Sea.
    Lyttelton married secondly Edith Sophy, daughter of Archibald Balfour, in 1892. They had two sons (one of whom died as an infant) and one daughter. His elder son Oliver became a prominent politician and businessman, being created Viscount Chandos in 1954. Lyttelton died in July 1913, aged 56. His second wife survived him by over thirty years and died in September 1948.

England Career Statistics

England Match Statistics

    • Match Type
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Friendly
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 90
    • 0
    • 0
    • Competitive
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Home, Away or Neutral
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Home
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 90
    • 0
    • 0
    • Match Result
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Lost
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 90
    • 0
    • 0
    • Playing Positions
    • Caps
    • Goals
    • Capt
    • Mins
    • Forward
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 90
    • 0
    • 0
    • Total
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 90
    • 0
    • 0

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    England Team Mates (Top 10)

    Sources

    • An English Football Internationals' Who's Who by Douglas Lamming (Hutton Press 1990)
    • The Early FA Cup Finals by Keith Warsop (SoccerData 2004) p 100.
    • England's Who's Who by Tony Matthews (Pitch Publishing 2013)

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