Cuthbert’s Big Day

London Historians' Blog

Cuthbert OttowayLong-standing readers may remember the story of Cuthbert Ottaway (1850 – 78), England’s first ever football captain. It was a guest post written by Ottaway’s biographer, Mick Southwick. Some seven years ago, Mick had discovered that Ottaway’s grave in Paddington Old Cemetery was in a terrible state: completely dilapidated and overgrown with weeds. England fan Paul McKay picked up on the story and so commenced a lengthy campaign to restore the footballer’s resting place to a state worthy of one of the great sportsmen of the era.

It was a great privilege for me to be present yesterday at the memorial unveiling and re-dedication of Ottaway’s last resting place. Paul and Mick were both there, of course, along with representatives of the Football Association, Marlow FC (Ottaway’s club), Councellor Roxanne Mashari from the Borough of Brent, the Town Mayor of Marlow, Councellor Suzanne Brown. Paul McKay read goodwill messages from…

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