Alfred Lubbock

Alfred Lubbock
Personal information
Full nameAlfred Lubbock
Born(1845-10-31)31 October 1845
Died17 July 1916(1916-07-17) (aged 70)
Par, Cornwall
Domestic team information
1866–1869Marylebone Cricket Club
FC debut10 August 1863 Kent v England
Last FC19 July 1875 Kent v Derbyshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 28
Runs scored 1,043
Batting average 23.70
100s/50s 2/3
Top score 129
Balls bowled 252
Wickets 4
Bowling average 23.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/62
Catches/stumpings 14/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 27 December 2014

Alfred Lubbock (31 October 1845 – 17 July 1916) was an English amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket for a variety of side including Kent County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club between 1863 and 1875. He was considered to be one of the best batsman of his era, comparable to WG Grace, and also played association football, playing for Old Etonians in the 1875 FA Cup Final.

Early life

Lubbock was born in London in 1845, the seventh son of Sir John Lubbock.[1][2] he was educated at Eton College where he played cricket, captaining the school team in 1863, his final year at school.[3][4] In his Wisden obituary Sydney Pardon argued that, given the relatively low scoring nature of cricket in the 1860s, Lubbock had a claim to have had one of the best season's batting for the school.[3]

Cricket career

Lubbock made his first-class cricket debut for Kent County Cricket Club during Canterbury Cricket Week in 1863 against an England side. He played a total of 28 first-class matches for a variety of teams, including Gentlemen of Kent and MCC,[5] until "practically giving up" first-class cricket before the age of 28 in 1871.[3] He played eight times in Gentlemen v Players matches and scored two centuries, one for the Gentlemen and one, his highest score of 129, for England in 1867. Pardon was of the opinion that if Test cricket had existed at the time Lubbock played that "he would have had every right to play for England" in his best seasons.[3]

In club cricket Lubbock played for a wide variety of sides, including Eton Ramblers, the Gentlemen of West Kent and I Zingari.[5] He scored "hundreds of runs", including a score of 200 against Royal Engineers in 1866 but chose to play relatively little first-class cricket.[3] Pardon believed him to have been "one of the greatest batsmen" of his era who had "threatened to be WG Grace's most formidable rival".[3]


Lubbock also played football and appeared for Old Etonians in the replay of the 1875 FA Cup Final against the Royal Engineers, one of the dominant teams of the day. The first match had finished 1–1, but several Old Etonians were unable to play in the replay at The Oval and Lubbock was called in as a replacement. He finished on the losing side, Royal Engineers winning 2–0.[6]

Family and later life

Two of Lubbock's brothers, Nevile and Edgar also played some first-class cricket for Kent and most of his brothers played cricket for the Gentlemen of West Kent at some point. Edgar played in the 1875 FA Cup Final replay alongside Alfred for Od Etonians, the first time that two brothers had appeared on the same side in an FA Cup Final. His oldest brother, John, became the first Baron Avebury in 1900.

Lubbock married Louisa Wallwroth in 1875. The couple had five children.[7] He died at Killmarth Manor at Par, Cornwall in 1916 aged 70.[1]


  1. ^ a b Alfred Lubbock, CricInfo. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  2. ^ Sir John William Lubbock, 3rd Bt., The Peerage. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mr Alfred Lubbock, Other deaths in 1916, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1917. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  4. ^ Stapylton HEC (1884) Eton school lists from 1791 to 1877, p.287. Eton: Ingalton Drake. (Available online. Retrieved 2018-12-15.)
  5. ^ a b Alfred Lubbock, CricInfo. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  6. ^ FA Cup Final: 1875: Royal Engineers 2 Old Etonians 0 (First leg: 1-1) FA Cup Finals. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  7. ^ Alfred Lubbock, The Peerage. Retrieved 2018-12-15.

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