By Lars Norlin
|The Amateur Days - Intro||16 May 2023||62,000 at the Stadium 1912|
|QPR Grounds 1882 -1917||16 May 2023||QPR-Land Map|
|QPR Shirts 1885 - 1903||9 Nov 2022||QPR-Land Historic Football Clubs|
|Christ Church Rangers FC||12 Jan 2023||Should Have Been London Football Map|
|The Origin & St Jude's Institute||5 Dec 2022||QPR Extended Badges|
|The Complicated Merger Issue||12 Jan 2023|
|QPR Matches 1888-98||9 Nov 2022||Contact|
|QPR Players 1888-98||Future||Blogg - Discussion: Future|
|West London FC / Outshoots||Future|
|The History of Christ Church Rangers
|The memorial plaque at the St Judes Institute informing about the formation of Queens Park Rangers in 1886 through the merger between St Judes Institute and Christ Church Rangers. This annex church to St Judes Church was the headquarters of St Judes Institute FC and also Queen's Park Rangers FC. However, the story is more complicated than that. In The Sportsman of the 12 January 1889 one can read there is still existed a Christ Church Rangers having a fixture against Queens Park Rangers at their home at Kensal Green. In any case, this article is about the very active football team Christ Church Rangers.|
After 1850 and the following decades, North-West London continue to grow rapidly. From Paddington, the buildings expanded north with Kilburn and Brondesbury and west with Queen’s Park and Kensal Green. From the south, Kensington expanded with North Kensington. From the beginning of the 1860s, football was represented in north-west London by No Names (Kilburn). The club was reorganized into Brondesbury FC in the 1870s. During this decade, Kildare (1777) was founded in St Peters Park and Vulcan (ca 1879) in Willesden. In the early 1880s, two clubs saw the light of day that both had Rangers in the name: Kensington Rangers (1880) and Christ Church Rangers (1882). The Kensington Rangers had their base in central Kensington and played games often at Shepherds Bush.
LocationThe Christ Church Rangers location could be harder to find. There were 3 Christ Church in the area in the 1880s: Christ Church in Brondesbury founded 1867, Christ Church Mission in Collage Park and Christ Church (Notting Hill or North Kensington) founded 1881.
• The CCR players location (map below) indicates an origin in North Kensington. Alfred George, the club secretary lived there and was also the club address.Figure 3
• In present club history Christ Church Mission is mentioned as origin of CCR. But no players were from Collage Park. The mission is called 1885 Collage Park Mission and was renamed Christ Church Mission 1887 when it was named for a new district parish church. Figure 4
• Christ Church (Brondesbury) is to far away and no players is attached to the Brondesbury / Kilburn area.
• North Kensington is added to the name in a game against St Margrets 1889.Figure 5
It’s completely clear that Christ Church Rangers is located in North Kensington. The church could have started the club. In St Mary the Abbots, the main parish of Kensington, there was a Reverend Bill Law, an active football and cricket player for the Old Harrovians. Harrow School also founded a Harrow Mission in North Kensington. Bill Law was active in the mission foundation. This could be the injection that started the club. Christ Church was built 1881 and demolished 1940. Location was Telford Road in North Kensington. Recently used as an Adventure Playground. The picture shows the annex Cristchurch Hall on Faraday Road about 1969. Playground to the right. Figure 6, 7.
Figure 6: Christ Church (North Kensington)
Figure 7: Christ Church Hall (annex) and the playground to the right. 1960s
Player Location and Grounds
Christ Church Rangers played at Willesden Junction (1883-1884) and Kensal Green, (1885-1889). Exact location is not found.
The map above shows in red, orange and yellow circles the players’ residences. The CCR’s team 1884 in red and 1887’s team in yellow. Paddington team of 1991 is the yellow circles. Many players had rather unusually names. Sometimes there are several possible players but they have been identified by age and occupation. The Queen’s Park Rangers team from 1888 is marked in blue. The numbers in the tables below are linked to the circles on the map.
The age of the players is around 20 years. QPR is not a boys’ team in 1888 either. The occupations indicate a middle class, upper working class, working class. From clerks to stableman.
Most 11 appearances in figure 10. All known players in the last figure 20. The statistics is from local newspapers. There is about 45 % of the matches having players information. There could be a lack of players. But for most of the years the core of the teams should be correct.
|Figure 9. Players. Goalkeeper, Backs, Half-Backs. Forwards: Right-Wing-Lefte-Wing, Center|
The club secretary Alfred George was first mentioned in newspapers 1884 at a age of 21. He was secretary at least 10 years inclusive the first years of Paddington FC. On the pitch he was a keen goalscorer. Alfred George was born 1862 in Kensal Town Chelsea (detached). He had a younger brother Albert born 1865 also played with Christ Church Rangers. Alfred Georges occupation was plumber. His family lived in Middle Road but moved soon to Chesterton Road in North Kensington. After marriage 1888 with Caroline Amy Street, their new address was Bonchurch Road. Two children was born William W. 1892 and Gladys A. born 1893. Figure 3.
Harry George Handover
Most appearances, eleven players
Figure 10. The club is dominated by Alfred George and H.G. Handover
Christ Church Rangers changed the name to Paddington in 1889 Figure 11, below
Christ Church Rangers returned as a team for one seasons: 1891-92. This could be a restart by the Christ Church in North Kensington or a completly new team with no connection to the previous one or a name for Paddington Reserves.
Paddington moved to the Chandos Ground at Wormwood Scrubs ground for the 1895 season. This could also be the Thursday team. More research is needed to sort it out.
There was a Paddington 1905 with Albert George and QPR’s J. Musselwhite. This could perhaps be the Paddington Thursday which was formed 1898 and was used as a QPR tryout team. In 1895 the club used Paddington Athletic as name for the first team. Paddington was ceased in the beginning of 1900.
Paddington United was started in the 1930s and Paddington Town after the Second World War and remained until 1959.
Research until 1/6 2022. Research after 1894 is now sporadic.
Figure 13. Change of name to Paddington FC
Paddington FC had its greatness in the early 1890s. They participated in the West London League 1892-93 and was placed higher than QPR. They also participated in 1893-94 season of that league. Match list can be found at the bottom of the article.
Paddington were probarly playing in blue shirts. The onle references to Paddington shirts is that QPR has to change shirts for the game against Paddington. QPR then wore the quadred light-blue /blue shirt.
West London League
West London league was one of the first football leagues started in London. Most of the major West London clubs participated. Strong teames like Stanley and Fulham from south-west and Paddington and Queens Park Rangers from northwest. Older teams was Kildare and West End. It's noteworthy that one of the older and better teams Vulcan didn't participate. Queens Park Rangers didn't compete for the second season because there was an outbreake in the team and half of the first team and part of the second team formed a new team called West London FC.
Tables: NoneLeague Matters Forum (old forum) https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forum/gforum.cgi?post=523479by signature: pompeyRover
Before second season QPR lost half of 1st and 2nd team and withdraw
Paddington Recreation Ground
The Paddington Recreation Ground was "the earliest public athletic ground of its kind in London". It was first used for recreational purposes in 1860 when the local church laid down a cricket pitch for the parish community to share (Wiki text).
Paddington FC was the first(1) football team have played the ground as. It was as early as seoson 1890-91. The later incarnation of Paddington as Paddington Town also played at the ground. Another notebale football team who used the ground was West Hampstead FC in the beginning of the 20th centuary.
Smoking concerts were live performances, usually of music, before an audience of men only, popular during the Victorian era. These social occasions were instrumental in introducing new musical forms to the public. At these functions men would smoke and speak of politics while listening to live music (wiki text).
The sports smokers as the Paddington Smoker below could also been used for fundraisning.
Figure 15 H. G. Handover
Over time, the match report became more and more detailed. A match that has gone to history is the bitter rival struggle between Paddington and QPR in the West London League. According to the QPR history, many players were injured in the first match and it seems that the bad ground would have meant more risk of damage that the hard game from Paddington offered.Figure 17, 18
The match against Hampstead showed that Paddington also had a really good team in 1894 and the long-lasting players as Alfred George and his cousin H.G. Handover were still doing a really good match. Figure 19.
October 1892. Paddington - QPR 2-0
January 1893. QPR - Paddington
March 1894. Paddington - Hampsted 3-0
Matches Known from newspapers between 1893 and 1894. After 1904 there is spordic research. Dates are publication dates in newspapers.
|1883||October||Creswick v. Christ Church Rangers (Willesden)||7 – 0||Willesden (h)|
|1883||December (7)||Institute v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1883||December (21)||Hamilton v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1883||December (28)||Christ Church Rangers v. Westminister Rovers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1884||January (1)||Gospel Oak v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1884||January (4)||Zephyr v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Wormvood Scrubs (a)|
|1884||January (5)||Christ Church Rangers v. Westminister Rovers||3 – 3||Willesden (h)|
|1884||January (11)||Christ Church Rangers v. United London Scottish||0 – 3||Queen’s Park (a)|
|1884||January (24)||St Andrew’s v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1884||February||Grange Park v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1884||March (1)||Christ Church Rangers v. South Acton Institute||0 – 0||Bedford Park (a)|
|1884||March (6)||Highgate v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1884||March (13)||St Lukes v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Willesden (h)|
|1884||October (25)||Gospel Oak v. Christ Church Rangers||5 – 0||Willesden (h)|
|1884||October (30)||Remington (2nd) v. Christ Church Rangers||1 – 0||Willesden a)|
|1884||November (1)||Christ Church Rangers v. Highgate||-||Willesden (h)|
|1884||November (14)||Institute v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Bedford Park (a)|
|1884||November (15)||Acton Rangers (2nd) v. Christ Church Rangers||0 – 0||Willesden (h)|
|1884||November (27)||Christ Church Rangers v. St Peter’s||-||Kensal green (a)|
|1884||December (13)||St Andrew’s v. Christ Church Rangers||1 – 0|
|1884||December (14)||Christ Church Rangers v. Zephyr||-||Willesden (h)|
|1885||January||Christ Church Rangers v. Institute||-||Willesden (h)|
|1885||February (9)||St Andrew’s v. Christ Church Rangers||2 – 0||Lillie Road (a)|
|1885||February (13)||Christ Church Rangers v. Zephyr||Willesden (h)|
|1885||March||Cavendish v. Christ Church Rangers||Willesden (h)|
|1885||November (19)||Christ Church Rangers v. Hanwell||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1885||November (26)||Christ Church Rangers v. St Andrew’s||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1885||December (12)||Christ Church Rangers v. Standard||-||Primrose Hill|
|1885||December (19)||Christ Church Rangers v. Watford Rovers||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1885||December (25)||Christ Church Rangers v. St Mathew’s, Shepherds Bush||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1885||December (26)||Christ Church Rangers v. Zephyr||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||January (6)||St Saviour’s v. Christ Church Rangers||0 – 7||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||January (16)||Christ Church Rangers v. All Saint’s Institute||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||February (9)||Hanover United v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Wimbledon (a)|
|1886||February (11)||Christ Church Rangers v. Hounslow||Hounslow (a)|
|1886||February (25)||Cavendish v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||March (2)||Cavendish(2nd) v. Christ Church Rangers||1 – 3||-|
|1886||March (11)||Watford Rovers (2nd) v. Christ Church Rangers||0 – 2||Watford (a)|
|1886||March (26)||St Peter’s v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||October||Christ Church Rangers v. Stanley(2nd)||4 – 0||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||October (19)||Christ Church Rangers v. Hanover United||5 – 0||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||November (6)||Christ Church Rangers v. Kensal||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1886||November (26)||Westminster (2nd) v. Christ Church Rangers||0 – 4||Wandsworth (a)|
|1886||November (29)||Christ Church Rangers v. Harrow Rovers||3 – 1||-|
|1886||December||Surbiton Rovers v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Surbiton|
|1887||January (15)||Christ Church Rangers v. Aldenham||-||Gospel Oak|
|1887||January (22)||Hanwell v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Hanwell|
|1887||February||Christ Church Rangers v. Harrow Rovers||4 – 0||Kensal Green (h)|
|1887||October||Civil Service Wanderers (2nd) v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1887||November (5)||Christ Church Rangers v. Marlboro’ Rovers||0 – 1||Kensal Green (h)|
|1887||November (19)||Christ Church Rangers v. Watford Rovers||2 – 0||Kensal Green (h)|
|1887||November (26)||Christ Church Rangers v. Grosvenor||Clapham Park|
|1888||January (26)||Christ Church Rangers v. Eton Mission||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1888||February||Edmonton v. Christ Church Rangers||1 – 0||Barnes (Old St Marks) (a)|
|1888||February (18)||Kensington Rengers v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1888||February (4)||Bayswater Rangers v. Christ Church Rangers||-||-|
|1888||October (8)||Christ Church Rangers v. St Brides||4 – 2||Clapton (a)|
|1888||October (24)||Christ Church Rangers v. Allyen||-||-|
|1888||November||Christ Church Rangers v. Upton Rovers||-||-|
|1888||December||Crouch End v. Christ Church Rangers||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1889||January||Christ Church Rangers v. Queens Park Rangers||-||Kensal Green (h)|
|1889||February||Christ Church Rangers v. Acton||2 – 1||Kensal Green (h)|
|1889||April||Christ Church Rangers (N. Kensington) v. St Margrets||2:2-2:1||Crown Meadow, Marlow|
|1889||November||Paddington v. Caledonian Athletic||2 – 4||Paddington (h)|
|1890||January||Paddington v. Edmonton||2 – 2||Edmonton Cricket Gr. (a)|
|1890||March||Paddington v. Kildare||-||Acton (a)|
|1890||October (18)||Paddington v. Hampstead||5 – 0||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1890||October (18)||Paddington (reserves) v. Chelsea Pupil Teachers||2 – 2|
|1890||October (11)||Paddington v. Clarence||2 – 0||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1890||October (27)||Paddington v. Olympian||7 – 0||Walthamstow (a)|
|1890||December||Paddington v. Kensington Rangers||-||Wromwood Scrubs|
|1891||January||Paddington Rangers v. Harrow Rovers||-||Paddington (h)|
|1891||October||Paddington v. Caledonian Athletic||5 – 1||H’nsey (a)|
|1891||October (31)||Paddington v. Willesden||-||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1891||November (7)||Paddington v. Vulcan||-||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1891||November (8)||St Quintin (2nd) v. Paddington||-||Wormwood Scrubs (a)|
|1891||November (9)||Paddington (3d) v. St George||-||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1891||November (14)||Stroud Green v. Paddington||-||Mastermans Field (a)|
|1891||December||St John’s v. Christ Church Rangers*||-||Stamford Brook|
|1891||December (26)||Olympians v. Christ Church Rangers*||-||Wormwood Scrubs (a)|
|1892||January (9)||Stanley v. Christ Church Rangers*||17 – 0||-|
|1892||January (30)||West End v. Christ Church Rangers*||-||Shepherds Bush|
|1892||March (12)||Paddington v. Millwall Athletic||-||Wormholt Farm (cup)|
|1892||September||Windsor & Eton v. Paddington||-||Windsor Home Park (a)|
|1892||October||Paddington v. Queens Park Rangers||2 – 0||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1892||October (29)||Paddington v. Grove House||-||Paddington (h)|
|1892||November||West End v. Paddington||-||Wormholt Farm (a)|
|1892||December (10)||Hounslow v. Paddington||3 – 0||Hounslow (a)|
|1892||December (17)||Grove House v. Paddington||-||Half Moon, Putney (a)|
|1892||December (24)||Paddington v. Stanley||3 – 0||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1893||January (28)||Paddington v. Kildare||-||-|
|1893||April (5)||West Herts reserves v. Paddington||Watford (a)|
|1893||October||Paddington – St Marys College||-||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1893||October||Paddington reserves – Ealing||-|
|1894||January||Stanley v. Paddington||4-0||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1894||March||Paddington v. Hampstead||2-0||Paddington Recr. Gr. (h)|
|1894||March||Paddington v. Hampstead||3-0||Kensal Rise|
|1895||March||St Andrew’s Institute v. Paddington Athletic||-||Wormwood Scrubs|
|1896||April||Wembley v. Paddington||2 – 0||Wembley (a)|
|1896||April (6)||Paddington v. Greenhithe||-||Greenhithe (a)|
|1898||April||Paddington v. Southend||-||Southend (a)|
|1899||October||Acton v. Paddington||-||Gunnersbury Lane (a)|
|1902||October||Brunswick Athletic v. Paddington||-||-|
|1905||March||Kliburn v. Paddington||5 – 3||Paddington Recr. Gr.|
Players (known from newspapers)
|Players||Christ Church Rangers||Paddington|
|G. Allitson||1||No info||1|
|A. George (B)||2||3||1||2||2||2||12|
|P. [R] Childs (Chiles)*||2||1||2||1||3||9|
|E. Tyler (A)||3||3|
|W. S. Grimbett||2||2|
|H. G. Handover||1||3||2||5||5||9||4||29|
|W. P. Arscott||1||3||2||4||3||13|
|A. E. Arscott||1||3||1||4||9|
|R. Newling (-nham)||3||1||4|
|H. (A) Salter||3||1||4|
|F. Brockington (C-)||1||2||1||2||6|
|S. Easter (R-)||2||4||5||9||20|
|W. F. Horton||1||1|
|H. A. Bank||5||7||12|
|W. J. Smith||4||8||3||15|
|J. W. Nutman (hut-)||1||9||2||12|
|A. Noodle (Mc-)||2||2|
|H. N. Dearsly||1||1|