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Restored headstone for first England captain and former Marlow Football Club player Cuthbert Ottaway
THE restored gravestone of a legendary Marlow footballer, who played in the first ever official international match, is set to be unveiled tomorrow.
Cuthbert Ottaway was the Captain of the England team that played Scotland in 1872.
There will be a ceremony at Paddington Old Cemetery in London to re-instate the headstone of the former Marlow Football Club player.
And on Wednesday, to coincide with the England v Scotland International at Wembley, marking the FA's 150th anniversary, there will be two games in Marlow at Riley Park.
It has been organised by EnglandFans FC. Marlow Mayor Suzanne Brown and the chairman and directors from Marlow FC attend the ceremony.
EnglandFans FC spokesman Garford Beck said: "Cuthbert Ottaway was a great sportsman excelling also at cricket, athletics, rackets, and real tennis - he tragically died at the early age of 28.
"Football historians recently discovered his grave and headstone in a dilapidated state in Paddington Old Cemetery in London. The ceremony is open to the public, it’s free, and it would be nice to see as many England fans there, as possible."
On Wednesday Marlow FC Vets XI will play EnglandFans FC Vets XI at 10am at Riley Park, formerly the Crown Ground where Marlow F.C. played from 1870 until 1916. The Marlow veteran’s team will include some recent Marlow favourites, including, Steve Croxford, Kieron Drake, Mattie Glynn, Kevin Stone and James Pritchard.
At 1pm at the Alfred Davis Memorial Sports Ground EnglandFans FC will play against Tartan Army Select FC. Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Scotland legend, Frank Gray, only man to play for two different English clubs’ in a European Cup Final, will manage the Scots for the Cuthbert Ottaway Memorial Cup.
Admission is free to both games, there will be ample, free car-parking.
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