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Wednesday, 13 April 2011


The unfortunately named Segar Richard Bastard was born in Bow, London on January 25th 1854.

Not only was Bastard a referee, but he was also a footballer. Between 1873-87 he played outside right for Upton Park, Trojans and Leyton. He also appeared as a guest for Corinthians.

He played for England in a 5-4 defeat to Scotland on 13th March 1880. England had trailed 5-2, but a late fight back almost saved them. Segar Bastard’s performance was described as ‘capable’ –  but he was never selected for his country again.

As a referee, Bastard was described as ‘a knight of the whistle’ when officiating the FA Cup Final of 1878, between the Wanderers and the Royal Engineers at the Kennington Oval. He also took charge of the first England v Wales international fixture at the same venue on January 18th 1879.

As well as a footballer, Segar Bastard was a useful cricketer. He played for Essex between 1881 and 1885 before they became a first class County and was one of the first footballers known to have owned a racehorse.

By profession Bastard was an attorney, he was also part of the Football Association committee between 1877 and 1883.

His father, also named Segar Bastard, was a hop merchant.

Segar Richard Bastard died on 20th March 1921 after suffering a fatal heart attack on Epsom railway station, he was 67 years old.

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