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Murray Marshall

Murray Marshall
Birth nameMurray Wyatt Marshall
Date of birth7 October 1852
Place of birthGuildford[1]
Date of death28 July 1930 (aged 77)
Place of deathGodalming
SchoolWellington College, Berkshire
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Blackheath FC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1873-1878  England 10 Goals:0;

Murray Marshall was a rugby union international who represented England from 1873 to 1878. He also captained his country.[1]

Early life

Murray Marshall was born 7 October 1852 in Guildford[1] and baptised on 3 November 1852 in the parish of St Peter and St Paul, Godalming. His parents were Murray (a merchant) and Eliza Marshall.[2] He had two older brothers, George and Bryant, and six younger siblings, Milicent, Lionel Hasler, Oswald Percival, Constance Emily, Octavia and Walter Douglas.[3] After leaving Wellington College he became a timber merchant and married Alice Maud Everitt, eighteen years his junior, in 1892 and they had a daughter, Madelaine.

Rugby union career

Marshall made his international debut on 3 March 1873 at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow in the Scotland vs England match.[1] Of the 10 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 6 occasions.[1] He played his final match for England on 11 March 1878 at Lansdowne Road in the Ireland vs England match.[1]

In an era where international matches were few and far between, Marshall played in ten consecutive international matches, a record that stood for 36 years. He was described in 1892 as "in every respect one of the best forwards England ever turned out. Possessed of great height and strength, he was invaluable in a scrummage, used his feet well when the ball got loose, and was a very clever tackle."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Murray Marshall Profile on
  2. ^ Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1813-1906. London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts, London.
  3. ^ Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871. ,Class: RG10; Piece: 814; Folio: 81; Page: 14; GSU roll: 838697.
  4. ^ Marshall, Francis, Football; the Rugby union game, p148, (1892) (London Paris Melbourne, Cassell and company, limited)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Edward Kewley
English National Rugby Union Captain
Mar 1878
Succeeded by
Frank Reginald Adams