CCF and Christ's College Football Monogram i
On 30 March 1922, Herbert William Williams (547) wrote to Edmund Rogers Webb (722) (the College Bursar),ii enclosing some 1876, 1877 and 1872 papers, which, reading between the lines, were copies of the Football Rules as he comments on the 1877 revisions.iii
He then writes:
”I drew the monogram in that year, and I am gratified to see that it has lasted all these years.” iv
On 28 May 1877, Williams was elected to the Games Committee, but nowhere in the minutes of that year is the monogram mentioned. It is not until the Games Committee meeting of 22 June 1880 that it was “Resolved that a badge be worn by the College Fifteen black background with white letters. The letters to be C.C.F.C.” v
So where does that leave Williams’ claim? Did it take three years for his design to be implemented? According to the rules at the time he was able to play for the College for one year after leaving, and so he is in the photograph of the 1878 team. CCF is not visible.
Standing L-R: John Charles Nattle Grigg (481), Harry Joseph Beswick (505), John William Townsend Boys (438), Herbert Brown (413), Arthur Truman Chapman (660), Herbert William Williams (captain) (547), Collet Barker Dobson (708), Robert Luke Higgins (637), George Arthur Smith (465), Charles William Rattray (769), George Macpherson Cox (783), Hugh Tolmi (583)
Seated L-R: Henry Herbert Lee (517), Harry Robert Webster (807), Hugh Frederick Hewlings (796)
In the photograph of the 1883 team, the monogram is clearly visible. At this early date, the CCFC has been reduced to CCF.
Back L-R: George Harris (903), George Edward Rhodes (791), Thomas Forsaith MacDonald (863), Annesley Frederick George Harman (582), Charles Henry Hamilton (620), Cyril Stanley Buchanan (1065)
Middle L-R: Morris Carr Robison (936), Charles Edmund Maude (925), Walter Herbert Hargreaves (629, captain), Arthur Gladstone Cox (887), Walter Septimus Fisher (929)
Front L-R: Arthur Hamilton Rowley (883), Albert John Webb (721), Edward Rogers Webb (722), Maurice Tancred Stack (919)
Insert L-R: Reginald Fortescue Cook (913), John Wright (1003), Frederick James Hamilton (619), Leonard Evelyn Cotterill (753)
When Williams was writing in 1922, the CCF is still visible on the team’s rugby shirts.
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L-R: Unknown, Thomas Reginald Sheen (3055), Thomas Thoresby Caccia Birch (3260), William John Harris (2767), Charles Holmes Miller (3191), Eric Davey Trounce Lewis (2869), Hamish Francis Armstrong (3144), John Quentin McWillIam (3295), Horace Naylor Greenwood (3281), William Cunningham Stafford (3117), Roger Christian Grigg (2999), Garthowen Williams (3330), Guy Leonard Seymour Nicholl (3104), Edward Kenmure McLean (3221), Harold Bateman Godfrey (2645), Ronald Osmond Talbot (captain) (2744), Mr Harvey (coach) vi
And 100 years later in 1977.
Back Row L-R: John David Morris (8929), Christopher John Chamberlain (8874), Nicholas Blair Archibald (8704), Grant Kenneth Roberts (8950)
Middle Row L-R: Geoffrey Richard Wright (8984), Michael Campbell Robilliard (8951), James William Hartley Fisher (8738), Hamish Neville Francis Cooper (8729), Peter Norman Gerald Fitzgerald (8894), Robert Maxwell Deans (8732), Michael Henley Rewi Brown (8721)
Front Row L-R: Peter Simon Polson (8810), Mr JS Taylor (coach), Michael James Bowie Hobbs (8760), Vaughan Raymond Brown (captain) (8722), Mr JJ Steel (coach), Joseph Nino Leota (8778)
And in 2020 it is still being worn.
Back Row L-R: Mr RA Kennedy (coach), Marcus Xavier Hamilton (15107), Jonathan David Lee (15126), Cormack Frederick Dods (15186), Gus Hunter Morrow (14997), Sam Thomas Idiens (15117), Mr SR Broomhall (coach)
Third Row L-R: Mr AW Wood (coach), Hendix Hone Paku Taylor (15534), Brodie Edward Gason (15365), Jack Paul Belcher (15073), Guy Nicholas Chaffey (14939), Angus James Christopher Hammett (15691)
Second Row L-R: Mr RD Thorne (coach), Oliver William Ryan (15540), Jack Matua Jones (15529), Anton Marshall (15134), Nicholas James Shearer (15360), Nathan Ross McKenzie (15141), Sean Richard Rutherford-Bradford (15166), Mr NM Porter (manager)
Front Row L-R: Matthew John Durant (14947), Dominic Taylor Lambert (14982), Liam Benjamin Pratt (15539), Fletcher Fitzgerald Anderson (captain)(14928), Louis Maurice Mohio Morrell Gunn (vice captain)(14959), Fiti Sa (15190), Jarrad Nathan Hill (15188), George Henry Anderson (14929)
So, either 143 or 140 years later, CCF is the longest continuously worn item of the Christ’s College uniform.
i Football in this instance refers to Rugby, rather than the present use of the word in respect to the game that was previously known as Soccer
ii See 1883 1st XV photograph, front row, second from right
iii Games Committee Minute Book. June 14 1872, June 19 1876, September 17 1877
iv Webb Scrap Book Page p43
v Games Committee Minute Book June 22 1880
vi This photograph was unnamed but was matched with the formal 1922 1st XV photograph for names