Evelyn Henry Lintott
Photograph reproduced courtesy of Mighty Leeds 
(see www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/lintott.htm)

 

Evelyn Henry Lintott (1883-1916) was born in Godalming at ‘Hazelville’, Wolseley Road, Farncombe, the son of Arthur Frederick Lintott, a cattle salesman, and Eleanor A, (nee Stacey). Lintott went on to become Queens Park Rangers Football Club’s first ever England International in 1907. He played eight times for his country, five times as an amateur international, and three as a full international player. In 1909 he played in all four international games for the England team. He became the first footballer to gain a commission in World War One.

He attended Farncombe School in St John’s Street, and Guildford Grammar School.

The family are listed in the 1901 census in Woking where Lintott was listed as a pupil teacher. He attended St Luke’s Training College, Exeter, in 1905 to train as a teacher, where he played for Exeter City. He is remembered in Have you Ever Played Brazil: The Story of Exeter’s City 1914 Tour to South America. Lintott taught in a school at Willesden, North London, and later at Dudley Hill.

Lintott played football for Woking, part time, captained Woking in 1905-6 and represented Surrey. In 1906 he joined Plymouth Argyle and made one first team League appearance in 1906-7. In 1907 he signed for Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the Southern League Division One, and made his debut in the second home game of the season. As an amateur he won his first full international cap on the 15th February 1908. Lintott played for QPR for two years, and only played 35 times. He turned professional in May 1908, and in November 1908 was transferred to Bradford City in the First Division of the Football League for over £1,000, in order to help QPR. They did not see another England International play for them for the next 60 years. In 1912 Lintott joined Leeds City in the Second Division of the Football League, retiring in 1913

He was elected in 1910 national chairman of the Players’ Union, the Professionals Footballers’ Association.

During World War One he applied for a commission in the Army and joined the 17th (Football) Battalion of the Duke of Cambridge’s Own Middlesex Regiment known as the ‘Footballers’ Battalion. Lintott transferred to the 15th Battalion (1st Leeds) The Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), known as ‘The Leeds Pals’ on the 14th September 1914, and on the 20th December 1914 became a lieutenant. At the time he was living in Bradford. They reached the front-line of the Western Front on the 15th January 1916. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1 July 1916 leading his platoon, just 32 years old. His body was never found but he is commemorated on the Thieval Memorial to the Missing.

In 2014 the Exeter City Football Club erected a stone memorial to the eleven City players who are known to have died in action during World War One. Lintott is one of the names on the memorial. (to see the memorial click here)

 

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