30 July 2015 2015

7th June at Guards Polo Club



George Pearson (2)

Vere Harmsworth (1)

Lawrence Wang (-1)

Louis Maddison (0)

Reserve: Poppy Simmonds

RESULT Oxford 14 vs. Cambridge 2



Elli Gilje

Mike Fedosiuk

Amy Nizolek

William Hsu

Reserve: Noël Newman



Sally Schwartz

Kasey Morris

Sholto Dugdale

Issa Dasu Patel

Reserve: Adam McKay




Billy del Sel (1)

Major Jamie Hayward (1)

Andrew Dechet (1)

Cameron Walton Masters (0)

RESULT Oxford Old Blues 7 vs. Cambridge Old Blues 4 




WINNER St Peter’s College 



WINNER St Peter's College



Chairman: Elizabeth Hamilton

Captain: Elli Gillje

Novice Captain: Emmanuel Efunbote

Secretary: Kasey Morris

Treasurer: Mike Yu

Social Secretary: Noël Francis Newman 

Sponsorship Officer: Mike Fedosiuk

Press Officer: Rachel Tanner

Health & Safety: Amy Nizolek

Fixtures: Lawrence Wang

IT Officer: Josephine Rendall-Neal

Horsemaster & Coach: David Ashby

Senior Member: Dunja Aksentijevic


 7th June at Guards Polo Club



Tomas Reynal, Saïd Business School (2) 

James Lindsay, Brasenose (Captain) (0)

Lawrence Wang, Brasenose (-1)

Elli Gilje, Keble (-2)

RESULT Oxford 3 vs. Cambridge 6



RESULT Oxford Old Blues 6 vs. Cambridge Old Blues 2.5 




24th June, Kirtlington Park

WINNER St. Peter’s College 

  Bruno Steinkraus

  Wilhemina von Blumenthal

  Will Hsu

2nd St. Catherine’s College



Chairman: Jérôme Kamm

Captain: James Lindsay

Novice Captain: Rachel Tanner

Secretary: Mike Yu

Treasurer: Daniel Zajarias-Fainsod

Social Secretary: Elizabeth Hamilton

Sponsorship Officer: Emmanuel Efunbote

Press Officer: Wilhelmina von Blumenthal

IT Officer: Jan Calliess

Horsemaster & Coach: David Ashby

Senior Member: Dunja Aksentijevic



8 June at Guards Polo Club


Lanto Sheridan, Harris Manchester (4)

George Allen (Captain), St Benet's (-1)

James Lindsay, Brasenose (0)

Elli Gilje, Keble (-2)

RESULT 11 - 3



Amir Singh-Pasrich 1

Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz 0

Hilali Nordeen 0

Major James Hayward 1

RESULT  3 - 12



East End Farm, 5th Week of Michaelmas 

Winner St Peter's College

  Wilhelmina von Blumenthal

  Andreas Kranke

  Michael Yu 

2nd  St Benet's

3rd Christ Church

4th Brasenose

5th Wadham

6th St Catherine's

7th St Cross

8th LMA

9th St Hilda's

10th Magdalen



Sunday of 5th Week, Kirtlington

WINNER  Brasenose

  James Lindsay

  Phillip Santucci

  Harold Turot

2nd St Peter's

3rd St Cross

4th Wadham

5th LMH



Chairman: Andreas Kranke

Captain: George Allen

Secretary: Alex Dixey

Treasurer: James Lindsay

Social Secretary: Wilhelmina von Blumenthal

Sponsorship Officer: Daniel Zajarias-Fainsod

Press Officer: Rachel Tanner

Horsemaster & Coach: David Ashby

Senior Member: Dunja Aksentijevic



Trashing Cambridge in Style

Polo! Pimms! And lots of sunshine! A perfect English summer day ended in the most glorious victory for the Dark Blues in years. 

The 2013 Polo Varsity match at Guards Polo Club on Saturday 8th June was one of the finest examples of Light Blue trashing in the 135 year history of the match. The weather conditions were absolutely perfect and the Dark Blue side were on top form thanks to the resourcefulness of the team’s talents, tactics and numerous training sessions this year. Two veterans of previous varsity matches, Captain George Allen and Jamie Lindsay playing at 2 and 3, were accompanied by newcomer Elli Gilje and the star of the team, four-goal player Lanto Sheridan at 4 resp 1. Superb team play and support through magnificent shots from the back led to a mind thrilling victory with an eight goal difference in the end.

The serenity and tranquillity of the surrounding Windsor Park were in complete contrast to the speed and energy of this battle. Lots of spectators from Oxford witnessed how Cambridge struggled to find their form throughout the match. They rather proved to play in an aggressive manner and showed nerves missing out on several penalty shots not only from the 30 yards line but also 10 yards away from the goal. However, Oxford players held their nerve and delivered calm defensive play with very impressive ride-offs by Oxford player Ellie Gilje and speedy attacks by Lanto Sheridan.

The very affective play from Oxford put Cambridge onto the back foot with four goals rammed home in the first chukka. Chukka number 2 saw the goal margin increasing with some enormous shots from the back by Lanto Sheridan, helping Team Captain George scoring easily.

The team was confident of sticking it to the old enemy after not having had to receive a single goal against them at the end of the 2nd chukka. Despite his team falling apart around him, some impressive individual play was shown by Cambridge’s player Sam Browne, although this achieved little in the face of the Oxford onslaught. A strong Lanto Sheridan brought the Dark Blues most of the well deserved goals, and some strong ride-offs and accurate backhands from the Oxford player James Lindsay turned any defensive play by Cambridge to tatters. After the dust settled the final score was 11-3, one of the largest margins of victory ever seen in the varsity match.

Oxford’s team player Lanto Sheeridan deservedly won the Most Valuable Player award. Debatably, Sam Browne’s pony Pinina won Best Playing Pony despite the fact that it did not help him to score any goals. However, all-around a fantastic day, and one that will live long in our memories, and that has inspired a few new Polo fanatics, sprinkled around the students of Oxford!

 Many thanks go to the Oxford University Polo club’s sponsor Jack Will’s for supporting the team and hosting the match day. A special mention must also go to the Oxford team’s coach David Ashby and The Oxford Polo School who stood by the Dark Blues through the intense time of their preparation. (Andreas Kranke, OUPC website)



9 June at Guards Polo Club

Tom Meacher (St Hugh's) 1
Samuel George, Captain (University) 0
George Allen (St Benet's) -1
Jamie Lindsay (Brasenose) 0
RESULT 2 - 13


Billy del Sel 1
Major Jamie Hayward 1
Andrew Dechet 1
Claire Tomlinson 1

RESULT 3 - 3.5


11 June at Guards Polo Club

Tom Meacher, Captain (St Hugh's) 1
Maximilian Kirchhoff (Manchester) 0
Samuel George (University) 0
Thomas Mayou (Mansfield) 1
RESULT 5 - 4

Andrew Dechet 1 
Billy Del Sel 1 
Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz 0 
Jamie Hayward 1 


12th June at Guards Polo Club


Tom Meacher (St Hugh's) 1
Thomas Mayou (Mansfield) 1
William Spray (New College)
Tarquin Wethered (Balliol)

RESULT 5 - 4

2009 - 2000


7 June, Kirtlington Park Polo Club


Tarquin Wethered, Captain (Balliol) 0

Thomas Mayou (Mansfield) 0, Most Valuable Player

William Spray (New College) 0

Henrietta Seligman (St Anne's) -1

RESULT 5 - 4



Claire Tomlinson 1

Harry Townshend 0

Andrew Dechet 1

Billy del Sel 1

RESULT 6 - 1


Captain: Tarquin Wethered

Chairman: Henrietta Seligman

Treasurer: Alexandre Leuba

Secretary: Tatiana Episovich

Social Secretary: Amelia Jenne

Horse Master: Olga Shvarova




7 June at Guards Polo Club


Magdy Fawzy -2

Alex Gleeson 0

Tarquin Wethered 0

Alex Piltz 0

RESULT 4 - 0



Jamie Hayward

Robert Lindemann

Jeremy Allen




9 June at Guards Polo Club


Henrietta Seligman -2

Jamie Dundas 1

Alex Gleeson (Captain) 0

Frederik Vannberg -2

RESULT 9 - 5


Oxford Gallop to Varsity Victory. LIGHT Blue determination posed a tough challenge for Oxford’s polo players, but the Blues’ excellent  teamwork and superior tactics enabled them to eventually dominate the scoreboard. The university polo team faced off against Cambridge on 9th of June 2007, for the annual varsity match at Guards Polo Club. This year Oxford was led by their veteran captain and talisman Alexander Gleeson, who superbly marshalled the team to a deserved win over the light blues. Cambridge, for their part, could not make their three goal handicap advantage count for much, despite the game being played ‘off the stick’, as has been the varsity match tradition. The first of four chukkas (periods) saw Oxford’s confident play cancel out Cambridge’s opening goal and catapult them into an early lead, with the dark blues ending the period with a comforting 3-1 lead. Jamie Dundas, who would eventually contribute two of Oxford’s goals, had an especially strong showing in the opening chukka, helping Oxford nudge ahead. Cambridge though would not be dismissed so easily, and they got back into the match in the second period, drawing level 4-4. Oxford, however, would not be deterred in their quest to avenge the previous year’s bitter Varsity defeat. Carlos and Memo Cressida, Oxford’s two professional Varsity match coaches, provided valuable tactical advice which helped the squad regain the initiative. The final two chukkas witnessed an inspiring Oxford revival, with solid teamwork - combined with individual skill - giving the Dark blues the edge. Henrietta Seligman and Fredrik Vannberg, despite playing their first Varsity match, showed impressive defensive prowess, riding off their opposite numbers and denying Cambridge’s most dangerous player, Ollie Clarke, the space to really show his skills. Quick movements of the ball up the pitch allowed Dundas and Gleeson to catch Cambridge unawares and run in a succession of goals, furthering the gap between the two sides. Seligman in particular displayed a fearless attitude, brushing off a fall, impressively saving a penalty in the third chukka, and then creating an Oxford goal. The highlight of the afternoon, however, was a rapid-fire Oxford goal, with Vannberg dispossessing his opposite number, quickly dispatching the ball up the field for Gleeson, the official match ‘Most Valuable Player’, to tear through the Cambridge ranks for another Oxford tap-in, all in the space of a few seconds. The writing was on the wall: Gleeson would tally seven times in the course of Oxford’s 9-5 triumph, a fitting end for both the afternoon and the season. (The Cherwell, Wednesday 3rd October 2007.)



10 June at Guards Polo Club

Elizabeth Kiernan (-2)

Tom Bowden (-2)

Jamie Dundas (1)

Alex Leuba (-2)

RESULT 1 - 6



Russell Barker (-1)

Jamie Hayward (1)

Cameron Walton Masters (3)

Tony Emerson (0)





4 June at Guards Polo Club


Harry Townsend (Captain), St Catherine's (0)

Jose Penafiel, St Benet's (2)

John Harris, St Peters's (2)

Alex Gleeson, LMH (0)

Jamie Dundas, Greyfriars (1)

RESULT 12 - 2





Guards Polo Club. The Varsity Match. They may be close rivals academically, but Oxford's performance on the Guards turf this year left no doubt about which institution has the equine edge. In what can only be described as a whitewash. Harry Townshend's Oxford team landed the venerabe prize - now in ist 102nd year - by a more than comfortable twelve goals to two. As the Oxford team had a 4-goal advantage over the light blues, perhaps this could have been predicted. Nonethless, the extent of the victory was spectacular and the crowd was well rewarded for sacrificing an afternoon of their busy post-exam schedule. A bravura display be Pepe Penafiel dominated the Match, aweing spectators from both camps. Of Oxford's twelve goals, the young Ecuadorian student scored eight, with team-mates Alex Gleeson and Harry Townshend taking three and one respectively. Most Valuable Player award was taken by Alex Gleeson, whose 0-goal handicap looked mean indeed under the circumstances. All of Oxford's players were mounted by Pepe, on horses from Druid's Lodge. Mention is also due to Amber Clutton-Brock who as the only femal on the ground played a solid, if mostly defensive gae, as well as treatin the crowd to a flying change towards the end of the third chukka. Despite this and goals scored by her team-mates Ollie Clarke and John Yographos, Cambridge were ultimately out-horsed, outplayed and outgunned. (Polo Times, July 2005, p. 56.)



Saturday, 5 June at Guards Polo Club


Harry Townshend (St Catherine's) 0

Matthew Penley, Captain (University) -1

Jose (Pepe) Penafiel (St Benet's) 2

Philippa Grace (Said Business School) 1

RESULT 5 - 4


Cambridge Succumb to Oxford Strength. The 101st Varsity Polo Match held at Guards on 5 June provided one of the most exciting matches for years. The match is traditionally 'Open' and with the Oxford squad worth 4 goals more than Cambridge on paper a whitewash was expected. But Cambridge, whose players Ollie Clark and Amber Clutton Brock were outstanding in attack and defence respectively, kept Cambridge's hopes alive all the way through the game. They were ably supported by Nina Lyon and Alex Knott. There was everything to play for in the final chukka and ambitious play from Cambridge enabled them to pull back another goal but the might of Oxford, led by Jose Penafiel, was too much and a final goal from Jose gave the game to Oxford 5 - 4. Most Valuable Player award went to Ollie Clarke with Amber Clutton-Brock a close runner up. In the Old Blues Match, Oxford out-horsed Cambridge with their beautiful Labegorce ponies. Once again the Oxford team were 4 goals higher on paper but this match was played off handicap. Two father son combinations, Hubert and Francisco Perrodo and David and Cameron Walton Masters for Oxford took on husband and wife Jeremy and Nat Allen with Raj Madha and Derek Lyon. Cambridge held Oxford in the first and third chukkas with some outstanding play by Jeremy Allen but the cup slipped decisively from their grasp towards the end with tiring ponies resulting in a final score of 10 - 5 1/2. (Polo Times, July 2004, p. 52.)



Hubert Perrodo 0

Francois Perrodo 1

David Walton Masters 3

Cameron Walton Masters 0

RESULT 10 - 5 1/2




7 June at Guards Polo Club


Pablo Goetz -2 / Quintin Fraser -2

Jonathan Randall (Captain), Worcester  (-1)

Matthew Penley, University (-1)

H. Grimston -1

RESULT 6 - 0



David Walton Masters

Francois Perrodo

Arturo Goetz

Jamie Hayward 



Captain: Jonathan Randall, Worcester

Secretary:  Matthew Penley, University

Welfare: Katie Carroll

Treasurer: Quintin Fraser (HPA Yearbook 2003)




8 June at Guards Polo Club

RESULT 3 - 4


Captain: Lord Russell Barker of Mallahide

Secretary: Miss Katie Auchterloine, Exeter

Treasurer: Jon Randall

Days of Play: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (HPA Yearbook 2002)




10 June at Cambridge & Newmarket

RESULT 1 - 3


Oxford and Cambridge polo battle. Teams from Oxford and Cambridge Universities will be fighting it out on a polo pitch near Newmarket on 10 June 2001. But it’s not just top flight polo that’s promised. As well as the University A teams and the Old Blues, the event will also host the Udaipur Cup and there’s also Riding for the Disabled polo. (http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/oxford-and-cambridge-polo-battle)


Chairman: To be advised

Captain: Francois Perrodo, St Peter's

Secretary: Miss Alexandria Henton  (HPA Yearbook 2001)




10 June at Guards Polo Club


Hugo Grimston (Worcester) -1

Edward Upton (Magdalen) -1

Francois Perrodo, Captain (St Peter's) 1

Alastair Lamb (Corpus Christi) 0

RESULT 6 - 0


Perrodo winning both, the best player and the best playing pony award.



Russel Barker (Mansfield) -2

Page Newmark (Lincoln) -1

Stanly Vulkmer (Said Business School) 0

Peter Glenton (Hertford) -2

RESULT 3 -3 draw



T Morrison (1)

P Newmark (-2)

S Vukmer (0)

P Glenton (-2)

RESULT 3 - 4


Chairman: to be advised

Captain: F. Perrodo, St Peter's

Secretary: Miss Alexandria Henton, Christ Church

Senior Treasurer: Jason Kingsely

Treasurer: Alastair Lamb, Esq.

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays (HPA Yearbook 2000)

1999 - 1990


5th June at Guards


Edward Upton, Magdalen (-1)

Francois Perrodo (Captain), St Peter's (1)

Alistair Lamb, Corpus Christi (0)

Rida Said, Pembroke (-1)

RESULT 2 - 4



Jason Kingsley

Cameron Walton Masters

Claire Tomlinson

Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz


Chairman: David Awuah-Darko

Secretary/ Treasurer: Jason Kingsley

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (HPA Yearbook 1999)

President: R. A. Budgett

Vice-Presidents: H.R. H. Prince Hassan bin Talal; Major General C. R. Watt, C.B.E



6 June at Guards

Rida Said, Magdalen (-2)

James Hoffman, Magdalene (-2)

Alastair Lamb, Corpus Christi (-1)

Jason Kingsley, St John's (0)

RESULT 1 - 13



Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz (1)

Prince Abdullah (2)

Cameron Walton Masters (3)

David Walton Masters (1)

RESULT 5 - 4 1/2


President: R. A. Budgett, Esq

Vice-Presidents: H. R. H. Prince Hassan bin Talal; Brigadier C. R. Watt, C. B. E.

Chairman: David Awuah-Darko, Esq

Secretary/ Treasurer: Jason Kingsley

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays




15 June at Guards

Kojo Awuah-Darko, Balliol (0)

Francois Perrodo, St Peter's (1)

Cameron Walton Masters, St Peter's (3)

Jo Chikwe, Chairman OUPC, St Peter's (-2)

RESULT 5 - 6



RESULT were victorious by a comfortable margin


President: R. A. Budgett

Vice-President: H. R. H. Prince Hassan bin Talal; Brigadier C. R. Watt, C. B. E. 

Chairman: J. Chikwe, St Peter's

Captain: C. S. Walton Masters, St Pete's

Secretary: C. Ellis, St Peter's

Treasurer: K. Awuah Darko, Balliol

Senior Treasurer: J. Kingsley

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (HPA Yearbook 1997)




at Guards


Tessa Canning-Cooke, St Hilda's (-2)

Kojo Awuah-Darko, Balliol (0)

Alastair Vere Nicoll, Balliol (0)

Cameron Walton Masters, St Peter's (3), Captain, Best Pony Award

RESULT 2 - 7



Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz

Simon Tomlinson

James Hayward

A Masud

RESULT 3 - 2.5


President: R. A. Budgett

Chairman: A. Vere Nicoll, St Hugh's

Captain: C. S. Walton Masters, St Peter's

Secretary: Miss. J. Chikwe, St Peter's

Treasurer: A. Mackersie, St Peter's 

Senior Treasurer: J. Kingley

Days of Play: Various days of the week, lessons and chukkas. (HPA Yearbook 1996)




11th June played at Cambridge and Newmarket Polo Club

Alastair Vere Nicholl, St Hugh's (0)

Andrew Dechet, Jesus (0)

Cameron Walton Masters, Captain, St Peter's (3)

Jacqui Broughton, St Edmund Hall (0)

RESULT 3 - 5



R Lindemann (1)

T Emerson (0)

Simon Tomlinson (3)

J Alan Jones (1)

RESULT 7 - 0


President: R. A. Budgett, Esq

Chairman: Miss Jacqui Broughton, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Captain: C. S. Walton Masters, Esq., St Peter's College, Oxford

Secretary: A. Vere Nicoll, St Hugh's

Treasurer: A. Dechet, Jesus

Senior Treasurer: J. Kingley (HPA Yearbook 1995)




11th June at Guards

Jacqui Broughton (Captain), St Edmund Hall (0)

Andrew Dechet (0)

Cameron Walton Masters, St Peter's (3). Best Playing Pony: Cara

Alastair Vere Nicoll (-2)

RESULT 1 - 2


For the first time in history of any mixed university sport the teams which contested the Varsity match were both captained by women. (Jacqui Broughton, Oxford and Emma Tomlinson, Cambridge).



Claire Tomlinson (2)

Amir Pasrich (0)

R. Lindemann (1)

Jamie Hayward (0)

RESULT 10 - 2


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Chairman/ Captain: Miss Jacqui Broughton, St Edmund Hall

Secretary: Miss Alexandra Gans, New College

Treasurer: Mr. Julian ? , St Edmund Hall

Days of play: Various days of week; lessons and chukkas.  (HPA Yearbook 1994)




13th June at Cambridge and Newmarket

Miss Alannah Weston (0)

Miss Jacqui Broughton (0)

Paul Lalor. Best playing pony (Uruguay). (1)

Jim Tuttle (0)

RESULT 10 - 2


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Chairman: Owen Matthews, Christ Church

Secretary: James Twining, Christ Church

Treasurer: Christopher Egerton-Warburton, Christ Church

Captain: Jim Tuttle, Wolfson 

Days of Play: Various days of week; lessons and chukkas (HPA Handbook 1993)




14 June at Kirtlington

P. Kennedy

Jim Tuttle

P. Lalor, Captain

N. Hassall

RESULT 3 - 2


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Chairman: Jim Tuttle, Wolfson

Secretary: Elena von Lukowitz, Wolfson

Captain: Paul Lalor, Jesus

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays (during season)

During winter season mostly weekends (indoors). (HPA Handbook 1992)




16 June at Cambridge and Newmarket

J Curtis Larsen (-1)

P Ialor (1)

Armir Singh-Pasrich, Captain (0)

J Tuttle (0)

RESULT 2 - 4


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Executive Chairman: David Vasir

Secretary Mr Jim Tutle, Wolfson 

Treasurer: Andre Stern, Trinity 

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (during Season)

During winter mostly weekends (indoors). (HPA Handbook 1991)




at Cambridge Polo Club at Dullingham, near Newmarket (newly formed)

Denver Dudley Dale (-2)

Tariq Isa, Captain (-1)

Amir Singh-Pasrich (1)

Andre Stern (0)

RESULT 1 - 4



Simon Tomlinson (3)

J Alun-Jones (1)

Hon R Hanson (1)

Mrs Claire Tomlinson (4)



President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain: Tariq Isa

Treasurer: 2Lt. I. F. Comaish

Secretary: Shalaleh Qadir

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £15. Social membership: £10.00p.a./£3.50 per term (HPA Handbook 1990)

1989 - 1980


Saturday, 17th June at Kirtlington

Peitro Gilardini (-2)

Tariq K. Isa (-2)

Amir Farman-Farma (1)

David Polkinghorne, Captain (1)


[Team sponsored by Gilbey's Oxford Blue.]


The Oxford captain, South African-born David Polkinghorne, hit well throughout, as did their underhandicapped number two, Tariq Isa from Pakistan. The Cambridge captain, Raoul Dowding had an inspired game and Cambridge was unlucky not to win.  First blood was to Cambridge in the second period when Bruce Robertson scored from a 30-yard penalty. But Oxford soon replied after a brilliant run by their Italian number one. Peitro Gilardini, Cambridge attacked persistent in the third and fourth chukkas, with Dowding and Robertson to the fore and Ian Ross steady in defence. But Amir Farman Farma from Iran broke through for Oxford in the closing moments of the match and set up Gilardini to push in the winning goal. Marking was particularly good throughout the match. Oxford had two old Blues playing and might have scored more had one of them been at two or one, rather than at three and back. Cambridge had only one old Blue and two of the team had not played before this year. This was only the second time they had played together as a team. (Horse and Hound, June 22 1989. p. 78)


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain: David Polkinghorne

Secretary: Miss Claudia Sturt

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing members: £15. Non Playing-Members: 3.15p (HPA Handbook 1989)






President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain: A Farman-Farma

Secretary: Miss Claudia Sturt

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £15. Non-playing members: £3.15p (HPA Handbook 1988)






President: The Viscount Cowdray.

Captain: Michael Reynal, New College

Secretary: Melissa Mazan

Treasurer: Scott Mackay, St Edmund's Hall

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £15. Non-Playing Member: £3.15p (HPA Handbook 1987)




S. Mackay

M. Reynal

A. Planagan

S. Wissa



President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain: Michael Reynal, New College

Secretary: Miss Melissa Mazan

Treasurer: Scott Mackay, St Edmund

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £15. Non-Playing Members: £3.15p (HPA Handbook 1986)






President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain: Charles Leftwich, St John's

Secretary: Alastair Flanagan

Subscriptions: Playing Members £15. Non Playing Members: £3.15p (HPA Handbook 87





President: the Viscount Cowdray

Captain & Secretary: Richard Milne, Oriel

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £15. Non-Playing Members: £ 3.15p (HPA Handbook 1984)






President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain & Secretary: Richard Milne, Oriel

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing-Members: £15. Non-Playing Members £3.15p (HPA Handbook 1983)




M. Danes

R. Milne

Result won


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Secretary: Richard Rowley, Exeter College

Captain: Andrew Sutcliffe, Worcester (HPA Handbook 1982)




14th June at Carver Barracks, Saffron Walden

B. Newmark (Worcester)

R. Rowley (Exeter)

A. Sutcliffe (Worcester)

J. Hopkins (Mansfield)

RESULT 4 - 2


Oxford finish stronger. Cambridge and Oxford Universities met yesterday for the 103rd polo match at Carver Barracks, Saffron Walden. Oxford scored the opening goal in the first chukka but Cambridge quickly came back with a fine forehand from 60 yards by John Grossart. Just before half time Oxford's No 3, Andrew Sutcliffe, struck the ball through the middle and despite the Cambridge back's attempts at riding off, managed to put his side into the lead again. The game came to a head in the final chukka when the Oxford No 1, Brooks Newmark, surged upfield to score, and that was quickly followed by another goal by Richard Rowley to make the final score 4 - 2 to Oxford. (The Times, 15 June, 1981, p. 9.)


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain: James Hopkins, Mansfield

Secretary: Andrew Sutcliffe

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members £15. Non Playing Members: 3 guineas. (HPA Handbook 1981)




17 May

Chris Whitely

Jame C Hopkins

Alamgir Masud, Captain

H.H. Tengku Mahkota of Pahang

RESULT 11 - 1


President: The Viscount Cowdray

Captain: Alamgir Masud, Brasenose

Secretary: James Hopkins, Mansfield 

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £15. Non-Playing Members: 3 guineas. (HPA Handbook 1980)

1979 - 1970


at Kirtlington

H. Crisp, Captain (-2)

B. Dakowski (-2)

M. Cunningham (-1)

C. Whitely (-2)




Captain Reddy Watt (4)

Simon Tomlinson (4)

Claire Tomlinson (3)

Robert Lindemann (2)

RESULT 6 - 2 1/2


Captain/ Secretary: J. H. Crisp, Christ Church

Treasurer: Dr S. Harvey, St Hilda's

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £15. Non-Playing Members: 3 guineas. (HPA Handbook 79)




26th May at Kirtlington


B. Dakowski, No. 1 (-2)

Mark Cunningham, No. 2 (-1)

H. Crisp, No. 3 (0)

C. Whitely (-2)

RESULT 2 - 3



RESULT 6 - 2

Robert Lindemann (2)

Mrs Claire Tomlinson (3)

Simon Tomlinson (4)

Captain Reddy Watt, back (4)

RESULT 6 - 2 1/2


Cambridge win centenary varsity match. Alan Budgett must have been delighted with the perfect condition of his Kirtlington polo ground on Saturday. It played fast under a blazing sun., and although the large crowd of spectators joined in the ritual "treading-in" process during the intervals there was, in fact, little for them to do. The ground was as smooth at the end of the day as at the start. Kirtlington is the base for Oxford polo and there was plenty of vocal support for the home side, but at the finish CAmbridge had won the centenary university match by 4-3. Their victory was largely due to the experience of the young American Antczak, who took control of the game for three of the four chukkas and scored all his side's goals. Both he and the rest of his team owe much to the sage advice of Randa Balding. Crisp played a sound game as pivot for Oxford and scored the best goal of the  match from the initial throw-in, catching Cambridge flat-footed. Thereafter, as the pace increased, several players on each side found difficulty in manoeuvring their ponies and Antcyak had an unmolested career. However, in the final period Oxford came back with a new look, and Cunningham marked Antcyak properly. With Crisp hitting good passes, Dakowski and Whitely put on two goals and Oxford were pressing at the end of the match. There is obviously a wealth of undeveloped talent on both sides. The art of riding high-couraged polo ponies takes time and practice to axquire. With the stresses of the university academic year at an end, and plenty of riding during the long vacation, it would be surprising if any of Saturday's participants remained on a minus handicap at the end of the season. Dakowski, in particular, is very cheap at his present rating. The second match between the Old Blues of each university produced some spectacular polo. This time Oxford had their revenge, defeating Cambidge (rec 1 1/2) by 6 - 2 1/2. It was a good, clean, open game, played at top speed on this perfect ground, with the experienced umpires, John Taylor and Martin Trotter, very seldom obliged to blow the whistle. The Old Oxonians were based on the Tomkinson family, with Reddy Watt as possibly the best player of the match at back, and with a really good no. 1 in Lindemann. They played first-class team polo and were better mounted than the Old Cantabs. Yet Cambridge did extremely well in welding four individuals into an efficient fighting force on the day. John Lucas had a tough afternoon dealing with his sister's and brother-in-law's persistent attacks, and even with Hodgkinson's invaluable support the Tomkinsons' pony power was too much for the Cambridge back division. Prince Charles was working hard and hitting well. His back-handers saved several dangerous situations for Cambridge. The Ball seldom reached John Barlow, the Cambridge no. 1, and Watt came boldly into the attack, sending up long passes to his forwards, yet always there to thwart the Cambridge attack - and there were plenty of attacks by Cambridge in this even game. But oxford were better at the finishing touches. Claire Tomlinson (3), Lindemann (2) and Watt scored for Oxford, while Prince Charles hit a 30-yard penalty goal for Cambridge in the final chukka. A striking feature in both matches was the very few times the umpired intervened. Can there be some connection between a university education and a leaning towards fair play? (Horse and Hound, 2 June 1978)


Captain/Secretary: J.H. Crisp, Christ Church

Treasurer: Dr. S. Harvey, St Hilda's

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Subscription: Playing Members: £15. Non-Playing Members: 3guineas. (HPA Handbook 1978)




RESULT lost 


Captain: J. H. Bodkin, St Edmund Hall

Secretary: J.h. Crisp, Christ Church

Treasurer: W. J. Reeve, Exeter (HPA Handbook 77)




Alamgir Masus

B. Dakowski

Hugh Crisp

Chris Whitely



Captain: C. J. Elston, Worcester

Secretary: J. H. Bodking, St Edmund's Hall

Treasurer: W. J. Reeve, Exeter College

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Subscriptions: 10 guineas. Non-Playing Members: 1 guinea (HPA Handbook 1976)





Captain: R. M. Howes, Esq., Hertford

Secretary: T. M. Nicole, Esq., New College

Treasurer: C. Elston, Esq., Worcester College

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Subscriptions: 10 guineas. Non-Playing Members: 1 guinea. (HPA Handbook 1975)




Mr Shahid Ali (+3)

Mr A Goetz (+3)

RESULT 3 - 4


Captain: Mr. Hunter-Jones, Exeter 

Hon. Secretary: A. Saigol, Brasenose 

Hon. Treasurer: C. Richmond-Watson, St Edmund Hall

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: 10 guineas. Non Playing Members: 1 guinea. (HPA Handbook 74)




M. Hunter-Jones

RESULT 5 - 2


Captain: R. Jumabhoy, University College

Secretary: M. Hunter-Jones, Exeter 

Hon. Secretary: A. Saigol, Brasenose

Hon. Treasurer: C. Richmond-Watson, St Edmund's (HPA Handbook 1973)




Sunday, 10 June at Kirtlington

A. Saigol

Syed Shahid Ali, Captain (3)

R. Jumabhoy (0)

RESULT 11 - 2


In-form Oxford. Oxford University they played Portway House, and the University team showed that they are capable of galloping with the ball, can shoot accurately, and are beginning to knit together as a team. [...] This sort of form augurs well for their match against Cambridge at Kirtlington next Sunday.  Oxford Univ - 1. R. Lindemann (0); 2. A Saigol (1); 3 A. Goetz (2); back. R. Jumabhoy (0) (Horse and Hounds, 2 June 1972)


Captain: C. A. G. Gore-Langton, St Catherine's (HPA Handbook 1972)




at Woolmers Park

Robert M. Lindemann (-2)

C. A. Joll (0)

Reddy Watt (2)

C. A. Gore-Langton (0)

RESULT 3 - 2


No handicaps. The 72nd polo match between Oxford and Cambridge Universities was played on the Hertfordshire Polo Club ground in June. The match is always played without handicap and the teams were: Oxford University. - 1, R M Lindemann (-2); 2, C A Joll (0); 3, C R Watt (2); back, C A Gore Langton (0). Cambridge University. - 1, J Williams (-2); 2, M Haddon (0); 3, M de Rivaz (0); back, S Cobb (-2) Oxford won by 3 goals to 2. They had the advantage through Watt's firm controlling of his team. Though Cambridge attacked first, Watt opened the scoring. Cambridge were undaunted and got going again when the humbly handicapped Cobb finished off a run to score. He succeeded again for Cambridge to lead 2 to 1 until Watt scored from a 60-yard penalty to level the score. This good, open game continued with Cambridge hanging on well, marking their men, until Watt, starting a run from his own goal-line, was well taken on by his team to get the ball into the Cambridge goalmouth. From the melee which ensued a Cambridge player, hitting to clear, struck a pony for the ball to rebound through his own goal. (The Field, 12. August 1971)


Captain: C. A. G. Gore-Langton, St Catherine's

Subscriptions: Playing Members: 10gns. Non-Playing Members: 1gn. (HPA Handbook 1971)




7th June at Kirtlington Park

D. I. Elley (-1)

General Sir Redmond Watt (1)

Clive J. Preston, Captain (0)

C. Barnett (-1)

RESULT 5 - 0


Prince Charles (Captain of the Cambridge team, (-1) playing his 4th Varsity Match. 5000 spectators.


Oxford triumph in magnificent varsity match. Oxford University beat Cambridge 5-0 in a magnificent Inter-Varsity match at Kirtlington Park last Sunday. H.M. The Queen was present to see the Prince of Wales play for Cambridge and so too was an enormous crowd of nearly 5,000 who basked in the sun all around the border of this beautiful ground. Oxford captained by Clive Preston, played their most memorable game of the season, but it was not one of those matches when in retrospect any individual seems important. Cambridge deserved to score on several occasions an dthe final result is not in any way indicative of the run of the game. Watt and Preston, who shared the scoring for Oxford, played extremely well. They were consistently well placed, enabling them to make the best use of strong passes from Eeeley and Barnett. The Prince of Wales, with his fine strong backhand, was forced to lead his team into defensive tactics after two quick goals in the second chukka, but they hindered Oxford at every opportunity and were unlucky not to be more successful. (Horse and Hound, June 12 1970.)


Oxford win 5-0 Oxford University beat Cam- bridge University 5-0 in the inter- varsity polo match at Kirtlington. Oxfordshire yesterday. (The Times, June 8, 1970, p.6)


No Old Boys Match taking place, instead a second match between Windors Park including Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh against Kirtlington Park (RESULT 5 - 7 1/2).


Captain: A. C. J. Preston, Esq

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

Subscriptions: Playing Members: 10gns. Non-Playing Members: 1gns (HPA Handbook 1970)

1969 - 1960


8th June, 1969 at Woolmers Park

P. Spiller

C. Preston

C. Barnett

RESULT 4 - 1


The Prince of Wales receiving a trophy from the Queen after Playing for Cambridge University in a polo match against Oxford, at Woobners Park, Hertfordshire, yesterday. Oxford won the game but members of the losing side also received a trophy. (The Times, June 9, 1969, p.10)



9th June at Kirtlington

Mr. J. Moir

Mr. C. Ashton

Mr. Julian Eeley, Captain

Mr. A. C. J. Preston

RESULT 2 - 1


The missing 'killer' touch. Prince Charles got his half blue for Cambridge yesterday when he played polo against Oxford. Cambridge lost, unfortunately, 2-1 in extra time, but Prince Charles scored his side's goal, which must have pleased him and certainly pleased the Queen, who had arrived unexpectedly to watch the game. Not being a polo expert, I checked on the Prince's form afterward with the Oxford captain Julian Eeley. Graciously, he said: 'The Prince will be a fine player one day, but before he gets really good, he'll have to develop more of a ruthless streak." The game over the Queen presented the cup to Oxford and riding whips as consolation prizes to the Cambridge team. Then - a rather nice touch - while the other players retired to the beer tent, Prince Charles slipped away to see to his three ponies and reward them for their efforts with some lumps of sugar. I can't help feeling that a ruthless player might not have thought of that. (The Mirror, 10th June)


First, the Queen was showered with champagne... then she was nearly struck by a polo ball. And to cap it all, she saw her son's team - Cambridge - lose the University Polo Match at Kirtlington Park, near Oxford, yesterday.  But it was Prince Charles, at 19 the youngest player in the Light Blue team, who opened the scoring. In the second chukka, however, Oxford equalised. Then came extra time with the referees decreeing a sudden death finish with the goalmouths widened from 8ft. to 16ft. After after 50 seconds Oxford scored again. The Queen presented the cup to Oxford captain Julian Eeley, who had scored both his team's goals, and riding crops to each of the losing team, including Prince Charles. Then Mr. Alan Budgett, who owns Kirtlington Park and who led Oxford to victory in 1934, opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate... The cork shot out...and the wine spurted in all directions, some of it falling on the Queen's orange and white check dress. {...} Three thousand people turned up to watch the play - a record since the universities challenged each other in 1878. Since then Oxford has triumphed 31 times and Cambridge 33. (Daily Express, June Monday 10)




18th June at Kirtlington

J. Cartwright

S. Tomlinson

J. Edley

C. P. M. Ashton

RESULT 12 - 1


OXFORD WIN AT POLO. Oxford beat Cambridge 12-1 in the University polo match at Oxford yesterday. (The Times, 19 June 1967)


Hon Secretary: J. Eeley, Wadham

Captain: G. S. Tomlinson, University College (HPA Handbook 1967)




June 19 at Kirtlington

Claire Lucas  (Capt.), first female Captain of OUPC 

Justin J. Cartwright

Simon Tomlinson

J.A. Eeley

RESULT 7 - 0


OXFORD POLO WIN. Oxford beat Cambridge by seven goals to none in the university polo match at Kirtlington Park yesterday.  Miss Lucas, Oxford's captain, scored five times. (The Times, 20th June, p.6)


Hon. Secretary:  G. S. Tomlinson, Esq., University College

Captain:  Miss C. J. Lucas, Somerville

Subsriptions:  Playing Members £1. Non-Playing Members: 1gn (HPA Handbook 1966)




13 June, Woolmers Park

Claire Tomlinson (née Lucas), Somerville

Simon Tomlinson

RESULT 6 - 7

(The Times, June 12, 1965, p. 1)


Hon. Secretary: D.P.F Birley Esq., Christ Church 

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £1  Non Playing Members: 1gn (HPA Handbook 1965)




6th June at Windsor

Claire Tomlinson (née Lucas), Somerville

M. N. Tiwana

Jeremy D.T. Taylor (Capt.)

D. P. F. Bizley

RESULT 5 -3 


The University match was won by Oxford, who defeated Cambridge 5-3.  (The Times, June 8, 1964, p. 3.)

Hon. Secretary: D. P. F. Birley, Christ Church (HPA Handbook 1964)




Not played.

President J.D. Taylor, Lincoln College (HPA Handbook 1963)




30th June at Cowdray Park

RESULT 4 - 5

(The Times, 2nd July 1962, p. 4)


President and Hon. Secretary J. D. Taylor, Lincoln College

Subscriptions: £3. Non Playing Members: None

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: 22nd April to 16th June (HPA Handbook 1962)




Not played.




Not played.


President:  Dr. A. H. B. de Bono, St Hilda's

Hon. Secretary: R. Bajpai, New College

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: 22nd April to 16th of June

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £3. Non-Playing Members: None. (HPA Handbook 1960)


1959 - 1940


4th July at Cowdray Park (thanks to the generosity of Lord Cowdray, a former Blues from the 1930s)

H. C. Vivian Smith (Worcester)

Peter Palumbo (Worcester)

Dr Anthony H. De Bono (Christ Church)

E. S. Cazalet (Christ Church)

RESULT 1 - 4


Cambridge, about the best university team we have seen since the war, beat Oxford in the first university match played at Cowdray 4-1. (The Times, 6 July, 1959, p.3)


President: Dr. A. H. B. de Bono, Christ Church

Days of Play: Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays: 22nd April to 16th June

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £3. Non-Playing Members: None

Official Tournament: Inter-University Match. (HPA Yearbook 1959)




21st June at Guards

Mr. E. De Bono (Christ Church)

Mr. P. G. Palumbo (Worcester)

Mr. Anthony H. De Bono, Captain (Christ Church)

Mr. E. S. Cazalet (Christ Church)

RESULT 6 - 5


REVERSAL OF FORM IN UNIVERSITY POLO. Oxford seize chances. The University match on Smith's Lawn on Saturday was remarkable for what can only be described as a reversal of form - and for the number of goals scored, unprecedented since the war, Oxford winning by 6-5 after they had led 6-3 half-was through the chukka. Considering that the aggregate handicaps of the two teams must have come to double figures on the minus side, it was a good game with plenty of hard riding and hitting. Cambridge were expected to win by the length of the street, for they have had lots of polo together at Woolmer's Park. At No.2 they had the son of G. Ashton, the famous Australian player. Barlow goes hard at No.1 and Lukshumeyah is an Indian with an eye like a hawk. But they were slow to take their chances and were apt to bunch. Oxford missed few opportunities. (The Times, June 23, 1958, p. 3.)


President: Dr. A. H. B. de Bono, Christ Church

Hon. Secretary: H. C. Vivian-Smith, Worcester

Subscriptions: Playing Members: £3. Non-Playing Members: None. (HPA Handbook 1958)




22nd June at Windsor Park during Ascot Week

H. A. Franco, Trinity (-2)

C. A. R. Lockhard, Worcester (0)

A. H. G. de Bono, Christ Church (1)

A. Wallace Turner, Trinity (-2)

RESULT 2 - 4


Cambridge Begin and End well. Oxford Mastered at Windsor. The sixty-first polo match between Cambridge was played at Windsor Great Park on Saturday. Oxford had won the two previous matches but this time thanks to a good first chukka, Cambridge won by 4-2. They now lead with 32 victories to Oxford's 29. Cambridge pressed at once and Owen shot straight after a good run. Almost from the throw-in Cambridge were off for Owen again to put through. Oxford retaliated with a goal at the end of the chukka from good play by Lockhart. At half-time Cambridge still led by three goals to two. Oxford had the better of the third chukka but missed their shots. In the last chukka Cambridge pressed to score from a melee in front of goal. Lockhart played well for Oxford. (The Times, June 24, 1957, p. 3)


President: Mr P. R. Wilson 

Hon. Sec. C. A. R.  Lockhart, Worcester

(HPA Handbook 1957)




June 23 at Windsor Park 

Mr. R. N. Hutchings

Mr. C. A. R. Lockhart

Mr. P. R. Wilson, Captain

Mr. W. O. L. Fox-Pitt

RESULT 5 - 1

(The Observer, June 24 1956, p. 14)


UNIVERSITY PLAYERS OF PROMISE. Encouraging Sign. The University polo match, also played on Smith's Lawn, produced an even better game than last year's when Oxford, thanks in the main to that very promising young player, P. R. Wilson, beat Cambridge by five goald to one. It is encouraging to find so much promise among these young players. It was, in fact, a vey level contest up to the last chukka, which was begun with Oxford leading 3-1. In the last chukka,  however, the Cambridge back's pony rather let him down, and Oxford had it all their own way. For Cambridge Barclay played a really good game, and Barlow, apart from that unhappy chukka, was excellent at back. There was plenty of pace and hard riding, and notable goalds were the grand long shot by Wilson in the second chukka, another beauty in the third by the same player as the result of a perfectly played approach shot, and a great shot by Lockhart under his pony's neck in the last chukka. (The Times, June 25, 1956, p. 3.)




18th June at Windsor Park during Ascot Week

Mr. R. N. Hutchings (Trinity)

Mr. C. A. R. Lockhart (Worcester)

Mr. P. R. Wilson, Captain (Trinity)

Mr. W. O. L. Fox-Pitt (Trinity)

RESULT 3 - 2


OXFORD WIN POLO MATCH. Extra Chukka Needed. The University polo match suffered a little by comparison with the remaining semi-final tie in the Smith's lawn Cup, in which the mariners qualified to meet Woolmers Park this evening. Oxford were hot favourites, but in the end they had to go an extra chukka before they beat Cambridge by three goals to two, and there were not a few moments in the end when Cambridge  , thanks chiefly to Barclay, their captain, and a thrusting forward in Barlow, looked likely to pull the match out of the fire. Both sides went a rare pace throughout, and the hitting was surprisingly good on a ground that was beginning to bump. The two South Africans, Wilson of Oxford, who apart from de Rothschild of Cambridge looked the best mounted man on the field and was sure in his hitting, and Henwood, of Cambridge , went well. The high wind from the north-east rather affected the run of the ball, but instead of milling in the south-west corner the game remained open throughout. A feature was the meeting of the ball by Barclay, who thus often averted disaster, and the sureness of Lockhart, the Oxford back. Temptation Eschewed. Oxford opened the scoring when Wilson made an excellent run and, keeping his head, tapped the ball on where every temptation existed to hit it hard, and so made his goal. Oxford went further ahead in the second chukka when Hutchings, after a fast run and an admirable approach shot, made it 2-0, and that was the score when the bell went for half-time. Cambridge, by no means intimidated, started the third chukka at a furious pace, were constantly attacking , and after some disappointment Barlow, who at home plays at the recently revived Cheshire Club, made a well-deserved goal. Oxford in turn were attacking at the start of the fourth chukka, in which there was plenty of hard galloping. Cambridge returnd to the attack and after a strenuous attack forced a "safety". From the ensuing 6-yarder Barclay put in a shot which would have been a credit to a first-class player, and that was all square. Soon afterwards Oxford forced  a " safety", and that looked like scoring until it was met by Barclay and cleared. No further score eventuated, though there were some exciting moments. It was obviously anybody's game when the extra chukka was started, but Oxford, probably the stronger side, forced a 60-yard penalty on to the Cambridge goal line - how it did not go over is a miracle -  and, keeping it up, at last Hutchings took on a good pass to make the winning goal. (The Times, 18th June 1955, p. 3.)




20th June at Woolmers Park

G. Fitzherbert

W. Butcher

J.R. Wilson

F. Nichols

RESULT 2 - 8


UNIVERSITY POLO MATCH. Oxford and Cambridge have battled for the Hurlingham Challenge Cup regularly, though often under difficulties, since 1920. This year's match spoke well for the tenacity of the Oxford players, mostly on strange and borrowed mounts, in the face of a stronger and better-mounted Cambridge side. The latter nearly had it all their own way, but Oxford fought back gamely in the second and third chukkas when, mainly through one brilliant dash by Butcher, who worked like a Trojan all through, and an accurate penalty shot by Wilson, they brought the game level at 2-all. Thereafter Cambridge were always the better side and the game became a procession led by Lucas who scored six out of the eight goals, Whitely and de Rothschild accounting for the other two. The final score was 8-2 for Cambridge. (The Times, June 22, 1954, p. 4)




24th May at Woolmers Park



POLO RESULTS. Cambridge beat Oxford by 4-0 in the university polo match at Woolmers Park, Herts, yesterday. (The Times, 25 May 1953, p. 12)




June 9th at Henley 

T. W. Beaumont

R. H. Bishop

C. A. Broadie 

D. L. McGurk

RESULT 0 - 9


Secretary/ Captain: The Hon. George Bertram Bathurst (HPA Yearbook 1952) 


A Tie in University Match. It was a thousand pities that the weather was so vile for the second university match to be played since the war at Henley, but this match proved a good hard-fought contest and at times, especially towards the end, really exciting. At the end of the four stipulated chukkas Cambridge, by a great effort, had overcome a bad start, and scored the equalizing goal a few seconds before the last bell sounded. Both sides were short of ponies, but after an interval the extra chukka was played. This proved barren, in spite of some promising atttacks on both sides, and, since the ground by that time was really treacherous after the continual downpour and the ponies of both sides had had more than enough, it was decided to leave it at that, and indeed a tie was the best reflection on the game. Cambridge were undoubtedly saved by Lucas, who was far and away the best player on the ground, but Oxford will for long blame themselves for their failure to score at least four goals in the first chukka, when a constant bombardment of the Cambridge goal failed to produce a single score. They did score two in the second and should have had two more. Then Cambridge came back at them valiantly, held them for the third chukka, and in the last in which Lucas, playing his father's good pony Prince Tolgus, bred at Cowdray, put up a great performance to enable his side to draw level, as it were, at the last gasp. There was quite a large crowd of spectators when the ball was thrown in. The first chukka was a very scrambling affair and produced no score, though Oxford were repeatedly all round their opponent's goal. The second went much the same, but after a long Melee McGurk opened the score  for Oxford and they were nearly in again from the throw-in. It was beginning to look like a procession when Bishop scored another with a  very nice near-side shot. Oxford looked like getting away again when Beaumont's pony fell dead. Bishop scored again just after half-time but then came the Cambridge rally. Lucas made an excellent opening for Mosselmans to score with a good near-side shot and from that moment it was anybody's game. Cambridge's second goal came from Lucas, who followed up a 60-yard hit for "behind" with a grand lofted shot, and just on the bell he made another opening for Mosselmans, who equalized a few seconds before the final bell. Both sides were going flat out in the extra chukka - to their imminent peril - but an exciting period ended without a score.  (The Times, June 10, 1952, p. 4)




30th June at Woolmers Park (first Varsity match after World War II)

Henley Polo Club helped the Oxford team to start training again.

Mr. T. Dale-Harris (-2)

Mr. T. Beaumont (-2)

Hon. George Bertram Bathurst (-2)

Mr T. M. Baring, Captain (-2)

V. Naylor-Leyland (0)

RESULT 6 - 0


Secretary/Captain: The Hon. A. Watson (HPA Yearbook 1951)


UNIVERSITY MATCH WON BY OXFORD. The first university match since the war was played on Mr. Lucas' ground at Woolmers Park on Saturday. The result was a rather one-sided victory for Oxford, who received 1/2 a goal start, by 6 1/2 goals to none. Two of their team have had some experience of tournament polo and a third, Bathurst seems to have more promise than any. Cambridge had Lucas, one of our likely young players, but so far have little but a rudimentary conception of combination: they were unable to mark their opposite numbers effectively and, taking it by and large, were outpointed. Bathurst had Little Irish Rose, acquired from the Cowdray stable, and the loan of Naranja, on both of whom he did excellent work. For a university match it was quite a good game and it often began to open out quite well. At least it id show that we have plenty of young players who, given a little experience in mature polo, would be ready in a few years time to fill the gaps. Both sides "doubled" the part of No. 1. Oxford with Beaumont and Dale-Harris, Cambridge with Ashley Cooper and Diggle. (The Times, 2 July, 1952, p. 2)




No Varsity Matches taking place due to the war.

1939 - 1930


Saturday, 8th July. Hurlingham

The Hon George Haig, no. 1, Christ Church

The Hon. J. J. Astor, no. 2, New College

Mr. B . Profumo, no. 3, Magdalen

Mr. E. I. P. Marsden, back, Christ Church

RESULT 4 1/2 - 5


The University Match. This year 's University match very nearly did not come off, as Cambridge were unable to field a team of any sort . However, a Cambridge team composed of two undergraduates and two ex-Cambridge players took on Oxford under handicap at Hurlingham and, conceding 3 1/2 goals, won by 5 goals to 41/2. It is a melancholy thought that our two senior universities should be unable to raise even two teams of any kind when one considers the flourishing condition of the game in America . The recent inter-Collegiate final at Burnt Mills in New Jersey, when Yale revenged themselves for their last year's defeat at the hands of Harvard, was an excellent game, comparable with the best of Subalterns' Cup ties in England. Surely it is not too much to ask that the very wealthy Universities of Oxford and Cambridge should subsidize the game to some extent at least. (Polo Monthly, July 1939, p. 92.)  


OXFORD N. CAMBRIDGE Oxford won the 55th Oxford and Cambridge match at Hurlingham on Saturday owing to the failure of Cambridge to produce a side that was qualified to play. Only two members of the Cambridge team that went on to the ground were qualified to play. These were A. P. S. Wood and K. R. Watt. The other two members of the team, W. H. D. Riley- Smith and M. S. Balmain. have not been in residence for some years. The former played in the University matches in 1934-35-36, and was deputizing for his brother, D. Riley-Smith. Watt played in 1937-38, in each of which years Cambridge were beaten. The Oxford team was:-Lord Haig (Stowe and Christ Church), No. 1: E. P. Marsden (Winchester and Christ Church), No. 2; P. Profumo (Harrow and Magdalen), No. 3; and G. Astor (Eton and New College), back.


Secretary: E. J. Marsden

No Entrance Fee. Annual subscription. £10 or less, according to numbers of players.

Ground: full size boarded, at Port Meadow, near Wolvercote

Play Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 2.30pm

Colours: Dark Blue  (The Polo Year Book 1939)




Saturday, 9th July at Hurlingham

J . E . Mansfield, No. 1

The Hon. J . J . Astor, No. 2

Mr. J. P . Summers. Fox-Pitt, No. 3

The Hon. N. H. Villiers, back

RESULT 8 - 4


UNIVERSITY MATCH AT HURLINGHAM OXFORD BEAT CAMBRIDGE. The University polo match is something more than the meeting of two low handicap sides. It is always a hard fought match and creates an interest which a game between teams of far more seasoned players often fail to do. In yesterday's match Oxford beat Cambridge by eight goals to four after Cambridge had led at half-time. In the first three chukkas the game was rather sticky, neither side being able to get any length into their shots, but in the last three the play improved, and the game was a good one to watch. The eight players were remarkably level and all of them contributed individual good things, though perhaps the honours of the day were with Mr. Astor and Mr. Summers. Each side scored a goal in the first chukka, Mr. White starting with a good goal for Cambridge and Mr. Astor replying from a pass by Mr. Summers. Neither side could add to the score in the second chukka, in which there was a good deal of mishitting and bunching, but in the third Mr. White got away and scored nicely, and Mr. Alihusen added another making the score 3-1. Then Oxford scored fiom a penalty. Mr. Mansfield equalized at the beginning of the fourth chukka, and then Mr. Astor got two good goals, the first as a result of a very long run. The fifth chukka was also Oxford's. Mr. Astor scoring twice early on and then Mr. Summers got another with a very long shot. Play went on for a full three minutes after the bell sounded, Oxford continually pressing and Cambridge always managing to save. Finally Mr. Watt picked up the ball, took it right down the ground, and scored well. There was no score in the last period, of which Cambridge had quite their fair share, and the game ended in an Oxford victory at eight goals to four. (The Times, July 11, 1938, p.4)


Oxford beat Cambridge by 8 goals at Hurlingham Club, Fulham, in the Inter-University polo match. (Aberdeen Journal, Monday 11 July 1938, p. 5)


Secretary: Mr. J.D. Summers

No Entrance Fee. Annual subscription, £10 or less, according to number of players.

Ground: Full-sized (boarded), at Port Meadow, near Wolvercote

Nearest Railway Station. - Oxford (G.W.), 2 1/2 miles

Season: April 27th to June 27th

Colours: Dark blue. (The Polo Year Book, 1938)




Saturday, 10th July at Hurlingham

Mr. J. E . Mansfield (Stowe and Christ Church), No. I

Mr. J . D . Summers (Eton and Christ Church), No. 2

Mr. Arthur  M . Budgett (Eton and Christ Church), No. 3 (Captain)

Mr. P . M . Kemp-Gee (Marlborough and Oriel), back 

RESULT 12 - 0


The University Match. Oxford beat Cambridge in the 53rd Inter-University match at Hurlingham on Saturday afternoon by 12 goals to one. This brought Oxford's total number of wins up to 25, three less than that of Cambridge, who have won 11 times since the War. The annual match was instituted in 1878 at Oxford, and when it was revived after the War Hurlingham pre- sented a challenge cup. In 1920 Prince Henry (now the Duke of Gloucester) hit the winning goal for Cambridge after three minutes' overtime. Oxford owed their victory on Saturday mainly to their superior defence. Both Mr. A. M. Bud-ett, their captain, who played No. 3, and Mr. P. M. Kemp-Gee, their back, represented their University in 1935 and 1936. The only member of the Cambridge team who played last year was Mr. L. S. White, their captain. There was no score in the first chukka, in which Oxford had all the play, for they had seven shots at goal without being able to get the balL between the posts. After five minutes In the second chukka Mr. Mansfield's pony carried the ball through following a back-hand clearance by the Cambridge back. Oxford got their second goal soon after the start of the third chukka, Mr. Kemp-Gee scoring, while a minute before the end Mr. Budgett added another. The latter player made an excellent shot at an acute angle after the bell, and had not Mlr. Summers not tried to finish it off Oxford would have been four goals up at half-time. At the start of the fourth chukka Mr. Budgett met the hit-out and scored. Cambridge got their first and only goal a minute later, this coming from Mr. Gerard Leigh. Oxford put on four more goals before the change of ponies, these coming from Mr. Kemp-Gee, Mr. Budgett, and Mr. Summers (two) in that order. After the first-named player had added another at the start of the fifth chukka Cambridge had their second shot at goal, but the ball went just outside the post. Just before the bell Mr. Summers made the score 10-1, and in the last eight minutes Mr. Mansfield and Mr. Kemp-Gee added two more goals for Oxford. The cup was handed to Mr. Budgett after the match by his mother. (The Times, July 12, 1937, p. 5)


Easy Oxford Success. A runaway victory was gained by Oxford in the annual Inter- Universities match, played at Hurlingham on July 10th. This brought their total number of wins up to 25, three fewer than that of Cambridge, who have won eleven times since the war. The annual match was instituted in 1 S78 at Oxford, and when it was revived after the war Hurlingham presented a challenge cup. Oxford owed their victory, by 12 goals to I, mainly to their superior defence . Both Mr. A. M. Budgett, their captain, who played No. 3, and Mr. P. M . Kemp-Gee, their back, represented their University in 1935 and 1936. The only member of the Cambridge team who played last year was Mr. L. S. White, their captain. The cup was presented to Mr. Budgett after the match by his mother. (Polo Monthly, August 1937, pp.351-352.)




Saturday, 4th July at Hurlingham

Mr. D. F. Little, No.1 (+1)

Mr. P. M. Kemp-Gee, No. 2 (0)

Mr. Arthur M. Budgett (Captain), No.3 (+1)

Mr. D. Milburn, back  (0)

RESULT 4 - 1


The University Match. Oxford won the 52nd Universitv match, played at Hurlingham on Saturday, by four goals to one, this being their 24th victory as against Cambridge's 28 successes. When the match was revived in 1920 Hurlingham gave a challenge cup for annual competition, and of the post-war matches Cambridge have won 11, including that of last year. The Marchioness Camden presented the cup to Mr. A. M. Budgett, the Oxford captain, and individual souvenirs to each member of the team. Cambridge had their 1935 team again, and Oxford had three of last year's, side, the new member being their back, Mr. D. Milburn, whose father, the-famous American international, Mr. Devereux Milburn, played in the winning Oxford University teams of 1902 and 1903. AN EARLY LEAD The polo and hitting were much better than one generally sees in this match. Oxford on the run of the play deserved to win, but Cambridge, who were unlucky in their shooting, were gallant losers, putting up a good fight right up to the end. Oxford obtained their first goal in the opening chukker, hit by Mr. Kemp-Gee, and that player, picking up a hit-up by Mr. Milburn, scored again in the next period. In the third chukker Oxford made another successful attack, Mr. Milburn, with a fine shot, a backhander at an awkward angle, hitting their third goal. The score was still 3-0 in Oxford's favour at the end of the next chukker, but then Cambridge attacked several times, and after two good run-by Lord Roderick Pratt he and Mr. Nevill each shot close. Near the end of the chukker a capital run by Mr. Riley-Smith ended in his nearly scoring with a nearside shot for Oxford. Early in a very exciting sixth period Mr. Nevill narrowly missed-scoring for Cambridge. Then, after. one attack by Oxford had been checked, Mr. Budgett hit Oxford's fourth goal with a backhander from a centre by Mr. Milburn. For a foul by Mr. Riley- Smith, who-crossed Mr. Milburn, Oxford were awarded a 40 yards-penalty, but Mr. Milburn did not succeed with his shot. A Cambridge attack ended in Mr. Riley-Smith shooting wide, but, nearing the end of the game a good shot by Lord Roderick Pratt gave the side their first and-only goal. (The Times, July 6, 1936, p.5)


An Oxford Success. It was generally agreed that the standard of play in the annual Inter-Universities match, played at Hurlingham on July 4th, was above the average standard. The Dark Blues proved successful by 4 goals to 1, and have now won twenty-four times to Cambridge's twenty-eight. The Oxford side included Mr. D. Milburn, son of the famous player who represented America so many times and himself played for Oxford when he was in residence. Mr. Kemp-Gee gave Oxford the lead during the opening period and increased it in the second from a fine hit-up by Mr. Milburn. The latter scored with a splendid backhander to make Oxford three up at half-time. Cambridge were having their fair share of the play, but things would not go right for them, Lord Roderick Pratt and Mr. Nevill both missing by a narrow margin. They kept the attack going and a fine run by Mr. Riley Smith ended in his final near-side shot scraping the goal-post. Oxford then pressed and Mr. Budgett put through from a good centre by Mr. Milburn. Mr. Riley Smith crossed Mr. Milburn, but the latter's shot at an open goal from forty yards went just wide . It looked as if the game would end without Cambridge scoring at all, but three minutes before the final bell Lord Roderick Pratt obtained a goal. The Marchioness Camden presented the challenge cup to Mr. Budgett. (Polo Monthly, July 1936, pp. 102-103.)


Half a Century. A period of fifty years with the Oxford University Polo Club has just been completed by Mr. William King, of Temple Road, Cowley, who is in his eighty-first year. Naturally he has been acquainted with many sporting undergraduates. " In the old days," he recently told a newspaper representative, " the young men had plenty of money and had their own ponies. The majority of them now hire their animals." Owing to the intervention of the war, the club did not exist from 1914 to 1918, but when it was reformed in the following year the officers immediately called Mr. King into service again. Mr. King has also been manager of the Bullingdon Club since 1893, and here again he came into contact with many members of the University who later became famous in different spheres of life. (Polo Monthly, June 1936, pp. 16-17.)




Thursday, 11th July at Hurlingham

Mr. P . N . Kemp-Gee (Marlborough and Oriel), No . 1 (0)

Mr . Arthur  M. Budgett (Eton and Christ Church), No . 2 (+1)

Mr . R . Alan Budgett (Eton and Christ Church), No . 3 (Captain)

Mr. D . F . Little (Eton and New College), back (+1)

RESULT 4 - 5


The University Match. Cambridge won the fifty-first University match at Hurlingham yesterday, beating Oxford by five goals to four after an excellent game. Both sides hit well and rode hard all through, and the standard of play was distinctly above that which is expected in University polo. The brothers Budgett each hit two goals for Oxford while Lord Roderick Pratt scored once and Mr. While and Mr. Nevill twice each for Cambridge. This was the twenty-eighth victory of Cambridge and their eleventh success since the War. Within 20 seconds of the ball being thrown in Mr. White got away and opened the scoring for Cambridge. Then, directly after the line-up, Mr. A. M.. Budgett got away and equalized with a shot from the 60-yards mark. Afier three shots by Oxford, all of which went wide, Mr. White. had two shots before Oxford were forced to, employ a safety hit at the close. Mr. White took the resulting 60-yards free hit at the start of the second chukker, but failed to score. Then Oxford pressed and had four shots without being able to score, and then Lord Roderick Pratt made a good run, but missed with his final shot. Cambridge were unlucky not to get ahead in the third stage, for they had three close shots. Nearing the end of the chukker Oxford obtained the lead for the first time, Mr. R. A. Budgett hitting through. At the start of the fourth period a 60-yard free hit was given against Oxford for a cross, this being taken by Mr. White. In trying to save Oxford hit behind their own line, and this was repeated twice before they managed to get the ball away. Oxford then attacked and had three shots before Cambridge got away, and Mr. Nevill equalized from a centre by Mr. White. A feature of the early play in the fifth chukker was a fine save by Mr. White in the goal mouth from a shot by Mr. Little. The former player got away with the ball and very nearly scored. Mr. H. M. Budgett put through from a centre by his brother and the latter made Oxford two goals up directly afterwards. At the close of the period Mr. White got a goal back for Cambridge. The last chukker was thus started with the board reading 4-3 irn favour of Oxford, but after about three minutes' play Lord Roderick Pratt put Cambridge on level terms once more. Mr. P. A. Budgett made a fine run three-quarters the length of the ground, but went wide with his final shot. Then Cambridge pressed and after going outside once Mr. Nevill hit the post. Mr. Little cleared, but the ball was picked up by Mr. White and was put through by Mr. Nevill. Including the goals scored, Oxford had 20 shots against 16 by Cambridge. (The Times, July 12, 1935, p.4)


Universities' Match. The fifty-first polo match between Oxford and Cambridge was played at Hurlingham on July 11th . Cambridge were the holders of the challenge cup presented in 1921 by the Hurlingham Club, and, thanks to their success on the present occasion, they have won twenty-eight of the fifty-one matches played to date. Their team was captained by Mr. H. D . White, who played for Cam- bridge in 1933 and last year. There were three new players in this season's Oxford team, captained by Mr . R . A . Budgett, who has twice previously taken part in the match. After a very keen game, in' which the polo was well up to theaverage standard of these matches, Cambridge, with a last-minute goal, won by 5 goals to 4 . Within a few minutes of the start each side had scored, Mr . White for Cambridge and Mr . A . M . Budgett for Oxford . In the third period Mr. R . A . Budgett gave Oxford the lead, but Mr. Nevill equalized in the fourth stage . Oxford were led by 4 goals to 3 when they rode out for the last time, but in a good rally Lord Roderick Pratt scored with a long shot to make the sides level. Just before the end Mr. Nevill, from a centre by Mr. White, hit through to win the match for Cambridge. (Polo Monthly, August 1935, pp.13-14.)




50th Varsity Match

Thursday, 12 July at Hurlingham

Mr. George John Charles Mercer-Nairne (Eton and Christ Church), No. 1

Mr. R. H. Russell (Harrow and Christ Church), No. 2

Mr. R. Alan Budgett (Eton and Christ Church), No. 3

The Hon. Charles Wood (Eton and Christ Church), back (Capt)

RESULT 5 - 3


Polo Sporting News. Oxford beat Cambridge in the University polo match at Hurlingham yesterday by five goals to three. Cambridge had rather the better of the play during the first four chukkers, but failed to take advantage of their opportunities. Oxford, having been let off on innumerable occasions, rallied splendidly in the last two periods and fully deserved their victory at the finish. The standard of play was much higher than has been the case for a number of years in this annual match. The hitting generally was very good, when the rough state of the ground was taken into consideration, and in view of the fact that five of the eight players are handicapped at zero the spectators saw an excellent game. This was the fiftieth match of the series, and.Cambridge have now won 27 of them and Oxford 23. Each side had two players of last year's team, Mr. Budgett and Mr. Wood for Oxford and Mr. White and Mr. Barbour for Cam-bridge. AN EVEN FIRST HALF The first half of the game was very evenly contested in the matter of scoring, each side hitting through once only, although it must be admitted that Cambridge had many more shots at goat than did their opponents. Mr. Russell had a chance from a pass by Mr. Budgett soon after the throw-in, but sent his shot wide. At the othcr end Mr. White narrowly missed with a good backhander from a centre by Mr. Riley-Smith, but made amends shortly afterwards by opening the scoring for Cambridge after taking the ball down himself. Mr. Barbour then made a good run and had the bad luck to hit the out- side of a goal-post with his final shot. From the hit-out Mr. Russell made a splendid run and equalized with a good cross-shot. Oxford attacked in the second chukker and Mr. Mercer-Nairne only just failed to put his side ahead from a difficult angle. He also put in a run and passed cleverly to Mr. Wood, whose shot hit a goal-post and was cleared by Mr. Wilson. Mr. Riley-Smith, whose hitting was long and accurate, was prorninent in the third period, and, after twice going close, was a little unlucky not to score with a shot that Mr. Wood just got back in time to save. From the hit-out Mr. White nearly scored with a backhander, but relief came to Oxford when Mr. Barbour crossed Mr. Wood. From the free hit from 60 yards Mr. Wood sent in a drive worthy of a five-point player, but the ball hit a pony and was deflected. Cambridge soon returned to the attack, and Mr. White missed by inches from a pass into the centre by Mr. Barbour. A shot from Mr. Riley-Smith under his pony was well met and saved by Mr. Wood, who sent Mr. Mercer-Nairne away. Oxford's No.I made a fine run, but just failed to pull his final shot round sufficiently. Eventually Mr. Barbour gave Cambridge the lead again from a splendid hit-up by Mr. Riley-Smith. Oxford came into their own in the fifth chukker. First Mr. Mercer-Nairne hit through from a long pass by Mr. Budgett, and then the latter made a good nearside run and, resisting the earnest attentions of Mr. Riley-Smith, who, incidentally, is no feather-weight, put Oxford in front for the first time. A fine long drive by Mr. White from the throw-in made Cambridge level, but before the bell Mr. Mercer-Nairne scored again from a difficult angle following a run by Mr. Budgett. In the final period Mr. Wilson twice went very close for Cambridge before Mr. Mercer-Nairne made certain of victory for Oxford with a good straight drive. After the match Lady Halifax presented the cup to her son, Mr. Wood, captain of Oxford. (The Times, July 13, 1934)


Dark Blues Prevail. In the fiftieth annual match between Oxford and Cambridge, played at Hurlingham on July 12th, the Dark Blues were success- ful by 5 goals to 3 . This made their twenty-third victory, as against twenty-seven victories by Cambridge . The polo fell very little below the best traditions of this encounter, and the match had the merit of being even. In the first period Mr. White, who did excellent service throughout, scored for Cambridge, and then Mr. Russell, after a good run, hit an Oxford goal. Nothingwas scored in the next two chukkers. Cambridge scored another goal in the fourth period, Mr. Barbour putting through a fine hit-up by Mr. Riley Smith, whose father is the captain of the Toulston team. Play in the fifth chukker was in Oxford's favour. First Mr. Mercer-Nairne equalized, and then Mr. Budgett after a run with some clever nearside strokes put Oxford ahead for the first time. A long shot by Mr. White soon made it three goals all. Before the period ended Oxford again took the lead, a run by Mr. Budgett resulting in Mr. Mercer-Nairne putting through. In the last chukker Cambridge failed with three shots, and about two minutes before time Mr. Mercer-Nairne hit a final goal and put Oxford's victory beyond doubt. Lady Halifax presented thechallenge cup to her son, the Hon. Charles Wood, who captained the Oxford team. (Polo Monthly, August 1934, p. 258.)


I saw a game between Oxford and Cambridge - their annual Match. It was pathetic. To be sure I didn't expect to see them riding International ponies, but I did expect to see the future English poloists and fox hunters riding and hitting a little better and with more control over their horses. Recently I saw a Match between Yale and West Point. It was an exciting polo game with extraordinary hitting by both sides and showed them to be years ahead of their English contemporaries in all departments of the game. (by Seymour H. Know, Aurora in England 1934)




Saturday, 15th July at Hurlingham

Mr. Alan Budgett (Eton and Christ Church), No. 1

The Hon. P. M. Samuel (Eton and New College), No. 2

Lt. L. H. Rodgers (West Point Military Academy, USA, and Christ Church), Captain (+3), No. 3

The Hon. Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood (Eton and Christ Church), back

RESULT 6 - 4


THE UNIVERSITY MATCH. Cambridge won the University match, played at Hurlingham on Saturday. beating Oxford after a keen contest, by six goals to four. Oxford were rather lucky not, to be beaten by a wider margin, for in addition to goals scored the ball crossed their back line 15 times, whereas they only hit behind five times. The board read two goals all at half-time, and the result was in doubt until the final chukker, in which Mr. H. D. White, tho Cambridge No. 1, scored twice. Of the 49 matches played Cambridge have now won 27 and Oxford 22. Lord Kimberley, who captained the 1905 winning Cambridge team. presented the challenge cup to Mr. E. B. Nelson. (The Times, July 17, 1933, p. 4)


Triumph for the Light Blues. A close struggle, marked by polo which was well up to the standard of the annual game, was seen on July 15th in the Inter-University match at Hurlingham, Cambridge winning by 6 goals to 4. The scores were four times level, the board reading 1-1 at the end of the first period, two goals all at half-time, 3-3 in the next chukker, and 4 goals all when the last period began. In this final chukker Cambridge were mostly attacking, and the two goals hit by Mr. H. D. White, a promising No. 1, con- stituted their winning margin. Three of the Cambridge goals were hit by Mr. D. C. Barbour, and one by Mr. E. J. B. Nelson, the captainof the side. For Oxford the Hon. M. Samuel hit a couple of goals, and Mr. L. H. Rodgers, their captain, and Mr. A . Budgett one each. It was Cambridge's 27th win out of 49 matches. Lord Kimberley, who first played for Cambridge 30 years ago, presented the Challenge Cup . (Polo Monthly, August 1933, pp. 270-271.)


President: Mr Larry Rogers

Secretary: The Hon. Charles Wood, Christ Church

No Entrance Fees. Annual subscriptions, £10 or less, according to numbers of plaers

Ground: Full-sized (boarded), at Port Meadow, near Wolvercote

Season: April 20th to June 20th

Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 2.30pm

Colours: Dark Blue

Annual match against Cambridge University at Hurlingham. 

Winners, 1932 - Oxford (The Polo Yearbook, 1933)




Thursday, 7th July at Hurlingham

Mr. O . S . Poole (Eton and Christ Church), No. 1

Lt. L . H . Rodgers (West Point Military Academy, USA, and Christ Church), No. 2 (+3)

The Hon. W. John Pearson C. (Eton and Christ Church), No. 3 (Captain, +1) 

Mr. J. Lakin (Eton and New College), back, No. 4 (+1)

RESULT 11 - 0 


Polo. FROM OUR POLO CORRESPONDENT. Oxford beat Cambridge in the Universitv Match at Hurlingham yesterday by 11 goals to none. This was the forty-eighth match of the series and Cambridge have now won 26 times and Oxford 22. Oxford had three of their last year's side again available and, in addition, Mr. L. H. Rodgers, a three-point player who learned his polo at the West Point Military Academy. They totalled six points on handicap against zero, and had all the better of the play throughout. Apart from the goals they scored Oxford had 13 unsuccessful shots, while Cambridge made only two, and the one-sidedness of the game made it rather a dull affair. Oxford were, in addition, the better mounted side, and Cambridge were alwavs toiling against these odds from the first bell. Oxford attacked from the start and Mr. Rodgers went reasonably close on three occasions before Mr. Pearson hit the first goal following a run by Mr. Poole. Mr. Barbour got back just in time to clear a good nearsicle shot by Mr. Lakin, but Mr. Rodgers increased Oxford's lead early in the second chukker with a nearside shot from a centre by Mr. Pearson. Mr. Rodgers scored again soon afterwards from a hit up by Mr. Lakin, and then Cambridge attacked for the first time, Mr. Barbour narrowly missing with a cross-shot. Oxford were quicklv back at the other end, however, and Mr. Poole, who is worth at least a point in the handicap list, hit through from a pass by Mr. Rodgers. Cambridge had a chance early in the third chukker, but Mr. Nelson's shot was Paved cleverly by Mr. Pearson, who proceeded to take the ball the length of the field before putting bis final shot a few feet wide. Mr. Nelson made a run from a long hit up by Mr. Crewdson, but sliced his shot at goal, and then Oxford took up the attack again and Mr. Lakin hit through after good work by Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Poole. The Oxford back scored again from a difiicult angle shortly afterwards, and, after Mr. Rous had saved from Mr. Rodgers, Mr. Poole and Mr. Pearson combined nicely for Mr. Rodgers to put the finishing touches. Half-time thus arrived with Oxford leading by seven clear goals. There was no scoring during the fourth chukker, but that was due to inaccurate finishing by Oxford rather than to any defensive brilliance on the part of their opponents. Oxford actually had six unsuccessful shots at goal in this period. Mr. Pearson put them further in front at the beginning of the fifth chukker, and then Oxford had three free hits from 60 yards in succession, a Cambridge defender being able to save only at the expense of hitting behind his own line on each occasion. Incidentally it may be mentioned here that the whistle was not blown for a foul at any time during the match. The ninth goal came from Mr. Rodgers, who picked up a pass from. Mr. Lakin, and the latter sent up double flgures on the score-board followring a run by Mr. Pearson. Cambridge nearly got a consolation goal in the final period, but Mr. Pearson was unkind enough to hit Mr. Rous's shot away as it was about to cross the goal-line. Mr. Poole, with a good backhander, scored the last goal of the game, but just afterwards each member of the Oxford side and at least three of their opponents hit at and missed the ball a yard or two from the Cambridge goal, an incident that provoked unfeeling mirth from the stands. After the match Lady Snagge presented the Challenge Cup to Mr. Pearson and replicas to each of the Oxford team. (The Times, July 8, 1932, p. 6)


Easy Win for Oxford. In the annual Inter-Universities match, played at Hurlingham on July 7th, Oxford had matters much their own way, winning by 11 goals to nil. The Dark Blues had the same side as last year, except that Mr. R. V. Taylor was replaced by Mr. L. S. Rodgers, an American from West Point Military Academy with a U.S.A. handicap of three points. He is a hard-hitting No.2. It was the fourth and last time that the Hon. John Pearson, the Oxford captain, will represent his University. His father, Viscount Cowdray, the Chairman of the Hurlingham Club Polo Committee, also represented Oxford at polo, playing for three years andcaptaining the 1905 team. To date Cambridge have won 26 of the 48 matches played and Oxford 22. The challenge cup given by the Hurlingham Club when the match was revived after the war was now presented to the Hon. John Pearson by Lady Snagge. (Polo Monthly, August 1932, p. 296)




Thursday, 9th July at Hurlingham

Mr. O. S. Poole (Eton and Christ Church), No. 1

The Hon. John Pearson (Eton and Christ Church), No. 2 (Captain, +1)

Mr . J. Lakin (Eton and Nev College), No. 3 (+1)

Mr . R. V. Taylor (Eton and Magdalen), back (0)

RESULT 9 - 0


Polo. FROM OUR POLO CORRESPONDENT. Oxford beat Cambridge in the University match at Hurlingham yesterday by nine goals to none after a somewhat disappointing game. The winners, who had the same side that was beaten in last year's match, have improved a lot since then, and quite outplayed their opponents yesterday. They were also much the better mounted side. This was the 47th match of the series, Oxford now having won 21 times to 26 by Cambridge, who had been successful in each of the last three years. The match was instituted in 1878, and when it was revived after the War the Hurlingham Club gave a challenge cup, which was presented to the Oxford captain, the Hon. W. J. C. Pearson, after yesterday's game by his mother, Lady Cowdray. Oxford quickly demonstrated their superiority by hitting behind their opponents' line four times in the first five minutes. The first shot, by Mr. Pearson, was actually signalled as a goal, but the ball passed, in mid-air, just the wrong side of the post. Lord Somerton made a good save from Mr. Lakin, but he could not clear, aud Mr. Poole had an easy task to open the scoring. Cambridge promptly attacked from the throw-in, but their shooting was very weak and they seldom looked dangerous. Oxford hit three quick goals early in the second chukker, Mr. Poole, Mr. Pearson, and Mr. Lakin being the scorers, and, even at that time, the game had resolved itself into a question of by how many goals they would win. Cambridge did better in the next period, and after Mr. Taylor had cleared from Mr. Abel Smith Lord Somerton had a good shot saved by Mr. Lakin. Mr. Taylor also saved well from Mr. Nelson before Oxford could get into their stride again, but then Mr. Pearson scored with an excellent shot from an angle, and at half-time Oxford led by five goals to none. MIr. Taylor increased their lead as soon as the fourth chukker had been begun, and from the throw-in Mr. Rous managed to stop but failed to clear a drive from Mr. Poole, and Mr. Lakin put Oxford further in front. Mr. Poole and Mr. Pearson each made a good run and Mr. Lakin was only just wide with a cross-shot before Mr. Poole hit another goal with a fine shot under his pony. Cambridge, out-played but undismayed, had the better of the play in the fifth chukker, but Oxford's defence was very sound and their superior pony power was telling its own tale. Eventually Oxford attacked again and, from a good run by Mr. Pearson, Mr. Lakin missed by inches. Mr. Roos saved from Mr. Pearson and Mr. Lakin twice sent wide before hitting the last goal of the match a minute or so before the end. (The Times, July 10, 1931, p.5)


Oxford's Success. Oxford won the forty-seventh annual inter-University polo match against Cambridge at Hurlingham, on July 9th, by 9 goals to nil. The DarkBlues had their last victory in 1927, and their only other post-war success was in 1924. Cambridge now have twenty-six wins to their credit against Oxford's twenty-one. The Challenge Cup, which was given by the Hurlingham Club in 1920, was handed to Mr. W. J. C. Pearson, the Oxford captain, by his mother, Lady Cowdray. Oxford scored first through Mr. Poole. Early in the second stage Oxford quickly put on three more points through Messrs. Pearson, Poole, and Lakin. Only one further goal was added before half-time, this coming from Mr. Pearson early on. Cam- bridge did a little better in this period, Abel-Smith missing a chance. The Dark Blues again had the better of the play in the fourth chukker and hit three goals (Messrs. Taylor, Lakin and Poole), to make the sore 8—o. After a barren fifth period Mr. Lakin hit the last goal of the game. The Oxford side was the same as that of last year, while both Lord Somerton and Abel- Smithrepresented the Cantabs last season. (Polo Monthly, August 1931, pp. 351-352.)


Captain: The Hon. John Pearson, Christ Church

Captain: Mr. J. Lakin

No Entrance Fee. Annual subscription £10

Ground: Full-sized (boarded), at Port Meadow, near Wolvercote. 

Nearest Railway Station: Oxford (G.W.), 2, 1/2 miles

Season: April 24th to une 20th (appoximate)

Play: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 2.30pm

Colours: Dark blue

Annual match against Cambridge University at Hurlingham. 

Winners 1930. Cambridge (The Polo Year Book 1931)




Thursday, 10th July at Hurlingham

Mr. O. S . Poole (Eton and Christ Church), No. 1 

The Hon. W. J. C. Pearson (Eton and Christ Church), No. 2 (0)

Mr. J. Lakin (Eton and New College), No. 3 (+1)

Mr. R . V. Taylor (Winchester and Magdalene), back (0)

RESULT 4 - 5


Inter-Universities Match. One of the keenest struggles ever produced by the annual encounter between Oxford and Cambridge took place at Hurlingham on July 10th. The tussle for the mastery was carried into an extra chukker, when Paget hit the winning goal for Cambridge, leaving them victorious by 5 goals to 4. The form all round was quite satisfactory. Although Cambridge were never in front until their winning goal, they were never more than a goal behind. Calvert and Paget who were in the successful Cambridge team last year, meant a great deal to their side. The Hon. W. J. C. Pearson, son of Lord Cowdray, was the outstanding player on the Oxford side, and scored all their goals. The record of the inter-Varsity polo match is now Cambridge, 26 wins; Oxford, 20. The cup was presented by Viscountess Cowdray. (Polo Monthly, August 1939, p. 414.)


Polo. The University Polo Match. The University polo match was played at Hurlingham yesterday and resulted in a victoly for Cambridge by five goals to four after extra time had been played. Oxford were never behind until the winning goal was hit, as they scored first and afterwards each side hit through in turn until, at the end of the sixth Chukker, the score was four all. Cambridge deserved to win as they had had the better of the play all thiough the second half of the game. Of the total number of matches played Cambridge have now won 26 and Oxford 20. Oxford were captained by the Hon. J. W. C. Pearson, a son of Lord Cowdray, who himself captained the Oxford side exactly 25 years ago. Pearson, P. W. Paget, the Cambridge captain, and E. A. Calvert played in last year's match, but the others were representing their respective Universities for the first time. Pearson was distinctly the best player on the Oxford side, and, apart from hitting all their four goals, got through a tremendous amount of hard work. The Cambridge team were more evenly balanced than their opponents, and owe their victory largely to that fact. Lord Somerton was very sound at back, Paget looked after Pearson well. and A. Abel Smith and Calvert each did good work in the front of the game. In addition to the actual goals scored, Cambridge had 10 shots at goal and Oxford six, which fairly represents the run of the play. Neither side settled down for some time and the play during the first chukker was rather scrappy. Paget made one good run, but his final shot was wide, and Pearson made a splendid attempt from a difficult angle at the other end. Cambridge nearly took the lead in the second chukker, Paget missing the goal by inches after a, clever dribble from some 80 yards, and then Lord Somerton got back just in time to ride off Poole when the latter appeared to have the goal at his mercy. Pearson sent wide from a good hit-up by Lakin, but met the hit-out and opened the scoring for Oxford with a hard drive. Cambridge attacked continuously for the rest of the third chukker and Abel Smith went very close on two occasions. Calvert knocked down one of the goalposts in his efforts to put through a centre by Paget, but eventualy Pearson relieved the pressure with a run which Lord Somerton did well to clear. Cambridge renewed the attack in the fourth chukker and received the reward of persistence when Paget hit an equalizing goal. Oxford quickly regained the lead, however, Pearson scoring with a lofty drive, but from the throw-in Abel Smith got away and made the, scores level again after a splendid run. Play by this time had improved considerably and was well above the standard usually seen in these matches. Poole put in a good run at the beginning of the fifth chukker, but Lord Somerton rode him off as he was about to take his final shot at goal. Pearson was following up well, however, and made no mistake with his shot from in front of the goal. Cambridge got on terms again when Lord Somerton hit through from a pass by Calvert into the centre, but straightaway Pearson put Oxford in front once more. after Poole had taken the ball down. Cambridge equalized before the bell, however, Calvert scoring with a neat shot under his pony, and, although Cambridge had a good deal the better of the play in the sixth chukker, they could not obtain a goal. Extra time had to be played after the five minutes rest had been taken. Cambridge continued to press when the extra chukker was begun, and, after two minutes play Taylor saved brilliantly from Calvert, but Paget put the ball through to win the match. (The Times, July 11, 1930, p. 6.)


1929 - 1920


Thursday, 11th July at Hurlingham

The Hon. W . T . Pearson, Eton and Christ Church

The Hon. W . W . Astor, Eton and New College (+2)

H . O . Clarke, Eton and Christ Church

H . Bradley- Martin, America and Christ Church

RESULT 4 - 5


Inter-Universities' Match. The annual match between Oxford and Cambridge was played at Hurlingham on July 11th . This match was instituted in 1878, and of the 44 matches played to date Cambridge have won 24 and Oxford 20. Cambridge, who beat Oxford last year by three goals to two, were the holders of the challenge cup given by the Hurlingham Club in 1920. The sides proved well matched, Cambridge winning by 5 goals to 4. The quality of the play was fully up to the average standard of these matches, the hitting being surprisingly good considering the cut-up state of the ground. Oxford had much the better of the struggle at the outset, for, in addition to scoring in the first chukker, they sent in five good shots that narrowly missed the target. Cambridge caught up in the second period, and again they were level (two goals all) in the fourth, and then Oxford drew ahead, to lead 4—2 early in the fifth period. They did not score again, while Cambridge drew level once more, and put on a further goal five minutes before the finish, to snatch a well-deserved victory . Both Bradley- Martin and Astor hit with considerable power, and the latter was unlucky on several occasions with long shots, while Pearson and Clarke each took his full share in the Oxford game. Pearson and Astor each scored twice. Everyone on the Cambridge side played well. Calvert scored three times and Lord Willoughby de Eresby and Paget hit the other goals. (Polo Monthly, August 1929, pp. 411f.)


Cambridge win the University Match. Polo. It was generally believed that Oxford, with three of last year's useful team available, and one of those Bradley Martin, would be fully capable of winning this season's University match at Hurlingham. Twice, as a matter of fact, Oxford led by two goals yesterday and looked to be the winning side as late as half-way through the fifth, chukker, but the deadly keenness and steadily improving team-work of the new Cambridge four fairly earned for them the last three goals of one of the fastest and most realistic games of the long series. The final score was 5 goals to 4. It was not, however, Cambridge but Oxford who set the pace and provided all the best polo of the first three chukkers. Pearson opened the scoring for them, and with a very little more luck Astor might have scored two more goals before the first interval. Oxford still were the attacking side in the second chukker, but their hitting was erratic, if occasionally brilliant, and before the end of the chukker Cambridge nearly found the way to an equalizing goal. In the third chukker Pearson hit a second goal for Oxford and no doubt helped to restore confidence. Just, however, as the game seemed to be developing into a decisive Oxford victory, Cambridge began to ride harder, hit harder, and, above all, back each other up much better. Four men borne down upon the Oxford goal in an almost warlike manner before Calvert hit through for his side and so made the score no worse than 2-I at the third intervaL Furthermore, in the fourth chukker, Cambridge drew level by means of a most effective piece of team work up the boards on the right flank of the field. Oxford, to their credit, reacted well to this further rude shock, but again shot wide several times before Astor was up to complete a magnificent effort by Bradley-Martin an 60-yard hit up to the goal-line, a quick follow up, and a neat back-handed centre. Cambridge, in turn, then made an effort, but the score was 3-2 against. them at the interval, and when, in the fifth chukker. Oxford went all out and Astor -the scorer- and Pearson turned to account another Bradley-Martin's big hits the game once more looked to belong to Oxford. It was about the time that Cambridge started everybody by their determination to gallop after the munner of the people with monster handicaps and also by their confident and frequentl effective hitting. When Lord Willoughby De Eresby followed up one of his side's attacks, and scored with a first-class fore-handed shot from an angle, it was no more than he and Cambridge deserved. Early in the sixth chukker, too. Calvert, a most hard-workig No. 1, completed another attack by means of an excellent near-side shot, and, while Oxford were thrown right out of their side by this latest of unexpected reverses, Paget scored what proved to be the winning goal. Oxford still had time in which to pull the game out of the fire, and both Astor and Bradley-Martin got in dangerous shots that went wide, but Cambridge, having survived these, drove their opponer's back to a respectful distance and kept them there for the remaining few minutes. (The Times, July 12, 1929, p. 6)




Thursday, 12th July at Hurlingham

Mr. M. Dugdale, Eton and Christ Church

The Hon. W. W. Astor, Eton and New College

Mr. H. O. Clarke, Eton and Christ Church

Mr. H. Bradley-Martin, Christ Church

RESULT 2 - 3


Polo. The University Match. The University Polo match - the 44th of the series - was played in beautiful weather on the No. 1 ground at Hurlingham yesterday, when Cambridge won by. three goals to two. Last year, on a soft ground, Oxford showed surprisingly good form, and won by as many as eight goals to three. Both sides, as a matter of fact, played better polo than is often seen in this match, and the fact that Cambridge, though decisively beaten, were able to retain all four of their players for another year not unnaturally made them favourites for yesterday's game. After all, University polo, though immature and lacking in the arts, has in the past produced in due course many splendid players, and there is no reason to doubt that the process will continue. Oxford, it should be added, had only one member of last year's side available, but that was Mr. Bradley Martin, an American, who had shown himself to be a strong hitter, and one, moreover, with a fair conception of the full duties of a back. This season Camnbridge had had a good deal of practice in London, but, to the surprise of most people, they held very little advantage, either individually or collectively, over Oxford yesterday. It was, indeed, anybody's game right up to the finish. Mr. Bradley Martin again was the outstanding player on the field, and Mr. Astor also played good polo. The Cambridge captain and back, also appropriately enough, was the best player on his side, and, what was scarely less to the point, hit the winning goal. Mr. Moseley, the Cambridge No. 2, also played a very useful game. Cambridge were the first to score, Mr. Moseley hitting a goal within a minute of the start. Nothing was scored in the second chukker, but in the next Mr. Astor equalized for Oxford by means of a good straight shot. Thus at half-time the game was as open as ever. The fourth chukker also failed to produce a goal, though it ended with a fine attempt by Mr. Astor from a difficult angle. Early in the fifth chukker there was an exciting incident when Mr. Moseley all but hit through for Cambridge, Mr. Bradley-Martin making a great save practically on his goal-line. However, before the end of the chukker Mr. Moseley succeeded in giving his side the lead once more. Everything, therefore, depended upon the last chukker. About halfway through, Mr. Clarke, the Oxford No. 3, scored his side's second goal, and it was not until a couple of minutes from time that Mr. Morrison hit the goal that gave Cambridge the match. After the game Lady Astor presented to Mr. Morrison the challenge cup, which was given by the Hurlingham Club in 1920, when the match was revived after the War. (The Times, July 13, 1928, p. 7)




Thursday, 13th July at Hurlingham

Mr. R . J. Holland, No. 1 (+1)

Mr . E . F . P. Gage, Christ Church, No. 2 (+1) (Capt)

Mr. J . M . Schiff, Christ Church, No. 3 (+1)

Mr. H . Bradley-Martin, Christ Church, back (+2) 

RESULT 8 - 3


Oxford's Success. It was unfortunately a heavy ground on which the Universities had to play their annual match at Hurlingham on July 13th. In spite of this drawback the quality of the play did not fall below the average standard of this encounter . Things were even in the first half of the game, the scores early in the fourth chukker being level at 2-2, but then Oxford, who were decidedly the stronger side, made a sequence of six goals and won by eight goals to three. Mr. Bradley-Martin played well at back for Oxford,whose team-work was good. Mr. Moseley and Mr. Morrison were prominent for Cambridge. Three of the winners' goals were hit by Mr. Holland, three by Mr. Gage (the Oxford captain) andtwo by Mr. Schiff. For Cambridge Mr. Moseley scored twice and Mr. Pryce-Rice once. This success brought Oxford's total of wins up to 20, as against 23 by Cambridge. Lady Zia Wernher presented the challenge cup to Mr. Gage. (Polo Monthly, August 1927, pp. 390f.)


Polo. University Match at Hurlingham. In the annual Inter-University Polo match, played yesterday at Hurlingham, on the principal ground, Oxford beat Cambridge by eight goals to three. It was a capital game, the hitting, on a soft ground, being excellent and the play of a considerably higher standard than is generally seen in this annual contest. This estimate more particularly applies to Oxford, who were decidedly the stronger team. The Oxford back, Mr. Bradley Martin, is a strong hitter and sound in defense, and the members of the side combine well. Mr. Moseley and Mr. Morrison played best for the Cambridge team, who put up a plucky fight, and were only one goal down when the fifth period was started. Oxford attacked at the start, and had the better of the opening period, in the course of which they hit behind four times. They pressed again nearly all the next period, in which they scored twice. Mr. Schiff, who, like Mr. Bradley Martin, is of American nationality, hit the first goal, and then at the close of the period Mr. Holland met the hit-out of the Cambridge back and scored. Cambridge played up well in the third period, which opened with an attack by Oxford, which Mr. Morrison cleverly checked. Afterwards Cambridge turned defence into attack and there was a long spell of very exciting play in front of the Oxford goal. Oxford managed to clear three times in the very nick of time, and then Mr. Moseley hit the first goal for Cambridge. At the half-time interval the score was two to one in favour of Oxford. In the fourth period, after an unsuccessful shot by Mr. Moseley, Mr. Pryce-Rice hit through for Cambridge, equalizing the scores for the first time. Directly afterwards a goal by Mr Holland restored the lead to Oxford, who continued to press hard. The fifth period was a disastrous one for Cambridge. A short run by Mr. Holland ended in his neatly turning the ball into goal, and two goals by Mr. Gage, the Oxford captain followed, increasing Oxford's lead 6-2. The last period opened with two more Oxford goals, hit in quick succession by Mr. Schiff and Mr. Gage. Then, after Mr. Moseley and Mr. Pryce-Rice had each hit wide, the former scored for Cambridge the final goal of the match. The Challenge Cup, given by the Hurlingham Club in 1920 - before the war a new cup was played for every year - was presented to Mr. Gage - by Lady Zia Wernher. The inter-University polo match was instituted at Oxford in 1878, and of the 43 matches played to date. Cambridge have won 23 and Oxford 20. Oxford's only previous success since the war was in 1924. (The Times, July 14, 1927, p. 7) 




Thursday, 17th July at Hurlingham

Mr. E. F. Gage, Christ Church

Mr. H. Sidebottom, Christ Church

Mr. F. Dugdale, Christ Church

Mr. J. M. Schiff, New College

RESULT 4 - 7


 The  University Match. Victory of Cambridge at Hurlingham. Cambridge beat Oxford University in their annual match at Hurlingham on Saturday by seven goals to four. Cambridge have now won 23 matches and Oxford 19, six of the Cambridge victories having been gained since 1920. Saturday's game produced a higher standard of polo than that usually seen in the annual contest. Play was fast, and the hitting on both sides was generally accurate, and of quite a good length. Mr. G. W. Pennington and Mr. E. H. Martin, each of whom played for Cambridge last year, showed distinctly promising form, and with further experience, should develop into useful players. Mr. Pennington's hitting was particulary goo. At No. 1, Mr. P. Moseley made several excellent runs, but was inaccurate in his shooting for goal. Mr. J. G. Morrison took some little time to settle down, but after the first two periods played a steady game at back. For Oxford, Mr. E. F. Gage and Mr. E. Dugdale worked very hard at No. 1 and No. 3 respectively, but the side lacked combination, and seldom looked so dangerous in attack as did their opponents. Oxford scored in the irst minute of the game, Mr Gage getting away from the throwin and hitting through with a long shot after a good individual run. Almost immediately afterwards Mr. Gage only just missed from a hit-up by Mr. Sidebottom. Cambridge were not long in obtaining an equalizing goal, Mr. Moseley, who was mounted on a very fast pony, making a splendid run almost the length of the field before hitting a good goal. Play was decidedly fast, each side attacking in turn, and just before the end of the first period Mr. Sidebottom gave Oxford the lead again from a nest back-handed centre by Mr. Dugdale. Cambridge hat the better of the play in the second period, but inaccuracy near goal prevented their scoring for a full five minutes. Mr. Martin then made the scored level again after Mr. Schiff had missed, in an attempt to clear Mr. Pennington's centre. Mr. Pennington, who was playing very well, had hard luck with a near-side shot from a difficult angle, the ball hitting the goal-post and going out of play. Defence prevailed over attack throughout the third period, during which only two shots were made at goal, one by Mr. Martin and the other by Mr. Dugdale, neither being successful. After the third change of ponies, however, Cambridge took complete control of the game, and goals by Mr. Pennington, Mr. Moseley, and Mr. Martin placed them in the pleasant position of leading by five goals to two when the bell was sounded for the end of the fourth period. Mr. Martin's goals was scored from a melee in the goal-mouth after the ball had been completely missed by two of the attacking side and three of the defending team. The ground, which had appeared to be in good condition when the game was begun, cut up rather badly towards the end of the match, and rendered accurate striking somewhat difficult. In the fifth period Mr. Pennington put Cambridge further ahead with the best goal of the match. Mr. Moseley took the ball up and passed to Mr. Martin. The latter hit across a centre, which Mr. Pennington turned through goal with a great shot under his pony's neck, and, after Oxford had taken up the attack and had been repulsed by Mr. Morrison, another melee near Oxford's goal ended in Mr. Morrrison hitting through. Great credit is due to Oxford for the manner in which they played during the sixth and seventh periods. Mr. Gage hit a goal following a nice passing movement, and, after a brief attack by Cambridge the same player was only inches wide with a back-hander. The final period was begun with the score reading 7-3 in favour of Cambridge, and, although it never seemed likely that Oxford would catch their opponents, with a little more accurate shooting and a little less bumpy ground they would have put on probably three more goals instead of the one, obtained by Mr. Dugdale. At the conclusion of the match the challenge cup was presented to Mr. Pennington by Lady Ramsden. (The Times, July 19, 1926, p.5)




4 July, at Hurlingham

Mr. R. Bradley-Martin, Christ Church

Mr T. M. Hilder, Oriel

Mr. R. A. Carr-White, St Catherine's

Sir Ian Walker, Christ Church

RESULT 2 - 8


Oxford v. Cambridge. - By 8 goals to 2 Cambridge University beat Oxfford University at Hurlingham on Saturday. (Western Morning News, Monday 6 July 1925)


Oxford v. Cambridge The result of the annual match between Oxford and Cambridge resulted in a win for Cambridge by eight goals to two. [..] The result was looked upon as somewhat of a surprise, as Oxford had come up with something of a reputation. There was no question, however, that the better team on the day won. One is inclined to think that on the whole the form shown in this match was considerably better than has been usually shown for some years. The team work of Cambridge was striking, the brothers Ramsden being very conspicuous. mr. Carr-White, of the Oxford team, evidently understands the game, but after making a really nice shot he usually missed an easy one. During the first three periods Oxford had the better of it, although they only scored twice, missing eight chances at least; Cambridge in the meanwhile scoring 3 goals, and missing only four chances. From that point to the end of the game Cambridge had matters all their own way, scoring five goals while Oxford did not even have a shot. Cambridge in all had 17 chances of scoring. Mr. Hardy scored twice, Mr. G. W. Bamsen twice, and Mr. J. Ramsden four times. Oxford had 10 chances of scoring mr. Bromley-Martin scored once and Mr. Carr-White once. (The Times, July 6, 1925, p. 5)


Private Club affiliated to County Polo Association. 

Hon. Secretary: Mr E. Dugdale, Christ Church Oxford

No Entrance Fee. Annual subscription, £5 5s

Ground: Full sized, at Port Meadow, near Wolvercote

Season: April 27th to June 20th

Play: Three days a week, 2.30-4.30pm. Annual match against Cambridge University at Hurlingham, July 4th, 1925.

Tournament - For teams with aggregate handicaps of 8 or under, May 26th, 29th, 30th. (The Polo Year Book 1925)




21st June at Hurlingham


Mr. T. M.  Hilder, Oriel

Sir Ian Walker Bart, Christ Church

Mr. R. A. Carr-White, Christ Church

Mr. W. M. Sale (Captain), New College

RESULT 7 - 5



The Prince of Wales

Lieutenant-Colonel L. C. Swifte

Sir Ernest Horlick

Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. F. V. Willey


Oxford beat Cambridge. Oxford beat Cambridge in the annual Inter-University match at Hurlingham on Saturday by 7 goals to 5. [...] Oxford hit two goals in the first period, and won in the end by that margin. Mr Carr-White was most prominent for the winners, scoring three times, and Sir Ian Walker also hit three goals. The Cambridge captain, Mr. J. St. M. Ramsden, and his brother, Mr. G. W. Ramsden, were in good form for the losers, each scoring twice. The challenge cup, which Cambridge won last season for the fourth year in succession, was presented to Mr. Sale, the Oxford captain, by Lady Ramsden. Afterwards, teams of Old Oxonians and Old Cantabs were in opposition. The Prince of Wales played No. 1 for the Old Oxonians, and hit their only goal early in the game, which the Cantabs won by 8 goals to 1. (The Times, June 23, 1924, p. 5).




June 23 at Hurlingham

R. A. Carr-White (Captain), Repton and St Catherine's

W. M. Sale, Winchester and New College

R.J. Hines, Yale and Christ Church

J. T. Pearce, Christ Church

RESULT 3 - 6


Oxford beaten at Hurlingham. Cambridge beat Oxford at Hurlingham on Saturday by six goals to three. The play was above average of University polo. The result wsa in doubt for four periods, but afterwards the better-mounted Cambridge side had decidedley the better of the closing stages. There was no scoring until the third period, when Mr. Carr-White and Mr. Pearce each hit a goal for Oxford, and Seely one for Cambridge. In the fourth period a goal hit by Sir J. Milbanke, the Cambridge captain, equalized the scores at 2-2. Then Cambridge scored four more goals, two particularly good ones hit by Sir J. Milbanke, and one each by Mr. Seely and Mr. Davey. Just before the final bell Mr. Carr-White, the Oxford captain, converted a free hit successfully. Lady Ramsden presented the challenge cup to sir J. Milbanke. (The Times, June 25, 1923, p.4. See also The Times, June 22, 1923, p. 6)




Saturday, 24 June at Hurlingham 

Mr. H. H. Howard

Mr. G. Carr-White

Mr. E. Holland-Martin

Viscount Hastings

RESULT 1 - 5



Edward, Prince of Wales

Major the Hon. Harold Pearson

Captain J. Longworth

Sir Edward Horlick



Polo Clubs. The Prince of Wales at Hurlingham. The Prince of Wales and Prince Henry were present at Hurlingham on Saturday and took part in the Inter-University polo match. The Prince of Wales played for the Old Oxonians, the other members of the team being Major the Hon. Harold Pearson, Captain J. Longworth and Sir Edward Horlick; and Prince Henry, with the Hon. Clive Pearson, Major L. Tate,  and Viscount Wimborne, represented the Old Cantabs. A polo match was also played between the Oxford and Cambridge University (undergraduate) teams [...]. (The Times, June 26, 1922, p. 9. See also The Times, June 24, 1922, p. 1.)




23rd June at Hurlingham

Mr. J. A. Borden (Trinity)

Mr. E. V. Rutherford (Trinity)

Mr. E. Holland-Martin (Christ Church)

Mr. P. R. Pyne (New)

RESULT 4 - 7


Polo. Oxford V. Cambridge The 37th annual Inter University polo match between Oxford and Cambridge was played at Hurlingham, yesterday. Cambridge won by seven goals to four. There was no score in the first period, which ended with a dangerous cross by Oxford in front of their own goal. This cost Oxford a goal. Lord Folkestone scoring with his penalty hit. Oxford then made a series of successful attacks and hit three goals in quick succession, but before play stopped Cambridge scored and reduced Oxford's lead to one goal. In the third period, Cambridge drew level, their No. 2 scoring after a nice gallop. Cambridge were attacking nearly all the fourth period, but could not score. In the fifth period Cambridge took the lead, Mr. Sanford scoring. Another attack resulted in Cambridge scoring from a scrimmage, but Oxford hit a goal just before the bell. In the sixth and final period Cambridge scored twice more, Mr. Moseley and Mr. Lawford hitting through, and so won by seven goals to four. The winners played the better polo and deserved their win, but it was a well contested game, in which the standard of play was above the average of previous Inter-University contests. Cambridge, who thus became the holders of the Challenge Cup given last year by the Hurlingham Club, have won this game on 19 occasions against 18 by oxford. (The Times, June 24, 1921, p. 5).


The 37th annual inter-University polo match between Oxford and Cambridge was played at Hurlingham yesterday.  Cambridge won by seven goals to four. (The Gloucester Citizen, Friday 24 June 1921, p. 5)


1921At the Universities. Polo looks like taking root, too, at the American Universities, and possibly the time may not be very far distant when Yale and Harvard will send over a team to meet Oxford and Cambridge. New writing from New Haven, Conn., a correspondent of the
York Herald says :—" With an assurance from the War Department that it will furnish the mounts, plans for the introduction of polo at Yale, Harvard, and Princeton are well under way and are likely to be brought to a head at a meeting of all Yale men interested in the game to be held shortly . If sufficient interest is shown on the part of the undergraduates, the fostering and ultimate establishment of the sport through the university reserve officers' training corps will be assured. Yale is well equipped in the matter of playing surface in case the game should be introduced. There is a fine expanse at Pratt Field, just west of the bowl, which could be utilized as a polo field. There has been no polo in New Haven since 1902, when some of the prominent young men of New Haven had two fives in the field. One was captained by Louis E . Stoddard, who developed into an international player, playing No .1 the last time the Americans met the British. Frank S. Butterworth, John Day Jackson, R . P . Tyler and others here were interested. Just before the war broke out, a movement to establish polo in the leading universities was started, but the expense involved would have been so great that the plan was abandoned. With the promise of the Government to equip the university associations; the item of expense is removed. It may be, the Yale polo enthusiasts believe, that polo will be established as an intercollegiate sport." (The Polo Monthly, Jan. 1920, p. 257)




19th June at Hurlingham

Mr. W. Bennett, Trinity

Mr. E. V. Rutherford, Trinity

Mr. H. A. H. Fraser, Magdalen

Mr. G. Sale, New College

RESULT 3 - 4


Polo. Prince Henry as a player. Cambridge beat Oxford in the inter-University match, which was played at Hurlingham on Saturday after a lapse of six years. The match was very evenly contested, and at the end of the sixth period the score was 3-3. This neccissitated extra time being played, and Prince Henry, was was making his first appearance on a London polo ground, then had the satisfaction of scoring the winning goal for Cambridge by means of a flue shot under the neck of his pony. Each University has now won 18 times. The scoring started towards the end of the first period, when Mr. Wilson hit through the goal-posts for Cambridge. Lord Folkestone added a second goal during the third period and Prince Henry made the score 3-0 during the fourth. Mr. Fraser then hit the first goal for Oxford, and during the next two periods the scores were made level. Nearly at the end of the fourth period Mr. Sale had a fall, and his place was taken by Lord Apsley. The winning team were presented with the prizes by the Duchess of Athione.  (The Times, June 21, 1920, p. 8)


1919 - 1910


No Varsiy Matches taking place due to the war. Until the onset of World War I the honors were fairly evenly divided: eighteen wins for the dark blues, seventeen for the light blues. (Polo in Britain. A History, by Horace A. Laffaye, London 2012, p. 31).




Saturday, 20th June at Hurlingham

Prince Sergius Obolensky (+2)

The Hon. J. Leslie Melville, Christ Church

Mr A. K. Charlesworth (+3)

Mr A. C. Hobson

RESULT 19 -1


By winning this match, which was the most one-sided 'Varsity polo contest on record, Oxford brought their total of successes to eighteen, as against Cambridge's seventeen. (Polo Monthly, 1914, p. 468.)


In the University match Oxford beat Cambridge by 19 goals to 1. (The Times, June 22, 1914, p. 14)


The Prince of Wales, too, has been playing polo this season with his fellow-under-graduates at Oxford, thus gaining an experience which will stand him in good stead when he joins the regiment in which he is destined to serve. (The Times, June 20, 1914, p. 13) 




21st June, at Hurlingham

Mr. G. W. M. Lees

Mr. Albany Kennett Charlesworth, Christ Church (+1)

Mr. R. Stuart-Wortley, Balliol

Mr. E. F. Lawson, Balliol (+1)

RESULT 9 - 5


The Inter-University match was a queer-scoring game this year . At one stage of the match, Oxford were leading by 5 to 0, but when the last chukker was entered upon, the scores were level. Then Oxford made their effort and won by 9 to 5, having 4 goals in the first period, and 4 in the last chukker also, if I remember right. (The Polo Monthly, October 1913, p. 98.)


Polo. Hurlingham. [...] In the University match Oxford beat Cambridge by 9 goals to 5. [...] The game was played in true undergraduate spirit and with great keenness, but the play cannot be said to have reached a high standard nor to have revealed a player of unusual promise. The score at the beginning of the last period was 5 goals all, but then Oxford forged ahead and almost doubled their score in the last period. (The Times, 23 June 1913, p. 13).



3rd July at Hurlingham

R. Stuart-Wortley, Balliol

R. V. Heath, Captain, Magdalen (+1)

Albany Kennett Charlesworth, Christ Church (+1)

E. F. Lawson, Balliol (0)

RESULT 6 - 5


After several postponements owing to the wet, the annual Inter- University match was eventually played on the No. 2 ground at Hurlingham. Mr. Sidney Herbert (Balliol), being laid up with influenza, was unable to captain the Oxford team, but a substitute was found in Mr. V. Heath, who captained the Dark Blues in 1911. The sides this year were particularly well matched, the result being in doubt all through. Mr. Heath hit what proved to be the decisive goal at the end of the fifth period. This victory brought Oxford's total up to sixteen wins, as against the seventeen of Cambridge. (Polo Monthly, July 1912, p.370.)


Oxford v. Cambridge. Oxford beat Cambridge by six goals to five. [...] This match was played on the second ground as the other ground was so thoroughly ploughed up by the Inter-Regimental match that no teams would have begun a game upon it in cold blood. Mr. S. Herbert was unable to play for Oxford, and the Cambridge team with true sportsmanship allowed Mr. Heath, last year's Oxford captain, to take his place. No very high standard of polo is to be expected from undergraduates, who as a rule have no experienced player to drill them or adeqaute opportunities of practice against teams who might be expected to advance their education. But, all things considered, the standard reached by both sides in yesterday's match was highly creditable. There was nothing to choose between the teams on the run of the game. Curiously enough, as in the case of the Inter-Regimental match, the losers at one time led by four goals to two, and the winners were never ahead until they scored the point which gave them victory. Quite a good pace - a very great improvement on last year's display - was maintained throughout the match, and so far as the more elementary strokes were concerned, all the players showed praiseworthy command over the ball a very fair share of strength as well. Time alone will show whether an embryo Buckmaster or Freake took part in yesterday's match. (The Times, July 4, 1912, p. 15.) 




Friday, 30th June at Roehampton

Mr. R . Cazenove, No. 1

Mr. S. Herbert, No. 2

Mr. J. Hudson, No. 3

Mr. R. V. Heath, Magdalen, Captain (+1), back

RESULT 3 - 8


Owing to the wet the annual match between Oxford and Cambridge could not be played at Hurlingham on June 28, the venue being transferred to Roehampton, where it took place two days later. Last year Oxford won very easily, thanks mainly to that well-known Rugby player, Mr. J. Pearce, but this season they were without his valuable assistance. By the end of the third period the better-mounted Cantabs, for whom Mr. Pickersgill showed up very prominently, were leading by 4-0, and they won comfortably with five goals to spare . This result brought Cambridge's record up to seventeen wins, as against Oxford's fifteen successes. The match, which was instituted in 1878, fell through in 1894 and also in 1900. (Polo Monthly, July 1911, p. 371.)


Roehampton. Oxford v. Cambridge. Cambridge beat Oxford very easily yesterday afternoon by 8 goals to 3. [...]. Both teams played very poor polo, the hitting being most uncertain and lacking in strength and direction. Cambridge owe their victory to being the better mounted side and to their being a little better together than Oxford, who were continually in each other's way and seldom in their right places. Mr. Pickersgill and Mr. Rolls played best for the winners, and Mr. Heath alone of the losers showed any promise. (The Times, July 1, 1911, p. 15.)


Old Oxonians v. Old Cantabs.





29th June at Hurlingham

The Hon. G. Bampfylde, New College

Mr. H. S. Loder, Magdalen

Mr. J. Pearse, Worcester 

Mr. R. S. Hudson, Magdalen (Captain)

Result 10 - 2


Last year, when the Hurlingham ground was so vet that the contest had to be decided at Wembley Park, there was a most exciting struggle, and it was only after overtime that Cambridge won by the odd goal in nine . This year the teams were not nearly so well matched, and Oxford, who had the assistance of an experienced Rugby player , in the person of Mr J . Pearce, who has twice helped to win the County Cup, in 1905 and 1906, won very easily by a margin of eight goals. This was the thirty-first inter-University polo match that has taken place, and brought Oxford's total up to fifteen wins, as against Cam- bridge's sixteen victories. The match was instituted in 1878, but there was no contest in 1894 or 1900. (The Polo Monthly, July 1910, p. 366.)


Polo. Hurlingham. Oxford v. Cambridge. Oxford beat Cambridge by ten goals to two. [...] It is by no means rare for athletic competitions between the two Universities to produce unexpected results, and the more than decisive defeat which Cambridge suffered yesterday probably came as a surprise to both sides, for a close game was anticipated, and some favoured the chances of Cambridge. It is, of course, unfair to expect too much of undergraduates, whose experience of the game is necessarily limited; but the match yesterday began in feeble fashion, the pace being slow and the ball frequently being missed, but the standard of play improved considerably in the later stages of the game. All through, however, one felt that the Cambridge players were not doing themselves justice and that they must have it in them to do considerably better against their opponents. They certainly did not make the most of their opportunities at goal, for although they were more often on the defensive than Oxford, they did at times secure fair chances at goal, of which they too often failed to avail themselves. Oxford appeared to have the better ponies, some of the Cambridge ponies not being to handy or fast. For the winners Mr. Hudson and Mr. J. Pearce, who has had an unusual amount of practice for an undergraduate, played best. None of the Cambridge men did themselves justice, although they played up pluckily and were not disheartened. A collision at a slow pace between two players of opposite sides led to a rather interesting decision of the umpire. He stopped the game, but did not inflict any penalty on either side, and the game was restarted by the ball being thrown in. The umpire evidently considered - as, indeed, was apparent - that there was no danger, and perhaps also that the two players were equally to blame. (The Times, June 30, 1910, P. 19.)


1909 - 1900


Thursday, July 1, at Wembley Park (Hurlingham being too wet)

Mr P . V . Heath, Magdalen

Mr H . S. Loder, Magdalen

Mr R . S. Hudson, Magdalen (Captain)

Mr A . V . Shirley, Exeter back (+2)

RESULT 4 - 5


The Hurlingham ground being too wet for play, the match could not be decided there on Monday, June 28, as arranged, so it was eventually played at the Wembley Park (Middlesex) Club on the following Thursday. It was a very even game, the sides being capitally matched, and was umpired by Mr Gordon Withers, the Wembley Park Polo manager. Mr F. G. Pearson, a brother of the Cambridge hon. secretary and captain, hit the first goal, and at half-time Oxford were leading by three goals to two. On resuming Mr Loder hit the Oxonians' fourth goal, but by the call of time Cambridge had drawn level. So an extra period had to be started, four minutes' overtime being played before Mr Pickersgill with a back-hander hit the winning goal. This was the thirtieth inter-University Polo match that has taken place, and brought Cambridge's total up to sixteen wins, as against Oxford 's fourteen victories . (The Polo Monthly, July 1909, p. 377.)


Oxford v. Cambridge. The annual inter-University match was played at Wembley Park yesterday afternoon by the permission of the Messrs Withers. There was no chance of playing the match at Hurlingham, as had been intended, because of the dislocation of the fixture list brought about by recent bad weather. Mr. Gordon Withers umpired. [...] The game ended in a victory for Cambridge by five goals to four. The play was even from the beginning. Mr. F. Pearson opening the scoring for Cambridge, but Mr. Heath equalized before the change of ponies. After give-and-take play in the second period Mr. Hudson put Oxford in front, but early in the third stage Mr. Pickersgill, taking a penalty hit for a cross, equalized, and just before half-time Mr. Huson scored again, Oxford then leading by three goals to two. Early in the fourth period mr. Loder came through and increased the lead of Oxford, but Cambridge then hit two goals in succession and each side had scored four points at the end of an hour's play. Extra time was ordered to be played, and in four minutes Mr. Pickersgill scored with a back-hander and Cambridge therefore won the game. (The Times, July 2, 1909, p. 22.)




Monday, 29th June at Hurlingham

Mr S . Freemantle
Mr R. S. Hudson, Magdalen 

Mr H . S. Loder, Magdalen
Earl of Leven and Melville, Christ Church (Captain, +3) 

RESULT 1 - 6


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge The annual inter-University match, the 28th of the series, was played at Hurlingham yesterday, but the attendance was disappointing and the play much below the average of the last few years. The teams did not meet in 1881, 1894, and 1900, and as Cambridge won yesterday, each side had been successful 14 times. Mr. N. W. Loder, who hit four goals for the winners yesterday, was by far the best man on the field, but he was well backed up by his "No.2," Mr. G. Pickersgill, who is a strong rider and an accurate hitter. [...] Mr. L. B. Jarmay and Mr. C. P. Nickalls were the umpires. In the first period the play was very even, neither side scoring, but early in the second period Mr Wingfield Digby ran the ball up the field from the middle, and Mr. Pickersgill rode up ad hit the first goal for Cambridge. The next goal, which was scored in the third stage, was got by the same player, and Cambridge had the good lead of two goals in teh first 22 minutes. A little later Mr. Loder drove the ball down the field, and scored a third goal for his side, Cambridge, therefore, leading at half-time by three goals to none. For a time Oxford pressed, but the hitting of the forwards was inaccurate, and they showed no combination. Mr. N. W. Loder hit a fourth goal for Cambridge before the opposing side made full use of the chances which were offered to them. Early in the fifth period, however, Mr. Hudson dribbled the ball for a distance, and Mr. Fremantle, taking his pass, gave Oxford their first and only goal. Before the end of the period Mr. Loder hit a fifth goal for Cambridge, and taking a pass from Mr. Pickersgill in the last stage fo the game, the same player gave Cambridge a sixth goal, and that team, therefore, won by six goals to one. (The Times, June 30, 1908, p. 16.)




Monday, 24th June at Hurlingham

Mr R. S. Hudson, Magdalen

Mr G. R. Foster, Christ Church

Mr R. Faber, Exeter
Mr A . J . L. Scott, Merton

RESULT 2 - 9


The University Match. There was not a large crowd at Hurlingham yesterday, when the 27th annual University match was played, the cold wind no doubt keeping away many intending visitors. [...] The umpires were Lord Wodehouse and Major R. E. Chaplin, and Mr. St. Quintin took the time. The beginning was slow, but half-way through the first period Mr. Auriol-Barker, who was especially well mounted, slipped away and gave Cambridge the lead, while soon after the change of ponies Mr. Jarmay added to the score. The third period was very well contested. Each side hit a goal, Mr. Scott going through from the 60 yards mark for Oxford, while Mr. Jarmay scored for Cambridge. At half-time Cambridge led by three goals to one. In the second half they showed by far the better combination, and on several occasions they gained ground by Mr. Scott, the Oxford back, being too far up the field. Mr. Jarmay, whose hitting was accurate, scored twice in the fourth period. With the score five goald to one against them, Oxford packed well in the next period, and Mr. Faber drove the ball past Mr Auriol-Barker and thus gave Oxford their second goal. After that, however, Mr. Loder and Mr. Jarmay hit four goals between them, and Cambridge therefore won quite an interesting game by nine goals to two. The play was a great improvement over that in many earlier matches between the Universities, and the Cambridge me certainly showed good from when once they had settled down. Mr. Auriol-Barker at back, and Mr. Jarmay, who played No. 3, were the mainstays of their side, while on the losers' side the best man was Mr. A.J.L. Scott, although he showed a tendency to get too near to his forwards. Of the 27 matches, which have been played between Oxford and Cambridge, the balance is still in favour of Oxford, who have won 14 games to their opponents' 13. (The Times, June 25, 1907, p.11.)




Monday, 25th June at Hurlingham

Julian W. Winans, Worcester

Paul Winans, Exeter

Mr F. Cripps, New College

Mr F. V. Willey, Magdalen (Captain)



Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. On ground which was greatly improved by Sunday's rain, the 26th University match was played at Hurlingham yesterday. There was a capital attendance and the umpires were Lord Wodehouse and Mr. W. H. Pearson, both old captains of their Universities. [...] From the beginning play was even, the feature of the early stages of the game being the good play of the two backs, but it was not until the ende of the second period that Mr. Buxton came through and hit a goal for Cambridge. Oxford were again on the defensive up to half-time, but nothing further was scored in the first half hour of the game. Early in the fourth stage, however, Mr Cripps made his team level, and later Mr. J. W. Winans put Oxford in front; but soon after the next change of ponies Mr. Jarmay drove the ball from the boards to the front of his opponents' goals and Mr. Barker put the ball between the posts, the score then being two goals all. For the remainder of the game Oxford showed the better combination, Mr. Cripps and Mr. Willey scoring, but with four minutes to play Mr. Pearson scored for Cambridge with a fine shot under his pony, and as there was no further scoring Oxford won by four goals to three. (The Times, June 26 1906, p.13.)




26th June at Hurlingham

Hon. Neil Primrose, New College

Mr F. V. Willey, Magdalen

Hon. W. Harold Pearson (Capt.)

Mr R. A. Brassey, New College

RESULT 4 - 9


The inter-'Varsity polo match at Hurlingham yesterday resulted as follows: - Cambridge 9 goals, Oxford 4 goals. Oxford have won 13 times and Cambridge 12, with two matches drawn. (Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday 27 June 1905, p. 3.)


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. Oxford and Cambridge have produced the greater number of the first-class polo players of the day, and the Oxford and Cambridge match, therefore, apart from the interest which always attaches to inter-University contests, is always a popular one. [...] The Cantabs opened the attack and for the first 20 minutes had matters all their own way, scoring six goals to their opponents' love. Oxford seemed quite unable to get together, and failing to ride their men, allowed their opponents to get such a lead as to leave them an almost impossible task. It was not until close upon half-time that a brilliant run by Mr. Brassey gave Oxford their first goal. During the second half of the game the play was fast and interesting, Oxford scoring four goals to three scored by Cambridge. The Oxford forwards made a succession of good runs, but Mr. Peters and Lord Wodehouse at "three" and back played a strong defensive game, and the whole Cambridge team kept its form well until the call of time, and ran out the winers by nine goals to five. Oxford as a team were as good strikers as their opponents, but they failed to combine and played too loose a game. Mr. Brassey is a fine striker and quick to taken an opening. Mr. Primrose is another good clean hitter. Mr. Pearson played a sound and unselfish game at "one". Mr. Willey is a hard hitter, but is too fond of meeting the ball and made the mistake of riding the opposing number one instead of letting the number one ride him. As, however, he does not usually play back he had a difficult task assigned him. Cambridge are fortunate in having a very fine back in Lord Wodehouse, and one above University form. Mr. Peter's is an excellent number "three". Mr Jarmay and Mr. Buxton at "one" and "two" played well together. The side as a whole possessed the first essential of a good team, in riding hard and yet keeping their places. (The Times, June 27, 1905, p. 11.)




Monday, 20th June at Hurlingham

Hon. Neil Primrose, New College

R. A. Brassey, New College

Hon. Harold Pearson, Christ Church

Mr L. H. Hardy, New College (Captain) 

RESULT 3 - 4 


The teams were very even, and after being one all, and then two all, Oxford equalized again in the last minute . After thirteen minutes' overtime Cambridge won. (The Polo Monthly, July 1909, p. 375.)




Wednesday, 20th June at Hurlingham

Hon. Harold Pearson, Christ Church

Hon. Thomas C. R. Agar-Robartes, Christ Church

Devereux Milburn, Lincoln

L. H. Hardy, New College (Captain) 

RESULT 14 - 1


This was Oxford's sixth successive victory.    

Hon. Secretary: L. H. Hardy

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Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. The 23rd match between Oxford and Cambridge was played at the Hurlingham Club, Fulham, yesterday, when Oxford won a one-sided game by 14 goals to one. Cambridge made a better show than the score would indicate, but they were extremely weak at back, and when they had opportunities for scoring they failed badly in front of goal. After opening slowly and failing to score in the first ten minutes the Oxonians went ahead rapidly, and scored no fewer than five goals in the fifth period. Oxford have now won 13 matches against ten, and have not defeated since 1896. (The Times, June 25, 1903, p. 12.)



23rd June at Oxford

Mr L. H. Hardy, New College

Mr Devereux Milburn, Lincoln

Hon Ernest Burford Horlick, Christ Church

Mr W. Astor, New College (Captain) 

RESULT 14 - 0


Assisting the Oxford team this year was Mr Devereux Milburn, a young American of great promise, who is now reputed to be the finest player in the United States, and who so largely contributed to the Meadow Brook team's success in the 1909 America Cup matches at Hurlingham . Mr Milburn also got his rowing blue, having taken part in the 1902 and 1903 University boat-races. Mr L. H. Hardy, whose uncle, Mr Gerald Hardy, used to be a member of the well-known Freebooters' team, subsequently joined the 1st Life Guards, and now plays in their subalterns' team. This was the fourth time that the match was played at Oxford. (The Polo Monthly, July 1909, p. 375.)


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. The annual polo match between representatives of the rival Universities was decided at Oxford yesterday. The Dark Blues were at full strength, but Cambridge lacked the services of Fordham (Trinity Hall) one of their best men, as the result of an accident. The game was very one-sided, Oxford who showed more skill, and were better mounted, ultimately winning by the large margin of 14 goals to none. - D. Milburn, the rowing Blue, scored eight of the goals. (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 24th June 1902, p. 10.)


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. The annual polo match between Oxford and Cambridge took place yesterday on Wolvercote-common, near Oxford. Cambridge were without Mr. Fordham, of Trinity Hall, and the Dark Blues were the better mounted. Oxford won by 14 goals to non. Mr. D. Milburn, Lincol, scored eight goals; Mr. Horlick, Christ Church, three; Mr. Astor, Christ Church, two; and Mr. Hardy, New College, one. (The Times, June 24, 1902, p.7.)




24th June at Hurlingham

Waldorf Astor, New College

Prince Raj. Kumar of Cooch Behar, Christ Church

Charles William Reginald Duncombe, Viscount Helmsley; Christ Church (Hon. Secretary and Manager)

R. P. Wade-Palmer, Christ Church (Captain)

RESULT 8 - 2


The winning Oxford team this year included Mr W . Astor, whose father, Mr William Waldorf Astor, now a naturalized Englishman, was the donor of the gold Championship Polo Cup which is played for annually in the United States ; the Rajah Kumar of Cooch Behar, whose father is a well-known Indian player and patron of Polo; and Viscount Helms-ley, the grandson and heir of the Earl of Feversham, and who is now an M.P. and the Sinnington M.F.H. The Oxford captain, Mr R. P. Wade-Palmer, is one of the score of left-handed players registered at Hurlingham. (The Polo Monthly, July 1909, p. 375.)


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. At Hurlingham yesterday representatives of the rival Universities met at polo. The Oxonians were the much better team, and opening their score in the second period, led at half-time by three goals to one. They continued to outplay their opponents, and eventually Cambridge had to acknowledge defeat by eight goals to two. The teams were: - Oxford W. Astor, the Maharajah of Cooch-Behar, Lord Helmsley, and R. P. Wade-Palmer. Cambridge: H. J. Fordham, G. Hrgreaves. T. G. Warre, And H. T. Rich.(Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 25 June 1901, p. 8.)


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Visiting teams usually put up at The Mitre, Clarendon, or Randolph Hotel.

All sorts of ponies are played by the club, but chiefly English and Argentine, and these are purchased at about £60 per head. [£6200 in today's money.]




Not played.

The match for the second time fell through, Cambridge being unable to raise a team. Mr Morres Nickalls was the Oxford Hon. Secretary this year. 


1899 - 1890


12th June at Hurlingham

Mr E. W. Hermon

Mr W Nickalls 

Mr Hugh B. Cardwell

Mr P.F. Brassey

RESULT 11 - 1


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. The match at Hurlingham yesterday afternoon was furnished by the annual competition between Oxford and Cambridge. the Light Blues were, unfortunately, very weakly represented. [...]. Captain Wise and Mr. Bellville were umpires. The game proved very uneven Oxford had the better of the play throughout and, after pressing almost from the start to the finish won by 11 goals to one. Messrs. Nickals (6), Cardwell (4), and Brassey scored for the winners, and Mr. Kidd gained Cambridge's solitary goal. (The Times, June 13, 1899, p.11.)




13th June at Hurlingham

Hr. R. Ward

Hugh B. Cardwell

Cecil P Nickalls, New College
Morres (Bobby) Nickalls, New College
RESULT 15 - 0


Polo. The Oxford and Cambridge match was played at Hurlingham yesterday. Oxford won easily by 15 goals to none. (The Times,  June 14, 1898, p. 12.)



Tuesday ,8th June at Hurlingham

Viscount Villiers

Patteson W. Nickalls

Cecil P. Nickalls

Hugh B. Cardwell (Capt)

RESULT 12 - 0


This was the first time that Mr Cecil Nickalls, the famous forward, represented his University.


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. The annual polo match between teams representing the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge was played at the Hurlingham Club Grounds yesterday. Unfortunately the weather was far from favorable, and the attendance was consequently very moderate. All through the contest the Oxonians had matters all their own way, and they finally gained a hollow victory by 12 goals to nothing. Lord Villiers gained seven, Mr. C. Nickalls three, and Mr. P. W. Nickalls two. (The Times, June 9, 1897, p. 7.)




22nd June, Wolvercote, Oxford

Mr H . R . Ward

Mr Patteson . Womersley Nickalls

Viscount Villiers

Mr H . B . Cardwell

RESULT 3 - 5


For the second year in succession the venue was Oxford instead of Hurlingham.




14th June at Wolvercote, Oxford

Viscount Villiers, New College (Captain)

Mr Patteson Womersley Nickalls, New College

Mr J . W. Dugdale

Mr H. R. Ward

Result 1 - 8


Playing for his University for the first time was Mr Pat Nickalls, who played for England against America in 1902 and also in 1909. For some reason the match was played this year at Oxford instead of at Hurlingham.




not played

The respective honorary secretary and captain was Viscount Villiers (New College), at Oxford.




1st July at Hurlingham

Mr G. Clifford

Mr G . N . E . Baring, Captain

Mr A . Dugdaic

Mr F . C. G. Menzies.

RESULT 1 - 6


Representatives of Cambridge have defeated those of Oxford in a polo match at Hurlingham. The sides were as follow: Oxford Mr. H. Dugdale (back), Mr. G.E. Barin, Mr. F Menzies, and Mr G. Clifford. Cambridge: Mr. W. Backmaster, Mr. G. Heseltine, Mr. W. C. Harrild, and Duke of Marlborough. Cambridge quickly showed their superiority, and at the first interval the score stood two goals to love in their favour, and ultimately they secured the verdict by six goals to one. The points for the winners were made by Mr. Heseltine (2), Mr. Harrild (2), and Duke of Marlborough (2) whilst Mr. Baring scored for the losers. The umpires were Mr. J. Peat and Lord Harrington. (Dover Express, Friday 7 July 1893.)


Polo. The annual match between the representatives of Oxford and Cambridge Universities took place at Hurlingham on Saturday, and as was to be expected in such charming weather, the attendance was an exceedingly large one. The sides were composed as follows: - Oxford University - Mr. H. Dugdale (back), mr. G. Clifford, Mr. F. Menzies, and Mr. Baring. Cambridge University - Mr. W. Buckmaster (back), the Duke of Marlborough Mr. W. C. Harrild, and Mr. G. Heseltine. Umpires: Mr. J. Peat and Lord Harrington. Upon a start being effected the Cantabs attacked and carried the ball well into their opponents' territory, when, after a few reverses due to the opposition of Mr. Dugdale and Mr Baring, the Duke of Marlborough sent the ball between the posts. This success he shortly afterwards repeated, and at the end of the first interval the game stood two goals to love in favour of the Light Blues. Continuing, play was somehow slow as compared with what is usually exhibited at Hurlingham. Cambridge throughout were principally the aggressors, and, increasing their advantage as the match progressed, ultimately gained the verdict by six goals to one. The remaining points for the victors were obtained by Mr. Heseltine (2) and Mr. Harrild (2), whilst Mr. Baring scored for Oxford. (The Morning Post, Monday 3 July 1893.)


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. In the presence of a large company at Hurlingham on Saturday, Cambridge won their annual polo match with Oxford by six goals to one. (The Times, July 3, 1893.) 




29th June at Hurlingham

Mr P. C. Sherbrooke, Christ Church

Mr G. N. E. Baring, Hertford

Mr A. Dugdale (Captain), Christ Church (+3)

Mr F. C. G. Menzies, Christ Church

RESULT 1 - 12


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. Yesterday at Hurlingham the annual polo match between the University teams was decided. Cambridge won easily by 12 goals to one. (The Times, June 30, 1892, p. 11.)




20th June at Hurlingham

K. Pulteney, Captain

A. Dugdale

R. W. Tyringham

G. S. Clayton



Polo. The annual match between Oxford and Cambridge was played on Saturday at the Hurlingham Club, Fulham. Oxford claimed the victory by four goals to one. (The Times, June 22, 1891, p. 7.)




28th June at Hurlingham

K. Pulteney, Captain

A. Dugdale

G. S. Clayton

H. Leonard C. Brassey
RESULT 5 - 4


Rain fell heavily while play was in progress on Saturday at the Hurlingham Club, but, notwithstanding, a large company visited the grounds. The principal attraction was the annual match between the representatives of the Oxford and Cambridge Universities. There was little to hoose between the contending parties, and, although play was anything but fast, the game was well contested. The Oxonians were the first to secure an advantage, as, thanks to the forward play of Mr. Dugdale and Mr. Pulteney, a couple of points were quickly placed to their credit, and at the end of the first round the game stood three to two in their favour. Continuing the struggle, Cambridge set to work in earnest to retrieve their position. After several ineffectual attempts they succeeded in equalising matters, and when time was called the scoring board registered four goals each. It was arranged to continue the struggle until either side scored, victory ultimately resting with the Oxonians, the successful stroke being hit by Mr. Clayton. The points fort he winners were made by Mr. Pulteney and Mr. Creery showed the best form for Cambridge. Oxford University – Mr Clayton (back), Mr Brassey, Mr Dugdale, and Mr. Pulteney. (Morning Post, Monday 30 June 1890.)


Polo. At the Hurlingham Club on Saturday the annual match between the Universities was decided. Oxford beat Cambridge by five goals to four. (The Times, 30 June, 1890, p. 7.)


1889 - 1878


22nd June at Hurlingham

Mr W. Hammer

Mr T. Hayne Cook

Mr T. C. Goff

Mr N . C. Cockburn, Captain

RESULT 0 - 7


Polo. The annual match between representatives of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge was decided on Saturday at the Hurlingham Club. Cambridge had much the better of the play, and won by seven goals to none. (The Times, June 24, 1889, p. 10)




16th June at Hurlingham

Mr G. D. Timmis

Mr T. C. Goff

Mr Grant

Mr N . C. Cockburn, Captain

RESULT 2 - 10


Polo. A couple of interesting matches were decided at the Hurlingham Club on Saturday. The first contest was between the Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Oxford University - Mr. Cockburn, Mr. Grant, Mr Goff, and Mr. Timmis. The Cambridge men, who were undoubtedly the stronger team, had matters all their own way, and at the call of time they  were declared the winners by 10 goals to two. (Morning Post, Monday 18 June 1888) 


Polo. The annual match between Oxford and Cambridge Universities was decided on Saturday at Hurlingham Club. Cambridge had the advantage throughout, and won by ten goals to two. (The Times, June 18, 1888, p. 9.)




18th June at Hurlingham

Viscount Valletort

Mr J . M. Fuller

Mr G . D . Timmis

Hon. E. J. Mills.

RESULT 6 - 7


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. The annual match between the Universities was played on Saturday at Hurlingham. The Light Blues were left the winners by 13 goals to 12. (The Times, June 21, 1887, p. 7)




12th June at Hurlingham (very wet)

Mr Richard Lawson

Lord W. Bentinck

Viscount Valletort

Mr J. L. Dugdale

RESULT 8 - 2


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. On Saturday last the annual match between the Universities was decided at Hurlingham. Several heavy showers marred the pleasure of the onlockers. Oxford proved themselves too skilful for their opponents. Three goals were scored for them at the outset (two by Mr. Dugdale and one by Lord W. Bentinck). A point for Cambridge was then obtained by Mr. E. M. Rutherford. Five more goals were speedily gained by Oxford, while their opponents could only secure one more. Consequently, the match ended in a victory for Oxford by eight goals to two. (The Times, June 14, 1886, p. 7)




20th June at Hurlingham

R. Lawson

Hon William Cavendish-Bentinck

Viscount Valletort

J. M. Fuller

RESULT: 4 - 0


In this match, as in all previous University matches, the Cambridge men were all abroad during the first part, and seemed to quite lose their heads. During the second half, however, they had considerably the best of it; but luck was against them, and they were unable to score. (Polo, by J. Moray Brown, London: Thacker 1896, P. 132.)


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. A large number of spectators was present at the Hurlingham Club on Saturday to witness the annual encounter between the Universities. Lord W. Bentinck, Viscount Valletort, Mr. R. Lawson, and Mr. J. M. Fuller represented Oxford. [...] The game was at first even, but towards the close the Dark Bues had it all their own way, and eventually won by seven goals to three. (The Times, June 22, 1885. p. 12.)




14th June at Hurlingham

Mr H . B. Portman

Mr Douglas Haig

Mr J. Cator

Mr C. Charrington

Mr J. Goslyn.

RESULT 2 - 4

Old Boys

Mr Grant Lawson

The Earl of Harrington

Mr Gerald Hardy

RESULT 2 - 1


The annual match played at the Hurlingham Club between old members oft he Oxford and Cambridge Universities was decided yesterday. Instead oft he teams being composed of four players on each side, on this occasion only three competet, and the sides were Old Oxford University: Mr Grant Lawson, the Earl of Harrington, and Mr. Gerald Hardy. The rival parties were very evenly matched, and the play from first to last was very close and exciting. The Cambridge representatives had at first the best o fit, and made some fine attacks , but the Oxford head-quarters were well defended;and although Mr. H. C. Bentleyin the early part oft he game, got a good opening, and made the best use to fit., his efforts to score a goal were thwarted by the Earl of Harrington, who, when an opportunity occurred, made some fine runs. Captain Spicer and Mr. E. H. Baldock also showed to advantage, and played up strongly for the Light Blues, But Mr. Gerald Hardy getting possession oft he ball, scored the first goal for Oxford. In the second part oft he contest both sides played with great spirit, and Mr Grant Lawson made a praiseworthy effort to score another point for Oxford, but the Cambrige team repulsed the attack and, after a fine run, Captain Spicer scored a goal in their favour. At the call of time a tie was declared, but it was played off, and the winning stroke was made by Mr H. C. Bentley. The Cambridge team were then declared the winners by two goals to one. (Morning Post, Tuesday 1 July 1884)



16th June at Hurlingham

Mr H.B Portman

Mr Douglas Haig (Brasenose)

Hon. Charles Trefusis

Mr Thomas Hitchcock
RESULT 4 - 1


In the following year Oxford took ample revenge for this narrow defeat. H. B. Portman and Douglas Haig were still in the team, and with them were Charles Trefusis and Thomas Hitchcock, of whom the last named afterwards captained the Americans in the inaugural matches for the International Cup The 'Cambridge side comprised F. B. Mildmay, T. Gaskell, C. T. Dundas and A. H. Strachan. This time Oxford showed superior combination, and it is recorded that `many fine runs were made by Mr. Haig for one side and Mr. Mildmay for the other.' Probably both teams were above average merit for these matches. Right up to the last minute the game was contested in the keenest spirit imaginable, though Oxford won by the decisive margin of 4 goals to 1. (Polo Monthly, May 1928, p. 436)


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. Representatives of the two Universities met in a polo match at Hurlingham on Saturday. Although the weather was by no means bright, the rain held off, and the company present was large. Play began at 3.30, and during the first half hour Portman scored two goals for Oxford, and Hitchcock obtained the same number. Gaskell at length placed a goal to the credit of Cambridge. Towards the close of the match the play was very interesting, but no other definite point was secured, and Oxford thus won by four goals to one. Mr G. Hardy umpired for the winners and Mr. T. S. Kennedy for the losers. (The Times, June 18, 1883)




17th and 22nd June at Hurlingham

Mr H . B . Portman

Mr Douglas Haig (Brasenose)

Mr J. Cator

Mr C . Charrington

Mr J. Goslyn

RESULT 2 - 3


In 1883 [1882?] the match seems to have been a hard-fought one, ending in a draw with the score 1 goal all. Four days after a return match was played to decide who should be the winners, and on this occasion Cambridge won by 3 goals to 2. (Polo, by J. Moray Brown. London: Longmans 1895, p. 131).


It so happened that this was the last of the Inter-Universities games in which the teams numbered five aside. Oxford played H . B . Portman, Douglas Haig, J. Cator, C . Charrington and J. Goslyn, while the Cambridge team consisted of F . B. Mildmay, E . B . Barnard, F . Gaskell, J. A . Tryon and C . T. Dundas. With the sides evenly matched, it proved one of the closest struggles of the long series. `After some exciting exchanges,' says one account, ` the first goal was scored by Mr. Haig for the Oxonians . When the ends had been changed the Light Blues made a most determined fight of it, and after some fine play on both sides Mr. Mildmay, the Cambridge captain, equalized . At the call of time the score was still one goal all, so the teams met again at Hurlingham a few days later, when Cambridge won, after another keen fight, by 3 goals to 2. (Polo Monthly, August 1928, p. 436.) 



18th June at Hurlingham

Lord Dungarvan

John Blundell Leigh, Christ Church

Mr H . B . Portman

Mr H. A. H. Lennard

RESULT 0 - 3



The Earl of Yarborough (Cambridge)

Mr Walter Long (Oxford)


Polo. Oxford and Cambridge. The attractive character oft he Hurlingham Club programme was sufficient to induce a very large number of visitors to assemble on Saturday. The ground was in excallent order. This is the third occasion on which this match has been played at Hurlingham, and up tot he present time the honours were even, each side having succeeded in scoring a victory, and therefore the match under notice was additionally interesting, from the fact its being "the rubber.“ Oxford University was represented by Lord Dangarvan, Mr. J. B. Leigh, Mr. H. Portman, and Mr. H. Lennard, Mr. W. Long being the umpire. Play continued very even for some time but at length the Cantabs cut the ball well down on to the Dark Blue territory, and a cleverly-played hit by Mr Barnard secured the first point for Cambridge. Ends were then changed, and another charge took place, in which Mr. Barnard, who was well mounted on The Midge, was again first to take possesion, but soon losing it, and the others coming up, a smart scrimmage ensued, and even play was again the order of the day. At length Mr. Barnard made a fine run with the ball, taking it close to the Oxford stronghold. Here it was passed to Mr. Lycett Green, who adroitly hit it between the flags, and thus secured the second point or the Light Blue representatives. Again goals were changed, and very shortly after the resumption of play another point was scored by the Cambridge division, the goal being taken by Mr. Barnard, who thus carried two for his side. Time was called at this juncture, and consequently the Cambridge men were left the winners by three goals to none. (Morning Post, Monday 20th June 1881)




Saturday, 29th May at Hurlingham

John Blundell Leigh (Captain)

W. Kavanagh

J.G. Lawson

J.E. Stock

M.T. Kennard
RESULT 4 - 1



Lord Yarborough 



Mr Gerard Leigh

Mr. A. Peyton

Mr. P. Calley

Mr Kenyon-Stow

Mr. J. B. Leigh

RESULT Draw 1 - 1


Old Oxford v. Old Cambridge. This was the next match decided, Old Oxford being represented by Mr. Gerard Leigh, Mr. A. Peyton , Mr. P. Calley, Mr. Kenyon–Stow , and Mr. J. B. Leigh;  whilst the Old Cambridge team consisted oft he Earl of Lewes, Mr. J. Spicar , Mr. O. Ellis, Mr. E. H. Baldock, and Mr. H. C. Bentley. The match was most evenly contested, and at the end of an hour and a quarter’s play resulted in a draw, both sides having obtained one goal, Mr. Baldock scoring the point for Old Cambridge, whilst Mr. Gerard Leigh made the once credited to Old Oxford. (Morning Post, Tuesday 8 June 1880)




Saturday, 14th June, at Hurlingham


John Blundell Leigh, Christ Church 

Mr J. H . Stock (Captain)

Mr J . G. Lawson.

Mr H. A. H. Lennard

Mr J. E. Stock (goal)

RESULT 1 - 2



Mr E. H. Baldock (Cambridge)

Mr Walter Long (Oxford)



RESULT: 2 -  1


Polo. Oxford v. Cambridge. The first match of any note between the sister universities took place on Saturday afternoon at Hurlingham and as the weather wascertainly of a more agreeable description than that with which out-door sports have lately been favoured, the attendance was as may be expected, a very large one .Strictly in accordance with the new rule brouhgt in force to affect some of those gentlemen who make a practise of arriving on the ground when the game should be half played out, the players took up their respective positions precisely at a quarter past four. The Oxford contingent consisted of Mr. J. H. Stock (captain), Mr. J. G. Lawson, Mr. H. A. H. Lennard, Mr. J. B. Leigh, and Mr. J. E. Stock, Mr. Walter Long being their umpire. On the signal being given by Captain Walter Smythe a capital charge was made for the ball, but within a very short time from the commencement of hostilities Mr W. E. C. Ellis had a nasty tumble which very much shook him; still he was soon in the saddle again and urgin his men as their captain most energetically, and for nearly half an hour play continued without much advantage being gained on either side. From a generalscrimmage in the centre oft he ground Mr. J. B. Leigh, on behalf of Oxford made a spledid run down, and without much opposition cut the ball between the posts, thus scoring the first goal for his side. On ends being changed the game was pursued in a rather more exciting manner, but almost at the outset Mr. C. A. Wook cleverly took a goal or the Light Blues, thus placing them on even terms with their opponents, and 10 minutes before the call of time Mr Elis gained another point for Cambridge, who consequently won by two goals to one. During the afternon the full band of the Coldstrewn Guards played a choice selection of music. (Morning Post, Monday 16 June 1879)


OLD CANTABS v. OLD OXONIANS at Hurlingham. This match was played yesterday at Hurlingham, and terminated in favour of the "dark blue" representatives by two goals to one. The game was not a fast one, owing to the hasty state of the ground, and some considerable time elapsed ere a goal was taken, but eventualy a point was scored for the Oxonians by Mr.  A. C. Miles. Very shortly after this they were credited with another, Mr. J. P. Leigh hitting it out of scrimmage; whilst the one for the Cantabs was made by the Hon. Gilbert Leigh. The sides were as folllows: Old Oxonians: Mr Gerard Leigh, Mr P.M. Kenzon Stone, Mr J. B. Leigh and Mr A. C. Miles. Mr. A. Peat was umpire for both sides. Old Cantabs: Mr. H.H. Baldock, Hon. C. W. Fitzwilliam, Captain Underwood, and Hon. Gilbert Leigh. (Morning Post - Friday, 27 June 1879, p. 7)



27th November at Bullingdon Cricket Ground (Oxford)

Walter McM. Kavanagh, Christ Church
Audley Charles Miles, Brasenose (Capt.)

James Henry Stock, Christ Church
Herbert Green-Price, Brasenose
John Blundell Leigh, Christ Church
RESULT 5 - 0



Mr Story (Oxford)
C. A. Wood (Cambridge)



CONDITIONS. No player eligible who has been a member of his University for more than four years, or who has not been in residence during the term in which the match takes place. Instituted in 1878. Played generally at Hurlingham, in June. (Modern Polo, by E.D. Miller, London: Thacker 1896., p. 399)

The first inter-University match was played at the Bullingdon Cricket Ground at Cowley (Oxford) on November 27, 1878, in pouring wet weather. [...] The game seems to have been protracted, and to have lasted an hour and a-half, at the end of which Oxford won by 5 goals to love. (Polo, by J. Moray Brown, London: Longmans 1895, p. 131.)


Polo. - Oxford University v. Cambridge University. A match between representatives of the Oxford and Cambridge Universities was played on Wednesday last, on the Bullingdon Ground. The weather was of the most unpleasant character, rain falling the whole time, accompanied by a bitterly cold wind, and consequently the number of spectators was small. The play, however, was very spirited throughout, and after an hour and a quarter Oxford won by five goals to none of their opponents. Mr. Leigh and Mr. Miles played well for Oxford, and Mr. Ellis and Mr. Jameson did good service for Cambridge. The sides were as follows: - Oxford: Miles (captain), Stock, Green-Price, Kavanagh and Leigh. C.A. Wood (Cambridge) and Story (Oxford), umpires. In the evening the players and other gentlemen, to the number of nearly 30, dined at No. 5, St Aldate's. Mr H. W. Hippey, confectioner, catered in his usual recherche style, themenu comprising every delicacy of the season. Slapoffski's Band was in attendance and played some choice selections. (Oxford Journal, Saturday 30 November 1878)