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Segar Bastard

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Full nameSegar Richard Bastard
Date of birth25 January 1854
Place of birthBow, London, England
Date of death20 March 1921 (age 67)
Playing positionOutside right/Forward

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Segar Richard Bastard (25 January 1854 20 March 1921) was an English amateur football player and referee.

Born in Bow, London, Bastard played for the now-defunct Upton Park football club, between 1873 and 1887; he also played for Trojans and Leyton and occasionally guested for the Corinthians. Like many of his contemporaries, he was both a player and a referee at the same time, unlike the modern day, where referees are neutrals with no playing connections. He refereed the 1878 FA Cup Final between Wanderers and Royal Engineers at the Kennington Oval, before refereeing the first ever England v. Wales match, at the Oval on 18 January 1879.

Bastard's debut as an international player came after his debut as a referee; he played for England as an outside right against Scotland on 13 March 1880; Scotland won 5-4 in a match that saw England mount a late rally to come back from 5-2 down. That was Bastard's only match for England.

A solicitor by profession, he was noted for his gambling; he was also a keen fan of horseracing and is one of the first footballers known to have owned a racehorse. He died aged 67, in 1921.

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