Rupert Cawthorne (13 April 1879 – 1965) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre half or full back. He played in the Football League for Darwen and Burnley and in non-league football for clubs including Clitheroe Central and Bacup.
Life and career
Rupert Cawthorne was born on 13 April 1879 in Clitheroe, Lancashire, to Elijah Sylvester Newton Cawthorne, a professional artist and teacher of painting and drawing, and his wife, Louisa née Price. Cawthorne had four older brothers who all played football in the Clitheroe area, one of whom, Fred, followed in his father's footsteps and became well known locally as a portraitist and particularly as a landscape painter.
Cawthorne spent four seasons with local junior club Queen's Park before joining Football League Second Division club Darwen for the 1898–99 season. Both club and team were struggling. Over the 34-match season they conceded 141 goals, lost 18 consecutive matches, and were beaten 10–