George Stuart Sherrington and brother William Staunton Sherrington, were one of a number of pupils of Ipswich School instrumental in the formation of the Ipswich Association Club (Ipswich Town FC in its early guise). Another brother, Charles Scott Sherrington, also a former student of Ipswich School, was knighted for his services to Science in 1922 and in 1932 was awarded a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Sir Charles was certainly a sportsman (he rowed and played rugby while studying at Cambridge) and, along with his two brothers, would almost certainly have played football, but I’ve been trying to establish whether or not he actually played for ITFC.
In a match report published by the East Anglian Daily Times, a “CS Sherrington” was listed as playing for Ipswich Association against Woodbridge Grammar School on Saturday 18th October 1879. “GS Sherrington” was also listed, so it seems unlikely that the paper made a typo with the initials (although that was a frequent occurrence back then).
So, based on the above, it would appear that ITFC can boast a Nobel Laureate amongst its former players!!!
However, is one EADT match report sufficient proof? Since ITFC was founded in 1878 Charles would have been 21 years old, already at university and so would clearly not have had such an active part in the formation of the Club (unlike his brothers who at 19 and 17 were more heavily involved).
Eastwood & Moyse in the definitive ITFC History “The Men Who Made The Town” (Almeida Books 1986) could find no evidence to suggest that Charles played for Ipswich (page 20 of the book if you can find a copy) but one very reputable source – Fellows of the Royal Society – are clearly convinced that he did…
Fellows of the Royal Society Article
I can’t think of another British football club that can boast a Nobel Prize winner as a former player so it would be nice to find conclusive proof!
Your help/thoughts/advice would be most appreciated.