Edgar Kail’s wedding cake

Edgar Kail is a name that’s perhaps not that familiar to many football fans. However, to Dulwich Hamlet fans he is a legend whose name is often still sung at Champion Hill.

Kail was one of the final great amateur footballers. He was the last footballer at an amateur club to be selected by England when he appeared three times for his country on a continental tour of Europe. He even scored two goals against France in Paris during the tour.

Kail spent the whole of his career at Dulwich Hamlet (a charity game for Scotland’s Queen’s Park aside), winning a Charity Shield as part of the Amateurs side (it was Professionals vs Amateurs at Wembley in those days), plus a couple of Amateur Cups for Hamlet. But what I want to discuss in this short piece is the marvelous picture of his wedding day which appeared in The Sketch newspaper on the 27th February 1926.

Kail on his wedding day

Kail on his wedding day

On first glance it may seem like the perfect photo, the groom alongside his bride, cutting the wedding cake. However, there are a few different interesting aspects to point out with regards to this page of The Sketch newspaper.

  1. That a wedding between an amateur footballer should be seen as significant enough to gain a whole page in a newspaper.
  2. That the page was entitled “Women in Sport” – marrying a sportsman being enough to qualify for this apparently?
  3. That the cake topper for the wedding cake is actually of a goal being scored.


Edgar Kail obviously had an understanding bride.

Pictures and information from the excellent: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/