Frederick John Champion de Crespigny was a member of the County Club based at Southwell and appeared for that side from 1847 to 1851, when he was living there, after ordination.

He was a curate at Emmanuel Church, Camberwell from 1850 to 1858 and Vicar of Hampton Wick from 1858 to his death in 1887. Some enquiries regarding his cricket led to him replying: ‘In byegone times I had the honour and pleasure of playing for the famous County of Notts.’

His single appearance was v Sussex at Trent Bridge in 1848. He was not educated at a Public School, but was at Magdalene College, Cambridge from 1840 to 1844 and played one or two games for the University, but not v Oxford. He was born at the house of his cousin, Sir W.Bowyer Smith, namely Hill Hall, in Essex in December 1822.

Apart from cricket he was an accomplished tennis player and an adept skater as well.