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, Hill Hall in Essex, in December 1822.

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