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Charlie Alcock

Wanderers FC

one captaincy, one goal

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 2: A 2
50% successful
1875

full appearances:
one
minutes as captain:
90

Profile

  Charles William Alcock
Born 2 December 1842 at 10 Norfolk Street (left), Bishop Wearmouth, Sunderland, county Durham [registered in Sunderland, December 1842 as Charles Alcock].
Died 26 February 1907 at 7 Arundel Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, Sussex, aged 64 years 86 days [registered in Brighton, March 1907].
Biographies The Father of Modern Sport: The Life and Times of Charles W. Alcock - Keith Booth. (Parrs Wood Press. 2002).

Sources

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Keith Booth's The Father of Modern Sport [2002] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Educated at Harrow School, Alcock was a keen schoolboy footballer, and formed the Forest club with his elder brother, John, in 1859. He was then a prime mover in the 1863 foundation of Forest's more famous successor, Wanderers FC, who were initially a predominantly Old Harrovian side.  Appears to have been a member of Upton Park FC between 1869 and 1872.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1871-72;
Individual honours Early FA Committee member 1866-69, Honorary Secretary of the FA 1870-86, Honorary Treasurer of the FA 1877, FA Secretary 1887-95, FA Vice-President 1896-1907;
Founding father of the FA Cup in 1871; FA Cup Final referee
1874-75, 1878-79;
Also a first class cricketer with Middlesex and Essex. Then became secretary of Surrey, the Cricket Club that owned the cricket ground in Kennington, London.
Height/Weight not known

Sources

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Keith Booth's The Father of Modern Sport [2002].

England Captain

Captain number Third player to captain England.
Player number One of six who became the 28th players (31) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only captaincy No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 32 years 94 days.60min
Individual honours Also captained the five unofficial internationals, and would have been the first ever captain, but for injury.
Distinctions One of the many committee members that founded the International Match (Alcock himself, never took the credit), and headed the selection process for England's first 31 matches, 1872-1887.
"After another second place in the Home Championship behind the Scots 1886/87, England finally triumphed in the 1887/88 season.  The season had begun with the introduction of the FA's new International Selection Committee and finished with outright victory in the Home Championship for the first time.  The old selection procedure had got out of hand as upwards of 70 players would turn up for the trials, making the process a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare for Alcock and his team..." Forever England: A History of the National Side, Mark Shaoul & Tony Williamson, 2000, page 19./First Elevens: The Birth of International Football, Andy Mitchell, 2012, page 16.
England's oldest goalscorer from March 1875 until March 1896.

 

Charlie Alcock - Captain Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0


Charlie Alcock - Captain History

 Club: Wanderers F.C. - one captaincy (90 min), one goal

Coach: FA Committee - one captaincy (90 min), one goalx

Age 27
1 5 March 1870 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Captain n/a
2 19 November 1870 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Captain n/a

Age 28
3 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Captain for
4 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Captain for

Age 29
5 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW probable Captain for


Age 32
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD debut 60 for

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