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Monty Betts

West Kent FC, Harrow Chequers FC, Old Harrovians FC & Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 3 goals against

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 3
0% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Morton Peto Betts
Born 30 August 1847 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex [registered in Pancras, December 1847].
notes: Pancras was in the Middlesex Registration County up until 1889.
Attended Harrow School

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, Morton Peto was the middle child, the third of five, of Edward Ladd and Ann (née Peto), living at 29 Tavistock Square in St Pancras, Marylebone, London, with eight servants. His father was an Engineer.

According to the 1861 census, Morton P. was the eldest of six children (three more since ten years ago!). Living with eleven servants  at Preston Hall Mansion, Bridge Cottage in Aylesford. His parents were on holiday at the Royal Hotel in Plymouth.

There are none of the Bett's family on the 1871 census! Morton visited North America in August 1865 from Liverpool, with Arthur Kinnaird, before enrolling into Trinity College, Cambridge. They had returned in October.

According to the 1881 census, now a Civil Engineer and married to Jane with a daughter Marrin and two servants. At 1 Plaistow Road in Bromley.

According to the 1891 census, Morton is visiting the Henley Arms, at 31 Fishergate in Preston. He remains a Civil Engineer! The Kelly's Directory of 1890 puts Morton at The Chestnuts in Fairlop Road, Leytonstone.

According to the 1901 census, Morton P. is a widower and a Civil Engineer. He is boarding at the home of the Winstone's in 10 Oaklands Terrace in Swansea.

Not on the 1911 census, but on the 1911 Harrow Register, he was living at Villa Massa St.Anne, Garavan, Mentone, Alpes Maritimes in France.

Married twice, firstly to Jane Bouch [registered in Bromley, Kent, June 1879], Jane Betts died in 1893. Secondly to Jane Eva Morgan [registered in Croydon, Surrey, September 1901).
Died 19 April 1914 in Villa Massa St. Anne, Garavan, Mentone, Alpes Maritimes, France, aged 66 years 232 days [not registered in England]. Left £40 8s. 8d. to his widow.
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began his education at Harrow School and played with Harrow Chequers in 1871, before becoming an Old Harrovian.  In between times, he played for West Kent FC and Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1871-72; [under the pseudonym A.H. Chequer]


Betts was cup-tied for the 1872 FA Cup final match; he had begun the tournament registered with Harrow Chequers. They had withdrawn prior to the first game but, under the rules of the time, Betts could not play with another club in the same tournament.

Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first-class cricket for Middlesex & Kent, as well as Essex.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 43rd players (43) to appear for England. Seventh goalkeeper to appear.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Only match No. 6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 29 years 185 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Member of the F.A. Council for twenty years, served as a Committee member 1870-71 & 1881-90, commencing to FA vice-President 1890-91. A Civil Engineer circa 1881. Was also the secretary of Essex County Cricket. - Cricket Archive.


Monty Betts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. GA GA Av.
Sht Av.
Capt. Disc.
2 1 90 3 30 min 0 0% none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Monty Betts - Match 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 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 00.0 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 00.0 -1


Monty Betts - Match History
 Club: West Kent F.C. & Harrow Chequers F.C. - 0 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 1 full capx

Age 23
- u/o 19 November 1870 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr n/a Umpire n/a
- u/o 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start gk
Age 24
- u/o 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start gk
 Club: Old Harrovians F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 25
- 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD withdrew
Age 29
1 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start f
Age 35
- 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW Umpire
Age 37
- 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HD Umpire
Age 40
- 33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Umpire