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Alexander Bonsor

Wanderers FC & Old Etonians AFC

2 appearances, 1 goal on debut
0 goals against


P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 0: A
3
25% successful
1872-75

 captain: none
minutes played:
180

Timeline

Polesden Lacey, birthplace of Alexander Bonsor Alexander George Bonsor
According to the 1851 census, Eliza (née Denne Orme) Bonsor is pregnant with her sixth child that is to become Alexander George. His father, Joseph is a stationer and bookseller. There are twelve servants, all living at Polesden House [left] in Bookham, Surrey
Birth: Tuesday, 7 October 1851, in Polesden Lacey [left], Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey
no registration found
"BONSOR.―Oct. 7, the wife of Joseph Bonsor, Esq., of Polesden, Great Bookham, of a son." - London Daily News, Friday, 10 October 1851.
Baptism 9 December 1851, in Great Bookham Parish.
  According to the 1861 census, nine year-old Alex Geo. is the seventh of ten children to Joseph, a magistrate, and his mother Eliza. They have eleven servants and live at 6 Hill Street in Westminster.
  According to the 1871 census, living at 88 Eaton Place in St George Hanover Square, Westminster, Alex G., a scholar, is the fourth of eight children. With thirteen servants. His father is a Magistrate Brewer.
(His father died on 27 November 1873)
First marriage to Maria Charlotte Silvie, in 1875
  registered in Shoreditch April-June 1875
Children Alexander and Maria Bonsor had one daughter together. Edwina (b.1890)
  On 6 May 1878, an entry into the Great Western Railway Shareholders shows Alexander George Bonsor as an Executor, upon Malcolm Orme's death. Living at 51 Eaton Place.
  According to the 1881 census, Alexander G. is now married, to a Belgian named Maria Charlotte. They had one Lady's Maid and living/visiting The Grand Hotel in The Strand.
  According to the 1891 census, still married to Maria, with one child Edwina, Alexander G. is living at Popeswood House in Bracknell Road, Binfield, Berkshire.
  On 8 July 1891, an entry into the Great Western Railway Shareholders shows Alexander George Bonsor as an Executor, upon Sir Archibald Little's death. In charge of Coombe's Brewery in Long Acre, Middlesex.
Second marriage to Jeanne Marie David, on 24 June 1893, in St George Hanover Square
Divorce Petition filed 17 October 1895; Decree Nisi 21 February 1896; Final Decree 16 September 1896; on the ground of adultery and desertion.
Third marriage to Clara Marie Silvie Kint in 1897.
  Alexander cannot be found on the 1901 census, already in Belgium?
Death Saturday, 17 August 1907 at 56 rue Locquemhein, Brussels, Belgium
aged 55 years 314 days no registration found
Probate "BONSOR Alexander George of 56 rue-Locquemhein Brussels died 17 August 1907 Probate London 12 September to Clara Marie Silvie Bonsor widow.
Effects £5." [2019 equivalent: £606]
  Clara Bonsor died summer 1952
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Keith Warsop's  The Early F.A Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs, Andy Mitchell's First Elevens [2012] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began life with Eton College, before moving over to the Wanderers FC.  Became a part of Old Etonians towards 1874.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1871-72, 1872-73; runners-up 1874-75, 1875-76;
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the twelfth players (18) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward;
First match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 21 years 152 days.10
Last match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 23 years 150 days.
Individual honours Bonsor became the second player to score on his England debut, nine minutes after the first, William Kenyon-Slaney.
Distinctions The first member of the 1875 team to die.

Beyond England

A brewer by trade, a director of Combe & Co., the family business. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.38.



The Numbers
parties Apps minutes Goals ave.min Goals
Against
GA
ave.min
clean
sheets
clean
sheet ave.
captain
2 2 180
(c.15 as gk)
1 180 min 0 none one 100% none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
2 1 1 0 6 4 +2 0 0 3 2 75 +1
Both his matches were friendly matches and played at a home venue

Match History
 
 Club: Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍ F.A. Committee - two full appearances (180 min) 1ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 20
u/o 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for
  

Age 21
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW 10 corner for
  

one of nine who became the twelfth (eighteen) players to appear for England
one of four players to became the third (three) from Wanderers FC to represent England
the first England player to score direct from a corner-kick
the second player to score on his England debut - youngest so far

 Clubs: Wanderers F.C. & Old Etonians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 22
2 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HD started in goal
made one save
for
  

the third player from Old Etonians AFC to represent England
his (& von Donop) gap of 728 days (1 years, 363 days) is a new record between appearances

  

 
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