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A.G. Goodwyn

Royal Engineers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 2
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Lieutenant Alfred George Goodwyn
Birth Wednesday, 13 March 1850, a British Subject born in Roohir, Bengal, India
"BIRTH.―At Roorkee, on the 13th March, the wife of Lieut H A G Goodwyn, Engineers, of a son." - The Bombay Gazette and Indian Daily News, Friday, 5 April 1850.
  no registration found
  Alfred George's father was Major General Alfred George Goodwyn, born 17 August 1819. Mother was Marie Anne (née Ross). They were married on 11 April 1844. Their children...Elizabeth (7 June 1846), Emily (18 October 1848), Alfred George, Marian (13 April 1851), Arthur Ross (28 September 1852), Maria Catherine (9 April 1854), Henry Edward (11 October 1855) and Teresa Constance (9 November 1859).
  There is no record of Alfred George, or his father, on the 1851 and 1861 census'.  It is likely that born in India, they had remained in India.

According to the 1871 census, Alfred is a Gent Cadet in the Army Service Corps Barracks and the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, London.
(His father died 11 April 1873)

Death Saturday, 14 March 1874 at Roorkee in the Bengal Presidency
Died as a result from injuries suffered when falling from a horse.
aged 24 years 1 day no registration found
"GOODWYN―14th, at Roorkee, Bengal, Alfred George Goodwyn, aged 24." - London Evening Standard, Tuesday, 24 March 1874.
Principal Registry "GOODWYN Alfred George. 9 December 1874.   Administration of the effects of
Alfred George Goodwyn late of Roorkee in the East Indies a Lieutenant in Her
        Majesty's Royal Engineers a Bachelor
who died 14 March 1874 at Roorkee was
        granted at the
Principal Registry to Maria Anne Goodwyn of 27 Park-street
        Bath in the County of Somerset Widow the Mother and only Next of Kin.

Effects under £1000." [2019 equivalent: under £113,930].

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Goodwyn's Pedigree &

Playing Career

Club(s) After service in the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers as a lieutenant.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1871-72;
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known

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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the twelfth players (14) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back.
Only match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 360 days.
Distinctions Goodwyn, when he suffered his fatal accident, became the first England player to die, and until 1881, the youngest to do so. Overall, the fifth youngest to die.

Beyond England

Died from a riding accident while serving in the East Indies, he had been with the Royal Engineer's less than three years, having joined in August 1871. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.109.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4 2 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match and at a home venue

Match History
 Club: Royal Engineers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 22
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW   hb

one of nine who became the twelfth (fourteen) player to appear for England
one of two players who became the first (one) Royal Engineer to represent England