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Alf Shelton

Notts County FC

6 appearances, 0 goals

P 6 W 5 D 1 L 0 F 20: A 6
92% successful

1889-92

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
540

Profile

Full name Alfred Shelton
Born 11 September 1865 in Sneinton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire [registered in Nottingham, December 1865].

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Charles, and his young brother, Alfred, are the two youngest sons of four sons to Robert and Hannah. His father is a greengrocer and they live at 11 Orchard Street in the Castle area of Nottingham. His older brother, Cecil, is blind in one eye following an accident.

According to the 1881 census, the family of six, including Charles and Alfred, and one servant, live at 4 Castle Street in the Sneinton area of Nottingham. His father is a shopkeeper and all of the sons work with him.

According to the 1891 census, Alfred remains at home with his widowed father at 25 Castle Street. Alfred describes himself as a 'professional football player'. His father is a provision dealer. They have one lodger, James Attenborough, a gardener.

According to the 1901 census, Alfred is married to Ada and they have one daughter, Ethel Elsie. He is a licensed victualler living at The Craven Arms, 108 Woodborough Road in Nottingham with one servant.

According to the 1911 census, Alfred remains married to Ada, and they still have one daughter. They have lost another child during childhood. He is still a licensed victualler at The General Gordon on London Road, Nottingham.

Married to Ada Calvert Farmer [registered in Nottingham, September 1892].
Died 24 July 1923 in Nottingham General Hospital, aged 57 years 316 days [registered in Nottingham, September 1923].
Alfred was a crane driver employed by Cammell Laird, he was injured after he fell from a ladder, he had never regained consciousness.
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Started his football career with Notts Rangers FC before joining Notts County FC in 1888. Joined Loughborough Town FC in 1896 and Heanor Town FC in 1897. He was reinstated as an amateur a year later.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1890-91, winners 1893-94;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (161) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 23 years 172 days.
Last match No. 46, 2 April 1892, Scotland 1 England 4, a British Championship match at Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Glasgow, aged 26 years 203 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1888-89, 1889-90, 1890-91, 1891-92;
Team honours British Championships shared 1889-90, winners 1890-91, 1891-92;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Younger brother of Charlie Shelton

England Disgrace

ALF FAILS AS A PUBLICAN
Alfred Shelton, the old
Notts and international footballer, came up for his public examination at the Nottingham Bankruptcy Court today, before the Registrar (Mr R.H. Beaumont). Replying to Mr. E. Wynne Humphreys, the Official Receiver, debtor stated that his liabilities were £351, and his assets only £15. Up to 1906 he was a professional footballer. He earned £160 or £170 a year during some portion of his career, and latterly £120 or £130. He never earned as much as £5 per week. After giving up football, he started in business at Craven Arms Inn, Woodborough Road, his capital being £150 or £160. He was there about ten years and lost money during the last two. He next went to the Crescent Inn, Ryeland Crescent, and subsequently to the Rifleman, Kirke White Street, where he incurred the majority of his debts. He was next temporary manager of the General Gordon, London Road, and he had latterly managed the Park Tavern, Elliott Street, Radford.  None of his ventures in the public house business were successful. He admitted that he had continued in business after realising that he was insolvent. Asked to what he attributed his failure, Shelton said his wife had been ill off and on, for three months." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Friday, 9 August 1912.

Beyond England

Appointed a Notts County FC director in January 1900. Preston North End's trainer for only a couple of weeks until he resigned on 5 September 1912. Latterly employed at Cammell Laird's works in Nottingham - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.222.

 

Alf Shelton - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
7 6 6 540 0 0 min 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.

 

Alf Shelton - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3
Away 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 0 0 2.667 1.00 83.3 +2
All - British Championship 6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5

 

Alf Shelton - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1890-91 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5
All 6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5

 

Alf Shelton - Match History
 Club: Notts County F.C. - 6 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 6 full capsx

Age 23
- 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW withdrawn
1 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool HW Start lh
Age 24
2 38 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start lh
3 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Start lh
Age 25
4 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1, Ashville Ground, Sunderland BC HW Start lh
5 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn HW Start lh
Age 26
6 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4, Ibrox Park, Glasgow BC AW Start lh

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