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Alf Strange

Sheffield Wednesday FC

20 appearances, 0 goals

P 20 W 13 D 3 L 4 F 61: A 27
73% successful

1930-33

disciplined: none
captaincies:
three
minutes played:
1800

Profile

Full name Alfred Henry Strange
Born 2 April 1900 in Marehey, Ripley, Derbyshire [registered in Belper, June 1900].
Attended Street Lane School in Ripley

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Alfred H. is the youngest of four children to Alfred Henry and Mary. They live in [Codnor Gate] in Marehey, and his father is a hewer in the local coal mine.
According to his school admission records, Alf
. Henry began Street Lane school on 21 April 1903, he remained until his thirteenth birthday.

According to the 1911 census, Alfred Henry now has three more younger siblings, making him the middle child of seven children still alive, another two had since died (one of which, Elizabeth, died 11 September 1903. Along with their parents, they live in Upper Marehey, his father is still a hewer.

According to the 1939 register, Alfred H., a civilian charge hand, is married to Elsie, and they live at Providence Lane in Corsham.

Married to Elsie Cuttell [registered in Belper, December 1923].
Died 3 October 1978 in Ripley, aged 78 years 184 days [registered in Belper, December 1978].
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. [1930]. 11st. 6lbs [1927]. 11st. [1930].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football career as a centre-forward with his works team, Marehey Colliery FC. Portsmouth FC signed Strange on 2 October 1922 along with Reg Briggs, after scoring seven on his reserve debut against Reading FC on 28 October, he made his debut on 4 December. After 24 Division Three South appearances and sixteen goals, Port Vale FC signed Strange for a 500 transfer fee on 29 October 1924, where he made 95 Division Two appearances, scoring 25. Joined Sheffield Wednesday FC on 18 February 1927 and was moved into the right-half position in 1929 and also became the club captain. He broke his fibula three minutes into a Central League match against Huddersfield Town AFC at Hillsborough on 14 April 1934. By the end of the year, following recovery, Brentford FC made an attempt to sign Strange, in a bid to boost their promotion ambitions. Strange remained in Sheffield. However, after 22 goals in 253 Division One appearances, the Wednesday club placed Strange on their 'transfer list' on 30 April 1935. Bradford AFC signed Strange for the 1935-36 season, on 10 May,  after ten more Division Two appearances, without return and handed a free transfer on 7 May 1936. After a season coaching Raleigh Athletic FC, Strange, on 22 December 1938, he signed for Codnor Athletic FC. He was playing with the Royal Army Ordnance Corp during the war, from where he obtained permission to manage and coach Bedford Town AFC.
Club honours Football League Division Three (South) winners 1923-24; Division One Champions 1928-29, 1929-30; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1930; FA Cup winners 1934-35;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions Played cricket in Marehay and Butterley, and had a season with Ripley Wednesday CC in 1929.

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) To help Bedford Town AFC compete in their first season of the Southern League, chairman Jack Salsbury secured the services of Alf Strange on 19 April 1945. He remained in the position until his resignation on 7 January 1947, Town could no longer afford their manager's wages.
Club honours None

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 549th players (549) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 170, 5 April 1930, England 5 Scotland 2, a British Championship match at The Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 30 years 3 days.
Last match No. 190, 6 December 1933, England 4 France 1, a friendly match at White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London, aged 33 years 248 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1929-30, 1930-31, 1931-32;
Team honours British Championships winners 1929-30, 1931-32, shared 1930-31;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Subsequently a poultry farmer in Ripley. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.239.

 

Alf Strange - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
20 20 11 1800 0 0 min 0 three 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 Strange - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 8 0 1 33 11 +22 0 2 3.667 1.222 88.9 +7
Away 11 5 3 3 28 16 +12 2 4 2.545 1.455 59.1 +2
All 20 13 3 4 61 27 +34 2 6 3.05 1.35 72.5 +9

 

Alf Strange - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 11 8 0 3 32 12 +20 1 4 2.909 1.091 72.7 +5
Friendly 9 5 3 1 29 15 +14 1 2 3.222 1.667 72.2 +4
All 20 13 3 4 61 27 +34 2 6 3.05 1.35 72.5 +9

 

Alf Strange - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1929-30 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 5.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1930-31 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 1 1 3.00 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1931-32 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 1 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1932-33 2 1 0 1 2 2 =0 0 1 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1933-34 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 0 1 2.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 11 8 0 3 32 12 +20 1 4 2.909 1.091 72.7 +5
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 11 8 0 3 32 12 +20 1 4 2.909 1.091 72.7 +5
All 11 8 0 3 32 12 +20 1 4 2.909 1.091 72.7 +5

 

Alf Strange - Match History
 
 Club: Sheffield Wednesday F.C. - 20 full appearances (1800 min)

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 20 full appearances (1800 min)x

Age 30
1 170 5 April 1930 - England 5 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start rh
2 171 10 May 1930 - Germany 3 England 3, Deutsches Stadion, Berlin tour AD Start rh
3 172 14 May 1930 - Austria 0 England 0, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AD Start rh
4 173 20 October 1930 - England 5 Ireland 1, Bramall Lane, Sheffield BC HW Start rh
5 174 22 November 1930 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start rh
6 175 28 March 1931 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start rh

Age 31
7 176 14 May 1931 - France 5 England 2, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AL Captain rh
8 177 16 May 1931 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Bruxelles AW Captain rh
9 178 17 October 1931 - Ireland 2 England 6, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start rh
10 179 18 November 1931 - England 3 Wales 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Captain rh
11 180 9 December 1931 - England 7 Spain 1, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start rh

Age 32
12 181 9 April 1932 - England 3 Scotland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start rh
13 182 17 October 1932 - England 1 Ireland 0, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool BC HW Start rh
14 184 7 December 1932 - England 4 Austria 3, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Fr HW Start rh
15 185 1 April 1933 - Scotland 2 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start rh

Age 33
16 186 13 May 1933 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio NPNF, Roma tour AD Start rh
17 187 20 May 1933 - Switzerland 0 England 4, Stadion Neufeld, Bern AW Start rh
18 188 14 October 1933 - Ireland 0 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start rh
19 189 15 November 1933 - England 1 Wales 2, St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne BC HL Start rh
20 190 6 December 1933 - England 4 France 1, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start rh
  

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