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Alfred Stratford

Malvern College AFC & Wanderers FC

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  Alfred Hugh Stratford
Birth Monday, 5 September 1853 in Kensington, Middlesex
no reference can be found for Stratford in any newspaper articles. registered in Kensington in July-September 1853 Kensington was in Middlesex Registration County up until 1889
According to the 1861 census, Alfred H. 'Stafford' is the fourth child of six. His father, Hugh, is not in the census, but his mother, Annie (née Redgrave), i a schoolmistress, living at 11 Stanley Gardens, St Mary Abbots in Kensington, with five servants.
According to the 1871 census, Alfred, a scholar, is lodging with the Savage's, at Alber's Villa, in Mathon, Herefordshire. The family are living at Stanley Gardens in Kensington.
According to the 1881 census, Alfred H. is back at home with both his parents, the oldest of three children, Edith and Fred in the household, at 18 Villa Road, Lambeth. No occupations are stated, but they have one servant.
According to the 1891 census, there is no Alfred, he maybe had left for the States before the census. His father has died, and his mother is staying with her cousin, Mary Cocks, at 23 Loughborough Road in Brixton.
Death Saturday, 2 May 1914 in Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
aged 60 years 239 days no registration found
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Stratford attended and played for Malvern College, captaining them in 1874.  Became part of the Old Malvernians FC team, also Wanderers FC and Swifts FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1875-76, 1876-77, 1877-78;
Individual honours Middlesex FA
Distinctions Stratford also played first class cricket for Middlesex and Herefordshire, as well as United States of America.
Height/Weight not known.
Alfred Hugh Stratford was in the Malvern XI in 1871 and two following years, and played occasionally for Middlesex between 1877 and 1880. For the former in 1873 he made 703 runs with an average of 32.40, scoring 149 v. Cotswold Magpies and 120 v. Rev. H. Foster's XI, and took 62 wickets for under thirteen runs each. Scores and Biographies said of him:-- A good and free hitter, and his bowling is slow and twisting, breaking both ways, being very difficult to operate against at times. In the field he is excellent, generally taking cover-point or long-leg. His highest score in first-class cricket was 55 not out v. Gloucestershire at Clifton in 1879, and his best feat with the ball to take five wickets for 12 runs for M.C.C. and G. v. Yorkshire at Lord's in 1879. In 1876 he took 17 wickets out of 20 for Incogniti v. Ealing, on the Ealing ground, and 18 out of 20 (besides making a catch) for Kensington Park v. Bickley Park at Notting Hill. Whilst in America he played with success for Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, New York and Newark, and when appearing for New York XVIII against the Australians in 1893 scored 25, the only double-figure, in his side's first innings. Mr. Stratford was famous at Association football in the early days of the game. He played for the Wanderers when they won the FA Cup in 1876, 1877, and 1878. - Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 21st players (22) to appear for England.
Position(s) Full-back
Only match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 20 years 183 days.
Individual honours The South (postponed, January 1879); The Probables (February 1879); The Whites (February 1879);
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Emigrated to America, around 1890. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.239/40.

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

Match History
 Clubs: Malvern College A.F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

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Age 20
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
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one of seven who became the 21st (22) players to appear for England
the only player from Malvern FC to represent England
one of four players (seven) from Wanderers FC to become the seventh to represent England

Age 22
5 4 March 1876 - Scotland 3 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AL withdrawn

Age 25 trial  
postponed - The North vs. The South, January 1879;
two appearances - The Probablesc vs. The Rest, 12 February 1879; The Whites vs. The Stripes, 26 February 1879.