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Alec Morten

Crystal Palace FC

one captaincy, two goals against

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


full appearances: one
minutes as captain:


  Alexander Morten
Birth 1831 or 1832 in Paddington, Middlesex or possibly, Brighton, Sussex [registered before registration laws]
Death Saturday, 24 February 1900 at 21 Hogarth Road in Earl's Court, London, aged 68 years nk days [registered in Kensington, March 1900].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Andy Mitchell &

Playing Career

Club(s) No Names of Kilburn between 1863-66, Morten turned out for Wanderers FC, the most celebrated team of the day, between 1865 and 1874. He also represented Middlesex and played for Crystal Palace - another leading amateur side, and one that was in existence as early as 1861, though it has no connection to the current Football League club of the same name. He was rated as perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world during the early 1870s; according to the Football Annual for 1873, "Toujours prêt is his motto when between the posts, in which position he is without a rival, never losing his head, even under the most trying circumstances."
Club honours None
Height/Weight not known


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

Captain Career

Captain number Second player to captain England.
Player number One of nine who became the 12th players (12) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Only captaincy No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 41/42 years nk days.
Distinctions Probably the oldest player to captain England.

Captain Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1

Captain History
 Club: Crystal Palace F.C. - one captaincy (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one captaincy (90 min)x

Age 41/42
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW debut gk