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Charlie Alcock

Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 1 goal

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 2: A 2
50% successful

minutes played:


Full name Charles William Alcock

Census Notes

Born: 2 December 1842 at 10 Norfolk Street (left), Bishop Wearmouth, Sunderland, county Durham [registered in Sunderland, December 1842 as Charles Alcock].
Attended Walter Todd Preparatory School, Woodford and Harrow School.

According to the 1851 census, The second son of five, to parents Charles and Elizabeth Alcock. Still at school, living at 17 John Street, Sunderland. They have three servants.

According to the 1861 census, he was an unmarried Ship Broker in his father's business, living in Sunny Side, Chingford in Essex. Still living with his parents. They have two servants.

According to the 1871 census, he lived at Grassendale House in Rosendale Road, Lambeth. He is recorded as Chas Wm, a journalist, husband of Eliza, and father of one son, William E.F. and two daughters, Elizabeth M. and Florence C.. They have two servants.

According to the 1881 census, Chas Wm. lived at 36 Somerleyton Road, Lambeth. He is a journalist and publisher. Still married now with three more daughters, Helen M., Marion F. and Violet May. They have two servants.

According to the 1891 census, Charles W. was earning his trade as a Journalist and Author, living alongside his wife and four of his daughters, and three servants, at Heathlands, Kew Road, Richmond in London.

According to the 1901 census, Charles was still a journalist and now a JP in Surrey. Living with his wife, three daughters, and two servants, at Hazelwood, 16 Ennerdale Road, Richmond in London.
Charles was the sole recipient in Sir Frederick Marshall's will, according to the GWR shareholders on 9 April 1903, Charles was stated as living in Kennington.

According to the 1911 census, Eliza, now a widow and living by private means, remains with two of her daughters, Florence and Marion and a single servant, at Hazelwood.
Married to Eliza Caroline Ovenden [registered in Islington, December 1864].
Died 26 February 1907 at 7 Arundel Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, Sussex, aged 64 years 86 days [registered in Brighton, March 1907]. Buried at West Norwood Cemetery, South London. He left £3186 in his estate
Height/Weight not known
Biographies The Father of Modern Sport: The Life and Times of Charles W. Alcock - Keith Booth. (Parrs Wood Press. 2002).


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Keith Booth's The Father of Modern Sport [2002] & FindMyPast.co.uk

Club Career

Club(s) Educated at Harrow School, Alcock was a keen schoolboy footballer, and formed the Forest club with his elder brother, John, in 1859. He was then a prime mover in the 1863 foundation of Forest's more famous successor, Wanderers FC, who were initially a predominantly Old Harrovian side.  Appears to have been a member of Upton Park FC between 1869 and 1872.
FA Cup winners 1871-72;
Early FA Committee member 1866-69, Honorary Secretary of the FA 1870-86, Honorary Treasurer of the FA 1877, FA Secretary 1887-95, FA Vice-President 1896-1907;
Founding father of the FA Cup in 1871;
FA Cup Final referee
1874-75, 1878-79;
Also a first class cricketer with Middlesex and Essex.  Then became secretary of Surrey, the Cricket Club that owned The Oval in Kennington, London.

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Keith Booth's The Father of Modern Sport [2002].

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 28th players (31) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 32 years 94 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions One of the many committee members that founded the International Match (Alcock himself, never took the credit), and headed the selection process for England's first 31 matches, 1872-1887.
"After another second place in the Home Championship behind the Scots 1886/87, England finally triumphed in the 1887/88 season.  The season had begun with the introduction of the FA's new International Selection Committee and finished with outright victory in the Home Championship for the first time.  The old selection procedure had got out of hand as upwards of 70 players would turn up for the trials, making the process a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare for Alcock and his team..." Forever England: A History of the National Side, Mark Shaoul & Tony Williamson, 2000, page 19./First Elevens: The Birth of International Football, Andy Mitchell, 2012, page 16.

Beyond England

A sports journalist by profession, compiled the first Football Annual (1868) and edited the Cricket newspaper 1882-1905. He had a close connection with the summer game having played for Essex and crack club sides, and serving as secretary of Surrey CCC 1872 to his death.  Was also chairman of the Richmond Athletic Association and vice-president of the Mid-Surrey Golf Club. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.9.


Charlie Alcock - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Ave
Captain Discipline
4 1 90 1 90 min one 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.


Charlie Alcock - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0


Charlie Alcock - Match History
 Club: Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. Committee (himself) - 1 full capx

Age 27
- 1 5 March 1870 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington Fr HD Captain n/a
- 2 19 November 1870 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Captain n/a
Age 28
- 3 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington Fr HD Captain for
- 4 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Captain for
Age 29
- 5 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW probable Captain for
- 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Ground, Glasgow Fr AD withdrew ~  Umpire
Age 30
- 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Oval, Kennington Fr HW Umpire
Age 31
- 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Ground, Glasgow Fr AL withdrew
Age 32
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Oval, Kennington Fr HD Captain
Age 33
- 5 4 March 1876 - Scotland 3 England 0, The West of Scotland Ground, Glasgow Fr AL withdrew
Age 36
- 8 18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1, The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Umpire
Age 39
- 14 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Belfast Fr AW withdrawn referee
Age 41
- 22 17 March 1884 - Wales 0 England 4, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Umpire