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17 August 2018

Monty Betts

West Kent FC, Harrow Chequers FC, Old Harrovians FC & Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 3 goals against

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 3
0% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Morton Peto Betts
notes: Peto is his mother's maiden name
Birth Monday, 30 August 1847 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex [registered in Pancras, December 1847].
notes: Pancras was in the Middlesex Registration County up until 1889.
Attended Harrow School

According to the 1851 census, Morton Peto was the middle child, the third of five, of Edward Ladd and Ann (née Peto), living at 29 Tavistock Square in St Pancras, Marylebone, London, with eight servants. His father was an Engineer.


According to the 1861 census, Morton P. was the eldest of six children (three more since ten years ago!). Living with eleven servants at Preston Hall Mansion, Bridge Cottage in Aylesford. His parents were on holiday at the Royal Hotel in Plymouth.


There are none of the Bett's family on the 1871 census! Morton visited North America in August 1865 from Liverpool, with Arthur Kinnaird, before enrolling into Trinity College, Cambridge. They had returned in October.

First marriage to Jeannie Bouch, on 17 April 1879 at St. George's Church in Bickley [registered in Bromley, Kent, June 1879].
"BETTS―BOUGH.―April 17, inst., at St. George's Church, Bickley, Morton, second son of the late Edward Ladd Betts, by the Rev. Ernest W. Betts, M.A., brother of the bridegroom, to Jeannie, fourth daughter of John Bouch, of Coombe Lea, Bickley. No cards." - Thursday, 24 April 1879, London Daily News/Evening Standard/Pall Mall Gazette.
Jane Betts died in 1893.

According to the 1881 census, now a Civil Engineer and married to Jane with a daughter Marrin and two servants. At 1 Plaistow Road in Bromley.

  "BETTS.―On the 29th ult., at Streatham, Surrey, the wife of Morton Betts, of a daughter." - Saturday, 2 December 1882, London Morning Post.

According to the 1891 census, Morton is visiting the Henley Arms, at 31 Fishergate in Preston. He remains a Civil Engineer! The Kelly's Directory of 1890 puts Morton at The Chestnuts in Fairlop Road, Leytonstone.


According to the 1901 census, Morton P. is a widower and a Civil Engineer. He is boarding at the home of the Winstone's in 10 Oaklands Terrace in Swansea.

Second marriage to Jane Eva Morgan, on 6 July 1901 [registered in Croydon, Surrey, September 1901).
"BETTS―MORGAN.―On the 6th inst., at Croydon, Morton P. Betts, Esq., to Eva J. Morgan, daughter of the late Rev. Herbert Morgan, of Swansea." - Thursday, 11 July 1901, The Globe/Saturday, 13 July 1901, Sussex Agricultural Express

Not on the 1911 census, but on the 1911 Harrow Register, he was living at Villa Massa St.Anne, Garavan, Mentone, Alpes Maritimes in France.

Death Sunday, 19 April 1914 in Villa Massa St. Anne, Garavan, Mentone, Alpes Maritimes, France, aged 66 years 232 days [not registered in England].
Probate "BETTS Morton Beto of Villa Massa Mentone France died 19 April 1914 Probate London 5 August to Jane Eva Betts and Frank Amsden manufacturer.
Effects £40 8s. 8d." [2019 equivalent: £4,650]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his education at Harrow School and played with Harrow Chequers in 1871, before becoming an Old Harrovian.  In between times, he played for West Kent FC and Wanderers FC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1871-72; [under the pseudonym A.H. Chequer]


Betts was cup-tied for the 1872 FA Cup final match; he had begun the tournament registered with Harrow Chequers. They had withdrawn prior to the first game but, under the rules of the time, Betts could not play with another club in the same tournament.

Individual honours None
Distinctions Also played first-class cricket for Middlesex & Kent, as well as Essex.
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 43rd players (43) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; Seventh goalkeeper to appear.
Only match No. 6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 29 years 185 days.
Individual honours None

Beyond England

Member of the F.A. Council for twenty years, served as a Committee member 1870-71 & 1881-90, commencing to FA vice-President 1890-91. A Civil Engineer circa 1881. Was also the secretary of Essex County Cricket. - Cricket Archive.

The Numbers
parties Apps withdrew minutes Goals
GA ave.min clean sheets clean sheet
2 1 one 90 3 30 min none none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 00.0 -1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 00.0 -1

Match History
 Clubs: West Kent F.C. & Harrow Chequers F.C. - no full appearancs

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

Age 23
u/o 19 November 1870 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr Umpire
u/o 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start gk

Age 24
u/o 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start gk

 Clubs: Old Harrovians F.C. & Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 25
1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick Fr AD withdrew

Age 29
1 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HL Start for

Age 35
18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr Umpire

Age 37
25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC Umpire

Age 40
33 17 March 1888 - Scotland 0 England 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC Umpire