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Alexander Bonsor

Wanderers FC, Old Etonians FC

2 appearances, 1 (debut) goal, 0 goals against

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 0: A 3
25% successful

1872-75

Captain: none
minutes played:
180

Timeline

Polesden Lacey, birthplace of Alexander Bonsor Alexander George Bonsor

According to the 1851 census, Eliza (née Denne Orme) Bonsor is pregnant with her sixth child that is to become Alexander George. His father, Joseph is a stationer and bookseller. There are twelve servants, all living at Polesden House [left] in Bookham, Surrey

Birth: Tuesday, 7 October 1851, in Polesden Lacey [left], Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey [no registration found].
"BONSOR.―Oct. 7, the wife of Joseph Bonsor, Esq., of Polesden, Great Bookham, of a son." -
Friday, 10 October 1851, London Daily News.

Baptism

9 December 1851, in Great Bookham Parish.
 

None of the Bonsor family can be found on the 1861 census.

 

According to the 1871 census, living at 88 Eaton Place in St George Hanover Square, Westminster, Alex G., a scholar, is the fourth of eight children. With thirteen servants. His father is a Magistrate Brewer.

First marriage to Maria Charlotte between 1871 and 1881 [no registration found].
 

On 6 May 1878, an entry into the Great Western Railway Shareholders shows Alexander George Bonsor as an Executor, upon Malcolm Orme's death. Living at 51 Eaton Place.

 

According to the 1881 census, Alexander G. was now married, to a Belgian named Maria Charlotte. They had one Lady's Maid and living/visiting The Grand Hotel in The Strand.

 

According to the 1891 census, still married to Maria, with one child Edwina, Alexander G. is living at Popeswood House in Bracknell Road, Binfield, Berkshire.

 

On 8 July 1891, an entry into the Great Western Railway Shareholders shows Alexander George Bonsor as an Executor, upon Sir Archibald Little's death. In charge of Coombe's Brewery in Long Acre, Middlesex.

Second marriage to Jeanne Marie, on 24 June 1893, in St George Hanover Square, and divorced on 23 February 1896, on the ground of adultery and disertion.
Third marriage His third marriage was to Claire Marie Silvie Kint in 1897.
 

Alexander cannot be found on the 1901 census, already in Belgium?

Death Saturday, 17 August 1907 at 56 rue Locquemhein, Brussels, Belgium, aged 55 years 314 days. [no registration found]. He left £5 to his widow, as confirmed by The Index of Wills & Administration and his Death Probrate confirm place of death.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Keith Warsop's  The Early F.A Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs, Andy Mitchell's First Elevens [2012] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began life with Eton College, before moving over to the Wanderers FC.  Became a part of Old Etonians towards 1874.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1871-72, 1872-73; runners-up 1874-75, 1875-76;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the twelfth players (16) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward;
First match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 21 years 152 days.10
Last match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 23 years 150 days.
Individual honours Bonsor became the second player to score on his England debut, nine minutes after the first, William Kenyon-Slaney.
Distinctions The first member of the 1875 team to die.

Beyond England

A brewer by trade, a director of Combe & Co., the family business. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.38.



The Numbers
Parties Apps Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Goals
Against
GA Av.
min
Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av.
Captain
2 2 180 (c.15 as gk) 1 180 min 0 none 1 100% none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
2 1 1 0 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 75.0 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venues
Friendly matches
2 1 1 0 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 75.0 +1

Match History
 
 Club: Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 20
u/o 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for
  

Age 21
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start 10 for
  

 Club: Wanderers F.C. & Old Etonians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 22
2 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD started in goal for
  

Notes

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