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AG Goodwyn

Royal Engineers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 2
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Captain: none
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  Lieutenant Alfred George Goodwyn
Birth Wednesday, 13 March 1850, a British Subject born in Roohir, Bengal, India [no registration found].
Family notes Father was Major General Alfred George Goodwyn, born 17 August 1819, died 11 April 1873. Mother was Marie Anne Ross. They were married on 11 April 1844. Their children...Elizabeth (7 June 1846), Emily (18 Octover 1848), Alfred George, Marian (13 April 1851), Arthur Ross (28 September 1852), Maria Catherine (9 April 1854), Henry Edward (11 October 1855) and Teresa Constance (9 November 1859).

There is no record of Alfred George, or his probable father, on the 1851 and 1861 census'.  It is likely that born in India, they had remained in India.

According to the 1871 census, Alfred was a Gent Cadet in the Army Service Corps Barracks and the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, London.

Death Saturday, 14 March 1874 at Roorkee in the Bengal Presidency, aged 24 years 1 day [no registration found].
"GOODWYN―14th, at Roorkee, Bengal, Alfred George Goodwyn, aged 24."
- Tuesday, 24 March 1874, London Evening Standard.
Died as a result from injuries suffered when falling from a horse.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) After service in the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers as a lieutenant.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1871-72;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the twelfth players (14) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back.
Only match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 360 days.
Distinctions Goodwyn, when he suffered his fatal accident, became the first England player to die, and until 1881, the youngest to do so. Overall, the third youngest to die.

Beyond England

Died from a riding accident while serving in the East Indies, he had been with the Royal Engineer's less than three years, having joined in August 1871. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.109.

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain
1 1 90 0 none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1

Match Record

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

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

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

Age 22
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start hb