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Alf Milward

Everton FC

4 appearances, 3 goals
1 goal on his debut

P 4 W 3 D 0 L 1 F 12: A 3
75% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Alfred Milward
Birth Monday, 12 September 1870 on West Street in Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  registered in Marlow October-December 1870
Education Attended Sir William Borlas's Grammar School, Great Marlow.

According to the 1871 census, four month old Alfred is the youngest of five children to John and Elizabeth (née Humphreys). His father is a baker, and with a single servant and two apprentices, they live at West Street in Great Marlow.


According to the 1881 census, Alfred now has a younger sister, and with his four older siblings, they live with their parents still in West Street. His father is a baker and corn dealer and they live with a servant and an apprentice. This census also reveals that Alfred's older brother, John, is 'lame from birth'.


Cannot be found on the 1891 census.

Marriage to Catherine 'Cassie' Airey, on 28 June 1893, at Holy Trinity Church in Walton Breck. Cassie was born in Belfast. Stated as living at 50 Oakfield Road, and Alfred is a butcher.
  registered in West Derby April-June 1893
Children Alf and Cassie Milward had three daughters together. Phyllis (b.25 January 1894), Cassie (b.27 February 1895) and Edina (b.1 April 1898).

(His mother died in early 1895)
At the time of Edina's baptism in 1898, they were living on Bishop Road in Anfield. He is a footballer).
According to the 1901 census, Alfred Milward is a professional footballer married to Cassie with three children, Phyllis, Cassie and Edina, living at at 60 Cromwell Road in Shirley, Hampshire. Edgar Chadwick is a boarder. They have one servant.


According to the 1911 census, Alfred is a publican, still married to Catherine, and still with three children, living at The Coach & Horses at 65 Orchard Lane in Southampton.


According to the 1921 census, Alfred is still a publican, still married, and with one of his daughters, Edina, are still, living at the Coach & Horses Inn.

  According to the 1939 register, Alfred and Catherine are still married, living at 55 Arthur Road in Southampton. He is a general painter and labourer.
Death Sunday, 1 June 1941 in Winchester, Hampshire
aged 70 years 262 days registered in Winchester April-June 1941


"One by one the old Everton stalwarts of half a century ago are being taken from us. A month or so ago the death took place of Alf Milward, the Blue's famous winger and English international." - Liverpool Echo, Wednesday, 16 July 1941.
  Cassie Milward died in 1946


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

Playing Career

Started his early career football with his old school team, the Old Borlasians FC. "He came to the Everton ranks from the Great Marlow Club [in September 1888]. At that time he was only seventeen years of age. For a long time he was played in the second string, but so consistent with his form that, a vacancy occurring one Saturday, he was given a trial, and since he has acquitted himself so well that he has never gone back for a single day." In December 1896, Milward served a suspension for kicking a fellow player, Liverpool FC's McCartney. Then, on 11 May 1897, despite Everton FC receiving an offer from Dundee FC for Milward, he joined non-league New Brighton Tower FC, with no fee being paid. Tower were admitted to the League on 27 May 1898. Southampton FC signed Milward on 2 May 1899, and he completed 56 Southern League appearances, scoring 36 goals, before signing with New Brompton FC in July 1901 as club captain. He signed for Reading FC on 16 October 1903. A knee injury a week later effectively ended his playing career. In January 1905, Milward was assisting Southampton Cambridge FC, a local club in the Southampton Junior League, he was their captain by March 1906. - Sporting Life, 25 March 1893

League History
233 appearances, 103 goals
one expulsion
Everton FC 1888-97 201 appearances, 84 goals.
debut: 10 November 1888 Blackburn Rivers FC 3 Everton FC 0.
New Brighton Tower FC 1898-99 32 appearances, nineteen goals.
debut (division two): 24 September 1898 New Brighton Tower FC 2 Glossop FC 2.
last (division two): 29 April 1899 Loughborough FC 6 New Brighton Tower FC 0.

Club honours
Football League runners-up 1889-90 (22ᵃ 10ᵍ) Champions 1890-91 (22ᵃ 11ᵍ); Division One runners-up 1894-95 (18ᵃ 10ᵍ);
FA Cup runners-up 1892-93 (7ᵃ 2ᵍ), 1896-97 (5ᵃ 3ᵍ), 1899-1900;
Southern League winners
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Milward becoming a League Official for the Southern League when his playing days counted down.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 7lb [1893], 5' 8½", 12st. 0lbs [1895].


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

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 179th players (184) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
First match No. 42, 7 March 1891, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Football Ground, Newcastle Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, aged 20 years 176 days.
Last match No. 61, 3 April 1897, England 1 Scotland 2, a British Championship match at The Sports Arena, Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London, aged 26 years 203 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1890-91, 1896-97;
Team honours British Championship winners 1890-91;
Individual honours The Whites (one appearance March 1891)
The Professionals
(one appearance 1ᵍ, March 1897)
Distinctions First 1870's-born player to represent England.

Beyond England

No additional information, but according to census', he turned his hand to becoming a licensed victualler in Southampton when he retired, and according to newspaper articles, ran a successful business in Southampton. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.175/6.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
5 4 4 360 3 120 min 3 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 0 1 3 0.75 75 +2
All of his matches were played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record 

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1890-91 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1892-93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 =0
BC 1896-97 2 1 0 1 6 1 +5 0 1 3.00 0.50 50.0 =0
BC All 4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 0 1 3.00 0.75 75.0 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 0 1 3.00 0.75 75.0 +2
4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 0 1 3.00 0.75 75.0 +2

Match History

 Club: Everton F.C. - four full appearances (270 min) 3ᵍ F.A. International Selection Committee - four full appearances (270 min) 3ᵍx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 20
1 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1
Newcastle Road Football Ground, Sunderland
BC HW 37 scrimmage ol

one of six who became the 179th player (184) to appear for England
one of two who became the third player from Everton FC to represent England
the 31st player to score on his England debut - the fifteenth competitive
first 1870's-born player to represent England

one appearance - The Whites vs. The Stripes, 24 March 1891;

2 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1
Ewood Park, Blackburn
BC HW shot saved onto post [2-0] ol

Age 22
48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW withdrew

Age 26 trial  
one appearance - The Amateurs vs. The Professionals, 15 March 1897;

3 60 29 March 1897 - England 4 Wales 0
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
BC HW 62 charged
64 grand

the scorer of the 41st brace for England

4 61 3 April 1897 - England 1 Scotland 2
Sports Arena, Crystal Palace
BC HL hit post [1-1] ol