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Alec Morten

Crystal Palace FC

1 appearances, 2 goals against

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 2
100% successful

1872-73

disciplined: none
captaincies:
one
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Alexander Morten
Born 1831 or 1832 in Paddington, Middlesex or possibly, Brighton, Sussex [registered before registration laws]
Possibly 15 November 1831
- but there is no evidence for this date.
Thanks to Andy Mitchell's fantastic research, we know that Alexander had a sister, Emmeline, who was also born in Brighton in 1833/34. Their father was called Alexander.
Birth notes His date of birth is disputed; it is generally given as 1831 but some authorities suggest 1832 - census records are lacking and it is not certain whether the Morten known from church registers to have been born in 1831 was the same man as the footballer of the 1870s.

Census Notes

According to the 1841 census, a ten year old Alexander Morten is a pupil at Amersham Grammar School in Beaconsfield.

According to the 1851 census, the only possible/probable Alexander on this cenus is the 'clerk to a stockbroker', lodging at 31 Tonbridge Place in St. Pancras. His housekeeper is Sarah King. This Alexander, though, is stated as being born in Brighton, Sussex.
His 1855 Marriage Certificate states that Alexander Morten was living in Teddington, Middlesex. By 1858-59, they were living at 1 Elgin Crescent in Kensington Park. The 1860 London Royal Book also states that Alexander was living at this same address.

According to the 1861 census, Alexander is now married to Flora, living at 1 Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill. He has three children, Florence, Fanny and Alexander (another, Frances, was born in 1858 and died four months later). They have three servants living with them and Alexander is a member of the stock exchange.

According to the 1871 census, Alexander now has a fourth child, Emily (although again, another, Frederick was born in 1861, died in 1864). They live at 43 St. Julian's Road in Willesden with three domestic servants. Alexander is a stockbroker.
The London Electoral Rolls show that Alexander lived at 43 St. Julian's Road from 1871 until 1873. From 1876, he was at 48 Portsdown Road in Paddington.

According to the 1881 census, Flora is head of the household at the time of the census, she is the 'architects wife', and with all four surviving children, they live at 17 St. Oswald Street in Fulham, with a cook. Where is Alexander?
By 1885, the London Electoral Rolls reveal that Alexander George had taken over the tenancy at 17 St. Oswald Street, until at least 1892. An Alexander Morten was residing at 9 Pancras Street in Endsleigh from 1884 to 1889.

According to the 1891 census, Alexander is now living on his own means, with his wife and two daughters. Incidentally, his eldest daughter had married, had a son, Raymond, and has moved back home after he husband died, she is now a Peck. They're still living at 17 St. Oswald Street with a housemaid and a cook.
The London Electrol Rolls again reveal the address of Alexander, and he was living at 21 Hogarth Road from 1895 until his death.

early census notes

There is a nine-year old, Middlesex born, Alexander Morton, fourth child of eight to Nathaniel and Maria, living in on the Tottenham Court Road in Pancras, but in 1851, he was a painter.
Another nine-year old, Middlesex born, Alexander Morton is the youngest of three children to their widowed father, John, living in WIllow Gardens in Shoreditch, but he became a cabinet-maker by 1851. 

Married to Flora Hedger, 17 March 1855, at St Peter's Church, Petersham [registered in Richmond, March 1855]. Six children, all baptised at St. John the Evangelist Church, on Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill, Florence (1856-1946), Frances Emily (1858-1858), Fanny Georgiana (1859-1941), Alexander George (1860-1931), Frederick William (1861-1864) and Emily Standing (1863-1941?). Flora died on 9 December 1900 at Granville Mansions.
Morten's Grave Died 24 February 1900 at 21 Hogarth Road in Earl's Court, London, aged 68 years x days [registered in Kensington, March 1900]. Other sources suggest he died in New York City in September 1916, but that Death Certificate states that he was born in 1851. Besides, he was buried on 1 March 1900 in Kensal Green cemetery (left, courtesy of Andy Mitchell), in London.
Height/Weight not known

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com/Andy Mitchell

Club Career

Club(s) No Names of Kilburn between 1863-66, Morten turned out for Wanderers FC, the most celebrated team of the day, between 1865 and 1874. He also represented Middlesex and played for Crystal Palace - another leading amateur side, and one that was in existence as early as 1861, though it has no connection to the current Football League club of the same name. He was rated as perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world during the early 1870s; according to the Football Annual for 1873, "Toujours prêt is his motto when between the posts, in which position he is without a rival, never losing his head, even under the most trying circumstances."
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 12th players (12) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Only match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, friendly match at Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 41/42 years nk days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Served on the FA Committee in 1874.  Also a Stockbroker. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.181.

 

Alec Morten - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
2 1 90 2 45 None 0 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.

 

Alec Morten - 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 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1

 

Alec Morten - Match History
 Club: Cyrstal Palace F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 41/42
- 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow Fr AD injured
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, Surrey Cricket Ground,The Oval, Kennington, London Fr HW Start gk
Age 42/43
- 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow Fr AL Umpire

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