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Alf Shelton

Notts County FC

6 appearances, 0 goals

P 6 W 5 D 1 L 0 F 20: A 6
92% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Alfred Shelton
Birth Tuesday, 12 September 1865 in Sneinton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire [registered in Nottingham, December 1865].
Baptism Sunday, 10 November 1872 at St. Nicholas' Church, Nottingham, alongside his brother Charles.
Baptism notes confirm his actual birthdate


According to the 1871 census, Charles, and his young brother, Alfred, are the two youngest sons of four sons to Robert and Hannah. His father is a greengrocer and they live at 11 Orchard Street in the Castle area of Nottingham. His older brother, Cecil, is blind in one eye following an accident.


According to the 1881 census, the family of six, including Charles and Alfred, and one servant, live at 4 Castle Street in the Sneinton area of Nottingham. His father is a shopkeeper and all of the sons work with him.

Marriage to Ada Calvert Farmer [registered in Nottingham, September 1892].

According to the 1891 census, Alfred remains at home with his widowed father at 25 Castle Street. Alfred describes himself as a 'professional football player'. His father is a provision dealer. They have one lodger, James Attenborough, a gardener.


According to the 1901 census, Alfred is married to Ada and they have one daughter, Ethel Elsie. He is a licensed victualler living at The Craven Arms, 108 Woodborough Road in Nottingham with one servant.
Shelton took the tenancy on 24 June 1892.

According to the 1911 census, Alfred remains married to Ada, and they still have one daughter. They have lost another child during childhood. He is still a licensed victualler at The General Gordon on London Road, Nottingham.

"Alfred Shelton, the old
Notts and international footballer, came up for his public examination at the Nottingham Bankruptcy Court today, before the Registrar (Mr R.H. Beaumont). Replying to Mr. E. Wynne Humphreys, the Official Receiver, debtor stated that his liabilities were £351, and his assets only £15. Up to 1906 he was a professional footballer. He earned £160 or £170 a year during some portion of his career, and latterly £120 or £130. He never earned as much as £5 per week. After giving up football, he started in business at Craven Arms Inn, Woodborough Road, his capital being £150 or £160. He was there about ten years and lost money during the last two. He next went to the Crescent Inn, Ryeland Crescent, and subsequently to the Rifleman, Kirke White Street, where he incurred the majority of his debts. He was next temporary manager of the General Gordon, London Road, and he had latterly managed the Park Tavern, Elliott Street, Radford.  None of his ventures in the public house business were successful. He admitted that he had continued in business after realising that he was insolvent. Asked to what he attributed his failure, Shelton said his wife had been ill off and on, for three months." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Friday, 9 August 1912.

According to the 1921 census, Alfred, a crane driver for Cammell Laird, remains married, and with one daughter, Ethel Elsie, they live at 5 Bridge Grove in West Bridgford.

"Alfred Shelton, the old
Notts. County international football player, met with a serious accident on Saturday. He has been working at Cammell Laird's for some time as a crane driver, and was following his occupation on Saturday morning when he is supposed to have turned dizzy. He fell off a ladder on to the crane, and sustained injuries to the head and shoulders. He was removed in an unconscious condition to the General Hospital, and no change in his condition had taken place up to this morning" - The Nottingham Evening Post, Monday, 23 July 1923.
Death Tuesday afternoon, 24 July 1923 in Nottingham General Hospital, aged 57 years 317 days [registered in Nottingham, September 1923].
Alfred was a crane driver employed by Cammell Laird, he was injured after he fell from a ladder, he had never regained consciousness.


"The death occurred on Tuesday afternoon at Nottingham General Hospital of Mr Alfred Shelton, a former notable Association football player and for many years a leading member of the Notts County Football Club team. He played for England in seven international matches, being one of the cleverest left half backs in the country. He was a member of the Notts XI. in 1894, when at Fallowfield, they beat Bolton Wanderers by four goals to one in the final for the Cup."
- The Daily Mail, Wednesday, 25 July 1923 .
"Alfred Shelton, a former Notts. County footballer, who met with an accident whilst following his employment as a crane driver at Messrs. Cammell, Lairds works, Nottingham, on Saturday, died as the result of his injuries in the General Hospital yesterday afternoon. He never regained consciousness. Though little known to those who now take an interest in football, Alf. Shelton in his day enjoyed great popularity. He was undoubtedly a brilliant half wing-back, and rendered splendid service to Notts. His judgment was seldom at fault, he tackled fearlessly, and fed his forwards with admirable skill. In defence he was a tower of strength, his head work especially being fine, and he prevented many a goal being scored against his side. He and his two brothers, who also played football, originally belonged to the old Notts. Rangers' Club. Alfred joined Notts. County in the later '80's, and was a member for a long number of years. He was in the County side which won the Association Cup in 1894, defeating Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park, In international games he played against Ireland in 1889, Wales 1889-90-91, and Scotland 1890-91-92. He also figured in the trial match between North and South in 1891."
- The Nottingham Evening Post, Wednesday, 25 July 1923 .
Funeral Friday, 27 July 1923 in Nottingham Church Cemetery
"There was a large attendance at the funeral at the Nottingham Church Cemetery to-day of Mr. Alfred Shelton, for many years a member of the Notts. County Football Club
, being one of the side to win the Cup in 1894, and also an international, who died on Tuesday as the result of injuries sustained in an accident while at work. The chief family mourners were the widow and daughter. Among those present at the graveside, where the ceremony was conducted by the Rev. E. E. B. Jupp (Vicar of Christ Church, Radford)." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Friday, 27 July 1923 .


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

Playing Career

"Alfred, the youngest of the [four brothers], commenced playing football very young, and when only twelve years of age held the proud position of captain of a junior team. He quickly developed into a healthy strong lad, and joined the old South Notts. Club. Charles and Alfred played together with this club, but the object of this notice was then a dashing left wing forward. Castle Rovers, another strong team, next welcomed the coming champion to their ranks, and with this club Shelton remained till he went to the once famous Notts. Rangers. Shelton's introduction into the team was a curious one. The Rangers had to play Chesterfield Spital at Chesterfield on a muddy water-covered field. Rangers, who on the game commencing, were a man short. Alf had accompanied the team for the purpose of witnessing the game, but seeing Rangers in difficulty, he took the field just as he was, without football kit, but though he got his suit of clothes spoiled in mind, his play was such a character that he was at once invited to join the Rangers. He played forward for some time, and then a vacancy requiring to be filled at half-back, he took the position, and performed so well that he has never since changed his position. He was with the Rangers about six years. Several times Notts. and Forest had to be faced, generally to the discomfiture of the Rangers, but in the latter end of the 1887-8 season, the Rangers succeeded in beating Notts. by 8 goals to 0, and Shelton being particularly conspicuous, he was invited to join the premier club. He did so next season." - Nottingham Daily Express, Wednesday, 20 December 1893
On 4 May 1892, Shelton had agreed to captain Liverpool FC for £250 per year for the next three years. However, his directors refused to sanction the transfer. Instead, Notts got Shelton the business he wanted, and he re-signed the following month, Joined Loughborough Town FC on 8 December 1896 and Heanor Town FC in 1897. He was reinstated as an amateur a year later.
League History
210 appearances, 6 goals
Notts County FC 1888-96 195 appearances, five goals.
debut: 15 September 1888 Everton FC 2 Notts County FC 1.

Loughborough FC 1896-97 fifteen appearances, one goal.
debut (second division): 12 December 1896 Loughborough FC 8 Woolwich Arsenal FC 0.
last (second division): 19 April 1897 Burton Wanderers FC 0 Loughborough FC 1.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1890-91, winners 1893-94;
Football League Division Two
runners-up 1894-95;
Individual honours North vs. South (1891);
Alf Shelton's benefit match was played on Thursday, 21 December 1893, between Notts County FC and Everton FC, it ended scoreless. Johnny Goodall refereed.
Height/Weight 5' 8½", 11st, 10lb [1890], 5' 8", 11st. 7lbs [1891]


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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (161) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 23 years 171 days.
Last match No. 46, 2 April 1892, Scotland 1 England 4, a British Championship match at Ibrox Park, Copland Road, Glasgow, aged 26 years 203 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89, 1889-90, 1890-91, 1891-92;
Team honours British Championship shared 1889-90, winners 1890-91, 1891-92;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Youngest brother of Charlie Shelton

Beyond England

Appointed a Notts County FC director in January 1900. Preston North End's trainer from 8 August 1912, for only a couple of weeks until he resigned on 5 September 1912. Latterly employed at Cammell Laird's works in Nottingham - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.222.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
8 6 6 540 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +3
Away 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 0 0 2.667 1.00 83.3 +2

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 0 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1890-91 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5
6 5 1 0 20 6 +14 0 0 3.333 1.00 91.7 +5

Match History

 Club: Notts County F.C. - six full appearances (540 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - six full appearances (540 min)x

Age 23
35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW withdrawn
1 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start lh
37 13 April 1889 - England 2 Scotland 3, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HL reserve

Age 24
2 39 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start lh
3 40 5 April 1890 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start lh

Age 25
4 42 7 March 1891 - England 4 Wales 1, Newcastle Road, Sunderland BC HW Start lh
5 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW Start lh

Age 26
6 46 2 April 1892 - Scotland 1 England 4, Ibrox Park, Glasgow BC AW Start lh