Alexander Bonsor

Alexander George Bonsor (7 October 1851 – 17 August 1907) was one of the earliest known footballers.[2]

Alexander Bonsor
Personal information
Full name Alexander George Bonsor[1]
Date of birth 7 October 1851
Place of birth Great Bookham, England
Date of death 17 August 1907 (aged 55)
Place of death Brussels, Belgium
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1871–1873 Wanderers
Old Etonians
National team
1873–1875 England 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Bonsor played in the 1872 FA Cup Final - the first ever final in the FA Cup's history - and finished on the winning side. He played for the Wanderers that day, and with Wanderers he won the cup the following year as well.

Bonsor appeared in the 1875 final playing for Old Etonians, scoring a goal, as his side drew 1-1. They lost the replay, but Bonsor was back in the final the following year. He played for Old Etonians again, and scored again. Old Etonians drew that match 1-1 but, once again, lost the replay.

He played twice for England against Scotland. He also scored England's second ever international goal against the latter during England's 4-2 victory in March 1873.



Old Etonians

International goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 March 1873 The Oval, Kennington  Scotland 1–0 4–2 Friendly


  1. ^ "Alexander Bonsor". England Football Online. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
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1850s in association football

The following are the association football events in the 1850s decade. All events are English unless specified otherwise.

1872 FA Cup Final

The 1872 FA Cup Final was a football match between Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March 1872 at Kennington Oval in London. It was the final of the first staging of the Football Association Challenge Cup (known in the modern era as the FA Cup), which became the primary cup competition in English football and the oldest football competition in the world. Fifteen teams entered the competition in its first season and, due to the rules in place at the time, Wanderers reached the final having won only one match in the four preceding rounds. In the semi-finals, they drew with the Scottish club Queen's Park, but reached the final when the Scots withdrew from the competition as they could not afford to return to London for a replay.

The final was decided by a single goal, scored after fifteen minutes by Morton Betts of Wanderers, who was playing under the pseudonym "A.H. Chequer". The Engineers were praised for their innovative use of passing, then referred to as the "Combination Game", at a time when most teams relied almost solely on dribbling tactics. Despite this they could not manage to score a goal. The winning Wanderers team did not receive the trophy until the following month, when it was presented to them at a special reception at the Pall Mall Restaurant.

1872–73 in English football

The 1872–73 season was the second season of competitive football in England.

1873 FA Cup Final

The 1873 FA Cup Final was a football match between Wanderers and Oxford University on 29 March 1873 at Lillie Bridge in London. It was the second final of the world's oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (known in the modern era as the FA Cup). Unusually, the final was held in the morning, so as to avoid a clash with the annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race which was held on the same day. Wanderers reached the final without playing a match, as the original rules of the competition stated that the holders would receive a bye straight to the final and other teams would compete to gain the other place in the final and challenge the holders for the trophy. Oxford reached the final when their semi-final opponents, Queen's Park, dropped out of the competition

Both teams had key players absent for the final, including several who had represented Wanderers in the previous year's final. The best player on the day was Arthur Kinnaird, who scored the first goal for Wanderers. Charles Wollaston added a second goal towards the end of the match to give Wanderers a 2–0 victory and a second consecutive FA Cup win. It was the only Cup final prior to 1893 not played at The Oval.

1874–75 FA Cup

The 1874–75 FA Cup was the fourth season of England's oldest football tournament, the Football Association Challenge Cup or "FA Cup". 29 teams entered, one more than the previous season, although four of the 29 never played a match. The final was contested by Royal Engineers – playing in their third final in the four seasons of the FA Cup – and Old Etonians – playing in their first final. On their way to the final, Royal Engineers knocked out Cambridge University in the Second Round and holders Oxford University in the Semi-finals, while Old Etonians only managed to score more than one goal in one match: their second replay against Swifts, which they won 3–0. The biggest win of the competition was recorded by two-time FA Cup winners Wanderers, who beat Farningham 16–0 in the First Round.

In the final, played on 13 March 1875, Old Etonians forced a replay against Royal Engineers, with the two sides playing out a 1–1 draw. The replay was played three days later, when goals from Henry Renny-Tailyour and William Stafford secured a 2–0 win for Royal Engineers.

1875 FA Cup Final

The 1875 FA Cup Final was won by Royal Engineers after a replay at The Oval, London. The runners-up were the Old Etonians.

1876 FA Cup Final

The 1876 FA Cup Final was a football match between Wanderers and Old Etonians on 11 March 1876 at Kennington Oval in London. It was the fifth final of the world's oldest football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (known in the modern era as the FA Cup). Wanderers had won the Cup on two previous occasions. The Etonians were playing in their second consecutive final, having lost in the 1875 final. Both teams had conceded only one goal in the four rounds prior to the final. In the semi-finals Wanderers defeated Swifts and the Etonians beat the 1874 FA Cup winners Oxford University.

The match finished in a 1–1 draw, the second time an FA Cup Final had finished all-square. John Hawley Edwards scored for Wanderers, but the Etonians equalised with a goal credited in modern publications to Alexander Bonsor, although contemporary newspaper reports do not identify him as the scorer. A week later, the replay took place at the same venue. The Etonians were forced to make a number of changes due to players being unavailable, and the revised team was no match for the Wanderers, who won 3–0. Charles Wollaston and Thomas Hughes scored a goal apiece in a five-minute spell before half-time, and Hughes added the third early in the second half.


Bonsor may refer to:

Alexander Bonsor (1851–1907), English footballer

Brian Bonsor (1926–2011), Scottish musician, composer and teacher

Sir Cosmo Bonsor (1848–1929), English brewer, businessman and politician

Fred Bonsor (1862–1932), English rugby union player

Sir Nicholas Bonsor (born 1942), English politician

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England v Scotland representative football matches (1870–72)

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List of England international footballers (2–3 caps)

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List of Wanderers F.C. FA Cup-winning players

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A total of 35 players took the field for Wanderers in the club's five FA Cup final appearances, of whom five played in three cup-winning teams. Jarvis Kenrick scored the most goals for Wanderers in finals, with one in 1877 and two in 1878.

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Wanderers F.C.

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