Alf Farman

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Alf Farman
Personal information
Date of birth April 1869
Place of birth Kings Norton, Birmingham, England
Playing position Outside right
Inside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–? Birmingham Excelsior ? (?)
000?–1888 Aston Villa ? (?)
1888–1889 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
1889–1895 Newton Heath 51 (18)
Total 51 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alfred H. "Alf" Farman (April 1869 – unknown) was an English footballer who played as a forward. Born in Kings Norton, Birmingham, he played for Birmingham Excelsior, Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers before joining Newton Heath in early 1889. He played in three friendlies before the end of the 1888–89 season, scoring a goal in each of them. He was in the Heathens' team that first joined the Football Alliance in the 1889–90 season, and finally made his competitive debut on 9 November 1889 in a 3–0 home win over Long Eaton Rangers, in which he scored a goal. At Newton Heath, which was later renamed Manchester United, he scored 53 goals in 121 appearances, before leaving in June 1895.

He played for them in their two seasons in the First Division and for one season after they were relegated to the Second Division. He scored a hat-trick in Newton Heath's first game at their new ground at Bank Street against Burnley on 2 September 1893,[1] and also scored the first penalty in football history during a friendly between Newton Heath and Blackpool on 5 September 1891.[2]


  1. ^ Deutsch, Andre (2001). The Official Manchester United Illustrated Encyclopedia. London: Manchester United Books. p. 83. ISBN 0-233-99964-7. 
  2. ^ Boujaoude, Charbel (2010). The Story of the Green & Gold: Newton Heath 1878–1902. Manchester: Empire Publications. p. 106. ISBN 1-901-74657-7. 

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