Alexander Bonsor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Alexander Bonsor
Personal information
Full name Alexander George Bonsor[1]
Date of birth (1851-10-07)7 October 1851
Place of birth Great Bookham, England
Date of death 17 August 1907(1907-08-17) (aged 55)
Place of death Brussels, Belgium
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1871–1873 Wanderers
Old Etonians
National team
1873–1875 England 2 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

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


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[edit]

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.
  2. ^ Alexander Bonsor at