Alf Bentley (footballer, born 1887)

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Alf Bentley
Personal information
Date of birth 15 September 1887
Place of birth Alfreton, England
Date of death 15 April 1940(1940-04-15) (aged 52)
Place of death Alfreton, England
Playing position Centre-forward
Youth career
1905–1906 Alfreton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1906–1911 Derby County
1911–1913 Bolton Wanderers
1913–1922 West Bromwich Albion
1922–1924 Burton Albion
1924–1926 Alfreton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alfred Bentley (15 September 1887 – 15 April 1940), better known as Alf Bentley, was an English footballer who played as a centre-forward.


Bentley was born in Alfreton, Derbyshire. He turned professional with Derby County in December 1906, joining for a £50 fee. During the 1908–09 season he was the top scorer of the Second Division with 24 goals,[1] with a further 8 goals in FA Cup matches.[2]

In May 1911 he signed for Bolton Wanderers for £1000, before moving to West Bromwich Albion for £500 in June 1913. He joined Burton Albion in May 1922. Bentley moved to his hometown club Alfreton Town in August 1924, before retiring from football in May 1926. He later worked in the steel industry and died in Alfreton in 1940.[3]


  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  2. ^ Collett, Mike (2003). The Complete Record of the FA Cup. Sports Books. p. 269. ISBN 1-899807-19-5.
  3. ^ Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 30. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.