Alfred Stair

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Alfred Stair was the referee at the first three FA Cup Finals, all of which were played in London in 1872, 1873 and 1874.

In 1872, he officiated in the match between Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March. Stair was a civil servant by profession, and was head of Inland Revenue at Somerset House, as were his assistants (Umpires), JH Giffard, for the Royal Engineers, and James Kirkpatrick for the Wanderers.[1]

Stair played football for the amateur club Upton Park from 1867 to 1874.[2] He was also selected as the match referee for the England v Scotland game on 6 March 1875.[3]


  1. ^ "FA Cup Finals: 1872, 1873 & 1874" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Upton Park Football Club: Players 1866 to 1887 (S to Z)". East of London Family History Society. Retrieved 28 February 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "England results – 1872 to 1880". Retrieved 28 February 2009.