Alexander Morten

Alexander Morten

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This article is about Alexander Morten, the footballer. For the actor Alexander Morton, see here.

Alexander Morten (some sources say "Alec Morten") (15 November 1831 – 24 February 1900) was an English footballer who captained the England team in its second official international, played against Scotland on 8 March 1873.

Date of birth and personal life

Morten was born in Paddington, Middlesex on 15 November 1831. He married Flora Hedger (1833–1900) at St Peter's Church, Petersham, on 17 March 1855. They had six children, although two died in infancy. Morten was a stockbroker on the London Stock Exchange.

England football career

Morten was the first goalkeeper to captain the English international side and holds the twin distinctions of having been born at an earlier date than any other international footballer, and of being older than any other England player on his international debut. The oldest player to represent England was Stanley Matthews, who was aged 42 years 103 days when he played his final match on 15 May 1957.

England won Morten's solitary international by a score of 4–2, but the goalkeeper was coming to the end of his career and never played for his country again. Despite...
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