Charles W. Alcock
|Name:||Charles W. Alcock|
|Clubs played for:||Forest FC, Wanderers FC, Harrow Chequers FC, Old Harrovians and England FC|
|Football Code played:||Association|
|Biography: By profession a sports journalist and writer, launching the Football Annual in 1868 and founding and editing both Football and Cricket magazines and edited the Cricket newspaper 1882-1905. He had a close connection with the summer game having played for Essex and serving as secretary of Surrey CCC 1872 to his death. However, it would be Association football where his biggest influence would lie.
Charles William Alcock was educated at Harrow School; a keen schoolboy footballer, he formed the Forest club with his elder brother, John, in 1859. He was then a prime mover in the 1863 foundation of Forest's successor, Wanderers FC.
In my opinion he is the most important person in the history of 19th century Association football. He co-founded the =3rd oldest football club in the world.
Helped ensure the existence of the Football Association by working with the Sheffield Football Association.
Edited the most important record of Victorian football-the Football Annual.
He was the founding father of the FA Cup in 1871, which single-handedly made the Football Association the successful organisation it is today.
Charles Alcock and Arthur Kinnaird, his friend from Cambridge University, who had been born in Scotland, arranged the first international football game to be played on the 30th November 1872.
Finally it was his pragmatic approach that stopped the Football Association breaking into two different factions over the professionalism debate in 1885.
Early FA Committee member 1866-69, Honorary Secretary of the FA 1870-86, Honorary Treasurer of the FA 1877, FA Secretary 1887-95, FA Vice-President 1896-1907.FA Cup Final referee 1874-75, 1878-79.
|Facts from the Football Annuals||Wanderers and Harrow Chequers: An accident sustained in the match between the Old Etonians and Old Harrovians has incapacitated him from taking any further active part in the game: but he must always be remembered as the right arm of the Association, a player who was second to none in every department of the game, and to whose exertions the Wanderers chiefly owe their double victory in the Challenge Cup competition. 1873 Football Annual.
Wanderers and Harrow Chequers: Played but little last season, owing to an injury to the back. Has resigned the Secretaryship of the Wanderers Club, which he held from its formation. 1874 Football Annual.
Wanderers: Has been chosen captain of the English Eleven in all four matches, but, owing to severe accidents, only able to take part in the fourth. A hard-working forward player and usually a safe shot at goal. 1875 Football Annual.