Influential sportsman, umpire, referee and administrator. Founder of the FA Cup and Test cricket.
He was educated at Harrow School, and was a keen footballer, and formed the Forest club with his elder brother, John, in Chingford in 1859. He was then a prime mover in the 1863 foundation of Forest's more famous successor, Wanderers F.C., who were initially a predominantly Old Harrovian side.
On 6 March 1875, he captained England against Scotland, scoring a goal in a 2-2 draw. He was one of those responsible for the first ever international soccer match, and subsequent early international games, with Scotland.
The FA Cup - the world's first national football tournament, based on Alcock's experience of inter-house 'sudden death' competition at Harrow - was born in 1872. Fifteen teams took part with Alcock captaining the winning Wanderers side.
It was only fitting that the final should be played at The Oval, since he had become Secretary of Surrey CCC the previous month. In cricket, he captained Middlesex in the first county match in 1867, before playing for Essex.
He played only one first-class fixture, for MCC, in 1862, and he arranged the first cricket Test Match to be played in England, England against Australia at the Kennington Oval in 1880.
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