By Tony Attwood
An England cap won by Alf Common is being auctioned tomorrow. Apparently it will get over £1000 – the amount Alf cost Middlesbrough.
Alf Common was a Middlesbrough player when he won the red England cap. MIDDLESBROUGH FC caused a sensation when it became the first football club to pay £1,000 for a player.
There’s a full article on Alf and what brought him to Arsenal here. What makes him so interesting is that various aspects of his life as a footballer give quite an insight into how football was run during the last years of Woolwich Arsenal’s existence.
Altogether Alf Common scored 58 goals in 168 league games in his three seasons at Middlesbrough, before they sold him to Woolwich Arsenal where he stayed until 1913.