Morton Peto Betts

Name:Morton Peto Betts
Clubs played for:Harrow Chequers FC, Wanderers FC. Old Harrovians
Football Code played:Association
Position played:Versatile
M.P. Betts is best known for the pseudonym of A.H. Chequer that he played under at the first FA Cup Final for the Wanderers in 1871/72. It is a reference to “A Harrow Chequer” the side he may well have played for had they not been scratched from the inaugural competition. He scored the winning goal in the final, apparently, a simple tap in. This is before the days of being cup –tied and it must have been completely legal since he was on the FA committees by this time. The goalkeeper that day for the Wanderers was Reginald Courtenay Welch.Morton Peto Betts came back from America in time for the 1876/77 season and played seven more times for the Wanderers. In 1878 he spent two years in Copenhagen but he returned served on the FA Committee from 1871 -1873 and 1881 -1891; the last season of which he was Vice President.From the October 25th 1884 Harrow,

Notes: Morton P. Betts superintended the entire construction of the Metropolitan and District Inner Circle Railway as engineer to the contractors for the line.

International Honours: 1 England Cap (1877)

Information from Football Annuals: BETTS. M. P. (Harrow) A1- Harrow Chequers and Wanderers: An invaluable man in any position and a most effective dribbler, and good back. Is now abroad. A5- Team name omitted: Useful in any part of the field, safe back and a skilful dribbler, a good goal-keeper but hardly played up to his form in the international.