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Jack Alderson




Date of birth



Jack Alderson holds the proud record of being the first goalkeeper to win a full England international honour whilst playing for Crystal Palace.

The County Durham born shot stopper served in the army during World War I and it was while he was stationed at Woolwich that he was noticed by Palace boss Edmund Goodman.

Alderson played in a few wartime fixtures at The Nest and as soon as his time with the army was over he signed for the club - he was then to be with Goodman’s squad for five seasons.

His debut was a Southern League match against Newcastle United at the start of the 1919/20 season and then went on to play every League and FA Cup game that campaign.

The following season his appearance record improved further, becoming an ever-present in the 42 Football League Third Division games and only conceding 34 goals.

At international level his consistent performances were noticed and in May 1923 he appeared for England in Paris against France and only conceded in the final minute of the game, but the visitors were already 4-1 winners at that stage.  


Signed from Newcastle, 1/1919
Debut v Northampton (H) 30/8/2019 
Manager at Palace Edmund Goodman
Appearances 205
International caps 1