Brief profile of M.P.Betts
by Don Ambrose
BETTS, Morton Peto.
Born at Bloomsbury, London, 30th August 1847.
Died at Mentone, France, 19th April 1914.
He was the son of E.L.Betts, of Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent. He was educated at Harrow School. He played in one cricket match for Middlesex in 1872, having earlier that year been a member of The Wanderers team that won the first Association Football Cup Final. He played under a pseudonym, A.H.Chequer, having played for Harrow Chequers earlier that season. In 1877 he played football for England v Scotland. In 1872 he also played in one cricket match for Kent and in 1881 he played again for them in his third and last first-class match. He also played for Essex in 1884, before they were recognised as a first-class county, and from 1887 to 1890 he was Secretary of the Essex CCC. He was for twenty years a member of the Council of the Football Association.
The 1881 Census shows him resident at 1 Plaistow Road, Bromley, Kent, a 32 year old, civil engineer, with his wife Joan, aged 32, born in Camberwell, Surrey, and their one year old daughter, Marrin. They have 35 year old Georgina Garbett as a visitor, and two domestic servants.
His address, per the 1911 Harrow Register, was Villa Massa St.Anne, Garavan, Mentone, Alpes Maritimes, France.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)