Alfred Edwards (football executive)

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Alfred Edwards
Alfred Ormond Edwards

(1850-10-12)12 October 1850
Died4 April 1923(1923-04-04) (aged 72)
Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England
Resting placeGrave No. 2994D, Bridgnorth Municipal Cemetery, Bridgnorth, England
Known forFirst chairman of A.C. Milan
Eliza Fanny Oriel
(m. 1879)

Alfred Ormond Edwards (12 October 1850 – 4 April 1923) was an English businessman and football pioneer. In 1899, he was one of the founding fathers and first chairman of Italian football club A.C. Milan under the original name of Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club.[1][2]


Alfred Ormond Edwards was born on 12 October 1850, in Skyborry, Shropshire, England, which is near Knighton, Powys on the border of England and Wales. He was the seventh child of Charles Edwards and Theadosia Edwards (née Piper).[3] He married Eliza Fanny Oriel on 7 August 1879, in Hammersmith, London.[3] Having moved to Milan, Italy for business, in December 1899 he was among the twelve founding founders of football club A.C. Milan, under the original name of Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club.[1][2] He was appointed as the first chairman of the club, serving until 1909, when he returned to England.[3] During his time in Milan, he also served as the British vice-consul.[3] Edwards died in Bridgnorth in 1923, after a period of illness.[4] He is buried in the local municipal cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Whole new ball game". The Guardian. 16 December 1999. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "La nascita di una mito" [The birth of a myth]. (in Italian). Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Alfred Ormond Edwards 1850–1923". Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Burial of Alfred Ormond Edwards". Shropshire Family History Society. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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