Alex Finney

Alex Finney

Alexander (Alex) Finney was born in St Helens on 13th March 1902. After leaving school he worked as a coalminer. He also played football for Sutton Juniors, Peasley Cross, South Liverpool and New Brighton.

In 1922, Charles Foweraker, the manager of Bolton Wanderers, signed him. A left-back, he joined a team that included Joe Smith, Billy Jennings, Jimmy Seddon, John Reid Smith, David Jack, Billy Butler, Ted Vizard, Dick Pym and Bob Haworth.

Finney made his league debut against Birmingham City in September, 1922. He was the youngest member of the team that beat West Ham United 2-0 to win the 1923 FA Cup Final. The goals were scored by David Jack and Joe Smith.

Finney was ever present in the 1923-24 season but a bad knee injury and a cartilage operation resulted in him missing the 1926 FA Cup Final against Manchester City at Wembley. David Jack scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute.

Finney was selected to play for the Football League against Irish League at St. James' Park in 1928. The team won 9-1.

In 1929 Finney won his second cup-winners medal when Bolton Wanderers beat Portsmouth 2-0. The goals were scored by Billy Butler and Harold Blackmore.

Finney played his last of his 530 games for Bolton Wanderers on 1st January 1937. After retiring from football he worked for the Parks Department in Wallasey.

Alex Finney died in May 1982.