Morton ‘Monty’ Peto Betts was the third of five children born to Edward Ladd Betts, a Victorian Civil Engineer, and Ann Peto the sister of the railway entrepreneur Samuel Morton Peto. Peto and Betts was a notable civil engineering and railway company operating around the world.
Monty was sent to Harrow School where he excelled at both cricket and football. He later would turn out for Old Harrovians as well as Wanderers.
He appeared and scored the only goal in the first-ever FA Cup final for Wanderers under the pseudonym AH Chequer - he had played for another team in an earlier round and was ‘cup-tied’. He was also capped for England against Scotland in 1877.
Betts was on the FA Committee from 1870-72 and 1881-90 and served as vice-president in 1890-91, as well as refereeing many games in later years.
He also played cricket at county level appearing for Middlesex and Kent in 1872 and again for Kent in 1881. From 1887 until 1890 he was Secretary to the Essex County Cricket Club.
After his first wife died in 1890 he remarried in 1901 and spent his last years in the south of France, dying at his villa in Mentone just before the outbreak of the First World War.
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