Born Walsall 3rd June 1871
Brierley Hill Alliance 1887-1888
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1892-1896 76 games 14 goals
Walsall 1897- 1901 88 games 30 goals
Alf had two spells with Walsall after beginning his career with Brierley Hill in 1887 as a sixteen year old, a year later he joined Walsall for the first time, where he stayed until he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he had his most successful time, winning an FA Cup winners medal in 1893. He was a big favourite with both Walsall and Wolverhampton fans. Upon his return to the Saddlers he was welcomed by the supporters, as he treated them to some superb wing play.
He was forced to quit football at the age of 30, due to a very bad injury to his ankle.
Full name Moses Alexander Edmund Lane
Date of birth 17 February 1895
Place of birth Willenhall, England
Date of death 14 July 1949 (aged 54)
Place of death Cannock, England
Playing position Centre forward / Inside forward
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19xx–1920 Willenhall ? (?)
1920–1921 Walsall 18 4
1921–1922 Willenhall ? (?)
1922–1924 Birmingham 15 (4)
1924–1925 Derby County 0 (0)
1925–1926 Wellington Town? (?)
1926–1927 Worcester City ? (29)
1927–1929 Walsall 57 (51)
1929–19xx Brierley Hill Alliance? (?)
– Netherton ? (?)
19xx–1933 Dudley Town ? (?)
Moses Alexander Edmund Lane (17 February 1895 – 14 July 1949) was an English professional footballer who was born in Willenhall, Staffordshire. During the First World War he served in France and Italy and was awarded the Military Medal.
He began his football career in junior football in the Black Country area with a team called Willenhall Pickwick in 1912-13 He served his country in the first world war and he served in France and Italywinning the Military Medal. Upon Demob he joined Willenhall town. He played for Walsall for the first time in the 1920-21 before joining Birmingham in April 1922.He made his debut in the First Division on 28 April 1923, in the penultimate game of the1922–23 season, playing at inside left in a 1–0 win at home to Burnley. He kept his place for the last game of the season, and for the first six games of the next, but the arrival of Ernie Islip and the form and fitness of Johnny Crosbie and Joe Bradford restricted his first-team opportunities. He spent the 1924–25 season with Derby County, but was unable to break into the league side,[and returned to non-league football with successively Wellington Town and Worcester City.
His performances for Worcester, for whom he scored 34 goals in all competitions in the1926–27 season,earned him a return to the Football League with Walsall of the Third Division South. Lane repaid them with 36 goals in all competitions in his first season,One more season at Walsall brought his goals tally up to 51 league goals from 57 appearances, and he finished off his career back in non-league with Brierley Hill Alliance, Netherton and Dudley Town. But this was due to the fact that he had an injury and was only able to play a single game in four months. Who knows how many games he would have scored for Walsall had they been able to hold on to him for a couple of seasons more? He finally hung his boots up forever in 1933.
He died in Cannock on 14th July 1949.
Lane died in Cannock, Staffordshire, in 1949 at the age of 54.