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Name: Alf Common  
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Date of Birth: 3rd April 1880
Place of Birth: Sunderland
Profession: Footballer
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Alf Common (May 25, 1880 – April 3, 1946) was an English footballer who played at inside forward or centre forward. He is most famous for being the first player to be transferred for £1,000.

Born in Sunderland, he played for local teams in the North East of England before joining Sunderland in 1900, who finished Division One runners-up in 1900-01. He was then transferred to Sheffield United in 1901 for £325, and scored the winning goal in their FA Cup final win of 1902. It was also at this time that he won his first England cap, against Ireland on February 29, 1904; in all he won three caps, scoring twice.

Then, in the summer of 1904, Common returned to Sunderland for a new record fee of £520. Early in 1905, he broke the transfer record again, by moving to Middlesbrough for £1,000. Consequently, Middlesbrough, who had so far been battling against relegation that season, survived the drop. He played 168 league games for Boro and scored 56 goals.

From there, Alf moved to Woolwich Arsenal in 1910, where he played 80 times and scored 23 goals. After starting out at inside forward, he took on a more attacking role in his second season and was the club's top goalscorer (with 17) in 1911-12. However, he didn't score a single goal in the first half of the Gunners' 1912-13 relegation season. He was sold to Preston North End in December 1912 for £250, and helped the club to promotion from Division Two that season.

Alf Common retired from football in 1914. He died in a pub he ran in Darlington, in 1946.

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