Nottingham born wing half Alf Shelton began his football career with Notts Rangers in 1884 and joined Notts County in August 1888, making his Football League debut at Everton the next month in County’s inaugural League fixture. He was first selected for England against Wales in February 1889 but had to withdraw, and made his international debut the following month in a 6-1 victory over Ireland at Anfield. He went on to win 6 caps for England, his final cap coming in a 4-1 win over Scotland at Ibrox in April 1892. He played for County in the 1891 FA Cup Final at The Kennington Oval but they lost the match 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers. Despite Notts’ relegation in 1893 he continued to play for the club and in 1894 won the FA Cup when, as a Second Division club, the first to win the FA Cup, they beat Bolton Wanderers 4-1 in the Final at Goodison Park.
In December 1896 he joined Loughborough after 6 goals in 227 appearances for The Magpies, and he scored once for Loughborough in 15 outings over the remainder of the season before joining non league Ilkeston Town in the summer of 1897. He was later appointed as a director of Notts County in January 1900, He was later briefly Preston North End’s trainer in September 1912.
His older brother Charlie Shelton played with him for Notts County and also played once for England.