Fred Blackburn (footballer)

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Frederick Blackburn (born 1879) was an English footballer.

Fred Blackburn played for his home-town club of Blackburn Rovers, playing as an outside left, and featured for the team at the age of 17.

He was capped three times for England, making his international debut at Crystal Palace against Scotland, in which he scored in a 2-2 draw.[1] He also represented the English League against the Scottish League and played in a North versus South fixture.

He moved to West Ham United in the summer of 1905 and switched to wing half. He was an ever-present during the 1909-10 season, and totalled 237 Southern League appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals, before leaving in 1913.[2]

After retiring from the game, Blackburn joined the Merchant Navy, but later returned to football to coach Barking.

His brother Arthur made a handful of appearances for Blackburn Rovers and for Southampton as a full-back.[3]


  1. ^ Fred Blackburn
  2. ^ Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 29. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 
  3. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 

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