Fred Spiksley

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Fred Spiksley
Personal information
Full name Frederick Spiksley
Date of birth (1870-01-25)25 January 1870
Place of birth Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
Date of death 28 July 1948(1948-07-28) (aged 78)
Place of death Goodwood Racecourse, England
Playing position Outside Left
Youth career
1883-c.1886 Holy Trinity School, Gainsborough
c. 1884 Eclipse
1887 Gainsborough Jubilee Swifts
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1886 Gainsborough Working Men's Club 2 (0)
1886 Gainsborough Wednesday 6 (?)
1887–1891 Gainsborough Trinity 126 (131)
1891–1903 Sheffield Wednesday 293 (100)
1904 Glossop North End 3 (1)
1905 Leeds City 7 (0)
1905–1906 Southern United ? (?)
1906 Watford 11 (5)
National team
1893–1898 England 7 (5)
Teams managed
1911 AIK Stockholm
1911 Sweden
1913 TSV 1860 München
1913–1914 1. FC Nuremberg
192x Reforma AC
192x Real Club España
1927 1. FC Nuremberg
1928 Lausanne Sports
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fred Spiksley (25 January 1870 – 28 July 1948) was an English footballer and coach, who played as a forward for Sheffield Wednesday and England. He also played for Gainsborough Trinity, Glossop North End, Leeds City, Watford and in 1907 became the only professional footballer to play for the Corinthians.[citation needed] After retiring as a player in 1906 he worked as a coach and won national league titles in Sweden, Mexico and Germany. During the First World War he was interned at Ruhleben, a civilian detention camp in Germany.

He died on Ladies' Day at Goodwood Racecourse in 1948.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

In January 1891 he almost signed for Accrington F.C. but asked for time to consider their offer before signing. However while travelling to Accrington he stopped in Sheffield and was persuaded by two directors, John Holmes and Fred Thompson, to sign for Sheffield Wednesday F.C.. He subsequently spent the next eleven seasons at Wednesday scoring 100 goals in 293 league appearances. He also scored a further 14 goals in 28 FA Cup appearances, starting with a brace in a memorable 4–1 victory over League side Bolton Wanderers in 1892.[1]



  • Fred Spiksley: Fred Spiksley's Reminiscences (1907)
  • Fred Spiksley: Fred Spiksley's Autobiography (1920)
  • Sir Frederick Wall: 50 Years of Football 1895–1934 (2005)[1]
  • Richard Sparling: The Romance of the Wednesday (1926)
  • Kieth Farnsworth: Wednesday! (1982)
  • Percy Young: Football in Sheffield (1964)
  • Kieth Farnsworth: Sheffield Wednesday – A Complete Record (1987)
  • Kieth Farnsworth: Sheffield Football – A History Volume one 1857–1961 (1995)
  • Kieth Farnsworth: The Blades and The Owls (1995)
  • Nick Johnson: Images of Sport – Sheffield Wednesday (2003)
  • Jason Dickinson and John Brodie: The Wednesday Boys (2005)
  • Jason Dickinson: One Hundred Years at Hillsborough (1999)
  • Ian Bevan: To the palace for the Cup (1999)
  • The Book of Football (1906)
  • IFFHS: Sweden (1908–1940)
  • Earnest Needham: Association Football (1901)
  • John Goodall: Association Football (1898)
  • Ambrose Langley: Tales of Ambrose Langley (1925)

External links[edit]


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