Fred Staniforth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Fred Staniforth
Taddy card staniforth.jpg
Personal information
Full name Frederick Walter Staniforth
Date of birth 23 November 1884
Place of birth Kilnhurst, England
Date of death 23 May 1955 (aged 70–71)
Place of death Bristol, England
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Kilnhurst Town
Rotherham Main
0000–1906 Mexborough Town
1906–1910 Bristol City 134 (14)
1910–1912 Grimsby Town 67 (8)
1913–1913 Liverpool 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Frederick Walter Staniforth (1884 – 23 May 1955) was an English footballer who played as an outside right. He made over 200 appearances in Football League in the years prior to the First World War.[1]


Fred Staniforth was born in Kilnhurst near Rotherham to Elijah Farewell Staniforth, a miner, and Elizabeth (née Wilson). He played locally for Kilnhurst Town, Rotherham Main and Mexborough Town in Yorkshire.[2] Harry Thickett signed Fred Staniforth in July 1906 from Mexborough Town for Bristol City [1][2] Bristol City had just been promoted to the First Division as Second Division champions.[2] Staniforth replaced Walter Bennett to make his First Division debut on the right wing in a 0-2 defeat at Everton on 6 October 1906. He scored his first goal in his fourth league appearance in a 3-2 win at Notts County. Staniforth made 24 appearances scoring 3 goals in 1906-07 as Bristol City achieved their highest ever League position finishing as First Division runners up to Newcastle United.[3] In 1907-08 Staniforth continued as part of a regular forward line comprising Staniforth, Billy Maxwell, Sam Gilligan, Andy Burton and Frank Hilton. He made 35 appearances scoring 4 goals in 1907-08 when the "Babes" finished in 10th place. The following season in 1908-09 the forward line was broken up as Willis Rippon and Bob Hardy came into the team. Staniforth made 34 appearances scoring 4 goals in the First Division as Bristol City finished in 8th place. He also played in all 10 FA Cup ties as Bristol City reached the FA Cup Final in 1909 for the first and only time.[3] Bristol City slipped to 16th position in the First Division in 1909-10 when Staniforth shared right wing duties with Bob Hardy making 22 appearances scoring 3 goals. Staniforth made 19 appearances without scoring in 1910-11 when Bristol City finished 19th and were relegated to the Second Division. Staniforth lost his regular place on the right wing in October 1910 when City signed Willie Clark from Sunderland but returned for 6 games of the final run of 8 matches.[3]

After his playing career finished Fred Staniforth returned to Bristol and settled there until his death on 23 May 1955.[2]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 – 1939. Tony Brown. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b c d Woods, David; Edwards, Leigh (1997). Bristol City FC The First 100 years. Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-900178-26-5.
  3. ^ a b c Woods, David (1994). Bristol Babe The First 100 years of Bristol City FC. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-95-X.

External links[edit]