Wilfred Bartrop

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Wilf Bartrop
Personal information
Full name Wilfred Bartrop
Date of birth (1887-11-22)22 November 1887
Place of birth Worksop, England
Date of death 7 November 1918(1918-11-07) (aged 30)
Place of death Warcoing, Belgium
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Outside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1908–1909 Worksop ? (?)
1909–1914 Barnsley 160 (15)
1914–1915 Liverpool 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wilf Bartrop (22 November 1887 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire; died 7 November 1918) Was a professional footballer, who played as a Forward for several English sides prior to the First World War. He was killed in action, days before the end of the war.

Club career[edit]

He started his career at home side Worksop before transferring to Barnsley on 21 June 1909.[1] He played in both FA Cup finals that Barnsley reached in 1910 and 1912.[2][3] In the 1910 FA Cup, Bartrop scored a 'wonder goal' in a 1–0 quarter-final win over Queen's Park Rangers. In the final, Barnsley lost the replay 2–0 to Newcastle, after a 1–1 draw in the first tie. The 1912 cup final went again to a replay but Barnsley won, defeating West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in extra time, after a 0–0 draw in the first encounter.[4] Many newspapers, including the Manchester Guardian, praised his play in the replay.[5]

At the end of the 1913–14 season he transferred to Liverpool who he played a total of 3 games for before his career was interrupted by the First World War [1]

A biography of Wilfred Bartrop, entitled 'Swifter than the Arrow', was published in December 2008 [6]



His FA Cup winners medal was sold in 2008 for £14400 – more than twice its estimate price.[7] [8]

Military service[edit]

He joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner in a Trench Mortar Battery.[4] He was serving in Belgium when he was killed on 7 November 1918.[9]

The opening display in an exhibition on football and the Great War at the National Football Museum, Manchester, UK (2014 to 2015) focuses on Wilfred Bartrop.[10] The display includes photographs, archive film footage and memorabilia including Bartrop's FA Cup winner's medal.


  1. ^ a b "Wilf Bartrop Player Profile". LFC History.net. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "fa-cupfinals.co.uk". fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "fa-cupfinals.co.uk". fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Wilfred Bartrop – Barnsley, Liverpool and the War". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Barnsley's Victory". Manchester Guardian. 25 April 1912. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Swifter than the Arrow: Wilfred Bartrop, football and war". Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Sale 15968, Sporting Memorabilia, 27 Feb 2008 CHESTER". Bonhams. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Reds' FA Cup winner's medal expected to fetch £6,000". Johnston Press Digital Publishing. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Wilf Bartrop CWGC Record". CWGC. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "The Greater Game: Football & The First World War". National Football Museum. Retrieved 8 March 2015.