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Frank Buckley

Derby County FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0: A 3
0% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Major Franklin Charles Buckley
Birth Thursday, 9 November 1882 in Urmston, Lancashire [registered in Barton upon Irwell, March 1883].
Attended St Francis Xavier College in Liverpool.
Birthdate confirmed by the 1939 Register and a Liverpool Echo article in November 1957.

According to the 1891 census, Franklin C. is the ninth of eleven children (sixth of seventh on this census) to John and Julia Margaret (née Franklin), living at 19 Newton Street in Urmston. His father is an Army Instructor.


Not on the 1901 census (he had joined the army a year previously), but his family are living at 13 Duke Street in Rusholm area of south Manchester. His father is a drill instructor.

First marriage to Madge Robinson on 4 October 1905 at Chorlton Register Office [registered in Chorlton, Lancashire, December 1905].

According to the 1911 census, Franklin is married to Madge with one son, Jack, and they live at Lodge Farm in Redditch. Franklin is a farmer.
Upon his admission to the army, his address was stated as Burymound, Warstock in Warwickshire.

  According to the 1921 census, .
According to the Midlands Electoral Roll, Frank, along with his brother, Christopher, in 1935, were living at Hawkesley Farm in the Northfield area of Birmingham.
The British Phone Books, however in 1936, revealed that Buckley, calling himself Major Franklin C., was living on Rupert Street in Wolverhampton, and could be contacted by telephone on 22735. By 1937, he was living at St Jude's Court on the Tettenhall Road, same number.
Second marriage to Dorothy Isabel Davis, on 23 June 1936 at Wolverhampton Register Office [registered in Wolverhampton, June 1936].
  According to the 1939 register, Franklin C., a secretary/manager, is now married to Dorothy I., and are living at 4 St. Jude's Court in Wolverhampton.
"Maj. Franklin Charles Buckley, 99, Boothferry-rd, Hull, manager of Hull City FC, was fined £3 at Howden for exceeding 30mph in a car through the built-up area of Newport.
"Pc. Bayers said that on March 1, Maj. Buckley's speed was 48 to 50mph, which was reduced to 35mph approaching Newport Bridge, and increased to 42mph before he passed out of the area.
"Maj. Buckley wrote admitting and regretting the offence, and said he saw no signs. He enclosed a blank cheque." - Monday, 19 April 1948, The Daily Mail
Death Monday, 21 December 1964, at his home in Walsall, aged 82 years 42 days [registered in Walsall, Staffordshire, December 1964].
Funeral Thursday, 24 December 1964 at St. John's Church in Wolverhampton, 'followed by a private cremation.'


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Biographies Football Is My Life Story (1937)
he Major: The Life and Times of Frank Buckley - Patrick A. Quirke (Tempus Publishing, 2006)

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football until he joined Aston Villa FC in April 1903 after he had bought himself out of the army. Without any league appearances, but one match against Corinthians in December 1904, he joined Brighton & Hove Albion FC in 1905. A year later, on 14 June 1906, Buckley joined Manchester United FC and made three league appearances. Joined rivals, Manchester City FC on 31 August 1907 and made eleven league appearances. Birmingham FC followed on 28 July 1909, making 55 league appearances, scoring four times. In his contract, it was stipulated that if any club offered £50, then he should be allowed to join that club, Derby County FC did so, and they signed him on 24 May 1911 and he made 92 league appearances, scoring three times. Despite, on 28 May 1912, Buckley placing a newspaper advert, offering his services to any club whom would have his services. Bradford City took Buckley on 12 May 1914, despite interest from prominent clubs, the fee was over £1000, he managed four games before the outbreak of war. He retired from the game during WW1, after sustaining war injuries to his shoulder and lungs. He did however, manage one league appearance with Norwich City FC after the war in September 1919.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1911-12;
Individual honours None
Distinctions His brother, Christopher S. Buckley also played with Aston Villa FC, eventually becoming the club's chairman.
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 12st. 0lbs [1906]. 5' 11", 13st. 7lbs [1912]. 5' 10¾", [1914]


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s): After its directors had a clearout at their AGM, Buckley became the secretary~manager of Norwich City FC of the Southern League on 19 March 1919 until July 1920. He left the game for a while, but returned to become the manager of Blackpool FC on 12 June 1923. He then became the secretary~manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 30 May 1927 until he became the manager of Notts County FC 22 February 1944 on £4500 a year. Took up the vacant position at Hull City AFC on 18 May 1946 until he resigned on 5 April 1948, effective from 2 May. Leeds United AFC had tried to make Buckley their manager in the Autumn of 1947. It did not happen until he accepted the post on 12 April 1948, commencing 3 May. He then resigned five years later, on 4 May 1953, to take over at Walsall FC until he retired in June 1955.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1931-32; Division One runners-up 1937-38, 1938-39; FA Cup runners-up 1938-39;
Individual honours An award for Contribution to The Football League 2014-15;

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 376th players (376) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 117, 14 February 1914, England 0 Ireland 3, a British Championship match at Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, aged 31 years 134 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1913-14;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions An Irish father meant Buckley could have represented Ireland.

Beyond England

Commanded the Footballers Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment (joined 15 December 1914 at Chelsea Town Hall) and was badly wounded in the shoulder on the Somme in August 1916. Between 1920 and 1923, he worked for Maskell's, a confectionary company based in London, as a commercial salesman. He was in charge of the Royal Northunberland Fusiliers for three years up to 1936. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.53.


Frank Buckley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Frank Buckley - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1


Frank Buckley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1913-14 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC All 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1


Frank Buckley - Match History
 Club: Derby County F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 31
1 117 14 February 1914 - England 0 Ireland 3, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HL Start ch