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Fred Bullock

Huddersfield Town AFC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 0
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Full name Lance Corporal Frederick Edwin Bullock
Born 1 July 1886 in Whitton, Hounslow, Middlesex [registered in Brentford, September 1886].

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Frederick E. is the fifth of seven children born to Walter and Catherine (née Brister) and living at 2 Priory Cottage, Grove Road in Isleworth, Hounslow. His father is a second class clerk.

According to the 1901 census, Frederick E. is the third eldest of eight children still with their parents at Dart House in Heath Road, Isleworth. Father is now a clerk at HM Customs.

According to the 1911 census, Fred is a Huddersfield Town FC clerk and living with Town professional footballers, James Howey Macauley and Fred Faycis, who are boarding with the Renacre's at 98 Halifax Old Road in Fartown, Huddersfield.

His British Army Service Records states that Bullock, a professional footballer, lived at 60 Tanfield Road in Birkby, Huddersfield at the time of his attestation to the Footballer's Battalion in February 1915. He was dembobolized on 31 March 1920 and living at 282 Wakefield Road in Dalton, Huddersfield.
His 1922 Death Certificate states that he was living at The Slubber's Arms Inn, On the Halifax Old Road in Huddersfield. He was its innkeeper.

Married to Maude Lodge, at Hounslow Registary Office on 7 May 1915 [registered in Fulham, June 1915]. One son, Kenneth, born 10 August 1914.
Marriage notes Many thanks to Fred's nephew, Ian, for the corrections in this biography. Also, Fred's great nephew, Don Libbey for his correct birthdate. Note also that his death probate states he died on the 14th, not 15th, of November.
Died 14 November 1922 at the Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield, aged 36 years 136 days [registered in Huddersfield, December 1922]. From the effects of poisoning. One source states that he apparently died from drinking cleaning fluid that his wife had kept in a beer bottle. Another claims suicide, after his football career ended prematurely, and he took up residency in The Slubbers Arms on Willows Lane in Huddersfield, his wife found him unconscious with an empty bottle of ammonia nearby. Either way...his death certificate, supplied to us by Ian Bullock, states 'Heart failure, consequent upon having taken ammonia'.
He left effects
of £760 17s. 6d. to his widow, Maude.
Height/Weight 5' 7", 11st. 7lbs [1915], 5' 9", 11st. 7lbs [1921].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990],  FindMyPast.com & The Bullock Family Records.

Club Career

Club(s) Played school football within Isleworth and also turned out for Hounslow Town FC, and Ilford FC in 1909. He also appeared with the Old Kingstonians FC team. He joined Huddersfield Town AFC as an amateur in December 1910. Turning professional a short time later. Part of the Footballers Battalion during WW1, getting wounded in action in July 1916 in his right shoulder, and an accident to his left knee in May 1918. He became club captain at the resumption. He then retired at the end of the 1921-22 season after clocking up 202 league appearances, scoring once, because of a recurrance of his knee injury. He was hoping to join a club as secretary-manager before tragedy struck.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1919-20 (as Captain); Football League Division Two runners-up 1919-20 (as Captain);
Individual honours Also represented Middlesex FA
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became 398th players (400) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
Only match No. 123, 23 October 1920, England 2 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Roker Park, Roker, Sunderland, aged 34 years 114 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1920-21.
Team honours None
Individual honours England Amateur (one appearance, 1910)
Distinctions None

England Tragedy

"Fred Bullock, who has just retired from the game after an honourable career with Huddersfield Town, is open for engagement as secretary-manager. He should prove a capable man, for he is well educated and a wonderful judge of a player."
- Saturday, 15 July 1922, The Daily Mail
"Fred Bullock, a former captain of the Huddersfield Town team and a former International full back, is lying seriously ill in the Huddersfield Infirmary. Early on Thursday morning he was found in a helpless condition in the Slubbers' Arms, Bradford Road, Huddersfield, of which he has been the licensee for the past few weeks. Bullock rose on Thursday morning and seemed to be in a normal frame of mind, but when his wife followed him down the stairs some moments later, she found him on the floor and by his side was an ammonia bottle. He was at once taken to the Huddersfield Infirmary, and for a time his condition was the source of much anxiety. Last night, however, he was reported to be a little better." -
Saturday, 11 November 1922, The Yorkshire Post
"Frederick Bullock died at the Huddersfield Infirmary on Wednesday as the result of ammonia poisoning. The facts have reported to the corner"
- Thursday, 16 November 1922, The Daily Mail


"The death of Fred Bullock was invesitigated by M.E.W. Norris of Huddersfield on Thursday. It was stated that for about a month Bullock had suffered from nervous trouble, and on Thursday morning, at the Slubber's Arms,he was found by his wife on the floor. When she spoke to him, he said: "Ammonia. A great mistake! A great mistake!"
"He was taken to the infirmary, where he died on Tuesday.
"The Coroner recorded that the death was due to heart failure, consequent upon Bullock having taken ammonia. He said he did not think it could have been taken by accident. He thought he must have taken it by design, and, as was often the case, then must immediately have realised it was a very great mistake to have made, and been very sorry indeed." - Friday, 17 November 1922, The Daily Mail

Beyond England

In the brief period between his retirement and his passing Bullock was a licensee in Huddersfield. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.53.


Fred Bullock - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Fred Bullock - 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 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Fred Bullock - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1920-21 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Fred Bullock - Match History
 Club: Huddersfield Town A.F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 34
1 123 23 October 1920 - England 2 Ireland 0, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Start lb