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Fred Geary

Everton FC

2 appearances, 2 to 5 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 11: A 2
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disciplined: none

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Full name Fred Geary
Born 23 January 1868 in Radford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire [registered in Radford, March 1868].
Not born in Hyson Green, that Geary was born a year earlier.

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Frederick is the fourth of five children to Arthur and Ann. His father is a fitter, and the seven of them live at Sheraton's Row in Radford.

According to the 1881 census, Fred, a bleacher, and the third child, now has five younger siblings.  They live at 80 Saville Row in Radford. His father is a machine fitter.

According to the 1891 census, Fred cannot be found, but he should be in the Liverpool area. In the meantime, his father had died, as his widowed mother was now a caretaker at St Paul's Avenue School in Radford. She lives in the schoolhouse along with five of his siblings.

According to the 1901 census, Fred, now a publican, is married to Winifred with two children, Frederick and Dorothy. They live at 66 Thirlmere Road, Everton.

According to the 1911 census, Fred is still a publican with two more children with Winifred, Winefred and Laurence. They live at 306/308 Westminster Road in Kirkdale, Liverpool. The census reveals that they had five, and that one his children had died.

According to the 1939 register, Fred and Winifred C. are still married at 87 Walton Road in Kirkdale.
Married to Winifred Cecilia Rainford, on 1 September 1891 at St. Andrew's Church, Nottingham [registered in Nottingham, September 1891].
Died 8 January 1955, aged 86 years 350 days [registered in Crosby, Lancashire, March 1955].
Height/Weight 5' 2", 9st 6lbs


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football career playing schoolboy football in Nottingham. He joined Balmoral FC and then Notts Rangers FC for the 1886-87 season. He joined Grimsby Town FC in 1888, but returned to Notts Rangers FC. He then joined Notts County FC for the 1888-89 season, but returned to Notts Rangers. It was from there that Everton FC signed him in 1889, and he went on to score 78 goals in 91 league matches. He joined Liverpool FC in May 1895 for a £65 transfer fee. After fourteen goals in 39 league appearances, Geary retired through injury in January 1900. Reinstated as an amateur on 23 August 1902.
Club honours Football League Champions 1890-91, Division Two winners 1895-96
Individual honours Football League (two appearances)
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of seven, across two matches, who became the 167th players (172) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 38, 15 March 1890, Ireland 1 England 9, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 22 years 51 days. maybe upto three more
Last match No. 43, 4 April 1891, England 2 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at Ewood Park, Ewood, Blackburn, aged 23 years 71 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1889-90, 1890-91;
Team honours British Championship shared 1889-90, winners 1890-91;
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (three 1890)
Distinctions None

England Tragedy

"In the course of the International Trial Football Match, played on the Gregory Ground, Nottingham, to-day, a sad accident befel Fred Geary, formerly centre forward of Notts Rangers, but now fulfilling the same position for Everton. He was chosen to play centre for the side designated the Whites. Early in the first half Geary was endeavouring to centre from the corner, when Brayshaw charged him. It was not a heavy or a foul charge, being perfectly legitimate, but the consequences were unlooked for. Geary fell backwards, and his head, narrowly missing the iron piping which surrounds the enclosure, came in violent contact with one of the wooden seats of forms. He at once became unconscious, and his condition was evidently dangerous. He was carried on a board into the dressing-room, and made as comfortable as possible on carriage cushions and rugs. He was promptly attended to by Drs. Ashwell and Stewart, who pronounced him suffering from concussion of the brain. His condition is undoubtedly serious, although Dr. Ashwell does not anticipate a fatal termination. The patient will have to be carefully nursed, and kept exceedingly quiet."
- The Nottingham Evening Post, Monday, 24 March 1890.
"In the course of Monday night Fred Geary, of Nottingham, the Everton Club professional, who was so seriously injured in the international trial match at the Gregory Ground on Monday, recovered consciousness, and he is now considered to be out of immediate danger. The improvement in his condition appears to be steadily maintained, but the medical men enjoin strict quiet, and only near relatives have been permitted to visit him at the [Sheffield] General Hospital."
- The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent, Wednesday, 26 March 1890.
"Fred Geary, the famous forward, has probably played his last game. He appeared in a Reserve fixture for Liverpool against Manchester the other day, and received such an injury as will, it is feared, put an ignominious end to his long and distinguished football career. A City back accidentally "kneed" him in the stomach , with the result that Geary has been ruptured. Even if his injury is less serious, Fred Geary is unlikely to be seen in the football field again. His career really ended some years ago, when as an Evertonian, he met with an accident at Sunderland. We well remember the incident: A minute from time—it was a Cup tie—he dashed up the field like lightning if so be he might score at the last and save the game. He came an awful bang against one of the Sunderland backs—or the back banged against him—it comes to the same thing—and down went Fred, his head striking the side post with a sickening thud. They picked him up senseless, and from that shock Geary never fairly recovered. It had knocked all the fight out of him; he grew timorous, shirked a charge, and bye-and-bye Everton got rid of him, and he went over to Liverpool." - The Sunderland Daily Echo, Saturday, 6 January 1900.

Beyond England

He was for many years a Liverpool licensee, including 28 years at one hostelry, retiring in 1946. Latterly too an excellent bowls player good enough to represent Lancashire. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.105.


Fred Geary - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 180 3 to 5 60 to 36 min 3 to 5 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 Geary - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All - British Championship 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2


Fred Geary - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1889-90 1 1 0 0 9 1 +8 0 0 9.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1890-91 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2


Fred Geary - Match History
 Club: Everton F.C. - 2 full caps

F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 22
1 38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW Start
A not altogether coherent match report in The Field credits Geary with four goals, and The Athletic News maintains that 'the clever little Everton centre was responsible for five of the goals. The Northern Whig  also credits him with five. The Sporting Chronicle, only two....
Age 23
2 43 4 April 1891 - England 2 Scotland 1, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HW Start cf