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Fred Kean

The Wednesday FC, Bolton Wanderers FC

9 appearances, 0 goals

P 9 W 5 D 2 L 2 F 29: A 16
67% successful

1923-29

disciplined: none
captaincies:
one
minutes played:
810

Profile

Full name Frederick William Kean
Born 3 April 1899 in Wellfield Road, Crookesmoor, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Ecclesall Bierlow, June 1899].
Attended Upperthorpe School, All Saints CE School, Springfield Board Council School, Neepsend Council School, and Carlisle Street School, all in Sheffield.
Birthnotes Four seperate school admission logs confirm Kean was born in April. Only his death registration states that he was born 10 December 1898.  Not clear why, but his mid-1899 birth registration and summer baptism makes the April date likely. To be confirmed by his 1939 register.
Baptised 28 June 1899 in St. Bartholomew's Church, Langsett Road, Sheffield.

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Frederick is the youngest of three children to William and Mary Ellen (the mother is not on this census). They board with his grandmother, Jane and her husband, William Hood at 50 Daniel Hill Street in Nether Hallam, Sheffield. Both his father and step-grandfather William Hood are Spoon & Fork stampers.
According to his school admission logs, Frederick began his education at Upperthorpe Infant School on 18 August 1902, stepping up to the junior school on 15 January 1906, they were living at 59 Shered Road, he left on left on 16 July 1907. Joined All Saints' CE, along with brother Lewis, on 9 September 1909, living at 32 Levan Street. Kean began Springfield Board Council school on 18 January 1910, and lived at 20 Gill Street, leaving on 6 May 1910. On 13 February 1911, Kean started at Neepsend, and now living at 8 Farfield Road. He left on 22 January 1912 for Carlisle Street School.

According to the 1911 census, Fredrick William is now the eldest of four living with their parents. She is a housekeeper to Frank Hardwick, who lives at 8 Farfield Road in Neepsend, Sheffield.

Married to Harriet Shepherd, on 10 March 1917 [registered in Sheffield, March 1917].
Died 28 October 1973 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, aged 74 years 322 days [registered in Chesterfield, December 1973].
Height/Weight 5' 8", 12st. 0lbs [1925].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Played with Sheffield Hallam FC before joining Portsmouth FC in the 1919 close season, and joined The Wednesday FC in the 1920 close season. After 230 league appearances and eight goals, the captain was placed on the transfer list, and on 13 September, he joined Bolton Wanderers FC for £5500, where he made another eighty league appearances and a solitary goal. He was placed on the transfer list in October 1930 at his own request after losing his place in the team, but it was not until June 1931 that he joined Luton Town FC, where he became club captain and made another 117 league appearances and five goals. On 12 November 1935, he joined Central Combination team Sutton Town FC as player/coach for the season.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1926-26; FA Cup winners 1928-29;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 440th players (440) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right/centre-half
First match No. 132, 19 March 1923, England 6 Belgium 1, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 23 years 350 days.
Last match No. 167, 15 May 1929, Spain 4 England 3, an end-of-season tour match at Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid, aged 30 years 156 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1922-23, 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions The thirtieth player from West Yorkshire to represent England.

England Tragedy

"AMAZING RUMOUR ABOUT THE PLAYER BEING KILLED
"An amazing rumour that Fred Kean, the international half-back, had been killed in a motor smash at Manchester, when returning to Sheffield, gained wide publicity in Sheffield, yesterday.
"Kean, who was transferred from Sheffield Wednesday to Bolton Wanderers on Thursday, was playing for his new club at Sunderland, on Saturday, and was nowhere near Manchester either on Saturday or yesterday.
"Where the rumour originated is a mystery. During the day people were calling at the home of Kean. Some, who had gone o extend sympathy with Mrs. Kean, were obviously distressed.
"The 'Sheffield Independent' was bombarded with inquiries. One variation of the story was told to Mr. R. Brown, the Wednesday secretary, who was informed that Kean was lying dying injured  in the Royal Infirmary.
"Kean was at his home all day taking a quiet rest."
- Monday, 17 September 1928, The Sheffield Daily Independent

England Disgrace

"HUSBAND TO PAY
"An order for the payment of 50s. a week was made at Sheffield, yesterday, against Frederick William Kean, formerly of Sheffield, who was summoned for desertion by his wife. The marriage took place on 10 March 1917 and there was one child, a boy of 13."
- Thursday, 7 May 1931, The Sheffield Daily Independent

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.148.

 

Fred Kean - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
17 9 4 810 0 0 min 0 One 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 Kean - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 2 0 1 10 4 +6 0 0 3.333 1.333 66.7 +1
Away 6 3 2 1 19 12 +7 1 1 3.167 2.00 66.7 +2
All 9 5 2 2 29 16 +13 1 1 3.222 1.778 66.7 +3

 

Fred Kean - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 4 1 2 1 6 5 +1 1 1 1.50 1.25 50.0 =0
Friendly 5 4 0 1 23 11 +12 0 0 4.60 2.20 80.0 +3
All 9 5 2 2 29 16 +13 1 1 3.222 1.778 66.7 +3

 

Fred Kean - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1922-23 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1923-24 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1924-25 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1925-26 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC All 4 1 2 1 6 5 +1 1 1 1.50 1.25 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 1 2 1 6 5 +1 1 1 1.50 1.25 50.0 =0
All 4 1 2 1 6 5 +1 1 1 1.50 1.25 50.0 =0

 

Fred Kean - Match History
 Club: The Wednesday F.C. - 7 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 9 full capsx

Age 23
1 132 19 March 1923 - England 6 Belgium 1, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start rh
Age 24
2 133 14 April 1923 - Scotland 2 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start rh
3 139 3 March 1924 - England 1 Wales 2, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HL Start rh
Age 25
4 142 22 October 1924 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start rh
Age 26
5 147 24 October 1925 - Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start rh
Age 27
6 150 24 May 1926 - Belgium 3 England 5, Olympisch Stadion, Antwerpen tour AW Start rh
- 151 27 May 1926 - France vs. England, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris - match postponed App squad member
- 153 2 April 1927 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW reserve
Age 28
- 154 11 May 1927 - Belgium 1 England 9, Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Bruxelles tour AW reserve
7 155 21 May 1927 - Luxembourg 2 England 5, Stade de la Frontiere, Esch-sur-Alzette AW Captain ch
- 156 26 May 1927 - France 0 England 6, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW reserve
 Club: Bolton Wanderers F.C. - 2 full caps  
Age 29
- 162 22 October 1928 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW reserve
- 163 17 November 1928 - Wales 2 England 3, Vetch Field, Swansea AW reserve
Age 30
8 165 9 May 1929 - France 1 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AW Start rh
- 166 11 May 1929 - Belgium 1 England 5, Parc Duden Stadion, Bruxelles AW reserve
9 167 15 May 1929 - Spain 4 England 3, Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid AL Start rh
- 169 20 November 1929 - England 6 Wales 0, Stamford Bridge, Fulham BC HW reserve

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