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Fred Priest

Sheffield United FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 0
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captain: none
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Full name Alfred Ernest Priest
Born 24 July 1875 in South Bank, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Guisborough, September 1875].
Registration notes The registration district of Guisborough is correct. The parishes of Eston, Normanby and Ormesby (which all surround South Bank) were transferred to the Middlesbrough registration district in October 1875.

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, Alfred E. is the youngest of nine children to William and Mary Jane (née Hill). They (parents and seven children) live at 51 West Terrace in Normanby, and his father is a pig metal carrier in the local ironworks.

According to the 1891 census, fifteen year-old Alfred Ernest remains the youngest of four children living at home with their parents, he is a fitter on steam engines, his father is now a dock labourer. They live at 85 Nelson Street in South Bank.

According to the 1901 census, Alfred E. is a professional footballer living at 8 Guest Road in Ecclesall in Sheffield. He is married to Ann E., and they have a one month old son, George W.. His parents-in-law and brother-in-law also live with them.

According to the 1911 census, Alfred Ernest is a professional football club manager living at 4 Sandringham Road in West Hartlepool. He remains married to Ann, but their first son has died before he reached his first birthday. They do have another four children, Ronald, Florence, Eric and Olive. His widowed mother-in-law live with them.


to Ann Eliza Richards, on 26 February 1900 in Bakewell [registered in Bakewell, Derbyshire, March 1900].
They had eight children, apart from the five mentioned in the census', those that arrived after 1911 were Frederick, John A., and Cissie. Cissie also died within her first year.
Died: 5 May 1922, died of cirrhosis of the liver, at Market Hotel, Lynn Street, West Hartlepool, aged 46 years 285 days [registered in Hartlepool, county Durham, June 1922].
Buried in an unmarked grave (left) in West View cemetery, north Hartlepool, on 9 May 1922.
"Rev. Bertram-Jones officiating. The cortege was headed by members of the Order of Knights of the Golden Horn, and following them were a large number of mourners, including many footballers".
On 11 October 1922, Hartlepools United FC took on Sheffield United FC (including several Wednesday FC players). The gate money was given to his widow and young family.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 12st. 4lbs [1899], 5' 8", 12st. 12lbs [1901].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career with the newly formed South Bank FC in Middlesbrough as a junior in 1885. It was Sheffield United FC that signed Priest in 1896, allegedly whilst sat in a bath in Newcastle, after South Bank had played there. After 209 league appearances and 72 goals, he returned to his native Teesside when South Bank FC re-signed him in December 1905. Middlesbrough FC signed him in October 1906 as a player, as well as an assistant trainer, he made thirteen league appearances. Two years later, in the summer of 1909, he crossed the River Tees to join the newly formed Hartlepools United FC as their player-manager, he retired from playing in December 1908 after four North-Eastern League appearances.
Club honours Football League runners-up 1896-97, 1899-1900, Champions 1897-98; FA Cup winners 1898-99, 1901-02, runners-up 1900-01;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

Management Career

Club(s): Became player-manager of Hartlepools United FC (left) as they formed in 1908. He held the managerial position solely from 1909 until 1912. Priest managed 145 matches, of which 68 were wins, 37 draws and forty losses, 311 goals scored and 179 goals conceded.
Club honours: Durham Senior Cup winners 1908-09, 1909-10, runners-up 1910-11; North-Eastern League runners-up 1909-10;

England Career

Player number One of five who became 247th players (251) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 68, 17 March 1900, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, aged 24 years 236 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1899-1900;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Priest had a Welsh mother, so Fred could have played for Wales.
The one hundredth England player to die. Died seventeen days after Cunliffe Gosling.

Beyond England

Became a licensee, where he remained right up until his death. He died whilst living and running the Market Hotel in Hartlepool (left and right, then and now). - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.200.


Fred Priest - 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.


Fred Priest - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - 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 Priest - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1899-1900 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 Priest - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 24
1 68 17 March 1900 - Ireland 0 England 2, Lansdowne Road, Dublin BC AW Start ol