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Fred Spiksley

Wednesday FC

7 appearances, 6 goals (3 on his debut)

P 7 W 5 D 2 L 0 F 23: A 7
86% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Frederick Spiksley
Spiksley was such a well-known footballer that it seems odd to find his name invariably spelt Spikesley in match reports and some census returns. Frederick's own hand even confused the matter (left). Howvever, as supplied by Clive Nicholson, his birth certificate, baptism record, marriage certificates and death certificate, all provide ample evidence that he is a Spiksley.
Born 25 January 1870 at 3 Willoughby Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire [registered as Spiksley, in Gainsborough, March 1870].
Attended Holy Trinity School in Gainsborough.

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, Frederick is the youngest of three children, all sons, to Edward and Sarah, living at Willoughby Street in Gainsborough. His father is a boiler maker.

According to the 1881 census, Fredk is still the youngest of the three living at home with their parents at The Crown and Anchor Inn on the corner of Bridge Street in Gainsborough, with one servant, where his father is now a publican.

According to the 1891 census, Frederick is a compositor printer, still one of two living at home with their parents at 14-16 Boulevard Crescent in Gainsborough. His father is once again, a boiler maker.

According to the 1901 census, Frederick is a professional footballer now married to Ellen and with one son, Fred H. They live at 57 Gordon Street in Gainsborough.
In 1906, he was living at 148 Moorsgate in Retford;

According to the 1911 census, Frederick is now a journalist living with his wife and son, Fred Haywood, at 29 Alma Road in Retford.

According to the 1939 census, Fred is a divorced and retired athletic coach living at 88 Brunswick Street in Rotherham. Ellen, and their son, Fred H. are living at 118 Broomspring Lane in Rotherham.
Married to Nellie Robinson [registered, as Fred Spiksley, in Sheffield, September 1895].
Died 28 July 1948 at Tattersall's enclosure at Goodwood Racecourse, aged 78 years 185 days [registered as Spiklsey,in Chichester, September 1948].
"...overcome by the heat and fell dead in the Tatttersall's enclosure at Goodwood"
It was during a heatwave that Spikesley became one of four people, nationwide, that died as a result of the intense heat.
Height/Weight 5' 7", 10st. 0lbs [1903].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his playing career with Jubilee Swifts FC, before playing with Gainsborough Trinity FC in 1887. During which time he also represented Lincolnshire three times. In January 1891, after 126 league appearances and 131 goals for Trinity, he was signed by the Wednesday club of Sheffield, but following a knee injury in October 1903, his appearances were limited, he remained another year and had completed 293 league appearances, scoring a hundred times, when he was transferred to Glossop North End FC in June 1904. He made just three league appearances, scoring just the once. Joined Leeds City FC on 2 February 1905 on a free transfer, making seven league appearances, joined Southern United FC of Nunhead, a club in the Southern League Second Division, as acting player-manager at the beginning of 1905-06, being released on 22 January 1906, and spent the 1905-06 season with Watford FC, making eleven league appearances, scoring five goals. He played for a Corinthians scratch team on 15 April 1907 that is deemed unofficial, if that is how the match against Tottenham Hotspur FC is classified, then Spikesley is most certainly the only unofficial professional to play for them, and score.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1895-96; Football League Division Two winners 1899-1900; League Champions 1902-03;
Individual honours Football League (two appearances, one goal)
Distinctions A prize-winning runner over 440 yards and an oarsman of note


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 206th players (209) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
First match No. 48, 13 March 1893, England 6 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Victoria Park, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent, aged 23 years 47 days.
Last match No. 64, 2 April 1898, Scotland 1 England 3, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 28 years 67 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1892-93, 1893-94, 1895-96, 1897-98;
Team honours British Championship winners 1892-93, 1897-98;
Individual honours England's Top Goalscorer (five 1893)
Distinctions None

England Disgrace

"At Gainsborough County-court, on Thursday. J.W. Nash sued Fred Spikesley, the International football player, for £10 1s. 6d. money lent. A special defence was sent up under the Gaming Act that the money was advanced for the purpose of betting transactions. Mr Tweed, plaintiff's solicitor, said that the amount was not for the purpose of gaming. There was no doubt that the parties had gaming transactions, but these were all settled. The Judge made an order for payment of the money at the rate of 10s a month." - The Daily Mail, Friday, 12 October 1900.
"Fred Spikesley, of Moorgate, Retford, was charged at London Police Court on Monday with having loitered on the City Football Ground on Saturday at the Lincoln Bycycle Sports, for the purpose of betting. Police-Constable Jewels said he had the defendant under observation for 20 minutes, and saw him receive and pay out bets. He arrested him and found in his possession a sports programme, which he had used as a memorandum for his bets. Mr G.E.B. Padley, who appeared for the defendant, said his client was not a professional bookmaker, and only had a few bets with his friends. He maintained that defendant attended the sports to see the races, and was therefore not guilty of loitering. Defendant said that up to August Bank holiday he had not attended any sports meeting for five years and had not betted with a stranger on Saturday. He and a few friends started originally with betting for cigars, and used to toss up to see who was to have the choice of taking the bets. All around him were bookmakers with clerks. Alderman Harrison—What are these entries in the programme? There are probably nearly 100 amounts down here from 1s to 2s 6d. Defendant—One fancied one thing and one another. It was merely a sweepstake between us. A fine of £2, including costs, was imposed. The chairman remarked that it was a great pity that English games should be vitiated by pernicious principle of betting." -
The Aberdeen Daily Journal, Wednesday, 2 September 1908.

"Fred Spikesley, the famous international footballer, who was employed as football coach at Nuremberg, reached Sheffield on Tuesday. With his wife and son he was arrested on August 10 but released later.
"At Lindau he was again stopped, but managed to get a military doctor's certificate by a subterfuge. Years ago, it appears, Spikesley suffered an injury to his right knee. By applying hot water to the joint he was able to again dislocate his knee, and on that score was granted a certificate stating that he was unfit for military service. The party reached Paris on the day the bombs had been dropped in the city" - The Midland Daily Telegraphy Saturday, 5 September 1914
"At the Lincoln County Court to-day, Frederick Spikesley, who had been a printer, journalist and an international football player, applied for his discharge from bankruptcy.
"Mr. F. C. Brogden, the Official Receiver, said the receiving order was made against the applicant in January 1909. The liabilities estimated to rank for dividend amounted to £81 5s. 2d., the assets being nil. No dividend had or could be paid, as the assets were not sufficient to pay the expenses incidental to bankruptcy. The bankrupt had committed no misdemeanor under the Acts. He has played football for some years for the Gainsborough Trinity Club, and afterwards at Sheffield. During 1903-4 he was able to earn £4 a week, but he had an accident in the field, and after that earned about £75 a year as a journalist. He then got into debt. Recently he worked on munitions, and earned 34s. a week. He had been in the army, and was interned in Germany, being liberated on account of his injured knee.
"The Judge granted the discharge, to be suspended for five years. The applicant asked that the period of suspension be reduced. The Judge: If you had not been fighting for your country I should have refused it altogether." -
Nottingham Evening post, Tuesday, 10 October 1916

Beyond England

Despite being rumoured to become manager at Queen's Park Rangers FC at the end of 1906, Spikesley subsequently became a coach in Nuremberg, and had coached various teams including AIK Stockholm, the Swedish national team in 1911, TSV 1860 München, returning to Nuremberg and was interned at the outbreak of war, August 1914. Became a munitions inspector in Maerica during the war. When the war was over, Spikesley had coaching engagements in Mexico in 1923, looking after The Reforma. He returned to coach Fulham FC in October 1924 and then back to Nuremberg and Lausanne Sports. He settled back in England in 1932. He was also a printer. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.232.


Fred Spikesley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
7 7 7 630 6 105 min 6 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 Spikesley - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
Away 5 3 2 0 12 5 +7 0 2 2.40 1.00 80.0 +3
All - British Championship 7 5 2 0 23 7 +16 0 3 3.286 1.00 85.7 +5


Fred Spikesley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1892-93 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 1 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1893-94 2 0 2 0 4 4 =0 0 0 2.00 2.000 50.0 =0
BC 1895-96 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1897-98 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 0 1 3.00 0.50 100.0 +2
BC All 7 5 2 0 23 7 +16 0 3 3.286 1.00 85.7 +5
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 7 5 2 0 23 7 +16 0 3 3.286 1.00 85.7 +5
All 7 5 2 0 23 7 +16 0 3 3.286 1.00 85.7 +5


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

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 7 full capsx

Age 23
1 48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0, Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent BC HW Start 25,43,88 ol
2 49 1 April 1893 - England 5 Scotland 2, Athletic Ground, Richmond HW Start 76, 80 ol
Age 24
3 50 3 March 1894 - Ireland 2 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AD Start 55 ol
4 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow AD Start ol
Age 25
5 56 7 March 1896 - Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start ol
Age 27
6 63 28 March 1898 - Wales 0 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AW Start ol
7 64 2 April 1898 - Scotland 1 England 3, Celtic Park, Glasgow AW Start ol