Player #336

Appearances:

160

Starts:

160

Goals:

0

Seasons:

10

Fred Biddlestone
Fred Biddlestone

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Fred Biddlestone

Position

Goalkeeper

From

1929-30

To

1938-39

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Fred Biddlestone

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D2
D2
D1

Appearances

160
14
14
14
0
0
0
21
24
45
28

Starts

160
14
14
14
0
0
0
21
24
45
28

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Thomas Frederick Biddlestone

Birth Date

Monday, 26 November 1906

Birth Place

Pensnett, Dudley, Wolverhampton

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Walsall

From

For

£1,750

On

February 1930

Previous Clubs

Bilston Boys’ Club |
Hickman’s Park Rangers |
Moxley Wesleyans |
Wednesbury Town |
Sunbeam Motors |
Bloxwich Strollers |
Walsall |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Mansfield Town

For

Free

On

August 1939

Subsequent Clubs

Mansfield Town |

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Fred Biddlestone

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1930-39 £1.75k, 160 | 0 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Billy Smith led Management Committee |
Jimmy McMullan |
Jimmy Hogan |

First Squad Appearance

Wednesday, 5 February 1930

Debut Appearance

Wednesday, 5 February 1930

Burnley (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Saturday, 25 March 1939

Chelsea (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 25 March 1939

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

1 January 1982, Aged 75

Fred Biddlestone

Player #336 for Aston Villa, Thomas Frederick Biddlestone, known as Fred Biddleston, and nicknamed The Councillor, played as a goalkeeper for the club.

Fred played for Villa between 1929-30 and 1938–39 making 160 appearances.

Fred was born in Pensnett, just 13 miles from Villa Park, on 26 November 1906 and made his debut appearance for Villa on the 5 February 1930 aged 23.

Villa had signed Fred from Walsall for a fee of £1,750 earlier in February 1930 and from March that season made the number one position his own for the remainder of the season.

Fred would go on to share goalkeeping duties with Ben Olney, Tommy Jackson and Harry Morton for his first 3 seasons before disappearing from the team for the following 3 seasons.

However, Fred would wrestle back the #1 spot and go on to be first choice Villa keeper for the next 3 seasons to 1938-39. In those 4 seasons until league football was suspended for WW2, Fred made 107 league appearances having made just 42 in the previous 6.

In his 160 appearances, Fred conceded 251 goals at a rate of 1.57 per game whilst he kept 34 clean sheets.

Fred was the 40th custodian of the Villa goal in League and Cup football.

Fred played his final game for Villa on 25 March 1939 aged 32 subsequent to which he moved on to Mansfield Town.

Fred had played under the Billy Smith led Management Committee and Villa’s first manager proper, Jimmy McMullan as well as Jimmy Hogan.

Fred passed away in Blackpool in January 1982 aged 76.