Player #117

Appearances:

138

Starts:

138

Goals:

73

Seasons:

4

Fred Wheldon
Fred Wheldon

Source: Football card Fred Wheldon issued by Cohen, Weenen & Co Sweet Crop Smoking Mixture under the Cricketers, Footballers, Jockeys series.

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Fred Wheldon
Fred Wheldon

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Fred Wheldon

Position

Forward

From

1896-97

To

1899-00

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Fred Wheldon

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Seasons

Age*

26
27
28
29

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

138
37
27
34
40

Starts

138
37
27
34
40

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0

Goals

73
18
22
16
17

*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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George Frederick Wheldon

Birth Date

November 1869

Birth Place

Langley Green, Oldbury, Sandwell

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Birmingham

From

For

£350

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Rood End White Star |
Langley Green Victoria |
Small Heath |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

West Bromwich Albion

For

£100

On

1900

Subsequent Clubs

West Bromwich Albion |

Fred Wheldon
Fred Wheldon

Source: Football card Fred Wheldon issued by Cohen, Weenen & Co Sweet Crop Smoking Mixture under the Cricketers, Footballers, Jockeys series.

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Fred Wheldon
Fred Wheldon

Source: Football card Fred Wheldon issued by Cohen, Weenen & Co Sweet Crop Smoking Mixture under the Cricketers, Footballers, Jockeys series.

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Villa Career

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

1896-00 £350, 138 | 73 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Wednesday, 2 September 1896

Debut Appearance

Wednesday, 2 September 1896

Stoke (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 12 September 1896

Final Appearance

Monday, 16 April 1900

Wolverhampton Wanderers (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Monday, 16 April 1900

Honours

1896-97 League Champions |
1896-97 FA Cup Winners |
1898-99 League Champions |
1899-00 League Champions |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

13 January 1924, Aged 54

Fred Wheldon

Player #117 for Aston Villa, George Frederick Wheldon, known as Fred Wheldon, played as an inside left for the club.

Fred represented Villa between 1896-97 and 1899-00.

Fred was born in Langley Green, Birmingham, just 7 miles from Villa Park, on the 1st November 1869 and made his debut as a 26 year old on 2nd September 1896.

Villa had signed Fred from Small Heath for £350 and he went on to represent the club 138 times over his 4 seasons at the club, scoring more than a goal every other game.

In his time with the Villa Fred won 5 major trophies: 3 League Championships in 1896-97, 1898-99 and 1899-00 as well as the 1896-97 FA Cup and a Charity Shield.

In his first season, Villa won the Football League, and secured the double by lifting the FA Cup in 1896-97.

Fred played in all of 30 of Villa’s games in the 1896-97 Championship winning season and was an ever present in the victorious 1896-97 FA Cup campaign including the crucial second goal in the final, held at Crystal Palace, London in front of 65,891 people, as Villa recovered from a 2-1 deficit to beat Everton, 3-2.

By a twist of fate, as rival teams for the league title were involved in league matches on the afternoon of the 1896-97 FA Cup Final, results meant that Villa’s lead at the top of the table became unassailable.

Therefore, Villa became the only club to have won the League and FA Cup on the same day.

Fred made 33 appearances in the 1898-99 Championship winning season with the following year’s league title seeing him feature in 34 games.

The Villa News and Record of 1st September 1906 paid tribute to Fred:

“One of the select few who have won fame both at cricket and football. At one period of his long and brilliant career, Fred Wheldon’s services would have been accepted by any club in the country. When at his best, he was undoubtedly the finest inside left forward England possessed. His command of the ball, his adaptability to prevailing conditions, combined with his dodging, his swerving, and his deadly shooting, made him a great player in the highest company. Brilliant with head and foot alike, he has always been an ornament to the game. Can boast the distinction of having represented Small Heath, Aston Villa, and West Bromwich Albion.”

Fred’s final game for Villa came on the 16th April 1900 aged 30 after which he moved to West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £100.

Fred played under the George Ramsay led Management Committee.

Fred passed away in Worcester on the 13th January 1924 aged 54.