Durrant, Fred

Birth Date

19th June 1924


Dover, Kent



Biographical Text

Fred Durrant appeared for Exeter City during 1949. He joined the club from Queens Park Rangers and later played for Dover. Potentially an exciting signing for City he suffered badly from injury during his time at St James' Park.

Fred was starring for Kent non-leaguers Folkestone when signed by Brentford in May 1939. His career immediately came to halt with the outbreak of the Second World War but he did go on and make four league outings (three goals) for Brentford in 1946/47 before switching to Queen’s Park Rangers for a fee of £5,000 in September 1946. Making 51 league appearances for his new club, he scored twenty-six times.

Consequently it was regarded as something of a coup when Exeter City obtained Fred’s signature in February 1949. Making his debut in a 1-1 draw at Swindon Town, he ended the season with four goals in 13 matches. Struggling to win a first team place in 1949/50 he made just four league appearances (scoring on the opening day against Crystal Palace) before being sidelined for the rest of the season after the removal of two cartilages from his left knee in November 1949.

Leaving St James’ Park in the summer of 1950, Fred returned to Kent as player-manager of Dover and continued his managerial role after retiring from playing as he guided the club to a league and cup double in 1951/52 season and a further cup success in 1956/57. 

Settling in Dover, Fred ran a cafe and died on 5 March 2010.


Exeter City league games






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