Having earlier been at Stockport County and Blackburn Rovers, Fred Ingham made occasional appearances for Exeter City during the late 1970s after moving to the South West. He played for clubs such as Dawlish Town and Falmouth Town either side of his time with City.An apprentice with Stockport County, Fred Ingham moved into the full professional ranks in April 1972. He scored one goal in 19 league outings for County. He was given a free transfer in August 1973 and signed for Blackburn Rovers. Fred never made the Blackburn first team and had the misfortune to sustain a broken leg. He was eventually released, and joined Witton Albion, where he became their leading goalscorer. After leaving Witton Albion, Fred moved to the South-West and made appearances for Dawlish and Falmouth Town.
Signed by Exeter City on non-contract forms in September 1977, he was given a full contract two months later and made his debut against Chester City on 2 January 1978. After making six appearances during 1977/78 he played twice the following season before being released.