Speed, Fred

Birth Date

7th April 1909


Annfield Plain, Durham



Biographical Text

Fred Speed, who joined Exeter City shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, was destined to never be officially recorded as having played for the club in the Football League. He did, however, appear in two of the three games played before the 1939/40 season was declared null and void.  

Born in the north east but growing up in Lincoln, he joined Hull City from Newark Town in 1930 and made 49 league appearances and scored 15 goals before signing for York City in 1934. Top scorer for the club in the 1935/36 season he went on to make 83 appearances (16 goals) ahead of joining Mansfield Town in 1936. After playing a hundred times for the Stags, he joined Exeter City in 1939 and made two appearances in the Football League for the Grecian before football was suspended following the outbreak of war. 

Having later worked in the steel industry, Fred Speed died in Nottingham in 1964.


2 (in the 1939/40 season that was declared null and void)


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