Whittaker, Frederick

Birth Date

1st to 1st January 1970


Burnley, England



Biographical Text

Fred Whittaker joined Exeter City in the summer of 1912, having previously played for Northampton Town, where he played with Walter Tull.  He also Played cricket for Northamptonshire. 

He started his career at his home town club playing his first professional game in 1905, over the next three seasons he made 60 appearances scoring 21 goals at Burnley before signing for Bradford City in 1908, after one season and a further 9 apperances and 1 goal he moved to Northampton.

He was affectionately known at Burnley with nickname - The Burnley Bloomer. Which was given to him by the local newspaper. 

He made his debut for the Grecians in a 4-0 defeat at West Ham United, the opening match of the 192-13 Southern League season. Staying at St. James’ Park until the end of the 1913-14 season, when he top scored with 13 goals.
Fred then signed for Millwall, but not before had played for the Grecians on their South American tour in the summer of 1914. 

Fred had a son (William) who played football as a amateur for England and another (Geoffrey) who played cricket for Surrey.  Another son (John) was born while he was on the South American tour in Newtown, Exeter. 

Fred was with the Footballers Battalion in World War 1. 
He was in a side that win the London Challenge Cup in 1915 - possibly alongside Jack Fort.  
He survived WW1 and was still on Millwalls books, as far as we can tell, in 1918/19.  He had two daughters born after the war and he moved to Chatham in 1920.   
Fred was listed in 1939 as a painter & decorator and may have joined the  Home Guard. Fred eventually moved to a care home in Seaton where he died and was buried.






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