Chenneour, Fred


Exeter, Devon (1886)



Biographical Text

Fred Chenneour appeared for Exeter City during the club’s Plymouth and District League era (1905-1908). He also made a couple of Southern League appearances during 1911/12 as one of the few players to appear for the club in both the amateur and professional eras.  

Fred made three appearances in Exeter City's final season before the professional era, the first of which was at home to Gunnislake in October 1907.

Signed again from local football in 1910 to play for the reserves, Fred became something of a rarity as one of the few players who appeared in City's first-team in both local football and the professional game.

Called up to play for the first-team in
December 1911, Fred made his Southern League debut in a goalless draw at Leyton and kept his place for the game at St James’ Park against Norwich City,

These were the only two Southern League games in which he featured and he is believed to have retired from the game at the end of the 1911/12 season. He was also one of the relatively few Devon-born players to appear for City in the Southern League. 

[Census records are hard to unpick in this case, as there may be duplication, but a Fred Chenneour (24) is shown as ‘tinman’ working at Willey’s gas meter factory in 1911. This would have made him a potential work mate of Teddy and William Wells who played for Exeter City in the 1904/08 era. He appears to have later moved to near Staines, Middlesex where he spent the rest of his life until his death in 1961].




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