Fred Wheldon

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George Frederick Wheldon (1 November 1869 - 13 January 1924) was an English sportsman. He was sometimes known as Fred or Freddie Wheldon. In football, he was an inside-forward for England and several Football League clubs, in particular for Small Heath and Aston Villa. In cricket, he was a right-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, who played county cricket for Worcestershire in their early seasons in the first-class game.

After retiring from sport, he became a publican in Worcester, where he died at the age of 54.

Football career

"Diamond" Freddie Wheldon, an inside-left with good footwork and an eye for goal, joined Small Heath, then playing in the Football Alliance, in February 1890. In the following six seasons he missed only one League game. In 1892-93, the inaugural season of the Football League Second Division, he scored Small Heath's first ever Football League goal, and his 25 goals in 22 appearances that season did much to help the club to the Division Championship; they failed to win promotion via the Test Match system then in operation. He scored over 20 goals again the next season, and this time the club were promoted. On Small Heath's relegation in 1895-96, Wheldon joined reigning First Division champions Aston Villa for a fee of £350.

In his first season he was Aston Villa's leading scorer, and in 1897-98 he was the League's top scorer with 21. During his four...
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