Fred Else

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Fred Else
Personal information
Full name Fredrick Else
Date of birth (1933-03-31)31 March 1933
Place of birth Golborne, England
Date of death 20 July 2015(2015-07-20) (aged 82)
Place of death Barrow-in-Furness, England
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1951 Axwell Park Colliery Welfare
1951–1953 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1961 Preston North End 238 (0)
1961–1966 Blackburn Rovers 221 (0)
1966–1970 Barrow 148 (0)
Total 607 (0)
National team
1957 England B 1 (0)
Teams managed
1970 Barrow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fredrick Else (31 March 1933 – 20 July 2015) was an English footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. Else gained over 600 professional appearances in his career playing for three clubs, Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers and Barrow.[1]

Club career[edit]

Else was born in Golborne near Wigan on 31 March 1933.[2][3] Whilst on national service in the north-east he played for amateur club Axwell Park Colliery Welfare in the Derwent Valley League.[1] He attracted the attention of Football League teams and signed as a junior for Preston North End in 1951, and as a professional in 1953.[1] He made his debut for Preston against Manchester City in 1954, but was restricted to 14 appearances over his first three seasons. He eventually became first choice, displacing George Thompson, and played 238 times for North End.[1] During this time Preston's most successful season came in 1957–58, when the club finished as runners up in Division One.

The 1960–61 season ended in relegation for Preston and Else was sold to neighbours Blackburn Rovers for £20,000.[3] Else became a first choice for Blackburn straight away and played 221 times for the club. A collarbone injury in 1964–65 resulted in a period out of the game, though Else returned to regain the goalkeeper's jersey at Blackburn. Nonetheless the team were relegated the following season and Else was released.[3] During the summer of 1966 Else signed with Barrow of the Fourth Division.[4] Else became part of Barrow's most successful team, with the side winning promotion to the Third Division in his first season there. Else was Barrow's first choice keeper for the entire period that they were in the third division, and played 148 league matches for the club.[3] He retired from football after Barrow's relegation in 1970 following a leg infection.[5] His final season included a brief stint as caretaker manager at Barrow.[3]


International career[edit]

Else has been described by fans of the clubs that he played for as one of the best English goalkeepers never to win a full international cap.[1][2] He did, however, make one appearance for the England B team in 1957 against Scotland B,[1] as well as participating in a Football Association touring side of 1961.[6]

Personal life and death[edit]

Else met his wife Marjorie in 1949 in Douglas on the Isle of Man.[7] They married when Else was 22 and Marjorie 20, on 29 October 1955, a Saturday morning. The wedding was held in Marjorie's home town of Blackpool and the date was chosen so that the couple could marry in the morning and Else could then travel either to Deepdale, to play for Preston North End's reserve team, or to Bloomfield Road where Preston's first team was due to be playing Blackpool F.C.. In the event Else was selected for the reserves and the couple had to travel by bus to Preston.[7]

After retiring from football, Else remained in Barrow-in-Furness, becoming a geography and maths teacher at a local secondary school.[3] He retired from teaching in 1999 and moved to Cyprus,[3] though still attended some Barrow matches.[2] Else died in Barrow-in-Furness on 20 July 2015, aged 82.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Fred Else Preston North End Former Players Association. Accessed 23 August 2010
  2. ^ a b c Barrow AFC beaten by goal not even Fred Else would have saved Archived 5 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine North-West Evening Mail. 1 April 2010. Accessed 23 August 2010
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Where are they now? Archived 14 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 30 March 1999. Accessed 23 August 2010
  4. ^ Holker Street Newsletter 98 – 12 May 1998 Accessed 23 August 2010
  5. ^ Holker Street Newsletter 242 – 21 December 1998 Accessed 24.08.10
  6. ^ English FA XI 1961 World Tour Accessed 28 August 2010
  7. ^ a b Your stories of love BBC. 14 February 2008. Accessed 23 August 2010
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