Frank Barson

Frank Barson (10 April 1891 – 13 August 1968) was an English footballer from Grimesthorpe who played for several English football clubs including Barnsley, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Watford.[3] He had a reputation for aggressive play, and is regarded as one of the "hard men" of English football.[4]

Frank Barson
Personal information
Date of birth (1891-04-10)10 April 1891[1]
Place of birth Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, England
Date of death 13 September 1968(1968-09-13) (aged 77)[1]
Place of death Winson Green, Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Position(s) Half back[1]
Youth career
Firshill Council
Grimesthorpe schools
Albion FC
Cammell Laird's
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1911–1919 Barnsley 91 (0)
1919–1922 Aston Villa 92 (10)
1922–1928 Manchester United 140 (4)
1928–1929 Watford 10 (1)
1929–1930 Hartlepool United 9 (2)
1930–1931 Wigan Borough 19 (0)
1932–1935 Rhyl Athletic ? (?)
National team
1920 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1932–1935 Rhyl Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Sheffield in 1891 to William and Agnes Barton (he was the third of their six children), he began his career working as a blacksmith and playing for amateur clubs Albion FC and Cammell Laird's, before joining Barnsley Football Club in 1911.[3] He transferred to Aston Villa in 1919, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1920, and to Manchester United in 1922, with a transfer fee of £5,000.[3]

On one occasion Barson's hard tackling resulted in a seven-month ban; after a game, he often needed a police escort to protect him from angry opposition fans.[4][5]