Frank Brettell

Frank E. Brettell (1862–1936) was an English football player, manager and administrator.

Frank Brettell
Personal information
Full name Francis Edward Brettell
Date of birth 1862
Place of birth Smethwick, Staffordshire, England
Date of death 1936 (aged 7374)
Place of death Dartford, Kent, England
Position(s) Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
St. Domingo's
Teams managed
1896–1898 Bolton Wanderers
1898–1899 Tottenham Hotspur
1899–1901 Portsmouth
1903–1905 Plymouth Argyle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played as a full-back for Everton, a club that was originally called St. Domingo's. He combined his role as player-secretary-manager with his full-time job as a reporter for the Liverpool Mercury. He became secretary of Bolton Wanderers in 1896 and remained there for two years before moving to London to join Tottenham Hotspur as their first manager. He then accepted a more lucrative offer to join Portsmouth and guided them to a second-place finish in their first season in the Southern League. He accepted an offer to join Plymouth Argyle in 1903 and helped establish the club in the professional game. The job was to be his last as a manager and he retired from football altogether a year later.