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Frank Barson

Aston Villa FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 2
0% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Frank Barson
Born 10 April 1891 at 100 Carlisle Road, Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, June 1891] Attended Grimesthorpe School

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Agnes (née Bagley) Barson is heavily pregnant with the her third child, who will become Frank. Together with their father, William, an engine tenter stationary, they live at 100 Carlisle Road, in Brighton Bierlow, Sheffield.

According to the 1901 census, nine year old Frank is now the third child of six, living at 15 Draper Street in Brighton Bierlow.  His father is now a Railway spring maker.

According to the 1911 census, Frank and five of his siblings are living with their widowed mother, still at 15 Draper Street. Frank is an Iron Hoop maker.

According to the 1939 register, Frank, a football trainer, and Franes Evelyn, are still married and are living at 143 Freer Road in the Stockland Green area of Birmingham.
Married to Frances Evelyn Betton, October 1915 [registered in Sheffield, December 1915].
Died 13 September 1968 at Winson Green, Birmingham, aged 77 years 156 days [registered in Birmingham, September 1968].
Height/Weight 5' 11½", 12st. 0lbs [1921].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Sheffield before playing with various local clubs, including Albion FC and Cammell Laird's FC, from where he joined Barnsley FC for a five pound transfer fee in 1911, and eventually becoming the club captain. After 91 league appearances and a £2850 transfer fee on 23 October 1919, Barson moved to Aston Villa FC and attained the captaincy, making 92 league appearances, scoring ten goals, a figure cut short by his suspension. In May 1922, Manchester United FC paid £5000 for him, and he was appointed as captain in the September. Despite a near move to West Bromwich Albion FC in August 1924, Barson went on to make 140 league appearances and four goals, joined Watford FC on 9 May 1928 on a free transfer, he made only ten league appearances as captain, scoring once, because of his seven-month suspension. On his return, Barson was placed on the transfer list on 19 April 1929. He then joined and became the captain at Hartlepools United FC on 17 May (nine league appearances, two goals), stepping up to player-coach before the season ended. He was released in April 1930, and after an advert was placed in the Athletic News announcing his availability, Barson joined Wigan Borough FC as captain on 16 July and again, a long suspension kept his league appearances down to only nineteen. He spent the 1931-32 season with Rhyl Athletic FC, appointed player-manager on 11 May 1932.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1919-20; Football League Division Two runners-up 1924-25;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) His first taste of coaching was as a player-coach at Hartlepools United FC from July 1929. A few years later, in an attempt to be admitted to the Football League, Barson was appointed as the player-manager of Rhyl Athletic FC of the Birmingham League, on 11 May 1932 until March 1935. On 13 June 1935, Barson was coaching the Villa reserve team. Barson's next appointment was as manager of Stourbridge FC in July 1935. He returned to coaching when Aston Villa FC appointed him as first team coach on 28 October 1935 until during WW2. He was trainer/coach at Swansea Town FC from 1942 until 1954. Afterwards, he was training with Lye Town FC until May 1956.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 390th players (391) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 121, 15 March 1920, England 1 Wales 2, a British Championship match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 28 years 340 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1919-20;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Disgrace

"Frank Barson and Clem Stephenson, of Aston Villa, have been suspended for a fortnight for not turning up and refusing to play in the League match at Bolton on September 15, and are given a month's time to arrange for going to live in Birmingham. Their suspension dates from 16th to the 30th." - Saturday, 25 September 1920, The Burnley News
"It is rumoured that Frank Barson, the International centre half-back, of Aston Villa, is again unsettled in his relations with his club. It will be remembered that the Sheffielder originally asked to be placed on the transfer list when the Villa insisted on his going to live at Birmingham. It was thought that the trouble had blown over, as Barson is still living at Grimesthorpe and training at Rotherham." - Friday, 10 December 1920, The Daily Mail
"Frank Barson, Aston Villa's captain, has been suspended by the directors of his club for misconduct, and accordingly will not take part in the Cup tie against Luton at Villa Park to-morrow. The offence for which such a drastic decision has been taken occurred after the game at Goodison Park last Saturday, and was regarded so seriously by the directors that in spite of the importance of the Cup tie severe disciplinary measures were decided upon." - Friday, 27 January 1922, The Citizen
"...It is stated that the offence was some remarks Barson addressed to one or two of the directors, who apparently had occasion to reprimand him in connection with an incident in the dressing room at Everton. According to another report it would appear that Fazackerley, the Everton and ex=Sheffield United player, who also resides in Sheffield, went to the Villa dressing room after the match in order to join Barson, with whom he had arranged to travel home, and was refused admission. Barson, when he heard of this, is alleged to have used abusive language." - Saturday, 28 January 1922, The Sheffield Daily Independent.
"Frank Barson's application for an accrued share of benefit money against Aston Villa on his tranfer to Manchester United proved unsuccessful, the League decision being that the player, by his conduct and demands on the club, practically forced Aston Villa to transfer him. As the Villa club had not reported the matter, thus necessitating expense, they were ordered to pay the costs of Manchester United and the player in attending two meetings." - Tuesday, 19 December 1922, Western Daily Press
"For a long time the relationship between Frank Barson and Aston Villa have been strained, and in consequence several clubs have approached the Villa with a view to a possible transfer. We are informed from a fairly reliable quarter that Barson has now re-signed for the Villa, and so this will put an end to the many rumours which have been flying around." - Wednesday, 8 June 1921, The Daily Mail
"The Mayor of Watford, Alderman T. Rushton, presented the public petition relating to Frank Barson, the Watford F.C. captain, at the offices of the Football Association on Thursday afternoon. Organised by the Watford Supporters' Club, the petition was signed by 4,850 people. Neither Mr F.J. Wall the Secretary of the F.A., nor the Mayor of Watford would discuss the matter." - Friday, 12 October 1928, The Daily Mail.
"The directors of Watford F.C. met last night to consider the situation created by the suspension of Frank Barson until the end of the season. They decided to prepare a statement for submission to the F.A., pleading with them to reduce the sentence." - Wednesday, 17 October 1928, Dundee Evening Telegraph

"Further details of the petition which the Mayor of Watford was supposed to have presented to the F.A., in connection with Frank Barson's suspension, show that when the Mayor visited Mr F.J. Wall, and after he had seen the official report of the incident and other information had been given him, he put the petition on the fire it was burnt. There had been suggestions of a national petition asking the Football Association for a re-consideration of the case, and it was in anticipation of such a move that the full circumstances were made known.
"The referee, in his report to the F.A., made the allegation that Barson deliberately kicked at an opposing forward [Fulham's Temple], and when ordered off the field [on 29 September 1928] did not do so for some minutes, and then threatened the referee [W.E. Russell].
"When considering the case, it is stated, the Football Association had regard to previous reports of offences by Barson, and that on three previous occasions he had been suspended for one month, two months, and a further period of two months.
"The petition was never actually presented." - Saturday, 27 October 1928, Burnley Express and Advertiser
"The giant petition organised by the Watford Football Supporters' Club and signed by fifteen thousand people, has suffered the same fate as its predecessor, for the Football Association decline to reconsider the case of Frank Barson. Yesterday Mr F.J. Wall, the Secretary of the Football Association, said: "This is the answer which has been sent to the Supporters' Club with reference to a letter they wrote to the Football Association. 'Signatories to the petition cannot know the facts of the case. We therefore must decline to re-open the matter.'""
- Saturday, 15 December 1928, The Daily Mail
"Frank Barson, Wigan Boro's international centre-half, was suspended until March 31 and fined five pounds by the Lancashire Football Association which met at Bolton last night.
"It was reported that in Wigan's match with Accrington on Boxing Day Barson was alleged to have jumped in a dangerous manner at an opponent and to have used obscene language to the referee, Mr. T. Greaves, of Burslem, after being ordered off.
"Representatives of Wigan Borough and Accrington Stanley attended the commission, and there were also present Barson, Ferguson, the referee (Mr. T. Greaves, of Burslem), his linesmen (A. Lovelady, Liverpool, and S. Boardman, Hale), and Mr. T. Laithwaite, a member of the L.F.A., who was present at the match.
"The commission announced their decision after spending nearly an hour and a half on the case, and the secretary said: "The commission are satisfied that the conduct of both teams in the match did not reflect any credit upon the players concerned."
- Friday, 9 January 1931, Northern Daily Mail.

Beyond England

By occupation, a blacksmith. While he served his seven-month suspension at Watford, he took over the public house, King William IV, a Benskins Brewery public house in Watford, on 8 February 1929. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.26/27.


Frank Barson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Frank Barson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1


Frank Barson - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1919-20 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1


Frank Barson - Match History
 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 28
1 121 15 March 1920 - England 1 Wales 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury BC HL Start ch