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Frank Buckley

Derby County FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0: A 3
0% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Major Franklin Charles Buckley
Born 3 October 1882 in Urmston, Lancashire [registered in Barton upon Irwell, March 1883].
Attended St Francis Xavier College in Liverpool.

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Franklin C. is the ninth of eleven children (sixth of seventh on this census) to John and Julia Margaret (née Franklin), living at 19 Newton Street in Urmston. His father is an Army Instructor.

Not on the 1901 census (he had joined the army a year previously), but his family are living at 13 Duke Street in Rusholm area of south Manchester. His father is a drill instructor.

According to the 1911 census, Franklin is married to Madge with one son, Jack, and they live at Lodge Farm in Redditch. Franklin is a farmer.
Upon his admission to the army, his address was stated as Burymound, Warstock in Warwickshire.
According to the Midlands Electoral Roll, Frank, along with his brother, Christopher, in 1935, were living at Hawkesley Farm in the Northfield area of Birmingham.
The British Phone Books, however in 1936, revealed that Buckley, calling himself Major Franklin C., was living on Rupert Street in Wolverhampton, and could be contacted by telephone on 22735. By 1937, he was living at St Jude's Court on the Tettenhall Road, same number.

Married to Madge Robinson on 4 October 1905 at Chorlton Register Office [registered in Chorlton, Lancashire, December 1905].
Died 21 December 1964 in Walsall, aged 82 years 79 days [registered in Walsall, Staffordshire, December 1964].
Height/Weight 5' 11", 13st. 7lbs [1912]. 5' 10¾", [1914]


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

Biographies Football Is My Life Story (1937)
he Major: The Life and Times of Frank Buckley - Patrick A. Quirke (Tempus Publishing, 2006)

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football until he joined Aston Villa FC in April 1903 after he had bought himself out of the army. Without any league appearances, he joined Brighton & Hove Albion FC in 1905. A year later, in June 1906, Buckley joined Manchester United FC and made three league appearances. Joined rivals, Manchester City FC in September 1907 and made eleven league appearances. Birmingham FC followed in July 1909, making 55 league appearances, scoring four times. Derby County FC signed him in May 1911 and he made 92 league appearances, scoring three times. Bradford City took Buckley in May 1914, he managed four games before the outbreak of war. He retired from the game during WW1, after sustaining war injuries to his shoulder and lungs. He did however, manage one league appearance with Norwich City FC after the war in September 1919.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1911-12;
Individual honours None
Distinctions His brother, Christopher S. Buckley also played with Aston Villa FC, eventually becoming the club's chairman.


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

Management Career

Club(s): After its directors had a clearout at their AGM, Buckley became the manager of Norwich City FC of the Southern League in February 1919 until July 1920. He left the game for a while, but returned who became the manager of Blackpool FC on 12 June 1923. He then became the secretary/manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in May 1927 until he became the manager of Notts County FC 22 February 1944 on £4500 a year. Took up the vacant position at Hull City AFC on 18 May 1946 until he resigned on 5 April 1948. He then became manager of Leeds United AFC on 12 April, commencing 3 May. Took over at Walsall FC from 6 April 1953 until he retired in June 1955.
Club honours: Football League Division Two winners 1931-32; Football League runners-up 1937-38, 1938-39; FA Cup runners-up 1938-39;

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 376th players (376) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 117, 14 February 1914, England 0 Ireland 3, a British Championship match at Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, aged 31 years 134 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1913-14;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions An Irish father meant Buckley could have represented Ireland.

Beyond England

Commanded the Footballers Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment (joined 15 December 1914 at Chelsea Town Hall) and was badly wounded on the Somme in August 1916. Between 1920 and 1923, he worked for Maskell's, a confectionary compant based in London, as a commercial salesman. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.53.


Frank Buckley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Frank Buckley - 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 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1


Frank Buckley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1913-14 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC All 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 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 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 1 0 0.00 3.00 0.00 -1


Frank Buckley - Match History
 Club: Derby County F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 31
1 117 14 February 1914 - England 0 Ireland 3, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HL Start ch