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Bert Freeman

Everton FC, Burnley FC

5 appearances, 3 goals (1 on his debut)

P 5 W 4 D 1 L 0 F 13: A 2
90% successful

1909-13

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none

minutes played:
450

Profile

Full name Bertram Clewley Freeman
Born October 1885 in Handsworth, Staffordshire [registered in West Bromwich, December 1885].
Attended Gower Street School, Aston

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Bertram is the ninth of ten children to Thomas H. and Sarah J., and they live at 274 Wheeler Street in Aston. His father is a jeweller, his mother a fancy draper. They have one servant.

According to the 1901 census, tool maker Bertram is just the fifth eldest of six children still living with their parents at 274 Wheeler Street. With one servant, his parents are drapers.

According to the 1911 census, Bertram Clewley is a footballer boarding with Sarah Annie Hallam, a widow, and her two sons, living at 53 Oxton Street in Walton, Liverpool. His fellow boarder is PC George Callow, of Liverpool police.
The Midlands Electoral Registers confirm the Freeman's lived at 32 Crompton Road in Handsworth, but also had a property at 42 Spencer Road in West Birmingham, since at least 1920, until at least 1925.

Married to Margaret Elizabeth Whitehead [registered in Burnley, Lancashire, June 1919].
Died 11 August 1955 at 268 Perry Wood Road, aged 69 years nk days [registered in Birmingham, Warwickshire, September 1955]. Left £408 3s. 7d. to his widow, Margaret Elizabeth
Height/Weight 5' 9½", 11st. 12lbs [1909].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Birmingham and turned out for Gower Street Old Boys FC, based in Aston. Where he also played for Aston Manor FC, during which he assisted the local league reserve side, that of Aston Villa FC. He was offered a professional contract in April 1904. Without playing a single league match, Woolwich Arsenal FC signed him in November 1905. Following 21 goals in 44 league appearances, Everton FC then signed Freeman in 1907, where he scored 63 goals in 86 league appearances. Burnley FC bought Freeman, along with Harry Mountford for a £800 transfer fee on 13 April 1911, and over the next ten years, made 166 league appearances, scoring 103 goals. Freeman turned out for Birmingham FC as a guest during WW1. Following Burnley's Championship winning season, Freeman announced his intention to leave Turf Moor on 30 April 1921. He signed for Wigan Borough FC on 27 September 1921 on a free transfer and was released in May 1922, scoring thirteen in 25 league outings. Bringing his career total to an end, 200 league goals in 321 league matches. Freeman played 'a few games' for Kettering Town FC in the 1923-24 season, retiring at the end of that season.
Club honours Football League Division One runners-up 1908-09, 1919-20, Champions 1920-21; Division Two runners-up 1912-13; FA Cup winners 1913-14;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances);
Top Goalscorer Football League
(38, 1908-09), (32, 1911-12), (31, 1912-13)
Distinctions His tally of 38 league goals in 1908-09 was a new record. It was not equalled until 1920-21 (Joe Smith, Bolton Wanderers), and not surpassed until 1924-25 (Ted Harper's 43, Blackburn Rovers);

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 338th players (339) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 100, 15 March 1909, England 2 Wales 0, a British Championship match at the City Ground, Pavilion Road, Nottingham, aged 23 years nk days.
Last match No. 113, 23 March 1912, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 26 years nk days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1908-09, 1911-12;
Team honours British Championship winners 1908-09, shared 1911-12;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Had the controlling interest in a cutlery business. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.102.

 

Bert Freeman - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
9 5 5 450 3 150 min 3 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.

 

Bert Freeman - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
Away 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 0 1 3.00 0.667 83.3 +2
All - British Championship 5 4 1 0 13 2 +11 0 3 2.60 0.40 90.0 +4

 

Bert Freeman - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1908-09 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
BC 1911-12 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 0 1 3.00 0.667 83.3 +2
BC All 5 4 1 0 13 2 +11 0 3 2.60 0.40 90.0 +4
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 4 1 0 13 2 +11 0 3 2.60 0.40 90.0 +4
All 5 4 1 0 13 2 +11 0 3 2.60 0.40 90.0 +4

 

Bert Freeman - Match History
 Club: Everton F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 5 full capsx

Age 23
1 100 15 March 1909 - England 2 Wales 0, City Ground, Nottingham BC HW Start 42 cf
2 101 3 April 1909 - England 2 Scotland 0, Sports Arena, Penge HW Start cf
- 102 29 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 4, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth tour AW withdrew
- 103 31 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 8, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW
- 104 1 June 1909 - Austria 1 England 8, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW
 Club: Burnley F.C. - 3 full caps  
Age 26
3 111 10 February 1912 - Ireland 1 England 6, Dalymount Park, Dublin BC AW Start 50 cf
4 112 11 March 1912 - Wales 0 England 2, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start 41 cf
5 113 23 March 1912 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD Start cf
Age 27
- 115 17 March 1913 - England 4 Wales 3, Ashton Gate, Bristol BC HW replacement reserve

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