Prudhoe, Northumberland born centre forward Fred Baron began his football career with Prudhoe Castle in 1921 before a spell on the books at Leicester City in 1922-23, where he didn’t make the first eleven. He joined Welsh club Mid-Rhondda United in 1923 before being signed by First Division Liverpool for £600 in February 1925, making his Football League debut at Sheffield United the following month. He had scored 5 goals in 8 further appearances before the season end including two on his home debut in a 3-0 win over Burnley, but he struggled to establish himself in the first team and joined Southend United in March 1927 after 7 goals in 20 appearances for The Reds.
He had five further seasons at Southend and was their top goalscorer in 1929-30 with 22 goals, which included a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Bristol Rovers in March 1930. But much of the time he was on the fringe at Southend with the likes of Jimmy Shankly ahead of him, such that in five years he had only made 64 appearances for The Shrimpers, scoring an impressive 42 goals, before retiring from football in 1932.