Northwich, Cheshire born centre forward Fred Flavell began his football career with hometown ex League club Northwich Victoria, playing for local rivals Witton Albion in 1929, from where he joined Second Division club Oldham Athletic, making his Football League debut at Millwall in January 1931. He made 3 further appearances for The Latics before the season end without scoring, and spent 1931-32 in Oldham’s reserves before a transfer to Third Division (South) club Torquay United in 1932.
Mainly a fringe player during his first two seasons at Plainmoor, he had a promising spell in the first eleven in April 1934, scoring 6 goals in 8 matches through to the season end, but didn’t win his place back until December, when he scored 12 goals in 21 matches through to the end of their 1934-35 campaign. However he returned to the fringe and played only 3 more matches in October 1935, scoring in all of them, before rejoining Witton Albion later that year after 24 goals in 46 appearances for The Gulls, Witton being his last recorded club before his eventual retirement.
NB in the image he stands on the right with Oldham Athletic teammates Jimmy Hope and Jack Roscoe.