Moorthorpe, Wakefield, Yorkshire born outside right Fred Hoyland began his football career after the end of the First World War with Frickley Colliery, from where he signed for Third Division (South) club Swansea Town in 1920, making his Football League debut at Newport County in April 1921, his only appearance of his debut season. Hoyland made 9 further appearances for The Swans in 1921-22, and then signed for Bury in the summer of 1922, but he didn’t make the first eleven at Gigg Lane before joining Manchester League club Glossop later in 1922.
He returned to Football League action in 1923 when he signed for First Division club Birmingham, and he appeared 6 times in the League between January and April 1924 before a move to Third Division (South) club Brighton & Hove Albion in the 1924 close season. He had two seasons at The Goldstone Ground, but was very much on the fringe of the Brighton first team, making his final appearance of 5 matches for the Seagulls in September 1925. His career after Brighton & Hove Albion is unknown.