Percy Main, Northumberland born left back Frank Hudspeth began his football career with Scotswood in 1906, playing subsequently for Newburn in 1907, Clara Vale in 1908 and North Shields Athletic in 1909. He joined Newcastle United in March 1910 for £100 from North Shields and made his Football League debut against Bradford City in December 1910. He broke into the team on a regular basis by the end of December 1911, and despite losing four seasons to the First World War, during which he served in the Armed Forces as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy, he played 472 times for Newcastle United and was their Club Captain between 1923 and 1926, leading them to their 1924 FA Cup Final triumph over Aston Villa. He is second only to Jimmy Lawrence in total appearances for The Magpies, scoring 37 times for Newcastle including 34 penalties, At 19 years with the club, he is Newcastle United’s joint longest servant with Billy McCracken.
Aged 35 and a half he became one of the oldest ever England debutants when he played against Ireland in a 0-0 draw at Windsor Park, Belfast in October 1925, his only England cap. He also played once for England in an unofficial Victory international in a 2-0 win over Wales at The Victoria Ground, Stoke in October 1919.
With the arrival of Hughie Gallacher he moved to Vice Captain but was ever present for the only time in his career in 1926-27 as Newcastle won the League Championship. However he lost his place in January 1928 and only played in a handful more matches before he moved to Stockport County in January 1929, and he then played 14 games for The Hatterst in 1929, scoring twice, then joining non league Crook Town in 1930 before his eventual retirement. Hudspeth was later a trainer at Rochdale from July 1933 before joining the coaching staff at Burnley in August 1934, remaining there until 1945.
NB In the photograph, taken at Highbury on 25th August 1923, Hudspeth blocks Arsenal forward Andrew Young as Newcastle goalkeeper Bill Bradley prepares to punch clear. Newcastle won the game 4-1.