Tunstall Fred Image 7 Sheffield United 1925

Tunstall Fred Image 7 Sheffield United 1925


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Darfield, Yorkshire born outside left Fred Tunstall started playing football locally with Darfield St George’s in 1914 before the advent of The First World War. He began his professional career at Scunthorpe United immediately after World War One and transferred to First Division Sheffield United in December 1920 for £1,000, making his debut a couple of days later at Tottenham Hotspur and becoming a Blades “great” over the next few years. He made 472 appearances for The Blades scoring 134 goals, managing to score 20 goals in 1925-26 and 1927-28, and he won the FA Cup with them in 1925, scoring the winning goal against Cardiff City on the half hour in the Final at Wembley in front of 92,000 spectators. Between 1921 and 1931 he missed less than 20 League games.

He also won 7 England caps between 1923 and 1925, making his debut against Scotland at Hampden in April 1923 and winning his last cap 2 years later at the same venue. He captained an FA Tour of Canada in 1926, and also played four times for The Football League. In February 1933 he joined Halifax Town and scored another 43 goals in 116 appearances for The Shaymen over the next 4 years. From 1936 he played for and in 3 separate spells up to 1965 he was the manager of Boston United.


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