Frank Scott-Walford

Frank Scott-Walford

Frank Scott-Walford (c. 1866 – 27 June 1935) was born circa 1866, in Birmingham. Little is known about his early life, other than that he trained as an engineer and was listed in the 1901 census as a fitter.

Scott-Walford is first known to have played for Tottenham Hotspur joining the club as an amateur in the late 1880s. He played as a goalkeeper and later signed to the club as a professional, the first player to do so. He later played as a professional for a number of clubs, known to have included London Caledonians, Lincoln City, Small Heath and Aston Villa.

After he left Villa he was reinstated as an amateur by his own request. He was also an experienced referee.

He signed a 5-year contract to manage Brighton & Hove Albion in 1905, after the dismissal of John Jackson.

In 1908, he was one of 90 applicants for the vacant managerial post at Leeds City. He was successful, but Brighton initially refused to release him as he still had two years to run on his contract. After protracted negotiations, the Brighton board agreed to release him once they had found a replacement, John Robson.

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