Frank Spencer

Frank Spencer

Short and stocky, Frank Spencer proved to be a very strong defender with a fearsome tackle. Signed as a 22-year-old from the Parkside club of South Shields in May 1912, he soon won a place at right-back in Albion’s Southern League side following the enforced retirement of Ralph Routledge.

Equally effective on the left flank the burly defender alternated between the two full-back berths and was a regular in the side for three seasons before the club’s closure during the First World War. Frank assisted both Blackpool and Watford briefly, but returned to the Goldstone on the resumption of normal service in 1919 and was first choice at right-back during Albion’s last season in the Southern League.

Released in May 1920 at the age of 30, he moved on to Abertillery Town in the Southern League’s Welsh section.

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