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Cover Story With Fanny Walden

Our players have always been front page news – as John Fennelly’s new series on magazines from the past clearly illustrates. This month: FANNY WALDEN


Such was Fanny Walden’s popularity that, if he was playing today, he would be a regular on prime time television!

He was a true entertainer. Standing just 5’2” and weighing in at under nine stone, it is hard to believe that he could succeed in the robust football of the early 20th Century.

But when you’re as good as Walden you can even play at centre-forward – where he did with great success at one stage in his career.

Frederick Walden was born at Wellingborough and we paid big money – about £1,700 – to entice him from Northampton Town where he was in great demand. That was in April, 1913, and what a bargain he proved to be.

He was a wing magician with wonderful dribbling skills and with the style of body swerve that would send the whole stadium the wrong way! He loved a jinking run down our right and the Spurs fans adored him in turn.

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