Fred Rouse (footballer)

Fredrick William Rouse (28 November 1881 – December 1953) was an English professional football centre forward who played in the Football League for Chelsea, Everton, Grimsby Town, Stoke and West Bromwich Albion. He also represented the Football League XI.

Fred Rouse
F Rouse - Chelsea.jpg
Rouse while with Chelsea in 1907
Personal information
Full name Fredrick William Rouse[1]
Date of birth (1881-11-28)28 November 1881
Place of birth Cranford, England[1]
Date of death December 1953 (1954-01) (aged 72)[1]
Place of death Windsor, England
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1898–1899 Southall
1899–1901 Wycombe Wanderers (20)
1901–1902 Shepherd's Bush 2 (0)
1902–1903 Brentford 0 (0)
1903–1904 Grimsby Town 37 (15)
1904–1906 Stoke 69 (26)
1906–1907 Everton 9 (2)
1907–1909 Chelsea 38 (11)
1909–1910 West Bromwich Albion 5 (2)
1910–1911 Croydon Common 26 (11)
1911–1912 Brentford 15 (5)
Slough
Total 158 (56)
National team
1905–1906 The Football League XI 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Rouse was born in Cranford, London and played for Southall, Wycombe Wanderers, Brentford and Shepherds Bush before moving north to join Football League side Grimsby Town in 1903.[1][2][3] He impressed at the "Mariners" and earned a move to First Division Stoke in April 1904.[2] He became Stoke's most impressive forward in what was a poor Stoke side and he easily top scored in 1904–05 with 12 goals and the hit 10 in 1905–06.[1] With Stoke looking for vital funds they decided to cash in on Rouse in November 1906 selling him to Everton for a fee of £600.[1] He struggled to settle on Merseyside and returned to London to play for Chelsea.[4] After two seasons at Chelsea he spent a season at West Bromwich Albion and later played for Croydon Common, Brentford and Slough.[5][2][6]

Personal lifeEdit

After his retirement from football, Rouse became publican of the Coach & Horses pub at Hayes Bridge.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shepherd's Bush 1901–02[2] Southern League Second Division 2 0 2 0
Grimsby Town 1902–03[7] First Division 6 2 6 2
1903–04[7] Second Division 31 13 2 0 33 13
Total 37 15 2 0 39 15
Stoke 1903–04[2] First Division 1 0 1 0
1904–05[2] First Division 30 12 2 0 32 12
1905–06[2] First Division 28 10 2 0 30 10
1906–07[2] First Division 10 4 10 4
Total 69 26 4 0 73 26
Everton 1906–07[4] First Division 6 1 1 0 7 1
1907–08[4] First Division 3 1 3 1
Total 9 2 1 0 10 2
Chelsea 1907–08[4] First Division 20 6 1 0 21 6
1908–09[4] First Division 18 5 3 0 21 5
Total 38 9 4 0 42 9
West Bromwich Albion 1909–10[5] Second Division 5 2 0 0 5 2
Croydon Common 1910–11[2] Southern League Second Division 11 6 1 0 12 6
Brentford 1911–12[6] Southern League First Division 15 5 2 0 17 5
Career Total 171 62 12 0 183 62

HonoursEdit

Wycombe Wanderers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Croydon Common – Biographies – Fred Rouse" (PDF). 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Rouse Fred Image 1 Everton 1907". Vintage Footballers. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Frederick Rouse". 11v11.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Albion Till We Die – An Independent West Bromwich Albion Website". www.albiontillwedie.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 361. ISBN 0951526200.
  7. ^ a b Fred Rouse at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)