Fred William Earp

Name:Fred William Earp
Clubs played for:Nottingham Forest FC and England FC
Football Code played:Association
Position played:Left Wing
University/College:A stationer
Biography: Earp played in the FA Cup semi-final 1879/80 for Forest against Oxford University which was lost one nil but was ill for the 1878/79 FA Cup semi-final against the Old Etonians in March 1879 and didn’t play. His brother Martin John '“Jack”' Earp played for Everton. Fred made one England appearance in a representative match –North v. South in March 1880. In August 1882 Fred W. Earp went sailing on the Trent with his 22-year-old friend, Guy Minnitt, a lace maker, the boat capsized and Earp swam ashore but his friend drowned. Fred W. Earp was Nottingham Forest manager 1909-12; his teams lost 59 of the 120 games they played under him in that time; recording only 35 wins.

Facts from the Football Annuals“A very pretty and effective wing player, dribbles with great skill and very difficult to remove from the ball”. 1879 Football Annual. This comment was repeated in the 1880,1882 and 1883 Football Annual editions