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Willie Freebairn

Full name: William Freebairn
Birthdate: 09.01.1875
Birthplace: Partick
Position: Outside-right
Joined from: Abercorn
Signed by: Henry Jackson
Nationality: Scotland
First game: Darwen, 05.09.1896
Last game: Southampton, 29.01.1898
Games: 48
Goals: 17
  • Player profile

    Scottish forward Freebairn was a good goalscorer but his time with Leicester came to an end in 1898 when he was suspended from the club for off-the-field problems.

    He burst on to the scene with hometown club Partick Thistle and was top-scorer in their first-ever season in the Scottish League. He moved on to Abercorn and it was from here Fosse brought him south of the border.

    He made an instant impact in Leciestershire, playing outside-right and scoring on his debut against Darwen in September 1896. Early signs of his disciplinary problems came when he was the first Fosse player to be sent off in a league match after insulting a linesman.

    His suspension from the club was for a different incident and he didn't play for the club again after that. In total he scored a creditable 17 goals in a Leicester shirt from 48 appearances in all competitions.

    He returned to Scotland with East Stirlingshire after leaving Fosse and then made a return to Patrick, helping them to the Scottish Division Two title before prematurely passing away after falling ill midway through a campaign.

  • Seasons

    League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
    Season Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
    1896-97Division Two (old)30933------3312
    1896_494_
    1897-98Division Two (old)1451-------155
    1897_494_
    Total441443------48 17
    _494_

    Appearances

    DateCompetitionOppositionResultStartSubGoals
    1 05.09.1896 Division Two (old) Darwen (H) 4 - 1 1
    2 12.09.1896 Division Two (old) Notts County (H) 2 - 3
    3 19.09.1896 Division Two (old) Burton Swifts (A) 1 - 2
    4 26.09.1896 Division Two (old) Loughborough Town (A) 2 - 0
    5 03.10.1896 Division Two (old) Blackpool (H) 2 - 1
    6 17.10.1896 Division Two (old) Notts County (A) 0 - 6
    7 24.10.1896 Division Two (old) Darwen (A) 1 - 4
    8 07.11.1896 Division Two (old) Lincoln City (H) 4 - 1 1
    9 14.11.1896 Division Two (old) Newcastle United (A) 1 - 3
    10 21.11.1896 FA Cup Q3 Bulwell United (H) 3 - 1 2
    11 28.11.1896 Division Two (old) Walsall (H) 4 - 2 1
    12 05.12.1896 Division Two (old) Grimsby Town (H) 4 - 2
    13 12.12.1896 FA Cup Q4 Wellingborough (A) 3 - 2 1
    14 19.12.1896 Division Two (old) Burton Wanderers (A) 1 - 2
    15 25.12.1896 Division Two (old) Loughborough Town (H) 4 - 2 2
    16 28.12.1896 Division Two (old) Manchester United (H) 1 - 0
    17 02.01.1897 FA Cup Q5 Kettering Town (A) 1 - 2
    18 09.01.1897 Division Two (old) Newcastle United (H) 5 - 0
    19 16.01.1897 Division Two (old) Burton Wanderers (H) 2 - 1
    20 23.01.1897 Division Two (old) Grimsby Town (A) 1 - 4
    21 06.02.1897 Division Two (old) Gainsborough Trinity (A) 2 - 0
    22 13.02.1897 Division Two (old) Arsenal (H) 6 - 3 1
    23 20.02.1897 Division Two (old) Manchester United (A) 1 - 2
    24 27.02.1897 Division Two (old) Blackpool (A) 0 - 3
    25 06.03.1897 Division Two (old) Burton Swifts (H) 3 - 0 1
    26 13.03.1897 Division Two (old) Manchester City (A) 0 - 4
    27 20.03.1897 Division Two (old) Walsall (A) 1 - 1
    28 27.03.1897 Division Two (old) Birmingham City (H) 0 - 1
    29 10.04.1897 Division Two (old) Lincoln City (A) 1 - 2 1
    30 12.04.1897 Division Two (old) Manchester City (H) 3 - 3
    31 16.04.1897 Division Two (old) Birmingham City (A) 2 - 2 1
    32 17.04.1897 Division Two (old) Arsenal (A) 1 - 2
    33 19.04.1897 Division Two (old) Gainsborough Trinity (H) 0 - 0
    34 04.09.1897 Division Two (old) Luton Town (H) 1 - 1 1
    35 11.09.1897 Division Two (old) Birmingham City (A) 1 - 2
    36 18.09.1897 Division Two (old) Grimsby Town (A) 0 - 0
    37 02.10.1897 Division Two (old) Manchester United (A) 0 - 2
    38 16.10.1897 Division Two (old) Walsall (H) 3 - 1
    39 23.10.1897 Division Two (old) Arsenal (A) 3 - 0
    40 06.11.1897 Division Two (old) Blackpool (H) 4 - 1 1
    41 27.11.1897 Division Two (old) Burton Swifts (A) 3 - 2 1
    42 11.12.1897 Division Two (old) Manchester City (A) 1 - 2
    43 18.12.1897 Division Two (old) Darwen (A) 2 - 1
    44 25.12.1897 Division Two (old) Loughborough Town (H) 4 - 0 1
    45 08.01.1898 Division Two (old) Blackpool (A) 1 - 2 1
    46 15.01.1898 Division Two (old) Burnley (A) 0 - 4
    47 22.01.1898 Division Two (old) Newcastle United (A) 2 - 4
    48 29.01.1898 FA Cup 1 Southampton (A) 1 - 2
  • Transfers

    Club Fee Date
    IN  Abercorn Unknown May 1896
    OUT  East Stirlingshire Unknown May 1898
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