Fred Boxley Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: Frederick Boxley
  • Born: August 2nd, 1886 (Cradley Heath)
  • Died: 1955 (Rowley Regis)
  • Height: 5ft 10.5in

Career

  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Signed: July 1st, 1919
  • Wrexham AFC Career Totals:
    42 first team competitive appearances
  • Also Played For: Cradley Heath St.Luke's, Shrewsbury Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers


Wrexham AFC Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Res/Youth
1919-20 42-1- - -
TOTAL 42-1- - -

NOTES:
Other Cups: Play-Offs, League Cup, Associate Members' Cup, Football League Trophy, FA Trophy, European Cup Winners' Cup, Debenhams Cup and Football League Division 3 (North) Cup.
Welsh Cups: Welsh Cup, FAW Invitation Trophy and FAW Premier Cup.
Friendlies: First team friendlies only.
Reserves/Youth: All reserve and youth competitions from age group U17 and above (including friendlies).

Please note that the data for friendlies, reserves & youth may not be complete as full records weren't always kept. However we believe that including the information we do have provides an interesting insight into each player's time at Wrexham.


Biography


A highly capable custodian, Boxley began his career with Cradley Heath St.Luke's. After a short spell with Newton Rovers, he rejoined his home town club in January 1906 where his impressive form brought him to the attention of Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Jack Addenbrooke. Boxley duly signed for Wolves in April 1909, gaining his first representative honour later that same month when playing for a Birmingham & District FA side against their Scottish Junior FA counterparts at Celtic Park, Scotland beating 'England' 2-0 before a crowd of some 12,000.

His senior debut for the Molineux side came at home to Fulham the following November after first choice keeper Tommy Lunn had been injured in a 7-1 defeat at Barnsley. Despite conceding a goal four minutes in, Boxley made some fine saves to help Wolves draw 1-1. The surprise sale of Lunn to First Division Tottenham Hotspur in April 1910 saw Boxley establish himself in the starting line-up, making over 70 first-team appearances before losing his place to future Welsh international stopper Ted Peers in March 1912.

Eager to play, Boxley moved to Shrewsbury Town that summer teaming up with his younger brother Harry, a striker of some promise who latterly played league football for Derby, Bristol Rovers and Bournemouth. Fred quickly enhanced his reputation as 'the cleverest custodian' in the Birmingham & District League whilst also patrolling the beat as a member of the local Police Force. At nearly 14 stones, Boxley cut quite an imposing figure and in an FA Cup game against London Caledonians he famously came out of goal to play centre-half as the Shrews scrambled a late equaliser at the Gay Meadow.

On leaving the Police, he took up a position at Lowcock's Iron Foundry in Shrewsbury where he sustained a serious hand injury in November 1913, his left hand being badly crushed in the pulleys of a crane. The outbreak of war saw many clubs 'mothballed' and, although Boxley did rejoin St.Luke's in Sepetmber 1915, it wasn't until the summer of 1919 that he returned to 'senior' football with Wrexham. An ever-present during his solitary season at the Racecourse, he gained a Welsh Cup runners-up medal before opting to return to Shrewsbury in August 1920. Boxley's distinguished playing career effectively came to an end after he suffered a broken leg against Burton All Saints in November 1921.

Debut

August 30th, 1919
Willenhall Swifts 1 - 0 Wrexham

League (Birmingham & Distict League)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)


Please use the filters below to select a season and competition level to view details of all games played.


Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 34-- --
FA Cup 3-- --
Welsh Cup 5-- --
Totals: 42-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 01/05/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Shrewsbury T. (A) 6 - 2
 21/04/20 Final vs. Cardiff City (H) 1 - 2
 17/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Brierley H.A. (A) 0 - 4
 10/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Hednesford (H) 6 - 0
 05/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Darlaston (H) 2 - 2

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 01/05/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Shrewsbury T. (A)  6 - 2
 21/04/20 Final vs. Cardiff City (H)  1 - 2
 17/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Brierley H.A. (A)  0 - 4
 10/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Hednesford (H)  6 - 0
 05/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Darlaston (H)  2 - 2
 03/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Hednesford (A)  0 - 2
 02/04/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Brierley H.A. (H)  4 - 0
 27/03/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Darlaston (A)  2 - 1
 20/03/20 Semi-Final vs. Ebbw Vale (H)  1 - 0
 13/03/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Kidderminster (H)  2 - 0
 06/03/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Kidderminster (A)  0 - 0
 28/02/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Stourbridge (H)  5 - 1
 21/02/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Stourbridge (A)  0 - 2
 18/02/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Wellington Town (H)  5 - 1
 14/02/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. West Brom Reserves (A)  0 - 0
 07/02/20 6th Round vs. Saltney Utd (H)  4 - 1
 31/01/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Wednesbury O.A. (A)  0 - 1
 24/01/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Wednesbury O.A. (H)  3 - 0
 21/01/20 5th Round, Replay vs. Rhos (H)  2 - 0
 17/01/20 5th Round vs. Rhos (A)  1 - 1
 10/01/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Walsall (A)  1 - 1
 03/01/20 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Wellington Town (A)  1 - 2
 27/12/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Worcester City (H)  4 - 2
 26/12/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Nuneaton Town (H)  4 - 0
 20/12/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Birmingham Reserves (A)  0 - 3
 13/12/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Wolves Reserves (A)  2 - 3
 06/12/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Wolves Reserves (H)  3 - 0
 29/11/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Shrewsbury T. (H)  6 - 0
 22/11/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. West Brom Reserves (H)  2 - 0
 15/11/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Coventry C. Reserves (A)  2 - 5
 12/11/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Stoke Reserves (H)  2 - 1
 08/11/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Coventry C. Reserves (H)  1 - 2
 01/11/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Stoke Reserves (A)  2 - 1
 29/10/19 2nd Qualifying Round, Replay vs. Crewe Alex. (H)  0 - 1
 25/10/19 2nd Qualifying Round vs. Crewe Alex. (A)  3 - 3
 18/10/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Worcester City (A)  1 - 2
 11/10/19 1st Qualifying Round vs. Marlborough (H)  8 - 0
 04/10/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Walsall (H)  4 - 2
 20/09/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Nuneaton Town (A)  0 - 0
 13/09/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Birmingham Reserves (H)  0 - 3
 06/09/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Willenhall Swifts (H)  3 - 1
 30/08/19 Birmingham & Distict League vs. Willenhall Swifts (A)  0 - 1

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored
None

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


  • Signed For Wrexham


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

  • First Team Debut

    Willenhall Swifts 1 - 0 Wrexham
    League (Birmingham & Distict League)


  • Last Appearance

    Shrewsbury T. 2 - 6 Wrexham
    League (Birmingham & Distict League)