Frank Barson was an English footballer from Grimesthorpe who played for several English football clubs including Barnsley, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Watford. He had a reputation for aggressive play, and is regarded as one of the “hard men” of English football. Born in Sheffield in 1891 to William and Agnes Barton, he began his career working as a blacksmith and playing for amateur clubs Albion FC and Cammell Laird’s, before joining Barnsley Football Club in 1911. He transferred to Aston Villa in 1919, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1920, and to Manchester United in 1922, with a transfer fee of £5000. On one occasion Barson’s hard tackling resulted in a seven-month ban; after a game, he often needed a police escort to protect him from angry opposition fans.
About Frank Barson
Half-back who played for such teams as Manchester United and Aston Villa; developed a reputation for his aggressive play.
He began his professional career with Barnsley in 1911.
He served as player/manager for Rhyl Athletic from 1932 to 1935.
He was born to William and Agnes Barton.
Fellow defender Bobby Hassell also played for Barnsley.
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- Rhyl F.C. players
- Footballers from Sheffield
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