Spiksley's Coming Home

Spiksley's Coming Home

Trinity fans are reminded that at 2pm this Saturday Jason Lee of the Professional Football Association will be unveiling a blue plaque outside of the Martin & Co Arena dedicated to Fred Spiksley who started his professional career with the Holy Blues in 1887, aged 17. After scoring 131 goals in 124 matches for Trinity, Spiksley went on to become one of England’s finest players from the Victorian Era. His astonishing achievements and life story were recently retold in the Flying Over An Olive Grove.

Spiksley was a Gainsborough resident for the duration of his playing career, which included scoring the winning goals in the 1896 FA Cup Final, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick against Scotland, and to this day still holds the record for having the highest goals per game ration of any winger in English football in a single season. As a coach he became the first professional to coach across three different continents, winning won four national titles as well as coached the Swedish international team. He remains the last English coach to have won the German title.

Supporters can learn more about Fred Spiksley by purchasing a commemorative match day programme and signed copies of Flying Over An Olive Grove will also be available in the Club Shop.

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