Name: Wheldon, George Frederick (Fred) "Diamond"

Birthdate: 1869-11-01 in Langley Green, Oldbury (Died: 1924-01-13 in St. George's, Worcester)

Position: Inside-left

Playing for Villa: June 1896 - August 1900

Previous clubs: Chance's Infants and Langley St. Michael's senior Schools, Rood End White Star, Langley Green Victoria, West Bromwich Albion (trial), Small Heath

Signed: 350 - From Small Heath

Sold: 100 - To West Bromwich Albion

League: 123 matches - 68 goals

Cup: 14 matches - 7 goals

Sheriff of London's Charity Shield: 2 matches - 0 goals

International: England A (1897-98, 4 - 6 goals), England XI (1897-1900, 4 caps)

More info:
"One of the select few who have won fame both at cricket and football. At one period of his long and brilliant career, Fred Wheldon's services would have been accepted by any club in the country. When at his best, he was undoubtedly the finest inside left forward England possessed. His command of the ball, his adaptability to prevailing conditions, combined with his dodging, his swerving, and his deadly shooting, made him a great player in the highest company. Brilliant with head and foot alike, he has always been an ornament to the game. Can boast the distinction of having represented Small Heath, Aston Villa, and West Bromwich Albion."
The Villa News and Record 1 September 1906

He played in the 1898-99 Sheriff of London's Charity Shield where Villa drew 0-0 with Queen's Park (Glasgow). (0 goals)
He played in the 1899-1900 Sheriff of London's Charity Shield where Villa lost 1-2 to Corinthians. (0 goals)


First team

37 - 23 goals
27 - 23 goals
35 - 15 goals
40 - 14 goals