I used to call him fatty Rycraft, yes he did make some outstanding saves . But he must hold the record for letting in howlers , in my time for supporting this club
I never saw him, but he couldn't have been worse than Paddy Roche, surely ?
Cuppa tea and a fag at half time, training in Gunnersbury park...............ah the good old days. I bet you wish they would come back ? lol
I agree with westwiltsbee we used to call him fatty Fred,yes he did make some howlers but in fairness Gerry Cakebread very rarely missed a game.yes I do miss the good old days if only for having The Oak end back
Far worse, mate!
I had the pleasure of regularly watching Fred in Bees Reserve matches, for some years, and he really was comical. But, because Gerry Cakebread was so consistently brilliant , and defied injuries, it did not seem much of an issue.
Until, one day, Gerry was badly injured...
I can still recall the feeling in my stomach when the first team trotted out, and there was Fred in the goalkeeper's jersey. Let us just say that Fred lived up to his reputation!
In fairness, Fred was surprisingly agile for his size and, in his Army days he had kept several top class 'keepers out of the Army representative team.
I was following the Simon Moore thread and the stories of Fred who I saw quite a few times and came across this on Google:
I was at the first game and still have vague memories of it nearly fifty years later. Some great pics and newspaper reports as well as a very young Gordon Phillips in goal for the first game and Fred in goal for the replay.