Fred Ryecraft - ex goalkeeper

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Fred Rycroft got rough deal at the club,very very underrated was Fred

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
 

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You certainly got your moneys worth pound for pound. A trier but a keeper who was prone to making gaffes in my opinion.
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
 

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In fairness to Bonham, he will probably never be in Fred's class when it comes to howlers. We have had a few odd duffers in my time as a Bees fan, but nobody can hold a candle to Fred. Looking back it seems funny now, but at the time I could have cheerfully killed him sometimes.
 

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I never saw him, but he couldn't have been worse than Paddy Roche, surely ?

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.
 

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Fred Rycroft got rough deal at the club,very very underrated was Fred

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
 
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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
 

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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

I never saw Gerry or Fred but I do miss the Oak, it was criminal to knock it down and build that Lego stand. At least we now have Sir Matt who would never have let that happen
 

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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.

Spot on Geoff. The crowd always held their breath when the ball went near him.
 
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I wonder if anyone knows where he is now. As far as I know he is still alive. Would be good to interview Fred for any BBB60s
 

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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:

http://www.margatefchistory.com/brentford 1963.shtml

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.
 
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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:

http://www.margatefchistory.com/brentford 1963.shtml

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.

Thanks for that brought back some happy memories as I was at the home game v Margate.Some great heroes of mine from my child hood.
 

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Fred was one of those keepers that when the ball was heading for the top corner.....he would somehow appear and tip it over for a corner....next minute he would drop the ball in his own area.....plenty of brown trouser times when Fred was playing....fun though....lol...YOU REDS...
 

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"Calamity" Fred; remember him once deciding to throw out the ball instead of kicking it, and giving away a corner: forgot to let go in time. We all loved him though, kept you tense, and like GeoffBee, saw him in several reserve games! Was it not Fred in goal on the Div 4 Champinship match against Workington? 4 - 0 up at half-time, and held on for 4 - 3.
 

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I remember, in the year following our romp of Div 4, travelling to Bristol City for an early season midweek game. Fantastic match which we drew 3-3. Unfortunately our keeper was injured in the game and Ian McCloud, who was a winger, finished the game in goal (no subs in those days). As happened in those days the return fixture was the following week and the keeper was still out injured and the mighty Fred was in goal.

The effect on the team was amazing, little or no confidence in Fred and we were comfortably beaten two or three nil. My travelling mate to the game at Bristol remarked that we would have done better to play McCloud in goal and bring in a replacement winger.
 

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A lovely idea.
But let us hope he has not read what we have said about him on here!!

Sadly it's all true. It baffled me how he ever became a pro. For those too young to have had the privilege, think Ashley Bayes o.g vs Luton and multiply by ten.:D
 
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