Wilf Threlfall

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Wilf Threlfall
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Full nameWilfred Threlfall
Date of birth(1906-10-18)18 October 1906
Place of birth Morecambe, Lancashire, England
Date of death 13 February 1988(1988-02-13) (aged 81)
Place of death Morecambe, Lancashire, England [1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [2]
Position(s) Outside left
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Morecambe
1926–1927 Sunderland 0 (0)
1927–1928 Birmingham 5 (0)
1928–1929 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 3 (0)
1929–19?? Morecambe
Lancaster Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wilfred Threlfall (15 October 1906 – 13 February 1988) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham and Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic. [3]

Threlfall was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, the son of fishmonger Richard Threlfall and Alice Johnson Threlfall. [4] The Threfall family originated from Lancashire and took their surname from a former manor known as Trelefelt or Threlfield. [5] [6] Wilf Threlfall had an uncle of the same name from Morecambe who joined the Rochdale Hornets F.C. as a full back in 1906. [7]

He played for Morecambe F.C. before joining Sunderland, but moved on to fellow First Division club Birmingham in July 1927 without having played for Sunderland's first team, [8] even though he had been highly impressive in training. The Derby Daily Telegraph reported in 1926:

It will be rather surprising if Sunderland overlook the claims of Billy Ellis and George Death for their outside left position, but the prospects are that a newcomer in Wilfred Threlfall will have done duty this afternoon. Wilf is a youngster who did extremely well with the Morecambe club last season, and was signed up by the Roker Park club as a soon as the old campaign ended. His form in trial matches has been startling. [9]

Threlfall made his debut in a 1–0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the 1927–28 season, and he and Arthur Johnson shared the outside left position for the next couple of months. [10] In November 1927, Birmingham signed Billy Ellis, the same winger who had kept Threlfall out of the Sunderland team, [8] and both Threlfall and Johnson moved on at the end of the season without playing again. [10] After only three appearances for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in the Third Division South, Threlfall returned home to non-league football with Morecambe and later with Lancaster Town. [3]

He married Margaret H. Cooper in January 1931. [11] [12]

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