Ambrose Langley – Sheffield Wednesday Stalwart 1893-1904

“For what Fred Spiksley has done for The Wednesday Football Club they should erect a statue of him.”


Richard Sparling – Chief Sports Editor at the Sheffield Telegraph during the 1920’s.

“ Spiksley was always doing something, always getting goals. Just consider what he did in the Football Association Challenge Cup Competition in 1896. He had a hand in all of the goals scored at Southampton; against Sunderland, ‘The Team of all the Talents’, he made the opening for Bell and scored himself; and against Everton he was the chief means of 2 of Wednesday’s 4 goals. It was his clever cross to Brash which enabled that player to equalise in the first semi-final game with Bolton Wanderers while in the replay he scored 1 goal as well as scoring both Wednesday goals in the Final. ‘What a Winger’.”

J. A. H. CATTON of The Athletic News

“Spiksley’s control of the ball, his individuality, and his pluck for a man of such modest stature without much weight were amazing. Like Hodgetts, Fred Spiksley did his ball work with the outside of the right foot. In fact, Fred Spiksley could do almost anything he wanted with either foot, and he was a sure marksman. Spiksley as a football player was a wonder.”


Earnest Needham – England’s finest half-back during the 1890’s

“The Wednesday outside left was not only the best player his club ever had, he was also the star of all the left-wingers I saw in my career. Nor have I ever seen his equal since.”