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Frank Barson

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Full nameFrank Barson
Playing positionHalf back

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Frank Barson (10 April 1891 13 September 1968) was an English footballer from Grimesthorpe who played for several English football clubs including Barnsley, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Watford. He had a reputation for aggressive play, and is regarded as one of the "hard men" of English football.

He began his career working as a blacksmith and playing for amateur clubs Albion FC and Cammell Laird's, before joining Barnsley Football Club in 1911.

He transferred to Aston Villa in 1919, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1920, and to Manchester United in 1922, with a transfer fee of £5000.

On one occasion Barson's hard tackling resulted in a seven month ban; after a game, he often needed a police escort to protect him from angry opposition fans.

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