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Fred Beardsworth

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Fred Beardsworth (born 1899 in Leyland, Lancashire, England; died October 10, 1964 in New Bedford, Massachusetts) was an English football (soccer) halfback who played in the Southern New England Soccer League and the National Association Football League. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Beardsworth played for two youth clubs while growing up. He joined Farington Villa of the Preston and District League in 1908 when he was nine. In 1909, he joined Leyland Town of the West Lancashire League. In 1914, Beardsworth and his family left England to emigrate to the United States. When he arrived in the U.S., he joined the New Bedford Whalers of the Southern New England Soccer League, winning the 1915 and 1917 league championships. In 1917, he moved to Fore River. The team went to the 1918 National Challenge Cup, losing to Bethlehem Steel F.C.. In 1919, he moved to Brooklyn Robins Dry Dock of the National Association Football League. Robins won the 1920 and 1921 American Cup titles. In 1921, he moved to the amateur Booth Mill of the New Bedford Industrial League then played for Saylesville F.C. of the Southern New England League.

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