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FRED
ROUSE

(Forward)
Born: Unknown
Where: Unknown
Joined Wycombe: August 1900 from Southall
Wycombe Debut: Wycombe v Brentford 24 Nov 1900 (Sthn League)
First Wycombe Goal: Wycombe v Brentford 24 Nov 1900 (Sthn League)
Final Wycombe game: Southall v Wycombe 26 April 1902 (Sthn League)
Left Wycombe: Summer 1902

Fred (Sunny) Rouse
Fred 'Sunny' Rouse
The Wanderers first professional player.
Career Details including detailed breakdown while at Wycombe
Date Club League
Apps
League
goals
Cup
Apps
Cup
Goals
1900/1901 Wycombe Wanderers 13 12 3 1
1901/1902 Wycombe Wanderers 19 8 11 7
1902-1903 Grimsby Town 37 5    
1903-1906 Stoke City 69 28    
1906-1907 Everton 9 2    
1907-1908 Chelsea 38 11    
1909-1910 West Brom 5 2    
What we think: The records show that Fred 'Sunny' Rouse was Wycombe's first professional player. As Wycombe were an Amateur side, some players signed pro terms with League clubs while still remaining tied to their amateur side. Rouse signed pro with Southern League side Shepherd's Bush but eventually moved into League football with Grimsby Town. In two seasons at Wycombe he scored 30 goals including a goal in the final of 1902 Berks and Bucks Senior Cup against Slough Town and this was during a time when The Chairboys leaked 68 goals during 16 games in 1900/01. His Football League career included a spell at Chelsea but 'Sunny' is best noted for his goalscoring feats during a four year spell with Stoke City following his 150 move from Grimsby.
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