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The fattest professional football player ever

William “Fatty” Foulke was born in Dawley, Shropshire, on 12th April 1874. After leaving school he found work in the Blackwell Colliery. A talented sportsman, Foulke played in goal for the works team.

The following season Foulke was sold to Sheffield United for £20 and made his debut for his new club against West Bromwich Albion on 1st September, 1894. Foulke played 29 out of 30 Football League games in his first season at the club.

Foulke was renowned for his great size (6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) by some estimates) and weight, reaching perhaps 24 stone (152 kg, 336 lb) at the end of his career, although reports on his weight vary.


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