In a twenty year career as a professional, Fred Spiksley played for Gainsborough Working Men's Club, Gainsborough Wednesday, Gainsborough Trinity, The Wednesday, Glossop North End, Leeds City, Southern United and Watford. He was capped 7 times by England, scoring 5 goals.
During a 11 year period with The Wednesday he scored 100 goals in 293 league games and 14 goals in 28 FA Cup appearances. He scored twice in the Wednesday's 1896 FA Cup Final triumph.
He was noted for his dribbling and close control and is said to be the the first player to use the 'back heel' as a regular part of his repertoire.
After retiring as a player Spiksley went abroad to coach. He managed the following sides:
AIK Stockholm (Sweden)- champions 1911
Sweden national team
TSV 1860 München (Germany)
1. FC Nuremberg (Germany)
Reforma AC (Mexico)
Real Club España (Mexico)- Primera Fuerza winners 1924
Fulham (England- assistant coach)
1. FC Nuremberg - during his second spell with Nuremberg he led them to the German national football championship in 1927.
Spiksley, of Sheffield Wednesday... delights to dribble the ball into the corner and then centre across, and it is seldom he fails to place the ball in the goal mouth for his fellow forwards to put through. He is about ten stone, but what he lacks in weight he makes up in speed. He can play the combination game to perfection, and I can state this at first hand, as I have often had the pleasure of playing with him. When he finds himself in difficulties he will try to give the ball to someone better placed - a form of unselfishness which a good many well-known players might copy. Instead of this, many men would rather lose the ball by trying to beat one or two opponents, than give it to a partner; not so Spiksley.
Fred Spiksley could do almost anything he wanted with either foot, and was a sure marksman. Spiksley as a football player was a wonder.
J. A. H. Catton
Conjurers have sleight of hand. Let me vary the phrase and say that Spiksley had sleight of foot. He did most of his dribbling with the outside of the right foot. I do not like making sweeping statements, but I have never seen so thoroughly competent an outside-left as Spiksley, who relied not on weight, or even on speed alone, but upon his craft and power over the ball.
Sir Frederick Wall
Here's a link to a YouTube clip featuring Fred Spiksley going through some drills with a couple of Fulham players in 1931.