First XI

Fat footballers

June 30, 2011
By Robin Hackett
(Archive)
It's the time of year when many footballers pile on the pounds on their summer break, so this week's First XI looks at some of the game's great overweight players.

William 'Fatty' Foulke (1894-1907)

The quintessential fat footballer, once-capped England goalkeeper Foulke weighed 275.8lb (125.1kg) during his time at first club Sheffield United and, by the time he signed for Bradford in 1906, he was up to 350lb (158.7kg).

Stories about Foulke abound, though some must ...

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