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Freddie in the New Brighton team in 1927.<br />
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The story of the first ever transfer deadline day scandal can be told after a 1920s journeyman footballer's personal affairs were unearthed.<br />
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Fred Laycock played for 12 clubs in his 16 year career but it was his contentious move from Barrow to rivals Nelson on March 16, 1925 which sparked a furore.<br />
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Laycock had enjoyed a stellar season at Football League Third Division North side Barrow, scoring 10 goals in 31 league matches.<br />
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However, the club were paying him a paltry £4 -  £120 in today's money - so he had to top up his wages by working in a local shipyard.