Fred Spiksley was born on 25th January, 1870. A talented footballer he played as a junior for Gainsborough Jubilee Swifts. At the age of 17 he signed for Gainsborough Trinity in the Midland League. In his second season at the club Spiksley scored 28 goals in 21 games. He was also a member of the team that won the Lincolnshire F.A. Cup, the Gainsborough News Charity Cup and the Midland League.
In 1891 Spiksley signed for Sheffield Wednesday. The following year the club, then known as Wednesday, was elected to the First Division of the Football League. In the 1892-93 season the club finished in 12th place and Spiksley was top scorer with 18 goals in 31 games.
On 13th March, 1893, Spiksley won his first international cap playing for England against Wales. Also in the team that day was Billy Bassett, Charlie Perry, Bob Holmes, and John Goodall. Spiksley scored two goals in England's 6-0 victory. The following month he played in the match against Scotland. England won the game 5-2 and once again Spiksley got two of the goals.
Sheffield Wednesday had moderate success in the Football League: 1893-94 (12th), 1894-95 (8th) and 1895-96 (7th). After beating Sunderland (2-1), Everton (4-0) and Bolton Wanderers (3-1) the club reached the 1896 FA Cup Final. Spiksley scored both goals in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Spiksley won his last international cap against Scotland on 2nd April, 1898. The team included Steve Bloomer, Ernest Needham, William Athersmith and Gilbert O. Smith. England won 3-1. Overall, Spiksley scored five goals in seven games and was never on the losing side when he played for his country.
Sheffield Wednesday finished bottom of the First Division of the Football League in the 1898-99 season. Spiksley scored ten goals in the 1899-1900 and helped his club win the Second Division championship.
Ernest Needham played with Spiksley and his autobiography he pointed out: "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."
J. A. H. Catton, the leading football journalist at the time was also a great fan of Spiksley: "Spiksley's control of the ball, his individuality, and his pluck for a man of modest stature, without much weight, were amazing... Fred Spiksley could do almost anything he wanted with either foot, and was a sure marksman. Spiksley as a football player was a wonder."
Frederick Wall, the president of the Football Association, wrote in 50 Years of Football that: "Whenever I saw him (Spiksley) he played well, but never better than at Richmond, for he scored the three last goals in about ten minute s... 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."
In 1902 Spiksley left Sheffield Wednesday. During a 11 year period he scored 100 goals in 293 league games. He also scored 14 goals in 28 FA Cup appearances. Spiksley also played for Glossop, Leeds City, Southend United and Watford before retiring from professional football in 1906.
In 1911 Spiksley was appointed as coach with AIK Stockholm. After the club won the Swedish Championship he became the coach of Swedish national team. Spiksley also worked with TSV 1860 München and Nürnberg in Germany. When the First World War broke out Spiksley was interned at Ruhleben Detention Camp. Fellow detainees included Fred Pentland, John Cameron, Steve Bloomer and Sam Wolstenholme.
After the Armistice Spiksley continued to coach in Europe. He worked in Spain for three years before spending time in the United States and Mexico. He returned to England in 1924 to become assistant coach at Fulham. In 1926 he returned to Germany and helped Nürnberg win the German football championship in 1927.
Fred Spiksley died in Goodward on 28th July, 1948.