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Name: William Anthony Foulkes  
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Date of Birth: 5th January 1932
Place of Birth: St Helens
Profession: Footballer
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William Henry "Fatty" Foulk (also spelt Foulke or Foulkes) (April 12, 1874 in Dawley, Shropshire – May 1, 1916) was a professional cricketer and football player in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Foulke was reknowned for his great size and weight, reaching perhaps 22 stone (140 kg) at the end of his career, although reports on his weight vary.

He played 4 first-class matches for Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 1900, but is remembered primarily as a goalkeeper for Sheffield United and Chelsea. He also won 1 cap for England in 1897.

Foulke made his debut for Sheffield United in 1894 and led the team to 2 FA Cups and 1 League Championship. He then moved to Chelsea for a fee of £50. He was made captain there, but stayed for just one season before moving to his final club, Bradford City A.F.C.

Foulke died in 1916. His death certificate gives "cirrhosis" as major cause of death. (Source: Colossus, The True Story of William Foulke, Tempus Publishing 2005). The stories of pneumonia caught whilst earning pin money at a "beat the goalie" booth on Blackpool sands seem to be without foundation.

Foulke appears in the Mitchell and Kenyon films, playing in a match on September 6, 1902.

The football chant Who Ate All the Pies? is said to have originally been about Foulke.

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