One of the shortest players to represent England and Spurs, Fanny (nicknamed thus after the owner of the local sweet shop) Walden made the most of his meagre inches to become one of the most effective wingers of his era.
Having played for teams in and around his home town while working as a moulder in a foundry, but turned professional with Northampton Town, who were then a Southern League team. His performances impressed and with the fans running money raising schemes to get the money (£600 of the £1,700) to buy him ahead of his former manager Herbert Chapman at Leeds City, Spurs snapped up the little winger in 1913. There was just enough time to get him in the side to play against already relegated Woolwich Arsenal in a 1-1 draw.
Walden had already been picked to represent England in a trial match before going on to make two appearances wither side of World War I. During the war he also played for England v Scotland in a military international while he was turning out for Leeds City in the war-time league. Some of his time was spent playing for Spurs during war-time and he scored 14 goals in 67 such games.
His darting runs and speed off the mark were aided by his low centre of gravity, making him a difficult winger to knock off the ball. His provision of chances for the Spurs forwards made him a vital member of the Spurs side that took the Second Division championship in 1919-1920, but a cartilage injury deprived Tottenham of his services in the 1921 FA Cup final.
By 1926, his age and injuries were catching up with him and Spurs released Fanny to re-join his former club Northampton Town, where he played until his retirement from the game in April 1927,
Always one with an eye for business, he opened a car sales business in Northampton and a sports shop in Tottenham, which he ran with team-mate Bert Bliss.
During his football career, Walden also continued as a first class cricketer for Northants and between 1910 and 1929, he played 258 matches in the summer game, before taking the white coat to umpire matches. He was well regarded and stood in 11 test matches including the 1938 Ashes series before standing down in 1939.
Fanny Walden died in Northampton on 3rd May 1949.