|Higginbottom played his only game for the first team in the league away defeat to Dewsbury by 19 points to 7. He played in the centres alongside Jimmy Stott in this match. Higginbottom, who signed for his hometown club from Rylands in 1937 and played in the centres on the debut of Brian Bevan.|
Fred told the Warrington Guardian of his days at Wilderspool.
Training was very amateurish then. We just went out, did a couple of laps, came back and got in the bath. There were no football coaches or anything like that. It was like a boy joining men when he accepted his £75 signing on fee in 1937. Jack Arkwright, Cod Miller, Billy Dingsdale, Bill Shankland, they were all big chaps to me. Dingsdale was a great player, a very intelligent player. He always played with his head, no rough stuff at all. He was a great footballer and lovely to watch. Cod Miller was a bit of a character. He would carry three or four men on his back as he ran.
Higginbottom made his Warrington debut against Widnes at Wilderspool a month before war broke out in 1939 and in 1940 he played in the home match against Broughton Rangers on the day the Germans targeted Thames Board. He said that he was getting in the bath when a bomb dropped. He remembered it as though it was yesterday.
The Old Stager died in Warrington in January 2011, aged 91.
Additional material by Mike Parsons of the Warrington Guardian.