The younger brother of Chesterfield's Tommy , Freddie Capel came from the same Manchester works team, Gosling's, that launched his brother's career. Signed as a half-back on amateur forms in January 1948, Freddie soon began to impress and graduated to the professional ranks six months later. Although he and his brother were on the club's books at the same time they played together only once, for the reserves, at Manchester United on March 19th, 1949.

Freddie became noted for his consistency and reliability, rather than any showy elements to his play. He was naturally fit, too, and kept that way in the close season by working with Jim Smallwood in the scrap yard at Staveley Works. He survived relegation from the Second Division to form a long and effective partnership at the back with Tommy Flockett and, like Tommy, was released rather too early.

In May 1956 Freddie was awarded a benefit match, against Leeds United, and Freddie's last game for the club, in April 1957, marked the end of a run of 178 consecutive League and Cup appearances. He joined Buxton upon leaving Chesterfield.

After his playing days were over, Freddie managed a number of local junior sides, gaining great enjoyment from the opportunity to put something back into the game.

For Chesterfield: 285 league appearances, 16 goals.