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Chelsea FC Profile: Vivian Woodward

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Full Name: Vivian John Woodward

Nickname(s): Jack

Born: Tuesday, 3rd June 1879
Place of birth: Kennington, London, England
Height: 6' 2"
Died: Sunday, 31st January 1954 (aged 74)
Place of death: Ealing, Middlesex, England
Burial: Cremated - Mortlake Crematorium. Commemorated in their Book of Remembrance. No known memorial.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1909 to 1915

Woodward was an amateur player, who joined David Calderhead's Chelsea in 1909 from Tottenham and was Chelsea's leading league scorer in the 1912/13 season, scoring 10.

At the start of the World War 1, Woodward enlisted in the British Army, and consequently only played in 6 matches during the 1914-15 season. He was given special leave to join the team at Old Trafford for the Cup Final when Bob Thomson was injured. However Thomson recovered and Woodward declined to play and deny Thomson his chance to play in the Cup final as he had not played in any of Chelsea's matches in their run to the final.

Woodward also captained Great Britain to gold medals at the 1908 & 1912 Olympics in London and Stockholm respectively and his tally of 29 goals in 23 matches for England remained a record until 1958 (beaten by Tom Finney).

He also turned out 44 times for England Amateurs scoring 57 goals. In one amateur match against France in 1906, Woodward scored 8 goals in a 15-0 win, according to the press, however FIFA's official record of the match credits him with 4.

Woodward was injured on the Western Front in 1916 and did not return to top class football, though he did rejoin Clacton Town for a few games in 1919/20 season. During his military service, he reached the rank of Captain in the 17th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment.

Playing Career:

Clacton Town (A)
Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Chelsea (A) (Jul 1909 to Jun 1915) - cost: unknown
Clacton Town

* (A) = Amateur

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 27th November 1909, The Wednesday 4 - 1 Chelsea

Age on debut: 30 years 5 months 24 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 24th January 1914, Chelsea 0 - 0 Burnley

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Wednesday, 28th April 1915, Notts County 2 - 0 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1909 / 10 13200015
1910 / 11 19300022
1911 / 12 14000014
1912 / 13 27300030
1913 / 14 27200029
1914 / 15 600006


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1909 / 10 500005
1910 / 11 630009
1911 / 12 200002
1912 / 13 10100011
1913 / 14 400004
1914 / 15 300003

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Vivian Woodward made 116 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League27th Nov 1909The Wednesday41Chelsea15,000 match lost
League4th Dec 1909Chelsea41Bristol City20,000 match won scored 2 goals
League27th Dec 1909Chelsea21Newcastle United70,000 match won scored 1 goal
League1st Jan 1910Newcastle United10Chelsea30,000 match lost
League8th Jan 1910Liverpool51Chelsea25,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League10th Jan 1910Preston North End20Chelsea9,000 match lost
F.A. Cup15th Jan 1910Chelsea21Hull City34,700 match won
League22nd Jan 1910Chelsea00Aston Villa30,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup5th Feb 1910Chelsea01Tottenham Hotspur31,776 match lost
League26th Feb 1910Chelsea31Blackburn Rovers30,000 match won scored 1 goal
League5th Mar 1910Nottingham Forest00Chelsea7,000 match drawn
League7th Mar 1910Sheffield United00Chelsea8,000 match drawn
League12th Mar 1910Chelsea14Sunderland15,000 match lost
League23rd Apr 1910Chelsea20Bury35,000 match won
League30th Apr 1910Tottenham Hotspur21Chelsea35,000 match lost
League24th Sep 1910Chelsea20Wolverhampton Wanderers29,000 match won
League1st Oct 1910Chelsea30Bolton Wanderers25,000 match won
League8th Oct 1910Clapton Orient00Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League15th Oct 1910Chelsea00Blackpool30,000 match drawn
League22nd Oct 1910Glossop21Chelsea7,000 match lost
League29th Oct 1910Chelsea70Lincoln City25,000 match won scored 2 goals
League12th Nov 1910Chelsea22Birmingham17,000 match drawn
League19th Nov 1910West Bromwich Albion13Chelsea21,305 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Nov 1910Chelsea20Hull City17,000 match won
League3rd Dec 1910Fulham10Chelsea35,000 match lost
League10th Dec 1910Chelsea30Bradford Park Avenue14,000 match won
League17th Dec 1910Burnley11Chelsea7,000 match drawn
League24th Dec 1910Chelsea30Gainsborough Trinity16,000 match won
League27th Dec 1910Chelsea20Stockport County30,000 match won
League31st Dec 1910Chelsea32Derby County32,000 match won
F.A. Cup4th Feb 1911Chesterfield Town14Chelsea28,400 match won scored 2 goals
F.A. Cup25th Feb 1911Wolverhampton Wanderers02Chelsea33,028 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup25th Mar 1911Newcastle United30Chelsea34,000 match lost
League14th Apr 1911Chelsea41Leeds City35,000 match won scored 1 goal
League22nd Apr 1911Chelsea30Burnley36,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Apr 1911Bolton Wanderers20Chelsea35,000 match lost
League29th Apr 1911Gainsborough Trinity31Chelsea7,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League16th Sep 1911Chelsea40Wolverhampton Wanderers32,000 match won scored 1 goal
League23rd Sep 1911Leicester Fosse20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League30th Sep 1911Chelsea10Gainsborough Trinity30,000 match won
League7th Oct 1911Grimsby Town21Chelsea8,000 match lost
League14th Oct 1911Chelsea20Nottingham Forest24,000 match won
League2nd Dec 1911Chelsea10Glossop25,000 match won
League9th Dec 1911Hull City10Chelsea14,000 match lost
League2nd Mar 1912Chelsea30Clapton Orient45,000 match won
League9th Mar 1912Bristol City11Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League20th Mar 1912Gainsborough Trinity02Chelsea3,000 match won
League23rd Mar 1912Huddersfield Town13Chelsea13,000 match won scored 1 goal
League22nd Apr 1912Chelsea41Blackpool27,000 match won
League25th Apr 1912Barnsley02Chelsea7,000 match won
League27th Apr 1912Chelsea10Bradford Park Avenue40,000 match won
League2nd Sep 1912Aston Villa10Chelsea28,000 match lost
League14th Sep 1912Chelsea42Sheffield United40,000 match won scored 3 goals
League21st Sep 1912Newcastle United32Chelsea38,000 match lost
League28th Sep 1912Chelsea11Oldham Athletic30,000 match drawn
League12th Oct 1912Woolwich Arsenal01Chelsea22,000 match won
League26th Oct 1912Manchester City20Chelsea40,000 match lost
League2nd Nov 1912Chelsea02West Bromwich Albion35,100 match lost
League16th Nov 1912Chelsea04The Wednesday27,000 match lost
League23rd Nov 1912Blackburn Rovers11Chelsea15,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League30th Nov 1912Chelsea31Derby County30,000 match won scored 1 goal
League7th Dec 1912Tottenham Hotspur10Chelsea36,771 match lost
League14th Dec 1912Chelsea23Middlesbrough35,000 match lost
League21st Dec 1912Notts County00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League25th Dec 1912Chelsea14Manchester United30,000 match lost
League28th Dec 1912Chelsea23Bolton Wanderers35,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League4th Jan 1913Sheffield United33Chelsea7,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup11th Jan 1913Chelsea52Southend United14,569 match won scored 1 goal
League18th Jan 1913Chelsea10Newcastle United50,000 match won
League25th Jan 1913Oldham Athletic32Chelsea18,000 match lost
F.A. Cup1st Feb 1913Chelsea11The Wednesday35,606 match drawn
F.A. Cup5th Feb 1913The Wednesday60Chelsea35,860 match lost
League15th Feb 1913Chelsea11Woolwich Arsenal20,000 match drawn
League22nd Feb 1913Bradford City22Chelsea10,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League8th Mar 1913West Bromwich Albion01Chelsea16,293 match won
League15th Mar 1913Chelsea13Everton45,000 match lost
League29th Mar 1913Chelsea16Blackburn Rovers30,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League5th Apr 1913Derby County31Chelsea10,000 match lost
League12th Apr 1913Chelsea10Tottenham Hotspur50,000 match won
League19th Apr 1913Middlesbrough03Chelsea8,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Apr 1913Chelsea52Notts County20,000 match won
League20th Sep 1913Chelsea02Manchester United40,000 match lost
League27th Sep 1913Burnley61Chelsea30,000 match lost
League4th Oct 1913Chelsea20Preston North End30,000 match won
League11th Oct 1913Newcastle United10Chelsea22,000 match lost
League18th Oct 1913Chelsea30Liverpool40,000 match won
League25th Oct 1913Aston Villa12Chelsea36,000 match won
League1st Nov 1913Chelsea32Middlesbrough40,000 match won
League22nd Nov 1913Manchester City21Chelsea20,000 match lost
League29th Nov 1913Chelsea21Bradford City45,000 match won scored 2 goals
League6th Dec 1913Blackburn Rovers31Chelsea10,000 match lost
League13th Dec 1913Chelsea11Sunderland30,000 match drawn
League20th Dec 1913Everton00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League25th Dec 1913Chelsea21The Wednesday40,000 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Dec 1913Tottenham Hotspur12Chelsea29,305 match won scored 1 goal
League3rd Jan 1914Chelsea21Oldham Athletic30,000 match won
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1914Millwall Athletic00Chelsea24,500 match drawn
F.A. Cup14th Jan 1914Chelsea01Millwall Athletic35,800 match lost
League17th Jan 1914Manchester United01Chelsea20,000 match won
League24th Jan 1914Chelsea00Burnley35,000 match drawn
League14th Feb 1914Chelsea01Newcastle United40,000 match lost
League28th Feb 1914Chelsea03Aston Villa58,000 match lost
League7th Mar 1914Middlesbrough20Chelsea14,000 match lost
League14th Mar 1914Chelsea20Sheffield United19,000 match won
League18th Mar 1914Liverpool30Chelsea12,000 match lost
League21st Mar 1914Derby County01Chelsea10,000 match won
League28th Mar 1914Chelsea10Manchester City25,000 match won
League11th Apr 1914Chelsea20Blackburn Rovers50,000 match won
League13th Apr 1914Chelsea21Bolton Wanderers40,000 match won
League25th Apr 1914Chelsea20Everton30,000 match won
League8th Mar 1915Sheffield United11Chelsea14,000 match drawn
League3rd Apr 1915Chelsea30Sunderland20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League10th Apr 1915The Wednesday32Chelsea18,000 match lost
League17th Apr 1915Chelsea41West Bromwich Albion25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League19th Apr 1915Chelsea13Manchester United30,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League28th Apr 1915Notts County20Chelsea10,000 match lost

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Vivian Woodward made 0 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Vivian Woodward made 0 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

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'Jack' passed away at the Castle Bar Nursing Home in Ealing

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Chelsea FC Player Vivian Woodward

Games Won: 54
Win Percentage: 46.55%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 116 appearances, Vivian Woodward played alongside the following 56 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Lawrence Abram (2)
Wally Bettridge (83)
Ted Birnie (2)
Joe Bradshaw (3)
Billy Brawn (21)
Ron Brebner (13)
Billy Bridgeman (54)
Harold Brittan (2)
Billy Brown (6)
John Brown (7)
David Calderhead (Jnr) (24)
Jack Cameron (52)
Bill Cartwright (19)
Jimmy Croal (4)
George Dodd (8)
Hugh Dolby (1)
Angus Douglas (39)
Sam Downing (59)
Norrie Fairgray (17)
Harry Ford (59)
Charlie Freeman (32)
Harold Halse (26)
Colin Hampton (1)
Jack Harrow (32)
Jack Harwood (3)
Tom Hewitt (2)
George Hilsdon (29)
Arthur Holden (5)
Percy Humphreys (1)
George Hunter (22)
George Johnson (4)
Evan Jones (8)
Tommy Logan (33)
Alexander MacFarlane (2)
Ken Mackenzie (1)
Tommy Mair (2)
Owen Marshall (15)
English McConnell (16)
Marshall McEwan (19)
Bobby McNeil (6)
Nils Middelboe (7)
James Molyneux (76)
Andrew Ormiston (49)
James Saunders (1)
Jimmy Sharp (36)
William Steer (4)
Frederick Taylor (82)
Bob Thomson (16)
Jimmy Turnbull (16)
Andy Walker (6)
Ben Warren (27)
Jack Whitley (25)
Bob Whittingham (62)
Ernest Williams (6)
Jimmy Windridge (10)
Max Woosnam (3)