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Chelsea FC Profile: Fred Wolff

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Full Name: Frederick Reuben Wolff

Born: Friday, 3rd March 1882
Place of birth: Stoke Newington, London, England
Died: Saturday, 24th March 1951 (aged 69)
Place of death: Alameda, California, USA

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1905 to 1906

Fred Wolff was signed from Hull City prior to the start of Chelsea’s first season. He was registered with the FA on 5th May 1905. He had also previously been with Everton.

He was noted in the 1905/06 Handbook as being "A Chelseaite by birth"

There is some confusion concerning the correct spelling of his surname. He is listed in various Chelsea publications, including the 1905/06 handbook as Wolff, but was registered with the FA as Wolfe. it has also been shown elsewhere as Woolf.

Playing Career:

Hull City
Chelsea (A) (May 1905 to May 1906) - cost: unknown

* (A) = Amateur

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 18th November 1905, Crystal Palace 7 - 1 Chelsea

Age on debut: 23 years 8 months 15 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 18th November 1905, Crystal Palace 7 - 1 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 010001


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl

* 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. Fred Wolff made 1 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
F.A. Cup18th Nov 1905Crystal Palace71Chelsea3,000 match lost

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Widely named as Frank Wolff/Wolfe in many Chelsea-related publications, all contemporary press reports of his various transfers, etc. list him as either simply F Wolfe or FRED Wolfe, so we've no idea where Frank originated from. We now believe his family mainly originated in Liverpool, but Fred was born (in 1882) during a period they lived in London (Stoke Newington area). This would explain the latter return to the Merseyside area and the commencement of his footballing career at Everton. We know he had a brother called George as there are reports after his short time with Chelsea of a period where they both played for Ince Utd and were indeed both banned for one imitating the other in a match and being found out.

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Chelsea FC Player Fred Wolff

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


During his Chelsea first-team career of 1 appearances, Fred Wolff played alongside the following 10 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Michael Byrne (1)
James Craigie (1)
Charles Donaghy (1)
Joe Goodwin (1)
Charles Harris (1)
Tommy Miller (1)
Francis O'Hara (1)
Jacky Robertson (1)
James Robertson (1)
Walter Toomer (1)