Fred Chaplin

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Fred Chaplin
Personal information
Full name Alfred Chaplin
Date of birth 1879
Place of birth Foleshill, England
Place of death London, England
Playing position Right half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
St Paul's Bible Class
Folesworth Great Heath
1902–1903 Coventry City
1903–1905 Small Heath 4 (0)
1905–1906 Woolwich Arsenal 0 (0)
1906–1912 Coventry City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alfred Chaplin (1879 – after 1911), commonly known as Fred Chaplin, was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Small Heath.[1]

Chaplin was born in Foleshill, Warwickshire. He played local football before joining Coventry City, then playing in the Birmingham & District League, in 1902. Chaplin's reputation as a goalscorer and his performance in a representative match between the Birmingham and Scottish Junior Football Associations earned him a contract with First Division club Small Heath.[2] He made his debut on 16 January 1904 in a 1–1 draw away at Aston Villa, and kept his place for the next three games. Despite his goalscoring history, these four games were played in the half-back line, deputising in turn for centre-half Walter Wigmore and wing halves Harry Howard and Billy Beer.[3] At the end of the 1904–05 season, Chaplin moved to Woolwich Arsenal, but after one season he returned to Coventry City without having appeared for the first team. He was a Coventry player when they joined the Southern League.[2][4]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 52. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 150.
  4. ^ "Coventry City". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 4 May 2009.