Frederick Wall

Sir Frederick Joseph Wall (14 April 1858 – 25 March 1944) was an English football administrator.


Wall became Secretary of the Football Association, a position he held from 1895 to 1934. He was knighted in the 1930 New Year's Honours List.[1]

Notably, Wall refused on behalf of the FA to offer wartime financial compensation to famed Anglo-Irish coach Jimmy Hogan, on the basis of the latter's perceived co-operation with the Central Powers during the First World War (Hogan had coached Hungarian side MTK Budapest whilst interned as an enemy alien during the conflict).[2]

After retiring as FA Secretary, he was a director of Arsenal from 1934 to 1938.[3] Wall credited the Royal Engineers with being the first side to play the modern passing football style known as the Combination Game.[4][5] He credited the Corinthians with bringing about the later developments in the passing game.[6]


  1. ^ "No. 33587". The London Gazette. 11 March 1930. p. 1574.
  2. ^ "How total football inventor was lost to Hungary". The Guardian. 22 November 2003. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Arsenal non-players". Archived from the original on 14 December 2002.
  4. ^ Wall, Sir Frederick (2005). 50 Years of Football, 1884-1934. Soccer Books Limited. ISBN 1-86223-116-8.
  5. ^ Cox, Richard (2002) The encyclopaedia of British Football, Routledge, United Kingdom
  6. ^ 50 Years of football 1884-1934, originally published 1935; reprint 2006 by Soccer books limited, page 10

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