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William Claude Kirby
was a British
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...
businessman, amateur sportsman and association football
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...
Kirby was the first chairman of Chelsea Football Club
Chelsea Football Club are an English football club based in West London. Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. Chelsea have been English champions four times, FA Cup winners six times and League Cup winners four...
, assuming the position shortly after their foundation in March 1905. He kept the job until his death in 1935. He lived in Fulham - 22 Wardo Avenue.