Fred Simmons – A Telford Wolf Legend 1949 – 2016, sadly passed away on 2nd January after a brief but brave battle with a brain tumour.
Fred ran Telford Wolves, a supporters club that has been organizing travel and supporting Wolves since 1977, and it’s success and longevity is due to Fred’s selfless generosity, organisational skills and the time he devoted to the cause, never complaining and always with a smile and a positive attitude which kept members spirits up, especially travelling home after an away defeat. He kept the supporters club going during tough times for Wolves, thinking of others and refusing to let it die.
Fred was born in Germany into a military family, moving to North Africa as a child attending boarding school in Malta where he flew in from Libya for each term. The family eventually settled in Donnington, Telford where as a teenager his love affair with the Old Gold began. He was a talented sportsman excelling at football and rugby and was offered goalkeeping trials with Preston North End which his father declined on Freds behalf !
Fred attended Walker Technical College in Oakengates where he also served as President of the Student Union. It was at college that he met his wife Barbara with whom they raised 3 children, Laura, Emma and Alan who continues to support and follow Wolves with Telford Wolves.
After employment with the Civil Service, Fred set up his own accountancy practice in Newport in the late 1970’s at which he continued to work up to his illness. Fred’s other love was the T.A. travelling the world and completing over 30 years service.
Fred was a true gentleman with integrity and a desire to help and encourage others, helping hundreds of Wolves fans travel to games across the country, a modest unsung hero and Telford Wolves legend
We love and miss you Fred.