Born: 16th March 1877, Little Lever, Lancashire
Died: 19th October 1945, Bolton aged 68
Positions whilst with England: Right Half
- Wolstenholme played for several smaller clubs before signing for Everton in October 1897 where he made 170 appearances and scored eight goals. He then moved to Blackburn in May 1904 for four seasons. before joing Croydon Common for the 1908-09 season then on to Norwich City until the end of the 1912-13 season beofre finishing his career at Chester in 1913.
After retiring he took up coaching which led to a position in Germany. After the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 he was interned at the Ruhleben Camp throughout the war and helped arrange various sporting activities for the British POWs. The teams there took on English club names and Wolstenholme refereed the final between "Tottenham Hotspurs" (who could call upon football superstar Steve Bloomer) and "Oldham Athletic". In 1916 he is recorded as taking five wickets for 20 runs for "Lancashire" as they lost to "Yorkshire".
A platelayer by trade. He died in 1945.
- An English Football Internationals' Who's Who by Douglas Lamming (Hutton Press 1990)
- England's Who's Who by Tony Matthews (Pitch Publishing 2013)
- The Scotsman "Football Among War Prisioners In Germany", Wednesday 21st April 1915, page 7
- Liverpool Evening Express "Former Everton Player", Saturday 20th October 1945, page 4
- Birmingham Mail "Footballer's Death", Saturday 20th October 1945, page 4
- Birth Registration Jun 1877 Bolton 8c 488
- Death Registration Dec 1945 Bolton 8c 278