Charlie I'Anson

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This article is about the footballer. For the rugby league player, see Chaz I'Anson.
Charlie I'Anson
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Oviedo (on loan from Elche)
Youth career
Atlético Benamiel
2009–2010 Grimsby Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Grimsby Town 17 (2)
2012–2014 Elche Ilicitano 56 (4)
2013– Elche 2 (0)
2014–2015 Alcorcón (loan) 8 (0)
2015– Oviedo (loan) 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charlie I'Anson (born 1 July 1993), known in Spain as simply Charlie, is an English professional footballer who plays for Real Oviedo, on loan from Elche CF, as a central defender.

He started his career at Grimsby Town, with whom he spent two years in the Conference.

Early life[edit]

I'Anson was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, to parents Kay and Dean, and is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter.[1] Along with his older brother Alfie, he moved to Málaga, Spain, with his parents at the age of 7, and within a year was fluent in Spanish.[1] While living there, he was a teammate of Isco at Atlético Benamiel.[1] At the age of 15 he was scouted by Nottingham Forest, and was offered a contract as a back-up, but did not want to be a reserve at a young age while living in a different country to his parents, so signed with Grimsby Town instead.[1]

Club career[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

As a 17-year-old, he capped a first-team debut with a goal in a 2–0 win in the Conference against Mansfield Town on 19 April 2011.[2]

I'Anson was offered his first professional one-year contract in May 2011,[3] after impressing in the club's youth team and final four first-team games of the 2010–11 season. He was released and left the club on 3 May 2012 after he turned down a fresh contract. He played 17 times in the league, scoring twice.[4]


In July 2012 I'Anson joined Spanish Segunda División side Elche CF on trial,[5] later signing with the club.[6] He spent his first senior season in Spain with the reserves in Tercera División, appearing 25 times and scoring once, being promoted to Segunda División B.

On 5 October 2013, I'Anson made his first team – and La Liga – debut, starting in a 2–1 home win over RCD Espanyol.[7] It was his maiden appearance in the competition, however.

On 29 June 2014, I'Anson joined Real Murcia on a season-long loan;[8] however, after the club's relegation to the third level he moved to AD Alcorcón also in a temporary deal.[9] On 27 January 2015, after appearing sparingly for the Madrid side, I'Anson joined Real Oviedo on loan until the end of the season.[10]

International career[edit]

In August 2011 I'Anson and Grimsby team mate Shaun Pearson were called up to the England C team to face the India Under-23 team,[11] however the game never went ahead.[12]


Grimsby Town[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Neil Johnston (20 August 2014). "Charlie I'Anson: The only Englishman in Spain's elite". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dream debut for I'Anson as Mariners' young guns beat Mansfield". Grimsby Telegraph. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Eleven Town players shown the door by Scott and Hurst". Grimsby Telegraph. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ BREAKING GRIMSBY TOWN NEWS: I'Anson leaves after rejecting deal; Grimsby Telegraph, 3 May 2012
  5. ^ Former Mariners defender Charlie I’Anson is currently on trial at Spanish club Elche; Too Good To Turn Down, 27 July 2012
  6. ^ Exclusive interview – Charlie I'Anson, from Grimsby Town to La Liga and Spanish football in just two years; Too Good To Turn Down, 21 August 2013
  7. ^ Elche 2–1 Espanyol; ESPN FC, 5 October 2013
  8. ^ Charlie se marcha cedido al Real Murcia C.F. (Charlie goes on loan to Real Murcia C.F.); Elche's official website, 29 June 2014 (Spanish)
  9. ^ El central inglés Charlie Dean llega cedido por el Elche (English stopper Charlie Dean arrives on loan from Elche); Alcorcón's official website, 9 August 2014 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Charlie, nuevo jugador del Real Oviedo (Charile, new player of Real Oviedo); Real Oviedo's official website, 27 January 2015 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Town pair's England call; Grimsby Telegraph, 26 August 2011
  12. ^ Charlie I'Anson: tears and triumphs of an Englishman alone in La Liga; The Guardian, 4 January 2014

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