Charlie Williams (footballer)
|Full name||Charles Albert Williams|
|Date of birth||19 November 1873|
|Place of birth||Welling, Kent, England|
|Date of death||1952 (aged 78–79)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Williams started his career as a youth with minor clubs Phoenix and Erith before joining Royal Arsenal in 1891. He spent his first two seasons in and out of the first team, and started the 1893-94 season, Arsenal's first in the Football League, as regular goalkeeper, being in goal for Arsenal's very first game against Newcastle United on 2 September 1893.
However, Williams was in goal for some of Arsenal's most heavy defeats that season, including a 0-6 defeat to Newcastle United and a 0-5 loss to Liverpool. Arsenal signed Harry Storer in the 1894 close season and duly sold Williams on to Manchester City; he had played 23 first-class matches in total for Arsenal.
At City, he was regular goalkeeper for eight seasons, and while there he won a Second Division winners' medal in 1898-99, and became the first goalkeeper in history to score a goal from open play, with a long clearance against Sunderland at Roker Park on 14 April 1900.
After retiring as a player, he became a manager, taking charge of the Danish national team, whom he led to a second place at the 1908 Olympics. He also later managed the Danish club B 93 and French side Lille OSC.
According to the Arsenal FC official magazine, he then moved to Brazil to manage Fluminense FC of Rio de Janeiro, where he managed the team in the first ever Fla-Flu derby against CR Flamengo, which Fluminense won 3 - 2.
He died in 1952 in South America, aged 78. Reports say he had a son, also named Charlie, who was a referee in the 1950s.
Seth Burkett, a Lincolnshire born youngster, is his great-great nephew, and after being spotted by Brazilian football agents while his local team Stamford A.F.C. were on tour in the country, he signed for Brazilian 5th division side Sorriso E.C.. Burkett has received plenty of media attention as he is the only Englishman to be playing professionally in Brazil at the moment.
- "Goal scoring goalies: Keepers who found the net". The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Harris, Jeff & Hogg, Tony (ed.) (1995). Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.
- Alexandre M. Berwanger, Luis E. L. Gurgel,Matches when America won titles, Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation and RSSSF Brazil, 20 March 2012.