Charlie Wilson (footballer, born 1895)

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Charlie Wilson
Personal information
Full name Charles Wilson[1]
Date of birth 30 March 1895[1]
Place of birth Atherstone, England[1]
Date of death May 1971 (aged 76)[1]
Place of death Stafford, England[1]
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1913–1914 Atherstone Town
1914–1918 Coventry City 0 (0)
1919–1922 Tottenham Hotspur 55 (27)
1922–1925 Huddersfield Town 99 (57)
1925–1930 Stoke City 156 (112)
1930–1932 Stafford Rangers
1933 Wrexham 0 (0)
1934 Shrewsbury Town
1935 Alfreton United
Total 310 (196)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charles "Charlie" Wilson (30 March 1895 in – May 1971) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Tottenham Hotspur, Huddersfield Town[2] and Stoke City.[1][3]

Career[edit]

Wilson was born in Atherstone, Warwickshire and began his career with local non-league side Atherstone Town before joining Southern League side Coventry City just before the outbreak of World War I.[3] After being demobbed he played six times for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1918–19 season, although for reasons unknown he decided to hide his identity. In four of these games he played under the name of "C. Williams" being described as a "clot from the Midlands" and in the other under the pseudonym of "C. Forshaw". Only in the sixth did he finally take to the field as Charlie Wilson. With the war over the Football League returned and Wilson scored 11 goals for Spurs in the 1919–20 season helping them claim the Second Division title.[3]

He scored 9 goals in 1920–21 and 11 in 1921–22 witch prompted Huddersfield Town manager Herbert Chapman to bring Wilson to Leeds Road. He soon became a key member of Towns all conquering 1920s side as he scored 16 goals in 1922–23 as Huddersfield finished in 3rd position.[3] He then scored 20 goals in 1923–24 and 24 in 1924–25 as Huddersfield claimed the First Division title. However with Huddersfield on their way to a third straight title Wilson picked up an injury early in the 1925–26 season and so decided to put him up for sale.[3]

Stoke City manager Tom Mather persuaded Wilson to join the Victoria Ground side and he joined Stoke along with his Huddersfield Town team mate, Joey Williams. The pair could not prevent Stoke slipping to relegation to the Third Division North.[3] In 1926–27 Wilson's quality infront of goal proved too much for Third Division defences as he racked up 26 goals as Stoke won the title with ease. Back in the Second Division for 1927–28 Wilson had a fine season scoring a club record 38 goals. He continued to be top scorer hitting 22 in 1928–29 and 20 in 1929–30 becoming the first Stoke player to reach 100 league goals. He struggled with injury in 1930–31 scoring 10 in 16 games and left the club at the end of the season.[3]

After leaving Stoke he played non-league football with Stafford Rangers whilst keeping the Doxey Hotel. He later played for Wrexham, Shrewsbury Town and Alfreton United before later becoming landlord of the Noah's Ark pub in Stafford. He died in May 1971 at the age of 76.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Charlie Wilson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 1919–20 Second Division 12 7 2 4 14 11
1920–21 First Division 20 9 0 0 20 9
1921–22 First Division 21 11 5 2 26 13
1922–23 First Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 55 27 7 6 62 33
Huddersfield Town 1922–23 First Division 26 13 5 3 31 16
1923–24 First Division 31 18 2 2 33 20
1924–25 First Division 38 24 1 0 39 24
1925–26 First Division 4 2 0 0 4 2
Total 99 57 8 5 107 62
Stoke City[1] 1925–26 Second Division 11 3 0 0 11 3
1926–27 Third Division North 31 25 3 1 34 26
1927–28 Second Division 40 32 4 6 44 38
1928–29 Second Division 31 22 0 0 31 22
1929–30 Second Division 27 20 1 0 28 20
1930–31 Second Division 16 10 3 1 19 11
Total 156 112 11 8 167 120
Career Total 310 196 26 19 337 215

Honours[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur
Huddersfield Town
Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. p. 216. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ 99 Years & Counting – Stats & Stories – Huddersfield Town History
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554.