|Full name||James Callaghan Charnley|
|Date of birth||11 June 1963|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1992||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||3||(0)|
|1999–2002||Kirkintilloch Rob Roy||0||(0)|
|2003–2004||Partick Thistle (coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
James Callaghan Charnley, more commonly known as Chic Charnley, (born 11 June 1963 in Glasgow) is a former Scottish football player and coach. Charnley's playing career lasted nearly 20 years, with spells at Hamilton Academical, St Mirren, Hibernian and Dundee, however he is perhaps best known for his numerous spells at Partick Thistle. He also was a coach at Thistle for a short time and was briefly assistant manager of Clyde. Throughout his career, Charnley had a reputation as being a hot-head, he was sent off 17 times in a senior career which lasted for nearly 20 years. In 2009, Charnley published his autobiography: "Seeing Red: The Chic Charnley Story."
Charnley was raised in the North of Glasgow and, evidently gifted as a footballer, was tipped for greatness. However, the early part of his career was chequered by poor discipline which gave him the reputation as a hot head. This scared many clubs away from his talent.
He was brought up a supporter of Celtic. In 1994, he had a trial for Celtic playing one game for them in a friendly against Manchester Utd at Old Trafford. Many rated him as the best player in the game and it was rumoured that he had done enough to win a contract. However, Celtic's manager Lou Macari was sacked not long after this friendly game and rumours of a move to Celtic came to nothing.
It is as a player with Partick Thistle that he will be best remembered. He played for the club on a few different occasions and is considered something of a cult hero at Firhill. He initially left Partick for St. Mirren in June 1991 in a swap deal that saw he and David Elliot exchange for Mark McWalter and George Shaw.
Charnley was an inconsistent performer with displays ranging from poor to outstanding. At many points in his career, it seemed that top-flight football was beyond him. He was freed by Partick Thistle when the Glasgow club was in the Premier Division.
During his time at Thistle, he and two other players were approached by two teenage boys during a training session in a Glasgow Park. Despite suffering a stab wound to his hand when one of the boys brandished a Samurai sword, Charnley was able to disable his attacker with a punch.
Many consider his time at Hibernian to be the best period of his career. He made his debut in August 1997 against Celtic, where late on in the second half he latched on to a misplaced pass from Henrik Larsson and struck the winning goal for Hibs from 25 yards. During his first few months at Hibs, many called for his inclusion in the Scotland squad, though this did not materialise. Despite a good start to the league campaign, Hibs form soon faltered and they ended up being relegated at the end of the season. By this stage Alex McLeish had already replaced Jim Duffy as manager at Hibernian, and had dropped Charnley from the side.
Back to Thistle
His final season as a player was with Partick Thistle in the 2002–03 Scottish Premier League season. Chic was approaching the age of 40, and made just two more appearances for Thistle after their promotion. His final match was perhaps fittingly against Hibernian at Easter Road. He came on as a substitute in a 3–2 victory for Thistle.
Chic returned to Firhill during the 2006/2007 pre-season for ex-teammate Kenny Arthur's testimonial match versus a Celtic XI. With the game in injury time and Thistle losing 2–1, Chic rifled home a 25-yard strike to draw level.
Between February 2007 and January 2008, he co-owned a pub called 'The Thistle' in Maryhill Road, Glasgow.
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