Charles Griffiths (footballer)

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Charles Griffiths
Personal information
Place of birth Rugby, England
Playing position Inside-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Luton Town
1907 Preston North End 0 (0)
1907 Lincoln City 1 (0)
Teams managed
1910–1911 Karlsruher FV
1911–1912 Bayern Munich
1912–1914 Stuttgarter Kickers
1920 Belgium
1920 Be Quick 1887
1920–1922 Vitesse Arnhem
1922–1923 Royale Union Saint-Gilloise
1923 Lille
1924 France (Olympic)
1925 Berchem Sport
1933 Excelsior AC Roubaix
1933–1935 Royale Union Saint-Gilloise
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Charles Griffiths was a British coach football manager who coached football in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands in the early 20th century.

Playing career[edit]

Griffiths was born in Rugby[1] and played as an Inside-forward for Luton Town and Barrow before joining Preston North End in 1907.[2] He then made one appearance in the Football League for Lincoln City in 1907.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1910, he worked for Karlsruher FV, during his time with the club, they won the Southern German championship.

In August 1911, he was appointed as the first full-time manager of Bayern Munich, however his time at the club was to last only seven months at the Bavarian club and was dismissed on 6 April 1912. He had however convinced the Bayern board members that a full-time coach was beneficial to the club.[4]

He would go on to manage Stuttgarter Kickers, he won the Southern German championship during his first season with the club and his second season was curtailed due to the breakout of World War I.[1]

Griffiths was part of the coaching staff for the Belgium national team in 1920 when they won the Olympic Games Football at the 1920 Summer Olympics football tournament.[5]

He also coached Groningen-based club Be Quick 1887. In 1924, Le Figaro reported that he was a Champion of Holland during his time there.[5] Be Quick has won the national league title in 1920. The same article also suggested that he won a Belgian championship with Royale Union Saint Gilloise in 1923.

Dutch club side Vitesse Arnhem between 1920 and 1922.[6]

In September 1923, he joined Olympique Lillois.

In February 1924, he was appointed as the head coach for the France national team.[5] He was in what was described as a 'federal' position and the team was selected by committee.

He was appointed as manager at Belgian club side Berchem Sport in 1925.[7]

He won the Coupe de France in 1933 whilst manager at Excelsior AC Roubaix, but he soon moved on, returning to his former club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. During his second spell at Union SG, he won the league in three consecutive seasons 1933-1935.[8] He returned to France in the 1930s to take control of Valenciennes FC.


  1. ^ a b "Charles Griffiths". The Kicker Archives. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 108. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ "Profile". Lincoln City Archive. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Klinsmann of 1911" (in German). Spiegel. 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Griffiths est dans nos murs" (in French). Le Ballon Rond (Le Figaro). 23 February 1924. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vitesse-trainers vanaf 1914" (in Dutch). Vitesse. 
  7. ^ "Geschiedenis" (in Dutch). Berchem Sport. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Brève(s)" (27 July 2011) (in French). Retrieved 4 October 2013.