Charles Sprigg

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Charles Sprigg
Personal information
Date of birth 1889
Place of birth Smethwick, England
Date of death 1969 (aged 79)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Smethwick Centaur
Bilston United
1912–1913 Birmingham 5 (0)
1913–1914 Redditch Town
1914–1915 Birmingham 9 (0)
1915–19?? Moor Green
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Charles Sprigg[a] (1889 – 1969) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham. He played as an outside left.[1]

Sprigg was born in Smethwick, which was then in Staffordshire. He played local football before joining Birmingham in November 1912.[2] He made his debut in the Second Division on 28 December 1912, in a home game against Bradford which finished as a 1–1 draw. He played in the next four games,[4] and then left the club, only to return in 1914 having spent the intervening period playing for Redditch Town. He played nine more games before the First World War put a stop to the Football League. In 1915 he enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery.[2]

Sprigg died in Birmingham in 1969 at the age of 79.[5]


  1. ^ Joyce[1] calls him Spriggs (with a final "s"), as opposed to Matthews' Sprigg (without).[2] The Matthews version is consistent with contemporary newspaper match reports and with the register of births.[3]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 247. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 159.
  5. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 August 2015.