Charlie I'Anson

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This article is about the footballer. For the rugby league player, see Chaz I'Anson.
Charlie I'Anson
Personal information
Full name Charlie Dean I'Anson[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Valencia B
Youth career
Atlético Benamiel
2009–2010 Grimsby Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Grimsby Town 17 (2)
2012–2014 Elche Ilicitano 56 (4)
2013–2015 Elche 2 (0)
2014–2015 Alcorcón (loan) 8 (0)
2015 Oviedo (loan) 12 (0)
2015– Valencia B 24 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2016.

Charlie Dean I'Anson (born 1 July 1993), known in Spain as simply Charlie, is an English professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Spanish club Valencia CF Mestalla.

He started his career at Grimsby Town, with whom he spent two years in the Conference. In 2012, he moved to Elche, whom he represented in La Liga.

Early life[edit]

I'Anson was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, to parents Kay and Dean, and is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter.[2] Along with his older brother Alfie, he moved to Málaga, Spain, with his parents at the age of 7, and within a year, was fluent in Spanish.[2] While living there, he was a teammate of Isco at Atlético Benamiel.[2] At the age of 15, he was scouted by Nottingham Forest, and was offered a contract as a back-up, but did not want to be a reserve at a young age while living in a different country to his parents, so signed with Grimsby Town instead.[2]

Club career[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

As a 17-year-old, he capped a first-team debut with a goal in a 2–0 win in the Conference against Mansfield Town on 19 April 2011.[3]

I'Anson was offered his first professional one-year contract in May 2011,[4] after impressing in the club's youth team and final four first-team games of the 2010–11 season. He was released and left the club on 3 May 2012 after he turned down a fresh contract. He played 17 times in the league, scoring twice.[5]


In July 2012, I'Anson joined Spanish side Elche CF of the Segunda División on trial,[6] later signing with the club.[7] He spent his first senior season in Spain with the reserves in Tercera División, appearing 25 times and scoring once, being promoted to Segunda División B.

On 19 August 2013, I'Anson was included in a first-team squad for the first time, remaining an unused substitute as Elche began the La Liga season with a 3–0 loss at Rayo Vallecano.[8] He made his debut on 5 October, starting in a 2–1 home win over RCD Espanyol.[9] I'Anson was sent off on 2 February 2014, as the reserves lost 1–0 at Lleida Esportiu.[10]

On 29 June 2014, I'Anson joined Real Murcia on a season-long loan;[11] however, after the club's relegation to the third level he moved to second-tier AD Alcorcón also in a temporary deal.[12] On 27 January 2015, after appearing sparingly for the Madrid side, he joined Real Oviedo on loan until the end of the season,[13] helping them win the third division.

Valencia B[edit]

On 20 August 2015, I'Anson rescinded his contract with Elche.[14] The following day, he joined Valencia CF Mestalla, again in the third tier.[15] He made his debut for them on 20 September, replacing Nacho Gil for the final 17 minutes of a 3–2 loss at UE Cornellà.[16] His first goal for them came on 30 April, opening a 2–0 home win over CF Badalona.[17] On 10 September 2016, he was sent off in a 2–2 draw at Atlético Saguntino.[18]

International career[edit]

In August 2011 I'Anson and Grimsby team mate Shaun Pearson were called up to the England C team to face the India Under-23 team,[19] however the game never went ahead.[20]


Grimsby Town


  1. ^ "Albacete – Alcorcón" (in Spanish). RFEF. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Neil Johnston (20 August 2014). "Charlie I'Anson: The only Englishman in Spain's elite". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dream debut for I'Anson as Mariners' young guns beat Mansfield". Grimsby Telegraph. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Eleven Town players shown the door by Scott and Hurst". Grimsby Telegraph. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  5. ^ BREAKING GRIMSBY TOWN NEWS: I'Anson leaves after rejecting deal; Grimsby Telegraph, 3 May 2012
  6. ^ Former Mariners defender Charlie I’Anson is currently on trial at Spanish club Elche; Too Good To Turn Down, 27 July 2012
  7. ^ Exclusive interview – Charlie I'Anson, from Grimsby Town to La Liga and Spanish football in just two years; Too Good To Turn Down, 21 August 2013
  8. ^ Boullosa, Adrián (19 August 2013). "Alberto Bueno marca el camino" [Alberto Bueno leads the way] (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Elche 2–1 Espanyol; ESPN FC, 5 October 2013
  10. ^ "El Ilicitano pierde en Lleida y se aleja del play-off" [Ilicitano lose in Lleida and distance themselves from the play-offs] (in Spanish). 3 February 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Charlie se marcha cedido al Real Murcia C.F. (Charlie goes on loan to Real Murcia C.F.); Elche CF, 29 June 2014 (Spanish)
  12. ^ El central inglés Charlie Dean llega cedido por el Elche (English stopper Charlie Dean arrives on loan from Elche); AD Alcorcón, 9 August 2014 (Spanish)
  13. ^ Charlie, nuevo jugador del Real Oviedo (Charile, new player of Real Oviedo); Real Oviedo, 27 January 2015 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Charlie se desvincula del Elche C.F. (Charlie leaves Elche C.F.); Elche CF, 20 August 2015 (Spanish)
  15. ^ El filial inicia su andadura (The feeder team kicks off its season); Diario de Mestalla, 22 August 2015 (Spanish)
  16. ^ García, Andrés (21 September 2015). "La reacción del Valencia Mestalla no tiene premio" [Valenica Mestalla's reaction has no prize] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "El Valencia Mestalla festeja la permanencia con un triunfo ante el Badalona" [Valencia Mestalla celebrate staying up with a triumph against Badalona] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Mestalla held 2-2 by Saguntino in local derby". Valencia CF. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Town pair's England call; Grimsby Telegraph, 26 August 2011
  20. ^ Charlie I'Anson: tears and triumphs of an Englishman alone in La Liga; The Guardian, 4 January 2014

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