Charlie Parker (footballer)

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Charlie Parker
Personal information
Full name Charles William Parker[1]
Date of birth 1 September 1891[1]
Place of birth Seaham, England[1]
Date of death 1969 (aged 78)[1]
Place of death Chingford, England[1]
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Seaham Albion
Seaham Harbour
Hartlepool BD
1913–1920 Stoke 74 (4)
1920–1928 Sunderland 245 (12)
1929–1930 Carlisle United 9 (1)
Blyth Spartans
Chopwell Institute
Total 328 (17)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Charles William Parker (1 September 1891 – 1969) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Carlisle United, Stoke and Sunderland.[1]

Club career[edit]

Parker was born in Seaham and played for local clubs Seaham Albion, Seaham Harbour and Hartlepool BD before joining Stoke in 1913.[1] He soon became popular with the club's supporters and he helped Stoke re-gain their League status in 1914–15.[1] He remained with Stoke through World War I and was a key member of the Stoke squad for their return to the Football League in 1919–20 as the played in 35 matches. However in October 1920 he was sold to First Division, Sunderland by manager Arthur Shallcross which prompted and angry reaction by the fans who believed that it was an unnecessary sale of a popular player.[1]

He signed for Sunderland from Stoke City for £3,300 in 1920,[2] and made his debut for Sunderland against Bradford City on 23 October 1920 in a 2–2 draw at Valley Parade.[3] He was appointed as club captain in 1924 as Charlie Buchan left for Arsenal.[2] In total, he made 245 league appearances and scored 12 goals in his time at Sunderland from 1920 to 1929,[4] where he left for Carlisle United to become player-coach.[2] One of his career highlights was to play for England against Wales, at the Victory International on 8 October 1919 at the Victoria Ground, Stoke (England 2–0 Wales).

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Charlie Parker profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke 1913–14 Southern League 9 0 0 0 9 0
1914–15 Southern League 22 1 4 1 26 2
1919–20 Second Division 34 2 1 0 35 2
1920–21 Second Division 9 1 0 0 9 1
Total 74 4 5 1 79 5
Sunderland 1920–21 First Division 31 3 1 0 32 3
1921–22 First Division 39 4 0 0 39 4
1922–23 First Division 39 1 2 0 41 1
1923–24 First Division 22 0 1 0 23 0
1924–25 First Division 40 3 3 0 43 3
1925–26 First Division 30 1 4 0 34 1
1926–27 First Division 22 0 0 0 22 0
1927–28 First Division 13 0 0 0 13 0
1928–29 First Division 9 0 0 0 9 0
Total 245 12 11 0 256 12
Carlisle United 1929–30 Third Division North 9 1 0 0 9 1
Career Total 328 17 16 1 344 18

Honours[edit]

Stoke

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c "Charlie Parker". A Love Supreme. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bradford City 2–2 Sunderland". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Charlie Parker". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 31 July 2008.