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Charlie Williams (footballer)

This article is about the English footballer. For other people called Charles or Charlie Williams, see Charles Williams.
For the Doncaster Rovers player turned comedian, see Charlie Williams (comedian).
Charlie Williams
Personal information
Full nameCharles Albert Williams
Date of birth(1873-11-19)19 November 1873
Place of birthWelling, Kent, England
Date of death1952 (aged 78–79)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Senior career*
1894–1902Manchester City232(1)
1902–1905Tottenham Hotspur
Norwich City
Teams managed
B 93
Lille OSC
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charles Albert "Charlie" Williams (19 November 1873 – 1952) was an English football goalkeeper and manager, who was the first goalkeeper known to have scored a goal in a first-class match.[1]

Playing career

Williams started his career as a youth with minor clubs Phoenix and Erith before joining Royal Arsenal in 1891. He spent his first two seasons in and out of the first team, and started the 1893-94 season, Arsenal's first in the Football League, as regular goalkeeper, being in goal for Arsenal's very first game against Newcastle United on 2 September 1893.

However, Williams was in goal for some of Arsenal's most heavy defeats that season, including a 0-6 defeat to Newcastle United and a 0-5 loss to Liverpool. Arsenal signed Harry Storer in the 1894 close season and duly sold Williams on to Manchester City; he had played 23 first-class matches in total for Arsenal.[2]

At City, he was regular goalkeeper for eight seasons, and while there he won a Second Division winners' medal in 1898-99, and became the first goalkeeper in history to score a goal from open play, with a long clearance against Sunderland at Roker Park on 14 April 1900.

He later had spells with Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Brentford.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, he became a manager, taking charge of the Danish national team, whom he led to a second place at the 1908 Olympics. He also later managed the Danish club B 93 and French side Lille OSC. According to the Arsenal F.C. official magazine, he then moved to Brazil to manage Fluminense, where he managed the team in the first ever Fla-Flu derby, which Fluminense won 3 - 2.

Personal life

He died in 1952 in South America, aged 78. Reports say he had a son, also named Charlie, who was a referee in the 1950s.

Seth Burkett, a Lincolnshire born youngster, is his great-great nephew, and after being spotted by Brazilian football agents while his local team Stamford A.F.C. were on tour in the country, he signed for Brazilian 5th division side Sorriso E.C.. Burkett has received plenty of media attention as he is the only Englishman to be playing professionally in Brazil at the moment.


External links

  • Danish national team profile

Template:Fluminense Football Club managers

Template:Denmark Squad 1908 Olympic Football Tournament

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