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Charlie Athersmith

Aston Villa FC

12 appearances, 3 goals

P 12 W 9 D 1 L 2 F 43: A 13
79% successful
1892-1900

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1080

Profile

Full name William Charles Athersmith Harper
Born 10 May 1872 in Bloxwich, Walsall, Staffordshire [no registration for Athersmith found. However, a registration is found for William Charles Athersmith Harper is found in Walsall, June 1872]

Notes

New and enlightened information provided by Chris French has proven that Charlie Athersmith has in fact, another surname, Harper, and this was dropped at some point.

Census Note

According to the 1881 census, W C A Harper, the only child to Isaac and Mary Jane (née Wootton), is living with his mother, Mary J, and his step-father, Charles Perry.  These in turn, live with the Wootton's at a public house at 6A, 7 & 8 The Green in Walsall. Charles and Mary Jane with three children of their own, William's half-siblings. Charles is a stirrup flier.

According to the 1891 census, Charles Athersmith is an office clerk lodging at 30 Cattell Road, Aston, with the Baggott's, his future in-laws.

According to the 1901 census, Athersmith, along with seven other footballers, is visiting Blackpool, for they are staying at the Station Hotel on Talbot Road.
His family home was at 37 Carlton Road in Aston, where his wife, Elizabeth and daughter, Eveline M[arie], and one servant were living.

Following his death, according to the 1911 census, Elizabeth Athersmith and her daughter, Marie, are living at 27 Wyndcliff Road in Aston, along with her father and uncle. 
Family History Notes Athersmith is absolutely certainly a Harper. In early reports, he is known for being a cousin of Vic Wright. The Family Tree reveals that a first cousin of William Harper, is in fact, Vic Wright, born in Bloxwich, 1909. The only mystery then, is why, and how, did William Harper become Charlie Athersmith.
Married to Elizabeth Baggott, 1 January 1893 [registered in Aston, March 1893] occupation registered as clerk. Elizabeth was a British subject born in Cincinatti, USA.
Died 18 September 1910 at Victoria Villas, Station Hill, Oaken Gates, Shifnal, aged 38 years, 131 days. [registered in Shifnal, Shropshire, September 1910]. Address stated The Royal George, Evesham Street in Redditch.
He was poorly for the week leading up to his death. Victoria Villas was his mother's home.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st 4lb [1892], 5' 8½", 11st  [1895]

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004].

Club Career

Club(s) Played for Bloxwich Wanderers FC when he was only 12 years-old, until the team amalgamated with the Bloxwich Strollers FC, and then he became a Strollers' player. Joined and played with the Unity Gas Depot in Saltley before joining Aston Villa FC in February 1891 and appearing in 308 league appearances, scoring 85 goals. Villa did not offer Charlie a new contract and so joined Small Heath FC in September 1901 until 1905, making another 106 league appearances, scoring thirteen goals. It was reported however, that Athersmith had agreed to join newly-formed professional club Plymouth Argyle FC of the Southern League on 30 March 1903. Athersmith played on a Tagg & Campbell tour of Germany in 1906, for which he received a years suspension from football by the Football Association, it was lifted on 16 May 1907.
Club honours Football League Champions 1893-94, 1895-96, 1896-97, 1898-99, 1899-1900; FA Cup winners 1894-95, 1896-97, runners-up 1891-92;
Individual honours Football League (nine appearances, four goals)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004].

England Career

Player number One of thirteen, across two matches, who became the 185th players (195) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 44, 5 March 1892, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, aged 19 years 301 days.
Last match No. 70, 7 April 1900, Scotland 4 England 1, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 27 years 333 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1891-92, 1896-97, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1899-1900;
Team honours British Championship winners 1891-92, 1897-98, 1898-99;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Regarded as a player with pace, this came from track experience - he had run both as an amateur and professionally with some success, in an unusual variety of distances from 100 yards to a mile. Became a landlord in his native Bloxwich in August 1901 after Villa let him go, namely the The Red Lion and the Vine Inn, he also took possession of the Bloxwich Alexandria grounds, before he spent two seasons with Grimsby Town FC as a trainer between June 1907 and May 1909. He returned to Redditch, where he was landlord of the Royal George in Evesham Street. Died soon after. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.15/16

England Disgrace

"Charlie Athersmith, the well-known Aston Villa international footballer, who is landlord of the Vine Inn, Blowich, Walsall, was fined yesterday for supplying a girl with beer in bottles which were unsealed." - Dundee Courier, 19 May 1905

 

Charlie Athersmith - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Gls Av. min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
12 12 12 1080 3 360 min 3 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Charlie Athersmith - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 6 5 0 1 30 5 +25 0 3 5.00 0.167 83.3 +4
Away 6 4 1 1 13 8 +2 0 2 2.167 1.333 75.0 +3
All - British Championship 12 9 1 2 43 13 +30 0 5 3.583 1.083 79.2 +7

 

Charlie Athersmith - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competitions
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1896-97 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 0 2 3.667 0.667 66.7 +1
BC 1897-98 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 0 1 3.00 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1898-99 3 3 0 0 19 3 +16 0 1 6.333 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1899-1900 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0 0 1.00 2.50 25.0 -1
BC All 12 9 1 2 43 13 +30 0 5 3.583 1.083 79.2 +7
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 12 9 1 2 43 13 +30 0 5 3.583 1.083 79.2 +7
All 12 9 1 2 43 13 +30 0 5 3.583 1.083 79.2 +7

 

Charlie Athersmith - Match History
 Clubs: Aston Villa F.C. - 12 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 12 full capsx

Age 19
1 44 5 March 1892 - Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start or
Age 24
2 59 20 February 1897 - England 6 Ireland 0, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham BC HW Start 75 or
3 60 29 March 1897 - England 4 Wales 0, Bramall Lane, Sheffield HW Start or
4 61 3 April 1897 - England 1 Scotland 2, Sports Arena, Penge HL Start or
Age 25
5 62 5 March 1898 - Ireland 2 England 3, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start 42 or
6 63 28 March 1898 - Wales 0 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW Start or
7 64 2 April 1898 - Scotland 1 England 3, Celtic Park, Glasgow AW Start or
Age 26
8 65 18 February 1899 - England 13 Ireland 2, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Start nk or
9 66 20 March 1899 - England 4 Wales 0, Ashton Gate, Bristol HW Start or
10 67 6 April 1899 - England 2 Scotland 1, Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham HW Start or
Age 27
11 69 26 March 1900 - Wales 1 England 1, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff BC AD Start or
12 70 7 April 1900 - Scotland 4 England 1, Celtic Park, Glasgow AL Start or

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