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Charley Dobson

Notts County FC & Corinthians FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Charles Frederick Dobson
Birth Tuesday, 9 September 1862 at 23 Lenton Road, Basford, Nottinghamshire
  registered in Basford October-December 1862.
"DOBSON.―On the 8th instant, the wife of William Dobson, Esq., The Park, Nottingham, of twin sons." - Nottinghamshire Guardian, Friday, 12 September 1862. - Note the newspaper states the 8th. His twin brother is Francis Pearson.
Baptism 27 September 1862 at St. Barnabas' Church, Nottingham.
"DEATHS —On the 14th at Hastings, Sabina, the beloved wife of Mr. Wm. E. Dobson, the Park, Nottingham" - Saturday, 16 February 1867, Nottingham Journal

(His mother, Sabina (née Pearson), died in February 1867)
Charles cannot be found on the 1871 census, although his father, William Ebenezer is found at 23 Lenton Road with two servants.
(His father remarried at the end of 1871 to Martha Downing Stevens)


According to the 1881 census, Charles F. is one of six children living with their widowed father, living at 23 Lenton Road in Nottingham, along with step-daughter Miss Augusta Stevens, and five servants.

Marriage to Ada Mary Houghton, in late 1886 in Coventry.
  registered in Coventry October-December 1886.
Children Charley and Ada Dobson had six daughters together. Gertrude Mary (b.10 August 1887), Winifred Mary (b.1889), Clare Magdalene (b.23 July 1891), Ruth Mary (b.30 August 1892) and Margaret Joan (b.22 June 1897).

According to the 1891 census, Charles Frederick, a lace dresser foreman, is now married to Ada Mary, with two daughters, Gertrude and Winifred. They live with two servants at 1 Hamilton Drive in Standard Hill, Nottingham.

(His father died on 31 January 1901)
According to the 1901 census, Charles F., a lace manufacturer, still married with two more daughters, Mary and Margaret, and two servants. Living at Over Bank House in Upper Broughton, near Melton Mowbray.

According to the 1911 census, Charles Frederick, is still a lace manufacturer, still married, and with one of their daughters, Mary, living at 15 Cavendish Crescent in Nottingham, with two servants. They had had six children, one had died.

Cannot be found on the 1921 census.
(His brother, Alf Dobson died on 22 October 1932)

Death Thursday, 18 May 1939 at 17 Blakesley Avenue in Ealing, Middlesex
  aged 76 years 251 days registered in Brentford April-June 1939.
"DOBSON.―On Thursday, May 18, 1939, at 17, Blakesley Avenue, Ealing, late of The Park, Nottingham, Charles Frederick Dobson, aged 76." - Marylebone Mercury, Saturday, 27 May 1939


"DEATH OF MR. C. F. DOBSON―Formerly In Business In Nottingham
"The death has occurred at Ealing of Mr. Charles Frederick Dobson, formerly of Nottingham, a son of the late Mr. W. E. Dobson, who was a justice of the peace for the city. Mr. Dobson was a member of the firm of Messrs. W. E. and F. Dobson, dressers and cotton doublers, of Queen's-road, but retired from the business some years ago, and went to live in London. He leaves a widow and married daughter.
"A member of the famous Corinthians in their heyday, Mr. Dobson was a clever exponent of half-back play, and assisted England against Ireland in 1886, while he was a prominent figure with Notts County."
The Nottingham Evening Post, Saturday, 20 May 1939.
Probate "DOBSON Charles Frederick otherwise Charles of 17 Blakesley-avenue Ealing Middlesex died 18 May 1939 Probate London 29 August to Ada Dobson widow.
Effects £5537 9s." [2019 equivalent: £364,642].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Nottingham until joining Notts County FC, where he remained until the end of 1888-89 season.
Corinthians 1885-86
League Histor1 appearance Notts County FC 1888, one appearance
debut: 8 December 1888, Notts County FC 2 Aston Villa FC 4.
Club honours None
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & ENFA.

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 125th player (128) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back
Only match No. 26, 13 March 1886, Ireland 1 England 6, British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 23 years 185 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1885-86;
Team honours British Championship (shared) 1885-86;
Distinctions Younger brother of Alf Dobson

Beyond England

Worked in the Nottingham's family fabric business. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.89.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at an away venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1885-86 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1

Match History

 Clubs: Notts County F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 23
1 26 13 March 1886 - Ireland 1 England 6
Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast
BC AW   hb

one of eight who became the 125th player (128) to appear for England
the tenth player from Notts County FC to represent England
one of seven who became the sixteenth Corinthian to represent England
followed his brother Alf in playing for England - the ninth set of brothers to do so