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Charlie Roberts

Manchester United FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 1 L 0 F 5: A 2
83% successful

1905

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
270

Profile

Full name Charles Roberts
Born 6 April 1883 in Rise Carr, Darlington, county Durham [registered in Darlington, June 1883].

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Charles, attending school, is the youngest of four children to Jacob and Elizabeth (née Beech). They live at 8 Spring Street in Darlington. His father is a puddler in the local ironworks.

According to the 1901 census, Charles is a furnaceman's labourer in the ironworks, and is the only one living with his parents, at 7 Low Boyne Street in the Harrowgate Hill area of Darlington. His father is now a labourer in the scrap yard of the ironworks.

According to the 1911 census, Charles is a professional footballer, married to May. They have three children, William, Margaret and Charles. Another had tragically died after being born. They also have one servant and they live at 36 North Road in the Clayton area of Manchester.

Married to Mary Elizabeth Cammiss [registered in Selby, June 1906].
Died 7 August 1939 at Manchester Royal Infirmary, aged 56 years 123 days [registered in Liverpool North, December 1939].
"..following an operation on his skull. Roberts had recently suffered from attacks of dizziness caused, it was thought, by heading the ball in his playing days." - The Daily Mail, 7 August 1939
Height/Weight 5' 11½", 12st. 7lbs [1909].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his early career playing with his local side, Darlington St. Augustine's FC and joined the local amateur side, Bishop Auckland FC. Joined Grimsby Town FC in May 1903 for 31 league appearances and four goals, from where Manchester United FC signed him on 22 April 1904 for a record £600 transfer fee, becoming captain in 1906. Rivals Manchester City FC attempted to sign Roberts in the 1912 summer break, but their £1500 offer was refused. However, after 271 league appearances and 22 goals, Oldham Athletic FC signed him as their Captain on 24 August 1913 for another club record fee, £1500. United had refused to guarantee Roberts a second benefit match, so he was allowed to leave. At Oldham, he made 72 league appearances and scored twice. He missed the early part of 1916 because of pneomonia. He then played in a game against Stoke in 1918 and "received such severe injuries", that he never played again. He retired in the early part 1920, although he had been on the sick list for some time, having undergone a variety of operations.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1905-06, League Champions 1907-08, 1910-11; FA Cup winners 1908-09; FA Charity Shield winners 1908, 1911;
Individual honours Football League (nine appearances)
Distinctions Founder of the Player's Union and later its chairman until September 1921;

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed manager at Oldham Athletic FC from 24 June 1921 until he resigned on 15 December 1922.

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 302nd player (305) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
First match No. 83, 25 February 1905, England 1 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, aged 21 years 325 days.
Last match No. 85, 1 April 1905, England 1 Scotland 0, a British Championship match at Sports Arena, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, London, aged 21 years 360 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1904-05;
Team honours British Championship winners 1904-05;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

During his playing days, he was a Sunday School teacher, and was the owner of stationery and newsagents' shops in the Manchester area. During his recoperation, Roberts gave lectures to Scottish players, in hope of setting up a union in the Scottish field. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.209.

 

Charlie Roberts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
3 3 3 270 0 0 min 0 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 Roberts - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2

 

Charlie Roberts - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1904-05 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
BC All 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2

 

Charlie Roberts - Match History
 Club: Manchester United F.C. - 3 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 3 full capsx

Age 21
1 83 25 February 1905 - England 1 Ireland 1, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HD Start ch
2 84 27 March 1905 - England 3 Wales 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool HW Start ch
3 85 1 April 1905 - England 1 Scotland 0, Sports Arena, Penge HW Start ch

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