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Charlie Buchan

Sunderland AFC

6 caps, 4 goals

P 6 W 2 D 2 L 2 F 9: A 6
50% successful

1912-24

disciplined: none
captaincies:
twice
minutes played:
540

Profile

Full name Charles Murray Buchan
Born 22 September 1891 at 151 Reidhaven Road, Plumstead, London [registered in Woolwich, December 1891].
Attended the High Street School in Plumstead, admitted on 20 June 1898, discharged 22 July 1903. From here he attended Bloomfield Road School, and then Woolwich Polytechnic.

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Scots-woman Jane Buchan is pregnant with the child that would become Charles. His Scots-father, William, is a blacksmith, and they live at 151 Reidhaven Road in Plumstead. along with siblings, Jeannie, William and Thomas Murray.
According to the 1898 admission register for his school, they were still living at 151 Reidhaven Road in 1898.

According to the 1901 census, Charles is the fourth child of five to Scots-father William and Jane. They live at 8 Nyanza Street in Plumstead. His father is a blacksmith.

According to the 1911 census, Charles Murray is a professional footballer residing at the Grand Hotel in Bridges Street, Sunderland. He had just signed for Sunderland AFC.
According to his army records, he was living at 19 Side Cliff Road in Roker, Sunderland.
And according to the London Electoral Rolls, Charles and Ellen were living at 27 Mayfield Gardens in Hendon in 1928. Although by 1931 until at least 1934, they were living at 77 Templars Avenue, also in Hendon. By 1951, until his death, they were living at 22 Millbrooke Court in Putney. And according to the British Phone Books, could be contacted there at VANdyke 4795.

Married to Ellen Robson [registered in Sunderland, Durham, March 1914].
Died 25 June 1960 at Beaulieu-sur-Mer, south France, aged 68 years 326 days [not registered in England]. Living at 22 Milbrooke Court in Keswick Road, Putney, at the time. Left £17,818 11s. 11d. to his widow, Ellen.
He was on holiday at the time, when he suffered from a heart attack.
He was cremated in Marseille, although his ashes reside in the chapel of rest at Golders Green crematorium, his ashes are in a niche in the hall, top floor on the North Wall, number 5793. A memorial service was held at St Bride's Church in Fleet Street. - The Colonel, ReadyToGo
Height/Weight 6' 1", 12st. 1lbs [1921].

Source

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

Biographies A Lifetime in Football - Charlie Buchan (Phoenix House, London 1955)
 

He of Football Monthly fame enjoyed a distinguished career with Sunderland and Arsenal from 1910 to 1928 before becoming a sportswriter and BBC radio broadcaster, noted for his 7.25 evening summaries of the Saturday's play. Few autobiographies speak with such authority about football prior to Word War One and into the twenties; this is a very informative work. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Started his football career at left-back playing with the Woolwich Polytechnic FC team of the Kent Senior League. He was moved to a forward position after scoring five goals in one match. He also played with his local church side, Plumstead St. Nicholas FC. Buchan also turned out for Plumstead FC and also Elder Tree FC. It was from the Polytechnic, where Buchan was training to be a schoolmaster, that Woolwich Arsenal FC signed him as an amateur in December and played him in the reserves. During which, he signed amateur forms with Northfleet FC in November 1909, of the Kent Keague. After a successful 1909-10 season, Buchan was offered the chance to sign for Bury FC, and then Fulham FC, both were turned down. Then in May 1910, Leyton Orient FC offered Buchan a healthy wage to sign him, and he duly signed. Although Arsenal complained, because he was still on their books. Sunderland AFC paid £1250 to take him there on 30 March 1911. During the War he played with the Guards Depot before guesting for Chelsea FC, Birmingham FC and Huddersfield Town AFC. After 370 league appearances and a record 209 goals, The Arsenal FC re-signed Buchan in July 1925 for a £4100 transfer fee, for the 1925-26 season, Sunderland would also receive £100 for every goal he scored for his new club. After 49 goals in 102 league appearances, he retired in May 1928.
Club honours Football League Champions 1912-13, runners-up 1922-23, 1925-26; FA Cup runners-up 1912-13, 1926-27;
Individual honours Football League (ten appearances)
Distinctions Played cricket for Durham CC in 1920.
Buchan co-founded the Football Writers Association in 1947.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Charlie Buchan's A Lifetime in Football [1955].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 361st players (365) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-forward, centre-forward
First match No. 114, 15 February 1913, Ireland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 21 years 146 days.
Last match No. 140, 12 April 1924, England 1 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 32 years 202 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1912-13, 1919-20, 1920-21, 1923-24;
Team honours British Championships winners 1912-13;
Individual honours England Victory (one appearance, 1919)
Distinctions After the game on 15 February 1913 against Ireland, Buchan got involved in a argument with a member of the FA Select Committee. As a result he was dropped from the team.
Charlie Buchan could easily have played for the Scotland national team, through his Scottish parents, who came from Aberdeen. He was asked to play for them in 1912.

Beyond England

Buchan volunteered for the Grenadier Guards, and served in the trenches, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. He finished the war as a second lieutenant with the Sherwood Forresters. Buchan took up teaching at Cowan Terrace School, near Park Lane in Sunderland, but could not carry on due to his professional career. Went into journalism in 1928 as football and golf correspondent of the Daily News and, on that paper's amalgamation, the News Chronicle. He also did football commentary on BBC Radio. In 1951, became the editor of the newly launched Football Monthly. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.52.

 

Charlie Buchan - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
9+ 6 4 540 4 135 min 2 twice 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 Buchan - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 0 0 1.00 1.50 25.0 -1
Away 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4 1 2 1.75 0.75 62.5 +1
All 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3 1 2 1.50 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Charlie Buchan - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 1 1 0.75 1.25 25.0 -2
Friendly 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 0 1 3.00 0.50 100.0 +2
All 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3 1 2 1.50 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Charlie Buchan - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1912-13 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1919-20 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1920-21 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC 1923-24 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 1 1 0.75 1.25 25.0 -2
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 1 1 0.75 1.25 25.0 -2
All 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 1 1 0.75 1.25 25.0 -2

 

Charlie Buchan - Match History
 Club: Sunderland A.F.C. - 6 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 6 full capsx

Age 20
- 113 23 March 1912 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AD reserve
Age 21
1 114 15 February 1913 - Ireland 2 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AL Start 10 ir


Age 28
2 121 15 March 1920 - England 1 Wales 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London BC HL Start 7 ir
Age 29
3 124 14 March 1921 - Wales 0 England 0, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AD Captain cf
4 126 21 May 1921 - Belgium 0 England 2, Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Sint-Jans Molenbeek, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 33 cf
Age 31
5 134 10 May 1923 - France 1 England 4, Stade Pershing, Paris tour AW Capt 35 ir
- 135 21 May 1923 - Sweden 2 England 4, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm AW reserve
- 136 24 May 1923 - Sweden 1 England 3, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm AW
Age 32
6 140 12 April 1924 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HD Start cf

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