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Arthur Chadwick

Southampton FC, Portsmouth FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 F 2: A 5
25% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Arthur Chadwick
Birth Thursday, 26 August 1875 in Baxenden, Church, Lancashire
  registered in Haslingden July-September 1875
Baptism 22 September 1875 at Christ Church, Accrington.

According to the 1881 census, Arthur is the second of five children to Thomas and Susannah (née Horsfield). They live at 4 Chadwick Fold in Baxenden. His father is a joiner.


According to the 1891 census, Arthur, a cotton weaver, now has four more young siblings, making him one of nine, and along with their parents, they remain at Chadwick Fold in Baxenden. His father is still a joiner.


According to the 1901 census, Arthur is a professional footballer boarding with the Boyes at 122 Milton Road in Shirley, Hampshire.
(His mother died late 1902, followed by his father on 3 March 1907)


According to the 1911 census, Arthur is a boarder with Alice Fry. He is a professional footballer, living at 24 Iddesleigh Road in Exeter.

Marriage to Winifred Kenshole Green, Tuesday, 26 September 1916 at St Michael's Church, Heavitree, Devon
  registered in Exeter July-September 1916
"Marriage of Mr. Arthur Chadwick of Exeter
"The wedding of Mr. Arthur Chadwick, of Church, Accrington, the famous English International footballer, and up till recently manager of Exeter City Southern League Club, and Miss Winifred Kenshole Green, older daughter of the late Mr. Frank Green, and Mrs. Green, of 30, Park-road, Exeter, took place yesterday at the Parish Church of St. Michael's, Heavitree. The marriage ceremony, which was very quietly solemnised, was performed by the Rev. T. J. Ponting, Vicar of Heavitree. The bride, who was given away by her mother, was charmingly suited by her tailor-made travelling costume of nigger-brown gabardine, worn with a velours hat to match and racoon furs. Her ornaments included a diamond and aquamarine ring, the gift of the bridegroom. The bride's sister, Miss Ethne Green, wearing a wedgewood blue costume and white hat, was the only bridesmaid. A gold bangle was her souvenir gift from the bridesgroom, to whom the bride gave a gold watch. Mr. F. Sellick accompanied Mr. Chadwick as 'best man.' There was no reception after the ceremony, which was attended only by immediate relatives and a few intimate friends. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Chadwick driving from the church direct to the station, en route for Lancashire."
- The Western Times, Wednesday, 27 September 1916.

According to the 1921 census, Arthur, now married to Winifred and a football manager to Exeter City FC, is living at 66 Pinhoe Road in Exeter.

Death Saturday, 21 March 1936 at St James' Park, Exeter, Devon, whilst watching Exeter City FC.
aged 60 years 208 days registered in Exeter January-March 1936


"While watching the Exeter City and Clapton Orient match to-day, Arthur Chadwick collapsed and died. He played for Southampton in their best days in the Southern League and was England's centre half against Scotland and Wales in 1900. He was Exeter City's first manager."
- Midland Daily Telegraph, Saturday, 21 March 1936./Daily Herald, Monday, 23 March 1936.
The Football League Division Three South match was played, with Clapton Orient running out as 3-2 victors.
"A painful sensation was caused on the Exeter City F.C. ground on Saturday when Mr. Arthur Chadwick, the old England international and Southampton half-back and the first manager of Exeter City, collapsed in the [grand]stand and died within a few seconds. He had arrived on the ground as a spectator just before the start of the match with Clapton Orient. Taking his seat [was with the Orient directors], he complained of not feeling too well [Despite attention from medical men and members of St. John Ambulance], and the end came almost immediately afterwards. He was
about 60 years of age, and leaves a widow." - Hampshire Telegraph & Post [Gloucestershire Citizen], Friday, 27 March 1936

Wednesday, 25 March 1936
Higher Cemetery in Exeter

...at the Higher Cemetery on Wednesday was fully attended. The service was taken by the Rev. T. G. Blackwood-Price, acting for the Vicar of St. Mark's (the Rev. J. H. Freeman). The mourners were the widow, Mr. F. K. Green (brother-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. Manders (brother-in-law and sister), and Mr. and Mrs. A. Kenshole (cousins). Among those also present were the Deputy Mayor of Exeter (Mr. F. P. Cottey), who represented the Exeter City Board of Directors, and is also a member of the 'Semper Fidelis' Lodge of Freemasons; Mr. S. H. Thomas (secretary, Exeter City), Mr. A. Norman Kendall (former director of Exeter City), Mr. C. Miller (captain of Exeter City), Messrs. A. (Billy) Crawshaw, J. Colebourne, J. Dockray and L. Copestake (former Exeter City players), Mr. Charles F. Hoskins (representing Southampton Football Club and Supporters' Club), Mr. Reg. Loram (assistant trainer, Exeter City) and Mrs. Loram, Mr. Ernie Edwards (late trainer, Exeter City, Swansea, and Burnley) and Mrs., Edwards, Messrs. L. W. Maddicks (Devon County Football Association), R. H. Davey (East Devon Area Committee), O. F. Passmore (chairman), George H. Rice and O. H. Colbourne (Exeter and District Football League), A. J. Tidball (chairman, East Devon Referees' Association), E. J. Spettigue (East Devon and Victory League), L. Wotton (representing sporting Press and City Supporters' Club Committee)...Among the floral tributes were those from the Football Association, Exeter City directors and players; and Football League clubs, including Southampton, Reading, Brighton, Clapton Orient, and Portsmouth." - Devon and Exeter Gazette, Friday, 27 March 1936
Probate "CHADWICK Arthur of 66 Pinhoe-road Exeter died 21 March 1936 Probate Exeter 27 April to Winifred Kenshole Chadwick widow.
Effects £2952 1s. 6d." [2024 equivalent: £173,716]
  Winifred Chadwick died on 27 November 1949 in Ealing, and is buried with Arthur

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

Playing Career

Began his career at Church FC, soon after playing for Accrington FC and Burton Swifts FC in 1895. Joined Southampton FC in the 1897 close season and made 81 Southern League appearances, scoring six goals. Signed for Portsmouth FC on 9 May 1901 and made another seventy Southern League appearances, scoring another twelve times. Northampton Town FC followed in the 1904 close season. Then a return to Accrington FC in 1906. Appointed as player-manager of Exeter City on 27 July 1908, retiring two years later.
League honours
55 appearances, 7 goals
Burton Swifts FC 1895-97 55 appearances, seven goals
debut (division two): 7 September 1895 Leicester Fosse FC 2 Burton Swifts FC 1.
last (division two): 19 April 1897 Blackpool FC 3 Burton Swifts FC 0.
Club honours Southern League winners 1897-98, 1898-99, 1900-01, 1901-02;
FA Cup
runners-up 1899-1900;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 8", 12st. 0lbs [1910]. "as tall as F. Forman and red-headed"


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

Management Career

Became the first manager of Exeter City FC on 27 July 1908 until he tended his resignation on 14 December 1922, to take effect on the last day of the year. Manager of Reading FC on 7 January 1923 until he resigned on 21 October 1925. Appointed manager of Southampton FC on 28 October until he again, tended his resignation on 17 April 1931, effective from the end of that season. He had prior to that, been a favourite to take the Tottenham Hotspur FC vacancy in December 1929.

League honours
P 455 - W 161 - D 114 - L 180
Football League Division Three South winners 1925-26, although Chadwick had resigned on 21 October 1925 after just nine matches this season.
Football League best Division Two fourth place (with Southampton FC) 1928-29;
FA Cup best semi-finals (with Southampton FC) 1926-27 (losing 2-1 to Arsenal);

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 252nd players (252) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
First match No. 69, 26 March 1900, Wales 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street, Temperance, Cardiff, aged 24 years 212 days.
Last match No. 70, 7 April 1900, Scotland 4 England 1, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 24 years 224 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1899-1900;
Team honours None
Individual honours The South (one appearance 1ᵍ, March 1900; withdrew in 1901 & 1902)
Distinctions Cousin of Edgar Chadwick
Died thirteen days after Ernest Needham

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.60.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
2 2 2 180 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0 0 1 2.5 25 -1
Both of his matches were 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 1899-1900 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0 0 1.00 2.50 25.0 -1
BC All 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0 0 1.00 2.50 25.0 -1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0 0 1.00 2.50 25.0 -1
2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0 0 1 2.5 25 -1

Match History

 Club: Southampton F.C. - two full appearances (180 min) F.A. International Select Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 24 trial  
one appearance  - The South vs. The North, 7 March 1900;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 69 26 March 1900 - Wales 1 England 1
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
BC AD   ch

one of four who became the 252nd player (252) to appear for England
the third Southampton FC player to represent England

2 70 7 April 1900 - Scotland 4 England 1
Celtic Park, Glasgow
BC AL   ch

Age 25 trial  
withdrew  - The South vs. The North, February 1901;

 Club: Portsmouth F.C. - no full appearances  

Age 26 trial  
withdrew  - The South vs. The North, February 1902;

74 3 March 1902 - Wales 0 England 0, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AD chosen,
but unavailable