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Chris Charsley

Small Heath FC

1 appearance, 1 goal against

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


captain: none
minutes played:


  Charles Christopher Charsley
Birth Monday, 7 November 1864 at 48 Rutland Street in Castle, Leicester, Leicestershire
  registered in Leicester October-December 1864
  According to the 1871 census, Christopher is the younger brother of Lewis, and the older brother of Alfred and Walter to Joseph and Lucy (née Dutton). They live at 5 Albert Terrace in Stafford. His father is a shoe finisher.
(His father died in late 1874)
  According to the 1881 census, Christopher is a Boot Putler Up, and with his widowed mother and brothers, they live at 26 Greyfriars Place in Stafford.
  According to the 1891 census, Charles C is a police sergeant, he lives with his mother and two younger brothers, and a servant. They all live at 15 Eversley Road in Bordesley, Aston.
Marriage to Sarah Mary Helena Keesey, at St. Michael's Church in Stone, late 1896.
  registered in Aston October-December 1896
Children Chris and Sarah Charsley had two children together, Donald Christopher James, (b.16 May 1901) and Norah Mary Lucy (b.1905)
"The Coventry Watch Committee met this afternoon to again consider the appointment of a Chief Constable of the city, vice Mr. A. Gray, resigned. The committee were to receive the report of the sub-committee as to their investigations at Truro, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Birmingham upon the candidature of Chief Constable Coleman, Chief Constable Stirling, and Chief Inspector Charlsey, who are at present located at these places respectively.
"Chief Inspector Charsley, of Birmingham, was this afternoon appointed to the post, the salary of which is £350 per annum. The meeting was presided over by the Mayor (Dr. Webb Fowler), and the report of the sub-committee having been received, the three candidates were voted upon. the voting resulting in the appointment of Mr. Charsley. Mr. Gray's resignation takes effect on Monday next."
- The Midland Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, 25 July 1899..
  According to the 1901 census, Charles Christopher is married to Sarah. He is Chief of Police. They live with his mother and a servant at The Laurels, Little Heath, Cross Road, Coventry.
(His mother, Lucy, died late-1901)
  According to the 1911 census, Charles Christopher is still Chief of Police, with one son, Donald, and two servants. They live at 1 Barr's Hill Terrace in Radford Road, Coventry. His wife is not on this census return, and nor can be found elsewhere, she will be with their second child, Norah.
  According to the 1921 census, Charles Christopher is now the retired Chief Constable for the City of Coventry, and with his wife, Sarah Mary Helene, they both live at 1 Atlantic Terrace East in Weston-Super-Mare.
Kelly's Directory of Somerset in 1923 states that Charley was at 42 South Road.
  According to the 1939 register, Charles C. and Sarah M.H. are still married, living at 42 South Road in Weston-super-Mare. He is a retired Chief of Police,
"Sympathy has been extended to Councillor C. C. Charsley, of Tower Side, The Shrubbery, Weston-super-Mare, in the loss he has sustained by the death, which took place yesterday of  his wife, Mrs Sarah Mary Helena Charsley (68). Until a few weeks ago, when she experienced a stroke, Mrs Charsley had devotedly nursed her husband through an illness lasting two years. Mrs Charsley was a keen worker at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where her husband—who is ex-Chief Constable of Coventry and formerly Deputy-Mayor of Weston-super-Mare—was choirmaster for over 20 years. She had filled the presidency of the Catholic Women's League."
- The Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror, Thursday, 4 January 1945.
Wife's Probate "CHARSLEY Sarah Mary Helena otherwise Sarah Mary Helena Nellie of Towerside 12 Shrubbery-avenue Weston-super-Mare (wife of Charles Christopher Charsley) died 3 January 1945 Probate Bristol 9 July to Donald Christopher James Charlsey draughtsman and George Dare Frampton newspaper director.
Effects £563 15s. 5d." [2019 equivalent: £24,482].
Death Wednesday, 10 January 1945 at 12 Shrubbery Avenue, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.
aged 80 years 64 days registered in Weston-super-Mare January-March 1945


"DEATH OF MR C. C. CHARSLEY―Prominent Public Man in Weston.
"The death occurred last night of Councillor C. C. Charsley of Weston-super-Mare. His health had been poor for some months, and it was only a week ago to the day that his wife died. Mr Charsley, who had represented the West Ward since April, 1935, was deputy Mayor in 1939-40, and for several years had been chairman of the Public Libraries Committee and of the area Public Assistance Committee. Since 1938 he had been also A.R.P. sub-Controller of Somerset No, 3 Civil Defence Area, which included Weston and the Axbridge rural district. We went to Weston at the end of the last war, when he retired from the position of chief constable of Coventry. In his younger days he was an amateur international footballer, having gained his English Cap in 1892-93. He was a man of wide interests and considerable ability in many directions. He was an expert flautist, and while in Weston he produced several amateur pantomines, for which he wrote the books and lyrics. For over 20 years he had been organist of St. Joseph's (R.C.) Church, Weston. He was also a short story writer, who had many stories in different publications. Before the war he was a great believer in the value of A.R.P., and it was largely due to his efforts that the Weston Civil Defence reached such a high standard of efficiency." - The Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror, Thursday, 11 January 1945.

Saturday, 13 January 1945
St Joseph's Catholic Church, Weston-super-Mare.
"The Mayor of Mayoress of Weston-super-Mare (Councillor and Mrs G. Wood), the Town Clek (Mr J. C. Kitchin), the Deputy Mayoress (Mrs Heybyrne) and members and officials of the Corporation were among the large attendance at the funeral on Saturday of Councillor C. C. Charsley. The coffin was draped with the Civil Defence flag, on which reposed his Chief Constable's cap and sword. Father J. T. Judge officiated at sung Requim Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Sub-Lieut. Charles Dorning, the B.B.C. soloist, and a friend of the family sang 'Ave Maria' which was composed by the late Mr. Charsley, whose daughter, Mrs G. D. Frampton, accompanied him on the organ. A guard of honour, under Mr R. W. Saunders (Area Organiser, A.R.P.), was composed of the three divisional  wardens and heads of services, and representatives of the W.V.S" - The Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror, Monday, 15 January 1945.
Probate "CHARSLEY Charles Christopher of Towerside 12 Shrubbery-avenue Weston-super-Mare died 10 January 1945 Probate Bristol 9 July to Donald Christopher James Charlsey motor body works draughtsman and designer.
Effects £940 17s. 10d." [2019 equivalent: £40,876].
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Played schoolboy football in Stafford before joining Stafford Town FC in 1881 and onto Stafford Rangers FC, during which time he guested for Aston Villa FC. Signed for Small Heath FC in 1886 and West Bromwich Albion FC in August 1891. Returned to Small Heath in December 1891 and retired in the 1893 close season, despite receiving an offer to join a Lancashire club. Although he did help Small Heath at the end of the following season, helping them win promotion to the First Division.

League History
19 appearances
West Bromwich Albion FC 1891 one appearance
debut: 21 November 1891 West Bromwich Albion FC 2 Preston North End 2.
Small Heath FC 1892-94, 18 appearances
debut (division two): 3 September 1893 Small Heath FC 3 Burslem Port Vale FC 2.
last (division two): 7 April 1894 Small Heath FC 3 Notts County FC 0.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1891-92 (0ᵃ);
Football League Division Two winners
1892-93 (14ᵃ), runners-up 1893-94 (4ᵃ);
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 11½", ?st. ?lbs [1891].
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 199th players (199) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper; 22nd goalkeeper to appear for England.
Only match No. 47, 25 February 1893, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Wellington Road Football Ground, Perry Barr, Handsworth, aged 28 years 110 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1892-93;
Team honours British Championship winners 1892-93;
Individual honours None
Distinctions First player to the second tier of the Football League to play for England.
First from Birmingham City to represent England, the only player to come from the club when it was named Small Heath FC.

Beyond England

Charlsey joined the Birmingham City police force in November 1885, subsequently serving as Chief Constable of Coventry from July 1899 to 1918, retiring thereafter. He moved to Weston-super-Mare where he was a borough councillor from 1933 until his death. He was also Deputy Mayor 1939-40. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.63.

The Numbers
parties Apps Comp
minutes Goals
GA Av.
Comp GA Clean
Sht Av
1 1 1 90 1 90 min 1 none 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 and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1892-93 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

 Club: Small Heath F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍᵃ F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min) 1ᵍᵃx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 28
1 47 25 February 1893 - England 6 Ireland 1
Wellington Road Football Ground, Handsworth
BC HW 1ᵍᵃ
cs: 81min
ᵍᵃlightning shot

one of seven who became the 199th players (199) to appear for England
the first player from Small Heath FC to represent England
the first player from the second tier of the Football League to represent England
The 22nd goalkeeper to play for England - eighth competitive