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Bob Chatt

Aston Villa FC




  Robert Chatt
Birth Monday, 18 October 1869 in Newgate Street, Barnard Castle, county Durham [registered in Teesdale, December 1869]
Baptised Sunday, 7 November 1869 at Parochial Chapelry, Barnard Castle

According to the 1871 census, one year-old Robert is the youngest of seven children (the sixth son) to Thomas and Margaret (née Snaith). They live in Newgate Street in Barnard Castle and his father is a sergeant in the Durham Fusiliers.


According to the 1881 census, Robert, now a scholar, now has two younger brothers and a younger sister making him one of nine at home on Newgate Street with his sergeant father and mother.


According to the 1891 census, Robert, a professional football player, is one of six still at home in Newgate Street with their parents. His father now a militia pensioner.

Marriage to Margaret Collinson

According to the 1901 census, Robert, now married to Margaret, is a game keeper, and they live on Morton Road in West Newton with Burton Constable, with four children, Margaret Elizabeth, Robert Ashton, Mabel Annie and Jane Auty.


According to the 1911 census, Robert is a football trainer. still married to Margaret, living at 3 Baker Street in Ardwick. They have six children with them, Albert Edward, Gladys May, Joseph William and Beatrice Violet are the new additions. The census reveals they had eleven children, and four had tragically died.

  According to the 1939 census, Robert is living at 15 Dawson Road, in Barnard Castle. He is a married old age pensioner living with four of his children.
Death early 1955 [registered in Durham SW, March 1955]



Playing Career

Club(s) Began his career with Cleator Moor FC, before joining local Northern League club, Middlesbrough Ironopolis FC. He moved on to Aston Villa FC in April 1893, and left in June 1898, when he retired from the professional game. He was reinstated as an amateur and went back to his Durham roots as he joined Stockton FC. He went on to play for South Shields FC and Willington Athletic FC.
League History
86 appearances, 19 goals
Aston Villa FC 1893-98 86 appearances, nineteen goals.
debut: 15 April 1893 Accrington FC 1 Aston Villa FC 1.
last:30 April 1898 Aston Villa FC 2 Nottingham Forest FC.
Club honours Football League Champions 1893-94 (13 apps, 5gls), 1895-96 (17, 3gls), 1896-97 (11, 1gl), third place 1894-95 (27, 10gls);
FA Cup winners
1894-95 (3, 3gls), 1896-97 (1); FA Amateur Cup winners 1898-99;
Individual honours none
Distinctions His FA Cup Final goal after forty seconds in 1895 is the quickest on record.
Height/Weight not known; described as the 'silvery-haired half-back'

England Career

Position(s) Inside-forward
Individual honours None

Beyond England

Chatt became the trainer at various clubs, starting with Doncaster Rovers FC for 1904-05. Port Vale in 1905-06. Then onto Manchester City FC from 1906 until 1916. He returned to South Shields in 1919, then Caerphilly FC for 1921-22 and finally Newport County AFC from 1922 until 1931.

The Numbers
parties reserve
1 1

Match History

 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - no full appearancesx

Age 24
52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AD reserve