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Sam Chedgzoy

Everton FC

8 appearances, 0 goals

P 8 W 2 D 3 L 3 F 10: A 11
44% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Private Samuel Chedgzoy
Birth 27 January 1889 in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire [registered in Wirral, March 1889].
Attended Ellesmere Port Church of England Primary.

According to the 1891 census, Samuel is the fifth child of six to Henry and Frances, living in Worcester Street, in Whitby, Ellesmere Port. His father is a galvanized labourer.
Sam's school admission records confirmed he joined Ellesmere Port CofE in January 1893, leaving in July 1898.


None of the Chedgzoy's are on the 1901 census, probably in Canada.

Marriage to Annie Ferrington, on 27 December 1910 [registered in West Derby, December 1910]. Their son, Sydney, was born 27 February 1912.

According to the 1911 census, Samuel is a professional footballer married to Annie, living with his in-laws, the Ferrington's, at 15 Walton Lane in Kirkdale, Liverpool.
According to Liverpool Electoral Registers, Samuel was living at 101 Robson Street in 1913-21, as well as having a house at 31 Hayfield Street.
And according to his army records, at the time of his attestation on 7 December 1915, he was living at 101 Robson Street in Liverpool, and he was a fitters labourer employed by Harland & Wolf. He was demobilised on 23 October 1919, his address was 65 Olney Street in Walton.

According to the 1921 census, Samuel, still a professional footballer (for Everton FC), is living with Gladys and visiting the Dorrofield's at 31 Walsingham Road in Hove.
According to Liverpool Electoral Registers, Samuel was living at 101 Robson Street in 1921-26 with Annie. Her parents were at no.75.
And again, according to the Passenger lists, Samuel, a professional footballer, left with his wife, Ethel, and daughter, Joan, on board the Minnedosa. Their address was stated as 12 Claughton Drive in Wallesey,
Samuel Chedgzoy again left the port of Liverpool on 24 April 1924 and headed towards Montreal, Canada on the Montcalm, a Canadian Pacific steamship. Samuel stated himself as being a professional footballer. He returned to Southampton on the Minnedosa on 31 July. His address on the journey was 101 Robson Street.
Death Saturday, 7 January 1967 in a Montreal hospital, Canada, aged 76 years 345 days [not registered in UK].
Notes: not the 15th January
"Sam Chedgzoy, one of the greatest outside rights of his day and certainly among the finest wingers Everton ever fielded, died on Saturday in Montreal, aged 78. Sam, who joined Everton from a Ellesmere Port ironworks team in 1910, was capped nine times by England against Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with his ability to centre at speed being his great asset. He was a one-club man, his entire Football League career of 16 years being spent at Goodison Park. The only break in his Everton service came as a result of World War I when he signed up with the Scots Guards in 1915. In the summer of 1924, Sam went to Montreal for a summer soccer coaching engagement. He liked it so much that when he parted company with Everton in 1926 he emigrated to Canada where he got a job with an insurance company. He continued to play soccer in Canada and when he must have been close on 50 he turned out for Montreal against a Scottish touring side. He last came back to Britain on holiday some 18 months ago, his Merseyside connections still being strong for his son, Sydney, lives at 30 Harewell Road, Liverpool 11." - The Liverpool Echo, 9 January 1967
"The man who rocked the Soccer world with one sensational goal has died in a Montreal hospital. He was 78 year old Sam Chedgzoy, former Everton winger." - Daily Mirror, Wednesday, 11 January 1967


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his football career in Ellesmere Port playing for Burnell's Ironworks FC. Joined Everton FC in December 1910. Member of the Scot's Guards during the First World War. After 279  league appearances and 33 goals, he then emigrated and played football in the US with New Bedford FC in Massachusetts, from May 1926 until 1930. He was 'for years a member of the famous Bethlehem Steel Corporation's team'. It was thought that Chedgzoy was returning to England in 1930, but instead, went to Canada to assist Carsteel FC, a Montreal club. Still playing with them as a fifty year old.
Club honours Football League Champions 1914-15;
ASL runners-up 1927-28, 1930; Lewis Cup runners-up 1929;
Individual honours Football League (five appearances)
Distinctions It is said that Chedgzoy was the man directly responsible for a change in the corner-kick rule. However, Arsenal's John Rutherford also scored in the same manner in the same match. The same was also attempted in another match, where a free-kick was awarded instead of the goal standing. It was the inconsistent refereeing that caused the clarification in the law.
His son, Sydney, played for Everton FC and Burnley FC.
Height/Weight 5' 77/8" 10st. 4lbs [1915], 5' 8", 11st. 0lbs [1925].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Everton Former Players Foundation.

"Chedgzoy's Corner Kick"

"The first goal scored in England under the debatable corner-kick rule following a dribble from the corner kick was registered by a Queen's Park Ranger player yesterday against Brentford. These clubs were meeting in a London Professional Charity Fund match. A corner fell to the Rangers following a penalty shot saved by the Brentford keeper. Bolam took the flag kick and dribbled the ball a few yards before centring for Hirst to score." - The Echo
"The game between Arsenal and Everton was distinguished by a remarkable incident. Chedgzoy challenged the loosely-worded alteration to the laws relating to the scoring of a goal direct from a corner-kick. He held that a corner kick did not constitute a free kick, and that, therefore, he was entitled to play the ball twice before it touched another player. Chedgzoy kicked the ball about ten yards, ran on, and then shot in. The crowd was staggered, but the referee waved to the winger to play on. The game ended 3-2 in favour of the Arsenal."
 - Monday, 17 November 1924, The Courier

"Mr M'Kenna, president of the English Football League, was interviewed to-day on Chedgzoy's (Everton) move in the match with the Arsenal at Goodison Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, when he dribbled into the goalmouth from a corner kick.
"Mr M'Kenna was a spectator, and saw the referee rule in effect that a player might dribble with a corner kick if he wishes to do so.
""It is lawful," said Mr M'Kenna, "but it was never intended that the corner kick should not be a free kick, However, the rule does not make that clear."
"The rule reads:- "A goal may be scored from a corner kick or from a free kick for an offence awarded under Law 7."
"Chedgzoy said- "My dribbled corner kick is a new and good way. After all, a back who concedes a corner can be suspected of sneaking out of a goal, and therefore should be penalised."
"The idea of the innovation, of course, is that the man who dribbles with the corner kick and then shoots has a better chance of getting a goal than the player who centres into the thickly populated area of the goalmouth.
Andy Ducat, the famous double international, now manager of Fulham Football club, said to-day- "I do not see that there is anything to be gained by this new way. If a man starts to dribble, from the corner flag the opposing side will, of course, place a man to stop him. After all, you can get the ball into the danger-zone much more easily in the old way." -
Monday, 17 November 1924, The Evening Telegraph
"The Football Association will have to give an immediate decision on the question of whether, under the new law, it is permissible for a player to play the ball twice from a corner-kick.
"A member of the F.A. council has expressed the opinion that a forward may now dribble the ball into the goalmouth, but when G. Harrison, the Preston North End outside-left, following out an arrangement previously arrived at, did so in the match with Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on Saturday, the referee - Mr C. E. Lines, of Birmingham - gave a free-kick against him for playing the ball twice.
"On the other hand, when S. Chedgzoy and J. Rutherford, the respective outside-rights of Everton and Arsenal, adopted the same procedure at Goodison Park, no action was taken by Mr H. Griffiths, of New Sawley, the official in charge.
"Clearly (says the 'Athletic News') such a state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue. Referees and players 'dunno where they are." The dribble should be banned." -
Monday, 17 November 1924, The Edinburgh Evening News
"Mr John M'Kenna, President of the Football League, said in an interview at Liverpool on Monday, that both Chedgzoy and Rutherford were within their rights when they dribbled the ball from the corner at Goodison Park on Saturday, instead of taking the kick in the old way.
""My opinion is," he added, "that the authorities will amend the corner kick rule at the first opportunity. Certainly, something will have to be done, because even the referees themselves seem uncertain on the point. Either it is an infringement of the rule to take the corner kick in this way, or it is not; and the point must be definitely settled.
"It is true that the opposition can counter to some extent by bringing a man out to mark the player taking the corner kick. That was done in the Everton v. Arsenal match on Saturday, and then the kick was taken in the ordinary way, but even when this was done there was nothing to prevent the player dribbling if he liked.
"I think on Saturday the man who marked was standing too far off. The point is that advantage is being taken of a looseness in the rule which was never contemplated by those who framed it."
"Mr Mat M'Queen, manager of the Liverpool club, said he considered that the rule should and would be altered. Mr Tom M'Intosh, secretary of the Everton club, endorsed this view. In his opinion, to allow a corner kick to be taken in the new way was not for the good of the game.
"Mr J.T. Howcroft, of Bolton, the well-known referee, said on Monday that, having considered the point carefully, he would award a free kick for dribbling from a corner, adding: "There is a mistake in the rules, and I do not think it would be in the interest of the game to let the corner kick be dribbled. A corner is awarded for a specific cause, and I do not think a man should be allowed the advantage of dribbling up to the goal."
"'The Daily Chronicle' states on good authority that the Football Association Council, at its next meeting, will give instructions to all referees to penalise any player who kicks the ball twice when taking a corner. This will be unless, of course, a second player has played the ball. This will put an end to the new move of dribbling from a corner, pending an alteration of the rule by the International Board." -
Tuesday, 18 November 1924, The Daily Mail.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 390th players (393) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 121, 15 March 1920, England 1 Wales 2, a British Championship match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 31 years 48 days.
Last match No. 142, 22 October 1924, England 3 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 35 years 269 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1919-20. 1920-21, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923-24, 1924-25;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Chedgzoy twiced played against FA XI touring side in 1931.
Died sixteen days after Joe Spence.

Beyond England

After retiring from playing, Samuel emigrated to Canada in 1924- An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.63.


Sam Chedgzoy - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
8 8 8 720 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Sam Chedgzoy - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2 0 1 1.75 1.25 50.0 =0
Away 4 0 3 1 3 6 -3 2 1 0.75 1.50 37.5 -1
All - British Championship 8 2 3 3 10 11 -1 2 2 1.25 1.375 43.8 -1


Sam Chedgzoy - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1919-20 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1920-21 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 2 2 0.667 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1921-22 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1922-23 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1923-24 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1924-25 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 8 2 3 3 10 11 -1 2 2 1.25 1.375 43.8 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 8 2 3 3 10 11 -1 2 2 1.25 1.375 43.8 -1
All 8 2 3 3 10 11 -1 2 2 1.25 1.375 43.8 -1


Sam Chedgzoy - Match History
 Club: Everton F.C. - 8 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 8 full capsx

Age 31
1 121 15 March 1920 - England 1 Wales 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury BC HL Start or
2 123 23 October 1920 - England 2 Ireland 0, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Start or
Age 32
3 124 14 March 1921 - Wales 0 England 0, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD Start or
4 125 9 April 1921 - Scotland 3 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL Start or
5 127 22 October 1921 - Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start or
Age 33
6 133 14 April 1923 - Scotland 2 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start or
Age 34
7 139 3 March 1924 - England 1 Wales 2, Ewood Park, Blackburn BC HL Start or
8 142 22 October 1924 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start or