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Charley Chenery

Crystal Palace (amateur) FC

3 appearances, 1 goal

P 3 W 1 D 1 L 1 F 5: A
50% successful

minutes played:

  Charles John Chenery
Birth Tuesday, 1 January 1850 at Lambourn Woodlands, Berkshire [registered in Hungerford, Berkshire, March 1850].
"CHENERY.―Jan. 1, at Lambourne Woodlands, Berkshire, Mrs. George Chenery, of a son." - London Evening Standard, Friday, 4 January 1850/London Morning Chronicle/London Daily News, Saturday, 5 January 1850.
  None of the Chenery's are on the 1851 or 1861 census'.
However, Charles' younger brother, George Alfred, was born in 1853 in Victoria, Australia, but died 31 March 1954 of meningitis on board a ship in Hobson's Bay.
Between 1854 and 1859, his younger siblings, Florence Jane, Herbert Edward and George Arthur, were all born in Warminster in Wiltshire.
In 1860-62, his sisters, Helen Mary and Katherine Alice, were born in Victoria, Australia.
In 1865, his youngest brother, Frederick Alexander, was born in Pewsey in Wiltshire.
  "I Henry Rose of 26 Great George Street in the city of Westminster ...make oath and pay. That by articles of Clerkship hearing date the twenty first day of October in the year of of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty seven made between me the said Henry Rose of the one part and George Chenery of 42 Addison Gardens North in the property of St Mary Abbotts Kensington in the County of Middlesex and Charles John Chenery son of the said George Chenery of the second other part the said Charles John Chenery did by and with the consent of the said George Chenery put place and find himself Clerk to the said Henry Rose for the term of five years thence next ensuing and fully to be complete and ended to serve him in the Profession of an Attorney-at-Law and Solicitor in Chancery from the day of the date of the said Articles and which said Articles were in due form of Law executed by the said Henry Rose and George Chenery and Charles John Chenery on the twenty first day of October One thousand eight hundred and sixty seven in the presence of this Deponent and of one Henry Rawlings Johnson Verschild..."
  According to the 1871 census, Charley, the eldest of seven children, was living with his parents, George and Sophia (née Atkins) at Thicket Road, Penge in Lewisham. Charley is 'articled to solicitors', and his father has an 'interest in money'. They have three servants.
  Charles emigrated, arriving in Melbourne, 20 September 1878, on baord the Loch Lomond, and settling in Mansfield in 1878, and according to the 1881 Australian census, his father was now a farmer in charge of 17 labourers, over 408 acres. The household includes his mother, and Charley' two brothers and two sisters.
Marriage to Priscilla Swan, 5 April 1890, at Erskine Manse, Carlton, Victoria in Australia [registered in Victoria marriages]. Marriage certificate signed as Charles J. Chenery. His address was stated as 'Alexandra'. His occupation is a grazier, whilst his father is stated as a grazier (deceased). They had three children Gerald Graham (b.1892), Percy Graham (b.1897) and Frank Graham (b.1900).
  A 1909 Australian Electoral Roll puts the family, Charles, a labourer, and Priscilla, a dressmaker, along with Frederick and Elizabeth Butt, in Mansfield in Indi.
According to letters sent from Charles' wife, Priscilla, regarding their son, Gerald, throughout the first world war, their address was given as 331 Park Street, North Carlton in 1917-18 (previously 53 Church Street, Albert Park). In early 1920, their address was Ingomar, Mansfield.
  Their son Gerald Graham married on 15 December 1919 at Larbert, Stirlingshire in Scotland. His marriage certificate states that his father's profession was that of a station manager, presumably cattle or sheep.
Death Tuesday, 17 April 1928 in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia, aged 78 years 107 days. [registered Victoria deaths]. Reported in the Melbourne Argus, 18 April 1928.


An old resident of the district, Mr. Chas. Chenery, has died, aged 78 years. In past years, he was a prominent cricketer, and was captain of the Surrey Eleven before coming to Australia." - The Age (Melbourne), Saturday, 28 April 1928.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played his football at Crystal Palace Amateur FC; Barnes FC; Wanderers FC;
Club honours None
Individual honours Surrey FA, and London FA;
Played cricket for Surrey CCC and Northamptonshire CCC.
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990]

England Career

Player number One of eleven who became the first players (10) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 1, 30 November 1872, Scotland 0 England 0, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 22 years 334 days.
Last match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 24 years 65 days.
Individual honours The South (one appearance, 1870)
Distinctions Went into his third and final match as England's most experienced player, a record he held until 1876.

Beyond England

Chenery emigrated to Australia in 1878 where he became a farmer. Full details above. - Extensive Research

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals ave. min. captain
3 3 270 1 270 min none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
3 1 1 0 5 4 +1 1 1 1.667 1.333 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home Friendly matches 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
Away 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 1 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1

Match History
 Club: Crystal Palace F.C. - three full appearances (270 min) 1ᵍ F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - three full appearances (270 min) 1ᵍx
Age 20 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 17 December 1870, Surrey Cricket Ground

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos
Age 21
3 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD reserve

Age 22
4 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW   for
1 1 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AD   for

the tenth player to appear on an England teamsheet
the first player from Crystal Palace FC to represent England

Age 23
MOST APPS 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW 75 for
2 2

one of two players (Greenhalgh) to play in the second match - =most appearances

Age 24
3 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AL   for

the first player to make three England appearances & solely hold the record