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Chelsea FC Profile: Charlie Freeman

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Full Name: Charles Redfearn Freeman

Born: Monday, 22nd August 1887
Place of birth: Overseal, Derbyshire, England
Died: Saturday, 17th March 1956 (aged 68)
Place of death: Fulham, London, England
Burial: Cremated - Mortlake Crematorium. No known memorial.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1907 to 1921
Asst Trainer from 1923 to 1950

After playing, Charlie was also a trainer, groundsman & dressing room advisor and connected with the club right up to his death in 1956.

Playing Career:

Overseal Swifts
Burton United
Chelsea (Jul 1907 to Jun 1921) - cost: unknown - Retired

* Retired = Retired from playing at the end of Chelsea contract, or for reason stated

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 13th February 1909, Sunderland 1 - 2 Chelsea

Age on debut: 21 years 5 months 22 days

100th Appearance: Monday, 5th April 1915, Burnley 2 - 0 Chelsea

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 24th January 1920, Bradford City 3 - 1 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1908 / 09 500005
1909 / 10 900009
1910 / 11 18500023
1911 / 12 15000015
1912 / 13 11000011
1913 / 14 21100022
1914 / 15 15100016
1919 / 20 210003


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1909 / 10 200002
1910 / 11 210003
1911 / 12 700007
1912 / 13 300003
1913 / 14 500005
1914 / 15 200002

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Charlie Freeman made 104 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League13th Feb 1909Sunderland12Chelsea16,000 match won
League31st Mar 1909Bury21Chelsea3,000 match lost
League3rd Apr 1909Woolwich Arsenal00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League9th Apr 1909Chelsea30Middlesbrough50,000 match won
League10th Apr 1909Chelsea32Notts County30,000 match won
League9th Oct 1909Middlesbrough01Chelsea12,000 match won
League30th Oct 1909Sunderland40Chelsea10,000 match lost
League6th Nov 1909Chelsea01Everton35,000 match lost
League13th Nov 1909Manchester United20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League20th Nov 1909Chelsea03Bradford City24,000 match lost
League12th Feb 1910Bolton Wanderers52Chelsea8,000 match lost scored 2 goals
League19th Mar 1910Everton22Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League26th Mar 1910Chelsea11Manchester United25,000 match drawn
League28th Mar 1910Chelsea01Woolwich Arsenal40,000 match lost
League2nd Jan 1911Stockport County22Chelsea5,000 match drawn
League7th Jan 1911Barnsley32Chelsea7,000 match lost
F.A. Cup14th Jan 1911Chelsea00Leyton19,167 match drawn
F.A. Cup19th Jan 1911Leyton02Chelsea14,000 match won
League21st Jan 1911Chelsea20Leicester Fosse18,000 match won
League28th Jan 1911Wolverhampton Wanderers00Chelsea16,000 match drawn
League11th Feb 1911Chelsea10Clapton Orient41,000 match won
League18th Feb 1911Blackpool02Chelsea6,000 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup25th Feb 1911Wolverhampton Wanderers02Chelsea33,028 match won scored 1 goal
League4th Mar 1911Lincoln City00Chelsea4,000 match drawn
League6th Mar 1911Chelsea20Glossop12,000 match won
F.A. Cup11th Mar 1911Chelsea31Swindon Town77,952 match won
League18th Mar 1911Birmingham21Chelsea25,000 match lost
League20th Mar 1911Chelsea20Huddersfield Town12,000 match won
F.A. Cup25th Mar 1911Newcastle United30Chelsea34,000 match lost
League29th Mar 1911Chelsea21West Bromwich Albion12,600 match won
League1st Apr 1911Hull City11Chelsea12,000 match drawn
League8th Apr 1911Chelsea20Fulham45,000 match won
League15th Apr 1911Bradford Park Avenue21Chelsea15,000 match lost
League18th Apr 1911Huddersfield Town31Chelsea9,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League22nd Apr 1911Chelsea30Burnley36,000 match won
League26th Apr 1911Bolton Wanderers20Chelsea35,000 match lost
League29th Apr 1911Gainsborough Trinity31Chelsea7,000 match lost
League11th Sep 1911Chelsea10Derby County20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League16th Sep 1911Chelsea40Wolverhampton Wanderers32,000 match won scored 2 goals
League23rd Sep 1911Leicester Fosse20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League30th Sep 1911Chelsea10Gainsborough Trinity30,000 match won
League7th Oct 1911Grimsby Town21Chelsea8,000 match lost
League26th Dec 1911Chelsea10Fulham41,761 match won
League10th Feb 1912Chelsea41Grimsby Town25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League17th Feb 1912Nottingham Forest23Chelsea9,000 match won
League24th Feb 1912Chelsea02Burnley30,000 match lost
League16th Mar 1912Chelsea02Birmingham27,000 match lost
League6th Apr 1912Glossop12Chelsea4,000 match won
League13th Apr 1912Chelsea10Hull City35,000 match won scored 1 goal
League22nd Apr 1912Chelsea41Blackpool27,000 match won
League25th Apr 1912Barnsley02Chelsea7,000 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Apr 1912Chelsea10Bradford Park Avenue40,000 match won scored 1 goal
League1st Mar 1913Chelsea21Manchester City35,000 match won
League8th Mar 1913West Bromwich Albion01Chelsea16,293 match won
League15th Mar 1913Chelsea13Everton45,000 match lost
League21st Mar 1913Chelsea12Aston Villa65,000 match lost
League22nd Mar 1913The Wednesday32Chelsea8,000 match lost
League24th Mar 1913Liverpool12Chelsea25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League29th Mar 1913Chelsea16Blackburn Rovers30,000 match lost
League5th Apr 1913Derby County31Chelsea10,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League12th Apr 1913Chelsea10Tottenham Hotspur50,000 match won
League19th Apr 1913Middlesbrough03Chelsea8,000 match won
League26th Apr 1913Chelsea52Notts County20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League6th Sep 1913Chelsea13Tottenham Hotspur61,500 match lost
League8th Sep 1913Chelsea11West Bromwich Albion21,000 match drawn
League8th Nov 1913Sheffield United32Chelsea14,000 match lost
League15th Nov 1913Chelsea21Derby County28,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Dec 1913The Wednesday30Chelsea30,000 match lost
League27th Dec 1913Tottenham Hotspur12Chelsea29,305 match won
League3rd Jan 1914Chelsea21Oldham Athletic30,000 match won
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1914Millwall Athletic00Chelsea24,500 match drawn
League17th Jan 1914Manchester United01Chelsea20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League24th Jan 1914Chelsea00Burnley35,000 match drawn
League7th Feb 1914Preston North End33Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League11th Feb 1914Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League28th Feb 1914Chelsea03Aston Villa58,000 match lost
League7th Mar 1914Middlesbrough20Chelsea14,000 match lost
League14th Mar 1914Chelsea20Sheffield United19,000 match won scored 1 goal
League18th Mar 1914Liverpool30Chelsea12,000 match lost
League21st Mar 1914Derby County01Chelsea10,000 match won
League28th Mar 1914Chelsea10Manchester City25,000 match won
League4th Apr 1914Bradford City00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League11th Apr 1914Chelsea20Blackburn Rovers50,000 match won scored 1 goal
League13th Apr 1914Chelsea21Bolton Wanderers40,000 match won scored 1 goal
League14th Apr 1914West Bromwich Albion31Chelsea16,479 match lost
League5th Sep 1914Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea26,000 match drawn
League9th Sep 1914Bradford City22Chelsea14,000 match drawn
League12th Sep 1914Chelsea03Newcastle United14,000 match lost
League21st Nov 1914Chelsea41Notts County16,000 match won
League28th Nov 1914Sunderland21Chelsea6,000 match lost
League5th Dec 1914Chelsea00The Wednesday15,000 match drawn
League12th Dec 1914West Bromwich Albion20Chelsea6,421 match lost
League19th Dec 1914Chelsea20Everton18,000 match won scored 2 goals
League25th Dec 1914Chelsea00Manchester City20,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1914Manchester City21Chelsea26,000 match lost
League28th Dec 1914Chelsea14Burnley20,000 match lost
League2nd Jan 1915Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspur30,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup9th Jan 1915Swindon Town11Chelsea28,000 match drawn
League17th Mar 1915Newcastle United20Chelsea5,000 match lost
League5th Apr 1915Burnley20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League14th Apr 1915Bolton Wanderers31Chelsea10,000 match lost
League3rd Jan 1920Manchester United02Chelsea25,000 match won
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1920Bolton Wanderers01Chelsea35,398 match won
League24th Jan 1920Bradford City31Chelsea18,000 match lost

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1908 / 09 1
1910 / 11 2
1911 / 12 3

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals

1908 / 09 1
1910 / 11 2

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Charlie Freeman made 6 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly20th Feb 1909Chelsea10Fulham20,000 match won scored 1 goal
Friendly17th Aug 1910Chelsea32Chelsea0 match lost scored 1 goal
Friendly25th Aug 1910Chelsea30Chelsea0 match lost scored 1 goal
Friendly16th Aug 1911Chelsea31Chelsea0 match lost
Friendly19th Aug 1911Chelsea00Chelsea0 match drawn
Friendly26th Aug 1911Chelsea32Chelsea0 match lost

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1907 / 08 1
1908 / 09 29
1909 / 10 29
1910 / 11 24
1911 / 12 1

Non-First-Team Goals

1908 / 09 12
1909 / 10 15
1910 / 11 11

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Charlie Freeman made 84 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League30th Apr 1908Chelsea82Norwich City0 match won
Reserve League2nd Sep 1908Swindon Town12Chelsea2,500 match won
Reserve League5th Sep 1908Chelsea20Portsmouth0 match won
Reserve League7th Sep 1908Chelsea10Fulham4,000 match won
Reserve League14th Sep 1908Fulham30Chelsea3,500 match lost
Reserve League19th Sep 1908Woolwich Arsenal12Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League26th Sep 1908Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea3,000 match drawn
Reserve League10th Oct 1908Southend United10Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League12th Oct 1908Chelsea23Crystal Palace0 match lost
Reserve League19th Oct 1908West Ham United52Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League7th Nov 1908Chelsea32Brighton And Hove Albion0 match won
Reserve League14th Nov 1908Luton Town10Chelsea0 match lost
Friendly21st Nov 1908Chelsea10Salisbury City0 match won
Reserve League28th Nov 1908Maidstone United21Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League5th Dec 1908Chelsea21Leyton0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League19th Dec 1908Chelsea21Woolwich Arsenal0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League25th Dec 1908Chelsea22Clapton Orient0 match drawn scored 1 goal
Reserve League26th Dec 1908Clapton Orient11Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League4th Jan 1909Chelsea50Queens Park Rangers0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League9th Jan 1909Chelsea50Maidstone United0 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League23rd Jan 1909Sittingbourne01Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League30th Jan 1909Chelsea40Tottenham Hotspur0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League6th Feb 1909Chelsea31Norwich City2,500 match won
Reserve League27th Feb 1909Norwich City11Chelsea2,307 match drawn
Reserve League6th Mar 1909Chelsea00Croydon Common0 match drawn
Reserve League8th Mar 1909Chelsea60Swindon Town0 match won scored 3 goals
Reserve League20th Mar 1909Chelsea30Luton Town0 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League22nd Mar 1909Chelsea20Hastings & St Leonards United0 match won
Reserve League27th Mar 1909Queens Park Rangers14Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League22nd Apr 1909Chelsea61West Ham United0 match won
Reserve League2nd Sep 1909Fulham35Chelsea0 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League8th Sep 1909Chelsea52Woolwich Arsenal2,000 match won
Reserve League27th Sep 1909West Ham United11Chelsea2,000 match drawn
Reserve League4th Oct 1909Chelsea51Millwall Athletic0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League16th Oct 1909Chelsea31Coventry City4,000 match won
Reserve League23rd Oct 1909Barnet Alston Works11Chelsea1,000 match drawn
Reserve League1st Nov 1909Clapton Orient22Chelsea2,000 match drawn
Reserve League27th Nov 1909Chelsea12Southend United0 match lost
Reserve League8th Dec 1909Chelsea32Leyton0 match won
Reserve League15th Dec 1909Chelsea10Crystal Palace0 match won
Reserve League18th Dec 1909Tottenham Hotspur31Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League25th Dec 1909Chelsea70Croydon Common2,000 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League27th Dec 1909Hastings & St Leonards United27Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League1st Jan 1910Chelsea31Fulham16,000 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League8th Jan 1910Chelsea00Brighton And Hove Albion2,000 match drawn
Reserve League17th Jan 1910Leyton03Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League29th Jan 1910Chelsea01Portsmouth0 match lost
Reserve League7th Feb 1910Clapton Orient14Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League19th Feb 1910Portsmouth00Chelsea1,500 match drawn
Reserve League23rd Feb 1910Chelsea60Brentford0 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League26th Feb 1910Coventry City24Chelsea4,000 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League5th Mar 1910Chelsea50Watford0 match won
Reserve League7th Mar 1910Chelsea10Norwich City2,000 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League16th Mar 1910Chelsea40Clapton Orient0 match won
Reserve League7th Apr 1910Norwich City12Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League9th Apr 1910Swindon Town22Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League16th Apr 1910Watford14Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League18th Apr 1910Chelsea11West Ham United4,000 match drawn
Reserve League30th Apr 1910Chelsea40Tottenham Hotspur0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League1st Sep 1910West Ham United41Chelsea3,000 match lost
Reserve League3rd Sep 1910Chelsea12Queens Park Rangers0 match lost
Reserve League10th Sep 1910Swindon Town00Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League12th Sep 1910Chelsea31Fulham2,000 match won
Reserve League1st Oct 1910Leyton11Chelsea0 match drawn scored 1 goal
Reserve League8th Oct 1910Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspur0 match drawn
Reserve League12th Oct 1910Watford14Chelsea400 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League15th Oct 1910Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea6,000 match drawn
Reserve League17th Oct 1910Fulham14Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League22nd Oct 1910Chelsea40Bristol City0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League24th Oct 1910Chelsea62Watford600 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League29th Oct 1910Luton Town14Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League31st Oct 1910Chelsea30Clapton Orient3,000 match won
Reserve League5th Nov 1910Chelsea31Norwich City2,000 match won
Reserve League12th Nov 1910Tunbridge Wells Rangers04Chelsea0 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League21st Nov 1910Chelsea20Swindon Town0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League26th Nov 1910Norwich City01Chelsea3,000 match won
Reserve League28th Nov 1910Clapton Orient14Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League3rd Dec 1910Chelsea40Luton Town1,000 match won
Reserve League10th Dec 1910Wood Green Town08Chelsea0 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League24th Dec 1910Tufnell Park13Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League26th Dec 1910Chelsea13West Ham United3,000 match lost
Reserve League27th Dec 1910Woolwich Arsenal12Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League29th Dec 1910Northampton Town12Chelsea3,000 match won
Reserve League2nd Sep 1911Tottenham Hotspur32Chelsea10,000 match lost

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Chelsea FC Player Charlie Freeman

Games Won: 45
Win Percentage: 43.27%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 104 appearances, Charlie Freeman played alongside the following 61 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Lawrence Abram (15)
Wally Bettridge (74)
Ted Birnie (5)
Billy Brawn (8)
Billy Bridgeman (44)
Harold Brittan (5)
Billy Brown (2)
John Brown (14)
Johnny Browning (1)
David Calderhead (Jnr) (21)
Jack Cameron (46)
Bill Cartwright (11)
Jack Cock (2)
Jimmy Croal (12)
Bill Dickie (2)
George Dodd (1)
Angus Douglas (43)
Sam Downing (55)
Norrie Fairgray (18)
Harry Ford (46)
Harold Halse (28)
Augustus Harding (1)
Jack Harrow (30)
George Henderson (2)
Tom Hewitt (1)
George Hilsdon (24)
Arthur Holden (5)
Percy Humphreys (8)
George Hunter (22)
George Johnson (2)
Evan Jones (4)
George Lake (1)
Tommy Logan (34)
Ken Mackenzie (1)
Owen Marshall (18)
Marshall McEwan (9)
Bobby McNeil (18)
Nils Middelboe (4)
Tommy Miller (1)
James Molyneux (71)
Andrew Ormiston (40)
William Read (1)
Edward Reilly (1)
Jimmy Sharp (26)
Joseph Spottiswood (1)
William Steer (2)
Frederick Taylor (59)
Bob Thomson (26)
Jimmy Turnbull (9)
Edward Tye (1)
Andy Walker (6)
Joseph Walton (4)
Ben Warren (30)
Jack Whitley (33)
Bob Whittingham (43)
Harry Wilding (2)
Arthur Wileman (7)
Ernest Williams (1)
Jimmy Windridge (4)
Vivian Woodward (32)
Max Woosnam (3)