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Chelsea FC Profile: David Copeland

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Full Name: David Campbell Copeland

Nickname(s): Jock

Born: Friday, 2nd April 1875
Place of birth: Ayr, Scotland
Died: Monday, 16th November 1931 (aged 56)
Burial: Buried - St. Barnabas Churchyard, Erdington, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England - Plot 481

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1905 to 1907

Was a member of Chelsea's first-ever team.

Named club captain for Chelsea's second season but broke leg in game at Burslem and never played for Chelsea again. Died of heart failure whilst chopping wood at home in Birmingham.

Buried in plot 441, St Barnabas Chuchyard, Erdington, West Midlands

Playing Career:

Ayr Parkhouse
Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea (Jul 1905 to Jun 1907) - cost: unknown

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 2nd September 1905, Stockport County 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 30 years 5 months 0 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 3rd November 1906, Burslem Port Vale 2 - 0 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 20000020
1906 / 07 600006


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 500005
1906 / 07 400004

* 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. David Copeland made 26 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League2nd Sep 1905Stockport County10Chelsea7,000 match lost
League9th Sep 1905Blackpool01Chelsea4,000 match won
League11th Sep 1905Chelsea51Hull City6,000 match won scored 2 goals
League16th Sep 1905Bradford City11Chelsea17,000 match drawn
League23rd Sep 1905Chelsea10West Bromwich Albion10,123 match won
League30th Sep 1905Leicester Fosse01Chelsea7,000 match won
League4th Nov 1905Chelsea60Barnsley8,000 match won scored 1 goal
League11th Nov 1905Clapton Orient03Chelsea8,000 match won scored 1 goal
League18th Nov 1905Chelsea10Burnley8,000 match won
League25th Nov 1905Leeds City00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League16th Dec 1905Gainsborough Trinity02Chelsea8,000 match won
League23rd Dec 1905Chelsea00Bristol City25,000 match drawn
League25th Dec 1905Manchester United00Chelsea35,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1905Glossop24Chelsea6,000 match won
League30th Dec 1905Chelsea42Stockport County12,000 match won
League20th Jan 1906Chelsea42Bradford City14,000 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Jan 1906West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League10th Mar 1906Barnsley12Chelsea7,900 match won
League14th Apr 1906Grimsby Town11Chelsea6,000 match drawn
League16th Apr 1906Chelsea00Glossop30,000 match drawn
League1st Sep 1906Chelsea92Glossop12,000 match won Captainscored 1 goal
League8th Sep 1906Blackpool00Chelsea6,000 match drawn Captain
League15th Sep 1906Chelsea51Bradford City10,000 match won Captainscored 2 goals
League22nd Sep 1906West Bromwich Albion12Chelsea25,562 match won Captainscored 1 goal
League29th Sep 1906Chelsea10Leicester Fosse20,000 match won Captain
League3rd Nov 1906Burslem Port Vale20Chelsea5,000 match lost

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Link to the CGS Ancestry profile for David Campbell Copeland View CGS profile for David Campbell Copeland on Ancestry
Link to the findagrave profile for David Campbell Copeland View CGS profile for David Campbell Copeland on Find-A-Grave
Link to the CGS Zeemaps location for David Campbell Copeland View location on Zeemaps for David Campbell Copeland

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Chelsea FC Player David Copeland

Games Won: 16
Win Percentage: 61.54%
Starts as Captain: 5
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 26 appearances, David Copeland played alongside the following 21 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Ted Birnie (4)
Michael Byrne (1)
William Foulke (20)
Geordie Henderson (7)
George Hilsdon (6)
George Key (20)
Jack Kirwan (24)
Bob Mackie (19)
Tommy McDermott (16)
Bob McEwan (11)
Bob McRoberts (23)
Tommy Miller (17)
Martin Moran (23)
Frank Pearson (12)
Peter Proudfoot (1)
Jacky Robertson (18)
James Robertson (7)
Joseph Walton (6)
James Watson (12)
Bob Whiting (5)
Jimmy Windridge (8)