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Chelsea FC Profile: Len Goulden

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Full Name: Leonard Arthur Goulden

Born: Tuesday, 16th July 1912
Place of birth: Hackney, London, England
Height: 5' 8"
Died: Tuesday, 14th February 1995 (aged 82)
Place of death: Plaistow, Essex, England
Burial: Cremated - Golders Green Crematorium. No known memorial.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1945 to 1950

Playing Career:

West Ham United (A)
--->Chelmsford City (A) (L)
--->Leyton (A) (L)
West Ham United
Chelsea (Mar 1945 to Jun 1950) - cost: £4,500 - Retired

* (A) = Amateur

* (L) = On Loan
* Retired = Retired from playing at the end of Chelsea contract, or for reason stated

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 5th January 1946, Chelsea 1 - 1 Leicester City

Age on debut: 33 years 5 months 20 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 3rd September 1949, West Bromwich Albion 1 - 1 Chelsea

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 15th April 1950, Chelsea 0 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1945 / 46 030003
1946 / 47 38500043
1947 / 48 27200029
1948 / 49 20000020
1949 / 50 14200016


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1945 / 46 010001
1946 / 47 10000010
1947 / 48 410005
1948 / 49 100001
1949 / 50 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. Len Goulden made 111 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
F.A. Cup5th Jan 1946Chelsea11Leicester City39,678 match drawn
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1946Leicester City02Chelsea25,368 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup30th Jan 1946West Ham United10Chelsea35,000 match lost
League31st Aug 1946Chelsea43Bolton Wanderers62,850 match won
League4th Sep 1946Chelsea03Manchester United27,750 match lost
League7th Sep 1946Liverpool74Chelsea49,995 match lost scored 1 goal
League9th Sep 1946Sheffield United22Chelsea41,545 match drawn
League14th Sep 1946Chelsea30Leeds United56,484 match won
League18th Sep 1946Manchester United11Chelsea30,275 match drawn
League21st Sep 1946Grimsby Town21Chelsea21,932 match lost
League28th Sep 1946Chelsea22Charlton Athletic63,859 match drawn scored 1 goal
League5th Oct 1946Middlesbrough32Chelsea44,082 match lost scored 2 goals
League19th Oct 1946Portsmouth02Chelsea36,474 match won
League26th Oct 1946Chelsea21Arsenal56,432 match won
League2nd Nov 1946Blackpool10Chelsea23,365 match lost
League9th Nov 1946Chelsea32Brentford50,242 match won
League16th Nov 1946Sunderland12Chelsea41,227 match won
League23rd Nov 1946Chelsea13Aston Villa63,896 match lost
League30th Nov 1946Derby County31Chelsea27,946 match lost
League7th Dec 1946Chelsea11Everton41,255 match drawn
League14th Dec 1946Huddersfield Town14Chelsea9,011 match won
League21st Dec 1946Chelsea12Wolverhampton Wanderers43,006 match lost
League25th Dec 1946Chelsea12Preston North End37,126 match lost
League4th Jan 1947Chelsea31Liverpool59,226 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup11th Jan 1947Chelsea11Arsenal70,257 match drawn Captain
F.A. Cup15th Jan 1947Arsenal11Chelsea53,350 match drawn
F.A. Cup20th Jan 1947Arsenal02Chelsea59,590 match won
F.A. Cup25th Jan 1947Chelsea22Derby County49,484 match drawn
F.A. Cup29th Jan 1947Derby County10Chelsea19,079 match lost
League1st Feb 1947Charlton Athletic23Chelsea32,959 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League8th Feb 1947Chelsea00Grimsby Town17,896 match drawn
League15th Feb 1947Stoke City61Chelsea30,408 match lost
League1st Mar 1947Arsenal12Chelsea52,606 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League8th Mar 1947Chelsea14Blackpool30,365 match lost
League15th Mar 1947Brentford02Chelsea33,244 match won
League22nd Mar 1947Chelsea21Sunderland45,415 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League29th Mar 1947Aston Villa20Chelsea35,786 match lost
League4th Apr 1947Chelsea02Blackburn Rovers37,840 match lost
League5th Apr 1947Chelsea30Derby County52,886 match won scored 1 goal
League7th Apr 1947Blackburn Rovers12Chelsea35,646 match won
League12th Apr 1947Everton20Chelsea30,970 match lost
League19th Apr 1947Chelsea10Huddersfield Town39,753 match won
League26th Apr 1947Wolverhampton Wanderers64Chelsea44,260 match lost scored 1 goal
League3rd May 1947Chelsea14Sheffield United32,110 match lost Captain
League10th May 1947Chelsea20Middlesbrough22,482 match won
League26th May 1947Chelsea03Portsmouth26,048 match lost
League23rd Aug 1947Blackpool30Chelsea27,389 match lost
League27th Aug 1947Chelsea10Blackburn Rovers36,375 match won
League30th Aug 1947Chelsea10Derby County59,919 match won
League6th Sep 1947Huddersfield Town31Chelsea24,837 match lost
League10th Sep 1947Chelsea11Sunderland30,085 match drawn
League20th Sep 1947Chelsea31Everton42,955 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Sep 1947Wolverhampton Wanderers10Chelsea51,365 match lost
League4th Oct 1947Chelsea42Aston Villa67,789 match won
League11th Oct 1947Liverpool30Chelsea51,449 match lost
League18th Oct 1947Chelsea42Middlesbrough49,398 match won scored 1 goal
League25th Oct 1947Charlton Athletic31Chelsea58,866 match lost
League1st Nov 1947Chelsea00Arsenal67,277 match drawn
League8th Nov 1947Preston North End20Chelsea31,986 match lost
League15th Nov 1947Chelsea41Stoke City41,385 match won
League22nd Nov 1947Sheffield United31Chelsea28,103 match lost
League29th Nov 1947Chelsea04Manchester United43,617 match lost
League6th Dec 1947Burnley10Chelsea30,865 match lost
League13th Dec 1947Chelsea10Portsmouth41,906 match won scored 1 goal (1 Pen)
League20th Dec 1947Chelsea22Blackpool48,421 match drawn
League25th Dec 1947Grimsby Town00Chelsea19,666 match drawn
League27th Dec 1947Chelsea23Grimsby Town34,068 match lost
League1st Jan 1948Blackburn Rovers11Chelsea18,365 match drawn
League3rd Jan 1948Derby County51Chelsea27,929 match lost scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1948Chelsea50Barrow44,336 match won scored 1 goal
League17th Jan 1948Chelsea24Huddersfield Town41,908 match lost
F.A. Cup24th Jan 1948Manchester City20Chelsea45,059 match lost Captain
League31st Jan 1948Bolton Wanderers21Chelsea24,232 match lost Captain
League14th Feb 1948Chelsea11Wolverhampton Wanderers56,416 match drawn
League29th Mar 1948Manchester City10Chelsea31,643 match lost
League8th Sep 1948Charlton Athletic11Chelsea38,492 match drawn
League11th Sep 1948Chelsea60Everton42,736 match won
League16th Sep 1948Chelsea22Charlton Athletic45,357 match drawn
League9th Oct 1948Liverpool11Chelsea42,709 match drawn
League16th Oct 1948Chelsea33Blackpool77,696 match drawn
League23rd Oct 1948Derby County21Chelsea29,369 match lost
League30th Oct 1948Chelsea01Arsenal56,476 match lost
League6th Nov 1948Huddersfield Town34Chelsea18,693 match won
League13th Nov 1948Chelsea11Manchester United62,542 match drawn
League20th Nov 1948Sheffield United21Chelsea29,646 match lost
League12th Mar 1949Blackpool21Chelsea20,292 match lost
League19th Mar 1949Chelsea10Sheffield United42,394 match won
League26th Mar 1949Aston Villa11Chelsea47,446 match drawn
League2nd Apr 1949Chelsea50Huddersfield Town48,136 match won
League9th Apr 1949Manchester United11Chelsea30,123 match drawn Captain
League16th Apr 1949Chelsea03Derby County60,299 match lost
League18th Apr 1949Chelsea11Manchester City25,864 match drawn
League23rd Apr 1949Arsenal12Chelsea54,604 match won scored 1 goal
League30th Apr 1949Chelsea01Sunderland32,003 match lost
League7th May 1949Wolverhampton Wanderers11Chelsea36,720 match drawn
League20th Aug 1949Birmingham City03Chelsea45,068 match won
League24th Aug 1949Chelsea12Arsenal63,196 match lost
League27th Aug 1949Chelsea12Derby County59,038 match lost
League31st Aug 1949Arsenal23Chelsea52,901 match won
League3rd Sep 1949West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea45,111 match drawn
League17th Sep 1949Fulham11Chelsea45,924 match drawn
League24th Sep 1949Stoke City23Chelsea28,674 match won
League1st Oct 1949Chelsea01Burnley54,574 match lost
League8th Oct 1949Chelsea30Manchester City45,153 match won scored 1 goal
League15th Oct 1949Charlton Athletic10Chelsea48,181 match lost
League22nd Oct 1949Chelsea13Aston Villa44,705 match lost scored 1 goal
League5th Nov 1949Chelsea14Portsmouth31,650 match lost
F.A. Cup18th Mar 1950Arsenal22Chelsea67,752 match drawn
F.A. Cup22nd Mar 1950Arsenal10Chelsea66,482 match lost
League10th Apr 1950Bolton Wanderers10Chelsea23,658 match lost Captain
League15th Apr 1950Chelsea00Wolverhampton Wanderers30,254 match drawn

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1944 / 45 1
1945 / 46 1

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals

1945 / 46 1

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Len Goulden made 2 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League South Cup Final7th Apr 1945Millwall02Chelsea90,000 match won
Friendly13th Nov 1945Chelsea33Dynamo Moscow72,926 match drawn scored 1 goal

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-First-Team Goals


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

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

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Chelsea FC Player Len Goulden

Games Won: 35
Win Percentage: 31.53%
Starts as Captain: 6
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 111 appearances, Len Goulden played alongside the following 45 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Jimmy Argue (1)
Ken Armstrong (54)
Jimmy Bain (12)
Sidney Bathgate (46)
Roy Bentley (37)
Hugh Billington (22)
Jimmy Bowie (27)
Bobby Campbell (52)
Alex Davidson (2)
Murdoch Dickie (1)
Bill Dickson (2)
Len Dolding (20)
Charlie Dyke (3)
Dickie Foss (17)
John Galloway (3)
Ray Goddard (13)
Billy Gray (14)
John Harris (105)
Billy Hughes (32)
Freddie Jenkins (1)
Benny Jones (23)
Tommy Lawton (44)
Fred Lewis (9)
James Macaulay (51)
Alex Machin (53)
John McInnes (29)
Phil McKnight (1)
Harry Medhurst (66)
Frank Mitchell (20)
Johnny Paton (21)
Joe Payne (2)
Peter Pickering (8)
Fred Richardson (2)
Bill Robertson (37)
Robert Russell (2)
Jack Saunders (1)
Dick Spence (43)
Willi Steffen (18)
Albert Tennant (5)
Tommy Walker (72)
Bob Warren (1)
Alex White (16)
Stan Willemse (4)
Reg Williams (25)
Danny Winter (93)