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Chelsea FC Profile: Charles Harris

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Full Name: Charles Harris (AKA Charles Renwick)

Born: Saturday, 1st December 1883
Place of birth: Wanstead, Essex, England
Died: Wednesday, 15th July 1964 (aged 80)
Place of death: Chelsea, London, England

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1906 to 1915
Groundsman from 1919 to 1939
Trainer from 1939 to 1939

Charles played for Chelsea regularly as a reserve in the first few years of the club's existence, as well as his single first-team appearance. He joined in mid-late January 1906 from Barnet Alston Works, having just recently formed part of their team in a London League reserve team match against Chelsea. This site previously had Charles as being with Chelsea from the very start, but has since re-assigned the 1905 and Jan 1906 'Harris' appearances to his name-sake H Harris who was at the club from the start.

After finishing playing football he maintained a life-long connection to Stamford Bridge. After the great war during which he served in the Machine Gun Corps, he was taken on to the ground staff and also became a trainer briefly in 1939.

During world war 2, he served in the War Reserve Police, and up to a year before his death, he worked in a transfer box at Stamford Bridge on Greyhound racing evenings. Charles was also an expert masseur, practicing his skills for both Chelsea FC and the athletics association that also met at Stamford Bridge in the days before The White City became the predominant athletics venue in the area.

Charles' son Charles Renwick maintained the family link to the football club and was the chief cashier at Stamford Bridge at the time of his father's passing.

At the time of his death, Charles lived at 10 Wandon Road just over the road from the Stamford Gate at Stamford Bridge and Charles' funeral procession paused outside Stamford Bridge en-route to his burial.

Playing Career:

Barnet Alston Works
Chelsea (Feb 1906 to Jun 1915) - cost: unknown

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 21st April 1906, Chelsea 1 - 3 Gainsborough Trinity

Age on debut: 22 years 4 months 20 days

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 21st April 1906, Chelsea 1 - 3 Gainsborough Trinity


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 100001


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl

* 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. Charles Harris made 1 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League21st Apr 1906Chelsea13Gainsborough Trinity10,000 match lost

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1905 / 06 1
1906 / 07 1

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


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

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly19th Mar 1906Chelsea20Derby County0 match won
Friendly12th Sep 1906Crystal Palace40Chelsea2,000 match lost

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1905 / 06 12
1906 / 07 32
1907 / 08 23
1908 / 09 14

Non-First-Team Goals

1907 / 08 2
1908 / 09 3

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Charles Harris made 81 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League11th Nov 1905Chelsea26Queens Park Rangers0 match lost
Reserve League3rd Feb 1906Chelsea30Catford Southend United0 match won
Reserve League10th Feb 1906Chelsea31Brighton And Hove Albion0 match won
Reserve League24th Feb 1906Chelsea60Hastings and St Leonards0 match won
Reserve League3rd Mar 1906Barnet Alston Works23Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League10th Mar 1906Leyton10Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League14th Mar 1906Eastbourne FC14Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League22nd Mar 1906Chelsea32Southern United0 match won
Reserve League31st Mar 1906Tottenham Hotspur71Chelsea2,000 match lost
Reserve League5th Apr 1906Chelsea60Luton Town0 match won
Reserve League14th Apr 1906Chelsea71Finchley0 match won
Reserve League17th Apr 1906Chelsea81Felstead0 match won
Reserve League1st Sep 1906Sittingbourne11Chelsea1,000 match drawn
Reserve League8th Sep 1906Chelsea14Queens Park Rangers0 match lost
Reserve League15th Sep 1906Queens Park Rangers10Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League22nd Sep 1906Crystal Palace11Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League6th Oct 1906Chelsea04Woolwich Arsenal0 match lost
Reserve League18th Oct 1906Chelsea22Fulham3,500 match drawn
Reserve League20th Oct 1906Chelsea31Norwich City0 match won
Reserve League3rd Nov 1906Chelsea42Tottenham Hotspur0 match won
Reserve League10th Nov 1906Tottenham Hotspur40Chelsea2,000 match lost
Reserve League17th Nov 1906Chelsea11Crystal Palace0 match drawn
Reserve League24th Nov 1906Woolwich Arsenal20Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League1st Dec 1906Chelsea51Luton Town0 match won
Reserve League15th Dec 1906Clapton Orient34Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League25th Dec 1906Chelsea11West Ham United0 match drawn
Reserve League12th Jan 1907Chelsea13Leyton0 match lost
Reserve League19th Jan 1907Chelsea12Tottenham Hotspur0 match lost
Friendly30th Jan 1907Southend United31Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League2nd Feb 1907Chelsea42Watford0 match won
Reserve League7th Feb 1907Chelsea23Clapton Orient0 match lost
Reserve League9th Feb 1907Woolwich Arsenal70Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League11th Feb 1907Brentford32Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League23rd Feb 1907Tottenham Hotspur22Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League2nd Mar 1907Chelsea01Woolwich Arsenal0 match lost
Friendly6th Mar 1907Tunbridge Wells Rangers22Chelsea3,000 match drawn
Reserve League9th Mar 1907Luton Town52Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League16th Mar 1907Watford21Chelsea300 match lost
Reserve League29th Mar 1907Hastings & St Leonards United21Chelsea1,000 match lost
Reserve League1st Apr 1907West Ham United30Chelsea1,500 match lost
Reserve League2nd Apr 1907Leyton02Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League6th Apr 1907Norwich City32Chelsea1,500 match lost
Reserve League11th Apr 1907Chelsea44Hastings & St Leonards United0 match drawn
Reserve League22nd Apr 1907Chelsea25Leyton0 match lost
Reserve League2nd Sep 1907Chelsea22Fulham4,000 match drawn
Reserve League7th Sep 1907Luton Town21Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League14th Sep 1907Chelsea140Hitchen Town0 match won
Reserve League28th Sep 1907Leyton10Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League5th Oct 1907Chelsea30West Ham United0 match won
Reserve League10th Oct 1907Chelsea12Hastings & St Leonards United2,000 match lost
Reserve League12th Oct 1907Hitchen Town26Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League19th Oct 1907Chelsea60Watford0 match won
Reserve League26th Oct 1907Tottenham Hotspur41Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League2nd Nov 1907Chelsea00Tottenham Hotspur0 match drawn
Reserve League9th Nov 1907Maidstone United12Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League16th Nov 1907Chelsea11Maidstone United0 match drawn
Reserve League30th Nov 1907Chelsea21Woolwich Arsenal4,000 match won
Friendly14th Dec 1907Chelsea21Dumfries0 match won
Reserve League21st Dec 1907Woolwich Arsenal10Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League25th Dec 1907Chelsea60Leyton0 match won
Reserve League26th Dec 1907Southend United01Chelsea4,500 match won
Friendly28th Dec 1907Chelsea52Hammersmith League0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League18th Jan 1908Watford00Chelsea500 match drawn
Reserve League25th Jan 1908Chelsea31Queens Park Rangers0 match won
Reserve League1st Feb 1908Norwich City01Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League8th Feb 1908Sittingbourne01Chelsea1,000 match won
Reserve League15th Feb 1908West Ham United20Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League19th Sep 1908Woolwich Arsenal12Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
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 scored 1 goal
Reserve League14th Nov 1908Luton Town10Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League28th Nov 1908Maidstone United21Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League5th Dec 1908Chelsea21Leyton0 match won
Reserve League19th Dec 1908Chelsea21Woolwich Arsenal0 match won
Reserve League25th Dec 1908Chelsea22Clapton Orient0 match drawn
Reserve League26th Dec 1908Clapton Orient11Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League23rd Jan 1909Sittingbourne01Chelsea0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League13th Feb 1909Chelsea11Southend United0 match drawn
Reserve League20th Feb 1909Chelsea20Sittingbourne0 match won

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Born Charles Renwick. After his father died, his mother remarried to a Thomas Harris and the children took the name. Charles seems to have used the name Harris in his football career but Renwick in official documents.

Link to the CGS Ancestry profile for Charles Harris (AKA Charles Renwick) View CGS profile for Charles Harris (AKA Charles Renwick) on Ancestry

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Chelsea FC Player Charles Harris

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


During his Chelsea first-team career of 1 appearances, Charles Harris played alongside the following 10 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Michael Byrne (1)
George Henderson (1)
Jack Kirwan (1)
Bob Mackie (1)
Bob McRoberts (1)
Jimmy Miller (1)
Martin Moran (1)
Francis O'Hara (1)
Frank Pearson (1)
Peter Proudfoot (1)