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Chelsea FC Profile: Walter Bennett

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Full Name: Walter Bennett

Born: Thursday, 27th February 1902
Place of birth: Unknown, Unknown
Height: 5' 10"
Died: Sunday, 28th September 1986 (aged 84)

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1922 to 1924

Walter Bennett was a 1st cousin, once removed (but widely reported as "nephew") of "Cocky", "Micky", "Tip" & George Bennett of the famous Mexborough Bennett dynasty of the late 19th and first few years of the 20th century.

Walter began his playing days with Tinsley WMC in Sheffield and after a trial with Birmingham in Feb 1922, as a 19-year-old, joined Chelsea in Mar 1922, where he spent just over 2 full seasons.

Having not secured a first-team starting place, only making 5 appearances, he moved to Southend for the 1924/25 season. He then spent periods with Doncaster, Wombwell, Portsmouth, Gainsborough Trinity, Bristol City, Newark Town, Ballymena and finally ending his playing days (that I've been able to trace) with Weymouth in Dorset, who he joined in 1933.

From a press report, whilst in Portsmouth, he married local girl Elsie Alexandra Callaby, just as he had been transferred to Gainsborough. Whether she travelled with Walter during his nomadic football career, it's unclear, but they were both to be found in Weymouth at the time of the 1939 census after his playing days were over. Walter was a "Turner Air Vessel Ends". The 1939 Census had them living with Rosa Callaby, Elsie's widowed mother and this, in turn, confirmed it as them and also confirmed Walters birth date as 27 Feb 1902.

Confirmed from his birth date on the death registration, Walter passed away in neighbouring Portland on 28th Sep 1986 whilst Elsie lived until Sep 1999 when she passed aged 98.

Playing Career:

Tinsley WMC
Chelsea (Mar 1922 to May 1924) - cost: unknown - Released
Southend United
Doncaster Rovers
Wombwell Town
Gainsborough Trinity
Bristol City
Newark Town

* Released = Contract not renewed by Chelsea

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 18th November 1922, Burnley 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 20 years 8 months 22 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 5th January 1924, Chelsea 0 - 0 Arsenal


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1922 / 23 100001
1923 / 24 400004


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. Walter Bennett made 5 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League18th Nov 1922Burnley10Chelsea15,000 match lost
League29th Sep 1923Sheffield United10Chelsea20,000 match lost
League20th Oct 1923Chelsea00West Ham United50,000 match drawn
League1st Jan 1924Liverpool31Chelsea30,000 match lost
League5th Jan 1924Chelsea00Arsenal38,000 match drawn

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Link to the CGS Ancestry profile for Walter Bennett View CGS profile for Walter Bennett on Ancestry

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Chelsea FC Player Walter Bennett

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


During his Chelsea first-team career of 5 appearances, Walter Bennett played alongside the following 21 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Jimmy Armstrong (1)
Benjamin Howard Baker (1)
David Cameron (1)
Sid Castle (2)
Jack Cock (1)
Willie Ferguson (4)
James Frew (1)
Colin Hampton (2)
Jack Harrow (5)
Fred Linfoot (3)
Wilson Marsh (2)
Bobby McNeil (5)
Tommy Meehan (3)
Harold Miller (2)
John Priestley (3)
Buchanan Sharp (1)
George Smith (5)
Albert Thain (1)
William Whitton (1)
Harry Wilding (4)
Andy Wilson (2)