Player profile

Edgar Chadwick

Birthdate: 14 June 1869
Birthplace: Blackburn, England
Date of death: 14 February 1942
Other clubs: Blackburn Olympic (1886-87), Blackburn Rovers (1887-88), Everton (1888-99), Burnley (1899-1900), Southampton (1900-02), Blackpool (1904-05), Glossop (1905-06), Darwen (1906-08); Blackburn Rovers (wartime guest)
Bought from: Free transfer
Signed for LFC: May 1902
International debut: 07.03.1891 vs. Wales
International caps: 7/3 (caps as an Everton player) - 03.04.1897
Liverpool debut: 06.09.1902
Last appearance: 06.02.1904
Debut goal: 01.11.1902
Last goal: 04.04.1903
Contract expiry: 20 May 1904
Win ratio: 40% W: 18 D: 5 L: 22
Games/goals ratio: 6.43
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 9 / 2
LFC league games/goals: 43 / 7
Total LFC games/goals: 45 / 7

Player profile

Chadwick spent the autumn of his career at Liverpool, after a sensational period at Everton from 1888-1899. He signed for the Blues before the inaugural Football League season of 1888/89 and played 300 games and scored 110 goals. His highlight was winning the League Championship in 1891. The 5ft. 6in. (167 cm.) left-winger was called "King of the dribblers and master of the ball" by Victor Hall in the Liverpool Echo in the 1920s. "To see Edgar Chadwick in play was to realise for the first time what the art of 'dribbling' really meant," he noted.  

Chadwick joined Burnley at 30 years of age, but despite being the top-scorer of the team with ten goals he couldn‘t prevent their relegation to Second Division. He moved to Southampton where he was victorious in the Southern league before featuring in the 1902 FA Cup final where the Saints lost 2-1 to Sheffield United in a replay. That defeat completed an unwanted hat-trick for Chadwick who had twice before been on the losing side with Everton in an FA Cup final, in 1893 and 1897. After 52 League games and 18 goals for the Saints, Chadwick moved up north to Liverpool. He played in the Reds' forward-line for two seasons between the Championship wins in 1901 and 1906. His teammates undoubtedly learnt a whole lot from playing with him as "he had a kindly disposition to new players and especially to young ones coming along", as Victor Hall noted. Chadwick missed only five of the 34 first division matches in the 1902/03 season and scored seven times, including two in the 9-2 demolition of Grimsby Town at Anfield on 6 December 1902. He added a further 15 matches to his total the following season of which 11 were defeats in the disastrous 1903/04 campaign.

A pioneer in Englishmen coaching abroad he became a respected coach in Holland and took charge of the Dutch national team in 1908, a post he held until November 1913, guiding the team to bronze medals in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. He returned to Blackburn to work as a baker and made one final appearance as a wartime guest for Blackburn Rovers against Manchester United on 11 November 1916, at the age of 47!

Appearances per season

1902-1903 29100030
1903-1904 14100015

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

3Blackburn Rovers
3Nottingham Forest
3Sheffield United
3Aston Villa
3Newcastle United
2Stoke City
2Bolton Wanderers
2Sheffield Wednesday
2Grimsby Town
2Notts County
1Manchester City
1Manchester United
2FA Cup

Goals per season

1902-1903 700007
1903-1904 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalOpen play/Penalty
7Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

106.09.1902Blackburn RoversAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals


Related Articles

Liverpool’s return to form

From Lancashire Evening Post on 13 December, 1902.More

Chadwick on continental football

A Blackburn Standard article from 16 June 1900.More

Related Quotes

"To see Edgar Chadwick in play was to realise for the first time what the art of "dribbling" really meant. As a player he never appeared to be speedy, he had not the build or the symmetry of wind and limb that indicates pace. Coming of Lancashire stock, he had rather the loose awkward build that even when stripped for play is so deceptive in other fields of athletics. In manner Edgar was shy and diffident. He had that modest, unassuming manner both on and off the field of play, that one finds so frequently in really great players."

Edgar Chadwick was called "King of the dribblers and master of the ball" by Victor Hall in the Liverpool Echo in the 1920s.

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