Player profile

Charlie Wilson

Birthdate: February 1877
Birthplace: Sutton, Shropshire, England
Other clubs: Earlestown (1893-94), Haydock (1894-95), Stockport County (1895-97)
Bought from: Stockport County
Signed for LFC: 15.12.1897
Liverpool debut: 19.03.1898
Last appearance: 01.04.1905
Debut goal: 29.09.1900
Last goal: 25.12.1902
Contract expiry: 1907
Win ratio: 50% W: 46 D: 20 L: 26
LFC league games/goals: 85 / 3
Total LFC games/goals: 92 / 3

Player profile

After joining from Lancashire League's Stockport County in 1897 utility defender Charlie Wilson made a single appearance towards the end of the 1897/98 season but only seven more the next season. He became more established in 1899/00, when he played in 22 of the 34 first division fixtures. The highlight of his career was no doubt winning the first division title in 1901 where he featured in 26 out of 34 League games. His playing style was so described by the club programme from 26 November 1904: "A sturdy, vigorous, and well-built youth, he plays football with all the energy he possesses, and his very exuberance of vitality is often mistaken for roughness by biassed individuals."

The night before Liverpool were due to play Middlesbrough on 28 February 1903 Wilson dreamt that he would break his leg and told his comrades on the way to the game that he was worried it might come true. Only a minute had passed of the Boro game when Wilson broke his leg! He returned eight months later but only played nine times for Liverpool in two seasons after that. The club programme from 15 December 1906 reflected on what could have been: "Before he broke his leg Wilson was a sound centre half, who studied the game, and played it accordingly. Indeed, there are many who think that he would have disputed pre-eminence with the great Raisbeck himself but for the unfortunate accident which practically stopped his First League career. He can score goals, and his offensive work was always splendid. Especially dangerous was he when corner kicks were taken. The juniors can learn much from Wilson if they will. He is bulky now, and must be one of the weightiest men playing in Combination football."

Wilson's final appearance for Liverpool's first team came against Bolton Wanderers on 1 April 1905, but he stayed on at the club working as a scout and trainer at Liverpool until 1939.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals85700092
1897-1898 100001
1898-1899 700007
1899-1900 22200024
1900-1901 26200028
1901-1902 8300011
1902-1903 12000012
1903-1904 400004
1904-1905 500005

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
7Derby
7Bury
7Wolves
7Notts County
6Everton
6Aston Villa
5Bolton Wanderers
5WBA
5Blackburn Rovers
4Newcastle United
4Preston North End
4Sheffield United
4Nottingham Forest
3Stoke City
3Sunderland
3Burnley
3Sheffield Wednesday
2Manchester City
2Middlesbrough
1Blackpool
1Southampton
1West Ham United
1Grimsby Town
1Glossop North End
TotalCompetition
85League
7FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals300003
1897-1898 000000
1898-1899 000000
1899-1900 000000
1900-1901 100001
1901-1902 000000
1902-1903 200002
1903-1904 000000
1904-1905 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
3League
TotalOpen play/Penalty
3Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
119.03.1898Bolton WanderersAnfieldLeague
5025.12.1900Derby AnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
15529.09.1900SunderlandAnfieldLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1897-1898 * Defender
1898-1899 * Defender
1899-1900 * Defender
1900-1901 * Defender
1901-1902 * Defender
1902-1903 * Defender
1903-1904 * Defender
1904-1905 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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