Players - Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton
Birthdate: 1881
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Date of death: 3 January 1910
Other clubs: Sheppey United (1897-1900), Reading (1900-03), West Ham United (1903), West Ham United (2 / 1904-06), Southend United (1906-10)
Bought from: West Ham United
Signed for LFC: 04.12.1903
Liverpool debut: 28.12.1903
Last appearance: 01.04.1904
Contract expiry: April 1904
Win ratio: 23.08% W:3 D:6 L:4
League games / goals: 13 / 0
Total games / goals: 13 / 0

Player Profile

Cotton started 1903/04 in Hammers' goal after joining pre-season from Reading. He played nine games for West Ham before his differences with the club's directors led to his transfer to Liverpool. He made 13 League appearances in a season which was to end in relegation to the Second Division. Peter Platt had been first-choice 'keeper at the start of that season but Cotton came into the side for the away fixture against Wolves on 28 December 1903 and kept his place until the Goodison derby on April Fools' Day. Everton thrashed Liverpool 5-2 and even though Cotton had conceded just a goal on average in the 11 matches that preceded the Goodison humiliation, Platt was brought back for the last three matches of the season. But neither man would represent the club again as Ned Doig was given the goalkeeper's jersey at the start of 1904/05 when Cotton had returned to West Ham.

Cotton started the 1909/10 season in goal for Southend in the Southern league but developed Bright's disease, an infection in the kidneys, and died on 3 January 1910.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 13 0 0 0 0 13
1903-1904 13 0 0 0 0 13
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
1 Sheffield United
1 Middlesbrough
1 Stoke City
1 Sunderland
1 Aston Villa
1 Newcastle United
1 Manchester City
1 Nottingham Forest
1 Everton
1 Wolves
1 Birmingham City
1 Sheffield Wednesday
Total Competition
13 League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 28.12.1903 Wolves Molineux League
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Sheppey United 1897-1900 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Reading 1900-1903 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
West Ham United 1903 Southern League 9 0 9 0
West Ham United 1904-1906 Southern League 10 0 10 0
Southend 1906-1910 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 19 0 19 0