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Chelsea FC Profile: Charlie Freeman

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Full Name: Charles Redfearn Freeman

Born: Monday, 22nd August 1887
Place of birth: Overseal, Derbyshire, England
Died: Saturday, 17th March 1956 (aged 68)
Place of death: Fulham, London, England
Burial: Cremated - Mortlake Crematorium. No known memorial.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1907 to 1921
Asst Trainer from 1923 to 1950

After playing, Charlie was also a trainer, groundsman & dressing room advisor and connected with the club right up to his death in 1956.

Playing Career:

Overseal Swifts
Burton United
Chelsea (Jul 1907 to Jun 1921) - cost: unknown - Retired

* Retired = Retired from playing at the end of Chelsea contract, or for reason stated

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 13th February 1909, Sunderland 1 - 2 Chelsea

Age on debut: 21 years 5 months 22 days

100th Appearance: Monday, 5th April 1915, Burnley 2 - 0 Chelsea

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 24th January 1920, Bradford City 3 - 1 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1908 / 09 500005
1909 / 10 900009
1910 / 11 18500023
1911 / 12 15000015
1912 / 13 11000011
1913 / 14 21100022
1914 / 15 15100016
1919 / 20 210003


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1909 / 10 200002
1910 / 11 210003
1911 / 12 700007
1912 / 13 300003
1913 / 14 500005
1914 / 15 200002

* 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. Charlie Freeman made 104 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League13th Feb 1909Sunderland12Chelsea16,000 match won
League31st Mar 1909Bury21Chelsea3,000 match lost
League3rd Apr 1909Woolwich Arsenal00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League9th Apr 1909Chelsea30Middlesbrough50,000 match won
League10th Apr 1909Chelsea32Notts County30,000 match won
League9th Oct 1909Middlesbrough01Chelsea12,000 match won
League30th Oct 1909Sunderland40Chelsea10,000 match lost
League6th Nov 1909Chelsea01Everton35,000 match lost
League13th Nov 1909Manchester United20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League20th Nov 1909Chelsea03Bradford City24,000 match lost
League12th Feb 1910Bolton Wanderers52Chelsea8,000 match lost scored 2 goals
League19th Mar 1910Everton22Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League26th Mar 1910Chelsea11Manchester United25,000 match drawn
League28th Mar 1910Chelsea01Woolwich Arsenal40,000 match lost
League2nd Jan 1911Stockport County22Chelsea5,000 match drawn
League7th Jan 1911Barnsley32Chelsea7,000 match lost
F.A. Cup14th Jan 1911Chelsea00Leyton19,167 match drawn
F.A. Cup19th Jan 1911Leyton02Chelsea14,000 match won
League21st Jan 1911Chelsea20Leicester Fosse18,000 match won
League28th Jan 1911Wolverhampton Wanderers00Chelsea16,000 match drawn
League11th Feb 1911Chelsea10Clapton Orient41,000 match won
League18th Feb 1911Blackpool02Chelsea6,000 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup25th Feb 1911Wolverhampton Wanderers02Chelsea33,028 match won scored 1 goal
League4th Mar 1911Lincoln City00Chelsea4,000 match drawn
League6th Mar 1911Chelsea20Glossop12,000 match won
F.A. Cup11th Mar 1911Chelsea31Swindon Town77,952 match won
League18th Mar 1911Birmingham21Chelsea25,000 match lost
League20th Mar 1911Chelsea20Huddersfield Town12,000 match won
F.A. Cup25th Mar 1911Newcastle United30Chelsea34,000 match lost
League29th Mar 1911Chelsea21West Bromwich Albion12,600 match won
League1st Apr 1911Hull City11Chelsea12,000 match drawn
League8th Apr 1911Chelsea20Fulham45,000 match won
League15th Apr 1911Bradford Park Avenue21Chelsea15,000 match lost
League18th Apr 1911Huddersfield Town31Chelsea9,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League22nd Apr 1911Chelsea30Burnley36,000 match won
League26th Apr 1911Bolton Wanderers20Chelsea35,000 match lost
League29th Apr 1911Gainsborough Trinity31Chelsea7,000 match lost
League11th Sep 1911Chelsea10Derby County20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League16th Sep 1911Chelsea40Wolverhampton Wanderers32,000 match won scored 2 goals
League23rd Sep 1911Leicester Fosse20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League30th Sep 1911Chelsea10Gainsborough Trinity30,000 match won
League7th Oct 1911Grimsby Town21Chelsea8,000 match lost
League26th Dec 1911Chelsea10Fulham41,761 match won
League10th Feb 1912Chelsea41Grimsby Town25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League17th Feb 1912Nottingham Forest23Chelsea9,000 match won
League24th Feb 1912Chelsea02Burnley30,000 match lost
League16th Mar 1912Chelsea02Birmingham27,000 match lost
League6th Apr 1912Glossop12Chelsea4,000 match won
League13th Apr 1912Chelsea10Hull City35,000 match won scored 1 goal
League22nd Apr 1912Chelsea41Blackpool27,000 match won
League25th Apr 1912Barnsley02Chelsea7,000 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Apr 1912Chelsea10Bradford Park Avenue40,000 match won scored 1 goal
League1st Mar 1913Chelsea21Manchester City35,000 match won
League8th Mar 1913West Bromwich Albion01Chelsea16,293 match won
League15th Mar 1913Chelsea13Everton45,000 match lost
League21st Mar 1913Chelsea12Aston Villa65,000 match lost
League22nd Mar 1913The Wednesday32Chelsea8,000 match lost
League24th Mar 1913Liverpool12Chelsea25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League29th Mar 1913Chelsea16Blackburn Rovers30,000 match lost
League5th Apr 1913Derby County31Chelsea10,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League12th Apr 1913Chelsea10Tottenham Hotspur50,000 match won
League19th Apr 1913Middlesbrough03Chelsea8,000 match won
League26th Apr 1913Chelsea52Notts County20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League6th Sep 1913Chelsea13Tottenham Hotspur61,500 match lost
League8th Sep 1913Chelsea11West Bromwich Albion21,000 match drawn
League8th Nov 1913Sheffield United32Chelsea14,000 match lost
League15th Nov 1913Chelsea21Derby County28,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Dec 1913The Wednesday30Chelsea30,000 match lost
League27th Dec 1913Tottenham Hotspur12Chelsea29,305 match won
League3rd Jan 1914Chelsea21Oldham Athletic30,000 match won
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1914Millwall Athletic00Chelsea24,500 match drawn
League17th Jan 1914Manchester United01Chelsea20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League24th Jan 1914Chelsea00Burnley35,000 match drawn
League7th Feb 1914Preston North End33Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League11th Feb 1914Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League28th Feb 1914Chelsea03Aston Villa58,000 match lost
League7th Mar 1914Middlesbrough20Chelsea14,000 match lost
League14th Mar 1914Chelsea20Sheffield United19,000 match won scored 1 goal
League18th Mar 1914Liverpool30Chelsea12,000 match lost
League21st Mar 1914Derby County01Chelsea10,000 match won
League28th Mar 1914Chelsea10Manchester City25,000 match won
League4th Apr 1914Bradford City00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League11th Apr 1914Chelsea20Blackburn Rovers50,000 match won scored 1 goal
League13th Apr 1914Chelsea21Bolton Wanderers40,000 match won scored 1 goal
League14th Apr 1914West Bromwich Albion31Chelsea16,479 match lost
League5th Sep 1914Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea26,000 match drawn
League9th Sep 1914Bradford City22Chelsea14,000 match drawn
League12th Sep 1914Chelsea03Newcastle United14,000 match lost
League21st Nov 1914Chelsea41Notts County16,000 match won
League28th Nov 1914Sunderland21Chelsea6,000 match lost
League5th Dec 1914Chelsea00The Wednesday15,000 match drawn
League12th Dec 1914West Bromwich Albion20Chelsea6,421 match lost
League19th Dec 1914Chelsea20Everton18,000 match won scored 2 goals
League25th Dec 1914Chelsea00Manchester City20,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1914Manchester City21Chelsea26,000 match lost
League28th Dec 1914Chelsea14Burnley20,000 match lost
League2nd Jan 1915Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspur30,000 match drawn
F.A. Cup9th Jan 1915Swindon Town11Chelsea28,000 match drawn
League17th Mar 1915Newcastle United20Chelsea5,000 match lost
League5th Apr 1915Burnley20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League14th Apr 1915Bolton Wanderers31Chelsea10,000 match lost
League3rd Jan 1920Manchester United02Chelsea25,000 match won
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1920Bolton Wanderers01Chelsea35,398 match won
League24th Jan 1920Bradford City31Chelsea18,000 match lost

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


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

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1907 / 08 1
1908 / 09 17

Non-First-Team Goals

1908 / 09 3

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Charlie Freeman made 18 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League30th Apr 1908Chelsea82Norwich City0 match won
Reserve League2nd Sep 1908Swindon Town12Chelsea2,500 match won
Reserve League5th Sep 1908Chelsea20Portsmouth0 match won
Reserve League7th Sep 1908Chelsea10Fulham4,000 match won
Reserve League14th Sep 1908Fulham30Chelsea3,500 match lost
Reserve League19th Sep 1908Woolwich Arsenal12Chelsea0 match won
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
Reserve League7th Nov 1908Chelsea32Brighton And Hove Albion0 match won
Reserve League14th Nov 1908Luton Town10Chelsea0 match lost
Friendly21st Nov 1908Chelsea10Salisbury City0 match won
Reserve League28th Nov 1908Maidstone United21Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League5th Dec 1908Chelsea21Leyton0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League19th Dec 1908Chelsea21Woolwich Arsenal0 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League25th Dec 1908Chelsea22Clapton Orient0 match drawn scored 1 goal
Reserve League26th Dec 1908Clapton Orient11Chelsea0 match drawn

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Chelsea FC Player Charlie Freeman

Games Won: 45
Win Percentage: 43.27%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 104 appearances, Charlie Freeman played alongside the following 61 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Lawrence Abram (15)
Wally Bettridge (74)
Ted Birnie (5)
Billy Brawn (8)
Billy Bridgeman (44)
Harold Brittan (5)
Billy Brown (2)
John Brown (14)
Johnny Browning (1)
David Calderhead (Jnr) (21)
Jack Cameron (46)
Bill Cartwright (11)
Jack Cock (2)
Jimmy Croal (12)
Bill Dickie (2)
George Dodd (1)
Angus Douglas (43)
Sam Downing (55)
Norrie Fairgray (18)
Harry Ford (46)
Harold Halse (28)
Augustus Harding (1)
Jack Harrow (30)
George Henderson (2)
Tom Hewitt (1)
George Hilsdon (24)
Arthur Holden (5)
Percy Humphreys (8)
George Hunter (22)
George Johnson (2)
Evan Jones (4)
George Lake (1)
Tommy Logan (34)
Ken Mackenzie (1)
Owen Marshall (18)
Marshall McEwan (9)
Bobby McNeil (18)
Nils Middelboe (4)
Tommy Miller (1)
James Molyneux (71)
Andrew Ormiston (40)
William Read (1)
Edward Reilly (1)
Jimmy Sharp (26)
Joseph Spottiswood (1)
William Steer (2)
Frederick Taylor (59)
Bob Thomson (26)
Jimmy Turnbull (9)
Edward Tye (1)
Andy Walker (6)
Joseph Walton (4)
Ben Warren (30)
Jack Whitley (33)
Bob Whittingham (43)
Harry Wilding (2)
Arthur Wileman (7)
Ernest Williams (1)
Jimmy Windridge (4)
Vivian Woodward (32)
Max Woosnam (3)