Charlie Chalk
Charlie Chalk
A. Player

England

Charles Chalk was born on Monday, 26th July, 1875, in Woolwich, London.

The forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Saturday, 16th October, 1909, having most recently been with Dumbarton.

Aged 34, he made his only appearance on Saturday, 16th October, 1909, in a 2-1 defeat away to Bathgate in the Scottish Qualifying Cup.

There were no goals for Charlie in his one-off appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Maryhill, Rangers, Hamilton Academical, East Stirlingshire, Dumbarton and Partick Thistle.

Charlie died on Thursday, 24th May, 1945, in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, aged 69.

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Bio Extra

Charlie's English Dad (George) was a military man and our Charlie was born at the famous Woolwich Royal Arsenal, although there is a red herring in the English Census of 1881 which wrongly shows Charlie as being born in Gibraltar. Presumably the family were based there for a spell. The Scottish Census of both 1891 and 1901 correct this, as does Charlie’s Baptism Record and a copy of his will. His mother, Margaret, was Scottish, and this may partly explain the resettlement in Scotland. Charlie was described as a rubber worker in his teens and his twenties.

A right sided forward, the 28-year-old Charlie got a dream move to Rangers at the tail end of 1903, much to the regret of all at Lochburn Park, home to Maryhill Juniors. After 4 League appearances and 1 goal at Rangers, Charlie spent 2 seasons at Hamilton Accies from 1904-05 followed by two seasons at East Stirlingshire. He was never a first-team regular in his twilight years, making a single competitive appearance at Dumbarton in August 1908 and doing likewise at Thistle just over a year later, featuring in the Qualifying cup tie at Bathgate. Being in a bit of a pickle with two fixture on one day, Thistle drafted Charlie in at short notice, and it seems like he stayed around for a few months anyway. We know that he played at least once at Firhill. Although the reserves weren't running regularly as such, a number of fixtures were fulfilled, and Charlie featured in a 1-1 Glasgow Cup draw against Queen's Park, just a week before Christmas.

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