Charles Albert “Charlie” Williams

Charles Albert “Charlie” Williams

Welling, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England
Death 29 Jul 1952 (aged 78)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Burial Rio de Janeiro, Município de Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Plot Sect-9,Grave# 1508
Memorial ID 125033444 · View Source
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Charles Williams was an English football goalkeeper and manager, who was the first goalkeeper known to have scored a goal in a first-class match.

In his youth, Charlie started his career with minor clubs Phoenix and Erith before joining Royal Arsenal in 1891. He spent his first two seasons in and out of the first team, and started the 1893–94 season, Arsenal's first in the Football League, as regular goalkeeper, being in goal for Arsenal's very first game against Newcastle United on 2 September 1893.

At City, he was the regular goalkeeper for eight seasons, and while there he won a Second Division winners' medal in 1898–99, and became the first goalkeeper in history to score a goal from open play, with a long clearance against Sunderland at Roker Park on 14 April 1900.

He later had spells with Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Brentford, making over 50 Southern League appearances for the latter club.

After retiring as a player, he became a manager, taking charge of the Danish national team, whom he led through the football tournament of the 1908 Olympics in London.

Early in 1911 Oscar Cox, co-founder of the Fluminense FC of Rio de Janeiro, on a visit in London, hired Charles Williams to coach his club. For this Williams was remunerated with a monthly salary of £18 plus accommodation, other necessities and two return voyages. The man who "knows all the secrets and means of the violent sport," arrived on the vessel "Oropesa" on the 16 March 1911 in Rio , becoming the first ever professional football coach in town. Prior to this Fluminense FC was managed by a Ground Committee. As manager of the club in 1911 he won the Championship of Rio with six wins, no draws and no defeats and 21–1 goals.

From May 1924 until September 1926 he returned to the helm of Fluminense, winning the Rio-Championship of 1924 and a second and third place in the years thereafter.

In Rio he also managed America FC, with which he won the Championship of Rio de Janeiro of 1928, defeating Fluminense in the decisive match 3–2. From about April 1929 until the arrival of the Hungarian coach Nicolas Ladany a year later he also managed Botafogo FC, before coaching CR Flamengo 1930–31 in 38 matches

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