Playing in Tottenham's first game in the FA Cup proper and the first Southern League campaign in 1896-97, Charlie Lanham was a forward who began his career with the club before moving around the London and South Coast football scene.
Given a trial in January 1896 after being recommended by his friend Ernie Payne, the 18 year old Lanham scored and earned a place in the Tottenham team.
Becoming a regular in he side, Charlie was asked to sign as a professional as Spurs entered the Southern League, but was ousted from the team by Jimmy Milliken and rarely got a look in. Ironically, Charlie scored his first goal for the club on his last appearance for Spurs, as come the end of the season, Tottenham released their whole squad and in August, Lanham re-signed with the club as an amateur but could not find a place in the side.
He was a wanted man though and a number of clubs were watching his situation, but Spurs made a complaint to the United League after Millwall Athletic had made an illegal approach for the striker.
As it was Spurs let him join the South London side anyway, but he failed to get a start there and moved around clubs including Brighton and was in the side that faced Spurs in October 1902 in the South-Eastern League.
Charlie Lanham died on 8th October 1953.