charlie brittain - fact file

1911 - 1913        defender

FULL NAME :   Richard Charlie Brittain

Born on 7th August 1887 in Isle of Wight, Hampshire.

Height : - .m  (5' 11")

Weight : -  - kgs    (12st 8lbs)

Charlie Brittain was a full back, who made a name for himself before being signed by Spurs and thrust into the Football League.

Brittain began his career at Portsmouth, moved to Northampton Town, where he earned a reputation as a right back with no-one better in the Southern League, playing for the League representative side five times and developing his game under the tutelage of Herbert Chapman.  This drew interest from Spurs who signed Charlie with Walter Tull making a move in the opposite directions as part of the deal worth 1,100 to bring the defender to White Hart Lane.

The step up to the Football League was one which was difficult for Brittain to transcend and his place in the Tottenham team was never assured.  Falling behind Tom Collins and Fred Webster, the final straw came when injury ofered a chance for a game, but manager Peter McWilliam over-looked him and called in Bill Cartwright.  Charlie handed in a transfer request in November 1913 and he moved to Cardiff City, back in the Southern League.

More comfortable with the standard there, Brittain played one more game for the Southern League representative side, twice for the Welsh League and went on to pick up Welsh Cup winners medals in 1920 and 1922.  Charlie was also captain of the Bluebirds in their first season in the Football League.

Left football on retirement from the game and went into business.  Also held the post of a Councillor for Cardiff City Council.

Charlie Brittain died on 31st July 1949 in Leigh, Kent, England.


Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Portsmouth 1904 ?? ??  ?? ??
Northampton Town 1906 ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 19th October 2011 1,100 (Incl. Walter Tull) 21st October 1911 v Notts. County 42 0
Cardiff City 28th November 1913 325 ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Northampton Town
88 Southern League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
40 + 2 abandoned matches League appearances; 0 goals
2 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
9 Other appearances; 0 goals
Cardiff City
75 League appearances; goals
88 Southern League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

Welsh Cup winners medal 1919-1920, 1920-1921
6 appearances for the Southern League XI
2 appearances for the Welsh League XI

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