Chadwick, Arthur

Birthplace

Church, England

Occupation

Manager

Biographical Text

Born in 1875, Chadwick started his career playing in his native county of Lancashire for Accrington and then Burton Swifts, moving on to Southampton in 1897.

He helped Saints to win the Southern League championship in 1897-98, 1898-99 and 1900-01. He also played in the FA Cup Final of 1900, as well as winning two caps for England against Scotland and Wales respectively.

Chadwick became the first Saints player to be sent off in a League match when playing against Sheppey. In his four seasons with Southampton, he made a total of 96 appearances, scoring 6 goals.

In May 1901 he moved to local rivals, Portsmouth, and was part of their side who won the Southern League title in 1901-02.

However, he was on the move again in 1904, when signing for Northampton Town.

He then returned to Accrington, before linking up with Exeter City in April 1908.

His first outing for the Grecians was a successful one, scoring in the 3-2 home win over Norwich City in September 1908.

By then he was winding down his playing career, and in 1910 he accepted the job of manager of Exeter City.

It was to be a very long association with the club which lasted until December 1922, during which time he had guided the club through the Southern League, the First World War, and onto the Football League in 1920.

Not surprisingly he used his Lancashire connection a good deal, and as a result a number of players were signed for City from that area of the country.

Chadwick then became manager of Reading, but in October 1925, he resigned in order to take over as boss of his former club, Southampton.

He found immediate success by guiding the Saints to the semi-final of the FA Cup in 1927.

At the end of 1928-29 Chadwick grew disillusioned with both the club in particular, as they sold their best players to survive financially, and the game of football in general and he resigned on 16 April 1931, thereby ending a long association with the game.

Chadwick died whilst sat in the grandstand at St James’ Park, while watching Exeter City play Clapton Orient in March 1936.

Appearances

41

Goals

6

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