Walsall player 3 Charles Bunyan Snr

Charles Bunyan, Sr. (1869–1922) was an English professional football player and manager active throughout Europe in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Charles Bunyan played as a Goalkeeper, with Chesterfield in 1886, as an amatuer before turning professional with Hyde a year later. He was in goal for Hyde when the club lost 26–0 to Preston North End in the F.A Cup in October 1887, a score which remains a record in senior English football. He must have been a strong character after playing in a defeat like that! He was a lively keeper, fly kicking the ball rather than collecting it with his hands. He also liked to fist the ball at corners and free kicks. When he cleared his lines, he did so forcefully getting more height than distance out of his hands!

He played in the Football League with Derby County , Bunyan returned to Chesterfield in 1892. Bunyan was sacked by Chesterfield for a number of misdemeanours – both on and off the pitch. He played with Ilkeston Town and Heanor Town and gained England Amatuer honours before returning to League football with Walsall in 1896. He joined Walsall after regular goalie, Tom Hawkins was injured and the young reserve Dick Towe had let in 10 goals in three games. He held on to the number one position for the rest of that season, and was first choice for 1897-98. Billy Tennent then arrived from Wolverhampton Wanderers and he left the club He moved to New Brompton in 1898, where he was an ever-present for one season before moving on to Newcastle United. He moved on to Ripley Athletic, then Willenhall and Bloxwich Strollers.

He then became the manager of the Tivoli Concert Hall on the High Street Walsall.

He also played as a ‘guest’ player for Sheffield United

He had a brother George who it seems only played one game for Walsall, he had three sons two who became professional footballers.

Bunyan moved to Belgium in 1909 to become coach of Racing club de Bruxells, while also assisting with the Belgian National side. He moved to Sweden in 1911 to manage Orgryte I S , before coaching the Swedish National side in time for the 1912 Summer Olympics. Charles then returned to Belgium in 1912 to manage Standard Liege, and after a brief spell also managing the Belgian national side, his career was interrupted by the first world War, but he returned to Belgium after the war ended to coach Anderlecht .

Bunyan replaced Sylva Brebart as manager of Anderlecht in 1922, but died ten months later and was replaced by his son,Charles.

It seems once more that there are no pictures of him available. and I cannot find any stats for games played at any club, sorry

I thought however that he should not be left off my list


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