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Edgar Chadwick
Edgar Chadwick
Personal information
Full name Edgar Wallace Chadwick
Date of birth 14 June 1869
Place of birth    Blackburn, England
Date of death    14 February 1942 (aged 72)
Place of death    Blackburn, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Inside-Left
Youth career
1884–1886 Little Dots F.C.
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Blackburn Olympic
Blackburn Rovers
Glossop North End
000 0(0)
000 0(0)
270 (97)
031 (10)
052 (18)
043 0(7)
034 0(8)
035 0(5)   
National team
1891–1897 England 007 0(3)
Teams managed
1908–1913 Netherlands
Sparta Rotterdam

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Edgar Wallace Chadwick (14 June 1869 – 14 February 1942) was a left-sided footballer who had a long and distinguished career with Everton during the 1890s. He was also the national coach for the Netherlands from 1908 to 1913.

His cousin, Arthur Chadwick, also played for England and Southampton, while another cousin Albert Chadwick played for Everton.


Playing career


Early career

Born in Blackburn, he started his career at 15 with Little Dots FC, before signing as a professional with Blackburn Olympic in 1886. After one season at Olympic, he then joined Blackburn Rovers where he spent the 1887-88 season before signing for Everton in July 1888.


He signed for Everton in time for the inaugural Football League season of 1888-89. He was an ever-present in Everton’s first two years as a Football League team in which they finished in 8th place and then as runners-up, with Chadwick contributing 6 and 9 goals. In the following season, 1890-91, Everton won the League Championship with Chadwick contributing 10 goals and assisting fellow forwards, Fred Geary and Alf Milward to score 20 and 12 respectively as Everton were also the top scorers with a total of 63 goals from 22 games.

Chadwick was nicknamed “Hooky”, as his frequent trick was to run with the ball parallel with the goal line, drawing the goalkeeper in the direction of the post, before hooking the ball into the opposite corner of the net.

In 1893, Everton reached the final of the FA Cup, played at Fallowfield Stadium in Manchester, where they were defeated 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Over the next few seasons, Everton continued to be a major force in the Football League, coming runner-up in 1894-95 and reaching another Cup final in 1897 played at Crystal Palace where again they were defeated, this time by Aston Villa, 3-2.

Chadwick spent two further seasons at Everton before joining Burnley in May 1899.

In all, he spent eleven years with Everton, making 270 league appearances, plus a further 30 in the FA Cup, contributing 97 league and 13 cup goals. His goals tally ranks him 8th in the all-time list of Everton goal-scorers and makes him the earliest of Everton’s football “legends”.


He was a short, but fearsome and intelligent competitor and his contribution to Everton’s League winning team was recognised by a call up to the England team (alongside Alf Milward) for the British Home Championship match against Wales on 7 March 1891. England were comfortable 4-1 winners with Chadwick and Milward claiming a goal each. Chadwick went on to make a total of seven appearances for England, scoring 3 goals.

Later career

His season at Burnley was not a great success and although Chadwick was the team’s top scorer with 10 goals, he could not prevent them being relegated to the Second Division. In a match against Glossop North End in December 1899, Chadwick scored all 3 goals in a 3-1 victory.

In August 1900 he moved to Southern League Southampton where he was re-united with his former Everton left-wing colleague Alf Milward. Chadwick and Milward’s partnership contributed 26 goals (14 and 12 respectively) as Southampton once again took the Southern League championship. In the following season, Southampton reached the FA Cup final which they lost in a replay to Sheffield United.

In May 1902 he sought fresh fields, but as Burnley still held his Football League registration he had to pay them £35 to release him to join Liverpool where he stayed for two seasons before moving on to Blackpool in 1904. He was an ever-present for Blackpool in his one season with the club, and was also the club's top scorer with eight goals.[1]

He then played out his career with a season at Glossop North End before dropping out of the league to join Darwen where his long career finally ended in 1908 aged 39.

Coaching career

After hanging up his boots in 1908, he moved to the continent where he coached in Germany (briefly) before moving to the Netherlands where he coached various club sides including The Hague and Haarlem sides.

In 1908, Chadwick was approached to become coach of the Dutch national team. The experts are in disagreement as to whether Chadwick, or his predecessor Cees van Hasselt, should be considered as the first manager of the Dutch national team although it is generally considered that Van Hasselt was more a willing amateur than a proper coach.

Chadwick was appointed manager of the Netherlands in order to prepare the team for the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London. As Hungary had pulled out of the tournament, the Netherlands had a bye into the semi-finals where they met Great Britain. This match ended in a 4-0 defeat (with all 4 goals coming from Harold Stapley who later spent 6 seasons with Glossop North End); and the Netherlands then played Sweden for the bronze medal, winning 2–0, as a result of which the Dutch gained their first international success.

Chadwick managed the Dutch national team for 24 games (generally friendlies against Belgium) winning 14. Gradually, the performances improved during his period as manager. In 1909 they met the England amateur side and were defeated 9–1 (with 6 goals from Vivian Woodward who was an amateur who spent 6 seasons with Chelsea), but against Belgium, Germany and Sweden good results were obtained.

During the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm (where eleven teams participated in the football tournament, against only six in 1908) the Dutch defeated Sweden and Austria, but lost in the semi-final 4–1 to Denmark. In the play-off for the bronze medal Finland were crushed 9-0 with Jan Vos scoring five goals.

The greatest success of Chadwick’s career as Dutch manager came on 24 March 1913, in a friendly against the English amateurs, which resulted in a 2–1 victory. Both Dutch goals came from Huug de Groot. After the match Vivian Woodward generously conceded: "The best team won."

Chadwick led the Dutch national team once more, in November 1913, when the English gained their revenge with a 2–1 victory.

He was also the coach of Sparta Rotterdam, with whom he won the 1915 Netherlands championship.

After World War I, he returned to Blackburn and reverted to his original trade as a baker. In December 1923, he applied for the manager’s job at Blackpool, but after being on a short-list of two, he lost out to Frank Buckley.


As player


As manager


  • Olympic Games - Bronze medal: 1908 & 1912




Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win % F A Goal +/-
Netherlands Netherlands 22 October August 1908 15 November 1913 24 14 8 2 58.33 71 57 +14


  1. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, Breedon Books Sport ISBN 1-873626-07-X
  2. ^ (Dutch) "Bondscoach Edgar Chadwick". Voetbalstats.nl. http://www.voetbalstats.nl/nedxi/co11.html. Retrieved 31 December 2008.  

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