1898/99 England International cap awarded to Charlie Athersmith
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1898/99 England International cap awarded to Charlie Athersmith
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20 Feb 2013 11:00 GMT

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The following 2 caps were awarded to William Charles "Charlie" Athersmith (1872 – 1910) who played as a winger. He played the majority of his career at Aston Villa, making 307 appearances and scoring 85 goals. While at Villa Athersmith played a key role in their title winning sides of 1894, 1896, 1897, 1899 and 1900 as well as reaching three F.A. cup finals, finishing on the losing side in 1892 before gaining winners medals in 1895 and double-winning final of the 1896–97 season. He is famously remembered for an incident during a league game in 1901 against Sheffield United which was played in driving freezing rain. Many of the players suffered mild frostbite in the bitter conditions, early in the second half Charlie had had enough and borrowed an umbrella from a member of the crowd, United's Ernie Needham went one better and took a coat from a spectator. Athersmith, complete with umbrella later scored. Athersmith represented England at outside right on 12 occasions and scored three goals, each of which came against Ireland.
1898/99 England International cap awarded to Charlie Athersmith
A purple 8 panel cap embroidered to front with English rose and dates '1898-99', makers name Foster & Co. 123 High Street Oxford & 4, Regent Street London imprinted inside. This cap was awarded to Charlie Athersmith for his 6 appearances home and away in 1898 and 1899 v Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the home nations international championship for England.
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