Charlie Buchan was born here


Charlie Buchan was born here

The first home of Sunderland legend Charlie Buchan.

Location: 151 Reidhaven Road, Plumstead

Description: Charlie Buchan (18911960) was a centre-forward footballer and sporting journalist born in this house in 1891.

He played for local Plumstead teams in his youth, joining Woolwich Arsenal in 1909. Despite impressing in reserve games, a disagreement with manager George Morrell over expenses, made Buchan decline to sign a professional contract.

He was spotted playing for Leyton in 1911 and signed for Sunderland AFC where he was highly successful. Sunderland won the 191213 First Division title and narrowly missed out on the Double - losing the FA Cup final 10 to Aston Villa.

Buchan was Sunderland's leading scorer for seven of his eight seasons at the club, excluding the World War I seasons, when full competitive football was suspended.

He remains Sunderland's all-time record League goalscorer, with 209 goals.

Buchan was also capped by England - his debut coming against Ireland on 15 February 1913.

Buchan was re-signed by Woolwich Arsenal in 1925 making his debut in a North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on 29th August. He captained Arsenal to their first ever Cup final in 1927 (which they lost to Cardiff City).

Buchan finally retired at the end of 192728 and became a football journalist with Daily News and also commentated for the BBC. In 1947 he co-founded the Football Writers' Association and from September 1951 until his death, he edited his own football magazine, Charles Buchan's Football Monthly.

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Charlie Buchan was born here

The first home of Sunderland legend Charlie Buchan.

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