Charlie Buchan was known to be an up and coming footballer in 1910. He was also known to have an independent mind, and to be an educated man, who wanted to train as a teacher.
Buchan played some reserve matches for Woolwich Arsenal in 1910 but didn’t settle, undoubtedly because of Arsenal’s financial problems, and by early May 1910 he was doing the rounds looking for a new club.
By 5th May 1910 he was known to be in discussion with Henry Norris over signing a contract which allowed him to carry on with his training as a teacher while playing for Fulham.
According to Buchan, in a subsequent newspaper piece, Norris did not handle the negotiations well, making Buchan an offer of £1/10/- a week (£1. 50p). Buchan rejected this contemptuously announcing that Bury had already offered him twice as much, and there the matter dropped.
Meanwhile sales of the new shares were going slowly, and nothing much was moving.
And a further problem was lurking just around the corner…
I will move on to that further problem in the next couple of days, but I have just hit a brick wall in terms of information – if you have any knowledge on this topic I would be glad to hear from you.
In 1910, as we know, a fair proportion of the shares in Woolwich Arsenal were owned by Mr Leavey, the gentleman’s outfitter.
What I want to know is how he got them. Did he, or his father perhaps, buy them when the club first became a limited company. Or did the club have earlier financial crises which he rescued the club from?
If you know please write back to the site, or if you prefer, write directly to me: Tony@hamilton-house.com