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Allenby C. Chilton[1] (16 September 1918 – 15 June 1996)[2] was an English footballer.

Allenby Chilton
Personal information
Date of birth (1918-09-16)16 September 1918
Place of birth South Hylton, England
Date of death 15 June 1996(1996-06-15) (aged 77)
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre-half
Youth career
Hylton Colliery
Seaham Colliery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938 Liverpool 0 (0)
1938–1955 Manchester United 352 (3)
1955–1956 Grimsby Town 63 (0)
Total 415 (3)
National team
1950–1951 England 2 (0)
Teams managed
1955–1959 Grimsby Town
1960–1961 Wigan Athletic
1962–1963 Hartlepools United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Chilton started his career with Seaham Colliery before joining Liverpool as an amateur in the summer of 1938, but he never played a senior game for the Anfield club.

Chilton transferred to Manchester United soon after in November 1938 and made his first team debut against Charlton Athletic in September 1939. Chilton's early career was cut short by the Second World War although he made guest appearances for Airdrieonians, Cardiff City, Hartlepools United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Charlton Athletic who he helped to win the War Cup South Final in 1944. He served in the Durham Light Infantry and saw active service in the Normandy Landings also in 1944.

Chilton established himself as a centre half in Matt Busby's first post-war team and helped United to triumph in the 1947–48 FA Cup and was a key member of the 1951–52 league championship winning team. He was made club captain during the 1953–54 season. Having missed just 13 games in nine seasons at United and with 175 consecutive appearances to his name, Chilton requested a rest from first team action in early 1955. He was replaced by Mark Jones, one of the rising Busby Babes, and never returned to first team action.

Management careerEdit

Grimsby TownEdit

He left the club in March 1955 to become player-manager with Grimsby Town. He joined the Mariners late in the 1954–55 season and was unable to stop them having to apply for re-election, but the following season under his management they were champions of Division Three North – the only club ever to go from re-election to promotion in one season.[3]

Wigan AthleticEdit

Chilton continued as manager at Grimsby Town until April 1959 when he joined Wigan Athletic as manager for one season during 1960–61.

Hartlepools UnitedEdit

Chilton joined Hartlepools United as a scout for the 1961–62 season and became manager during 1962–63.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ponting, Ivan (2008). Manchester United: Player by Player (8th ed.). Studley: Know The Score Books. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-84818-300-1.
  2. ^ "England players: Allenby Chilton". englandfootballonline. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ "When Bill Shankly and Allenby Chilton reigned supreme". Grimsby Telegraph. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stan Pearson
Manchester United captain
Succeeded by
Roger Byrne