Charles William Spencer (4 December 1899 – 9 February 1953) was an English footballer and manager.
|Full name||Charles William Spencer|
|Date of birth||4 December 1899|
|Place of birth||Washington, England|
|Date of death||9 February 1953(aged 53)|
|Place of death||Blackpool, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Full back|
|Glebe Rovers (Washington)|
|Washington Chemical Works|
|1930–1932||Tunbridge Wells Rangers||?||(?)|
|1932–1937||Wigan Athletic (player-manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
In January 1928, Spencer signed for Manchester United, and was given the captaincy upon his arrival. However, he was only there for 18 months, leaving the club for Tunbridge Wells Rangers in 1929, to become a player-coach at the Kent-based side. He then moved to Wigan Athletic, where he became club's first ever manager.
The following season, Spencer had assembled a fine squad, including former Liverpool centre forward Fred Howe, Jimmy Boyd (who had won the FA Cup with Newcastle United in 1932) and Tommy Jones from Blackpool. Grimsby performed far better in the league, finishing in tenth place in the table, whilst in the FA Cup, they reached the semi-final against Wolverhampton Wanderers, having defeated fellow First Division team Chelsea in the previous round. The semi-final was played at Old Trafford on 25 March 1939 in front of a crowd of 76,962 spectators; this remains the record attendance at Old Trafford. In the semi-final, Grimsby were no match for Wolves and were "simply swept aside", going down 5–0.
|Wigan Athletic||1 August 1932||30 April 1937||418||293||87||38||70%|
|Grimsby Town||1 May 1937||1 May 1951||326||102||148||76||31.28|
|York City||1 November 1952||1 February 1953||13||5||5||3||38.46|
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