Charles Booth

Charles Booth

Charles Booth was a member of Woolwich Arsenal's first-ever league team.

The outside left started in the Gunners' 2-2 draw against Newcastle United after two seasons in Royal Arsenal's (amateur) first team.

Booth joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 1892 and immediately made an impact.

He scored on his debut in a 3-0 FA Cup victory over Highland Light Infantry and then helped make history in his following match.

His hat-trick against City Ramblers, in a 10-1 victory, was one of three for Arsenal on the day - the only time the feat has been achieved in the Club's history. Arthur Elliott and James Henderson also hit three goals apiece.

The trio almost matched their record the following campaign - but Booth fell one goal short in Woolwich Arsenal's 12-0 FA Cup win over Ashford United.

He played 16 times in the team's first league campaign, scoring twice, before joining Loughborough Athletic and Football Club in 1894.

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