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Sunderland wanted a £4000 fee for Charles Buchan, which Arsenal thought a lot for a 33-year-old player. In the end he was transferred to Arsenal for a fee of £2000 and £100 per goal which ultimately cost £2100 in total - making £4100.
Herbert Chapman's first game as manager was on 29th August 1925, against Spurs at Highbury; Arsenal lost 1-0. This was also the first Arsenal game for Charles Buchan and the first game of the new offside ruling (to remain onside you now required two defenders in front of you rather than three!). His Arsenal record keeps him in the top ten all time Arsenal goal scorers.Charles Buchan: Played 56 - Scored 120 - Ratio 0.47.
In the All Sports Weekly of June 2nd 1928, which is for sale on the site, the following appreciation was written at the end of his career:
Charlie Buchan's Laurels. Still keeping his hand in football.
Amid the excitement of the last day of the season how many thoughts turned to Charlie Buchan, playing the last game of his great career? He has gone out of the game he has adorned so long in the sunshine, and all his followers hope that the same sunshine will follow him in his subsequent life.
There were some of us who followed his every movement with regretful, if admiring, eyes. It was sad to think that we shall not see again that long, spare figure on the field.
He has been a famous player, of course, for many years; but he has lasted so well that one hardly realised the time since he and Mordue has known. On the last Saturday he played more like a master than ever. The unhurried serenity of his work was so delightful as its certainty. Every touch with foot and head was so infallibly right - finding the unmarked man every time. Not for him the heat of the fray - let the younger men bear it (and very prettily they bore it, too!) He would show them the way and give them their chances. The hero of so many fights left the arena with his laurels still fresh and green. Good luck to him! I had a chat with him just before he went into the dressing-rooms, and wished him luck. I read in his book the desire to be "in" at the famous wind-up so that he could in his later years write authoritatively about the game in which a goal-scoring record was made that is to stand the best of all time. Charlie confided to me that while he was sorry to go out of football life, he was glad to be in it through the course of journalism, and when I asked him if he had any more freak agreements, he said "not freak, but very handsome; and I may question that I was offered kind terms and a big spell for years. I think I have done the best thing possible"
Mr. Chapman had been asked by the players of the club to perform the ceremony of presenting their gift to Charlie. He made a happy reference to Buchan's football ability and football life, and then Charlie plied himself off to play his final game. He showed them the same age-old tricks of his done perfectly. No one backheeled a ball so nattily, no one brought out better judgement in trapping a ball; he was a great joy to the crowd who gave him a wonderful rally - on a visiting ground, remember. I shall never forget the memorable turn of the tide Buchan created in the Cup-tie game played in January at the Arsenal ground. The broadcaster, Mr George Allison, was talking of nothing else but Arsenal's defence - their endeavours against this tirade of attack. Arsenal broke away at last, a slip, a kick, and a goal had been scored.
Dixie's (Dean) comment.
Eventually Buchan got his head to a corner kick. I wonder how many goals he has headed in similar circumstances? Then Dixie Dean broke the silence "I can't understand it" he said "they never leave me alone, these defenders: yet here is big Charlie standing unmarked for a corner kick. How does he kid them to leave him as if he weren't the best man in the world for a corner kick? That's what beats me" He was speaking feelingly, for big Parker had been bumping him hither and thither, and wherever he went three opponents were sure to go.
In March 1928 he retired from the game, aged 36, and joined the Daily News as a journalist - he had been writing articles for newspapers for many years - initially he covered cricket and golf as well as football. In 1930 he wrote a book of coaching instruction for the News Chronicle, which led to him helping at the first FA coaching scheme. Around this time (1933) he started editing the News Chronicle Football Annual. In 1933 he was sent to cover his first match abroad for England internationals with Italy in Rome, and Switzerland in Berne, for the News Chronicle. He also did occasional short broadcasts for the BBC.Also at this time he lent his name to the Charles Buchan Cup which the News Chronicle sponsored by issuing silver medals to the winners and the runners up. See image below.