‘A local lad made good’ ought to be understated epitaph for Charlie Buchan. Hailing from Plumstead by way of Sunderland, he was a key piece in the Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal jigsaw albeit retiring in 1928, before the glory of the following decade. Buchan is often attibuted with conceiving the ‘WM’ formation that brought the club success following his retirement.
His transfer from Sunderland is covered below and it is in the North East that he forged his reputation with a record of 209 goals in 370 games. Like so many of his counterparts and those who followed, his career was war-interrupted although in his case, Buchan served in World War 1.
After his career finished, Buchan was a noted journalist and founded ‘Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly’, a publication which ran from 1960 to 1974.