Alverstoke, Hampshire born goalkeeper Charlie Ambler joined Bostall Rovers in 1889 before joining Royal Arsenal in 1890, spending 2 years at Arsenal before joining Clapton in 1892. A move to Dartford in 1893 was followed by a move to Luton Town, and then by his first spell with Tottenham Hotspur in 1894. He returned to (by now Second Division) Arsenal as their second choice goalkeeper in 1895 and his only Football League appearance for the Gunners came in December 1895 and ended in a 5-1 away defeat to Newton Heath, also playing in an FA Cup Qualifying round tie, before a return to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 1896. He made a total of 133 appearances for Tottenham across both his spells at the club. He spent 3 years at Tottenham before moving to Gravesend United in 1899 and a year later to New Brompton. A year later he joined West Ham United where he again played in a single Southern League match and in an FA Cup Qualifying round tie, both games in November 1901, before he joined Millwall in 1902.