Blott Cyril Image 1 Charlton Athletic 1938

Blott Cyril Image 1 Charlton Athletic 1938


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Like so many footballers of his era, Southend-on-Sea, Essex born centre forward Cyril Blott’s career was completely cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939. He started with Romford in 1936 before joining First Division Charlton Athletic, under legendary manager Jimmy Seed, for whom he made his Football League debut at Everton in April 1938, scoring his first goal on his home debut two days later in a 4-1 win over Blackpool. Although Blott didn’t score again in four further outings before the end of the season, he did enough to stay in the first team reckoning and played 10 more matches the following season, scoring 3 more goals in wins against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Preston.

Although he was a fringe player at Charlton, this was the strongest ever period in their history and they had arguably their best ever side. Having finished League Championship runners up the previous season, they finished fourth in 1937-38 and third in 1938-39. The War almost undoubtedly denied him of a far more lengthy career in professional football.

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