Ken Chisholm

Kenneth McTaggart Chisholm (12 April 1925 – 30 April 1990) was a Scottish footballer, who played for a number of teams in The Football League and the Scottish Football League as a forward.

Ken Chisholm
Personal information
Full name Kenneth McTaggart Chisholm[1]
Date of birth (1925-04-12)12 April 1925
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 30 April 1990(1990-04-30) (aged 65)
Place of death Chester-le-Street, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1946 Queen's Park
1946–1948 Partick Thistle 34 (13)
1948–1949 Leeds United 40 (17)
1949–1950 Leicester City 42 (17)
1950–1952 Coventry City 68 (34)
1952–1953 Cardiff City 63 (33)
1953–1956 Sunderland 78 (33)
1956–1958 Workington 39 (15)
Teams managed
1958 Glentoran
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Chisholm, a former RAF fighter pilot, began his professional footballing career at Queen's Park, joining the club in 1942. During his time with the club, he represented Scotland in a wartime victory international, playing in a 3–2 victory over Ireland.[2] During wartime, he also featured for several English clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea as a guest player, before moving to Partick Thistle in 1946 where he made 34 appearances and scored 13 goals.[3] In 1948, he joined Leeds United for a fee or £6,000 after the club failed in their attempt to sign Jimmy Mason from Third Lanark.[4] Between 1948 and 1949 he scored 17 goals in 40 appearances for the Whites but fell out with manager Frank Buckley.[3] He instead joined Leicester City in 1949, with Ray Iggleden moving to Elland Road in exchange,[2] and went on to make 42 appearances scoring 17 goals.[3]

Chisholm made the switch to Midlands rivals Coventry City in 1950, he made 68 appearances and scored 34 goals for the club before transferring to Cardiff City in March 1952.[3] He made his debut in a 6-1 defeat against Sheffield United but went on to score 8 times in the last 11 games of the season to help secure promotion for the club. He finished as top scorer in his first season and shared top league scorer with Wilf Grant the following season, netting his only hattrick for the club in October 1953 in a 5–0 victory over Charlton Athletic.[5] Chisholm left the Cardiff to sign for Sunderland and made his debut for them on 1 January 1954 against Aston Villa in a 2–0 win at Roker Park where he also scored a goal.[6] During his time at the club he made 78 league appearances scoring 33 goals.[7] He finished his career with Workington in 1956, before a short spell at Glentoran just before his retirement.[3]


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  2. "Ken Chisholm". Oz White LUFC. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. "Ken Chisholm". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 4 September 2008.
  4. "Ken Chisholm goes South". The Courier and Advertiser. 5 January 1948. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 37. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  6. "Sunderland 2-0 Aston Villa". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2008.
  7. "Ken Chisholm". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2008.