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James Saunders

James Saunders

Clubs played for: Glossop, Middlesbrough, Manchester United, Nelson, Lincoln City, Chelsea, Watford, Lincoln Liberal Club (1900-1910)


Birthplace: Birmingham

Position: Goalkeeper

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Saunders, James I have been researching James Saunders for the Chelsea Graves Society and have gathered a large collection of documents. James was born on 20th September 1878 in Rawtenstall, Lancashire and died on June 22nd 1952 in Manchester. He is buried at Failsworth cemetery in Oldham in the same grave as his wife Emily (nee Boot). It would appear that at the same time as he was married to Emily, James was also married to another woman named Dorothy Harley. He was arrested on a charge of bigamy and tried at Liverpool Assizes in 1923. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment. If any family member on here wishes to get in touch, please send me an email at
05-10-22 Robert Randall

Saunders, James Hi Janet, James Saunders was my Great Grandfather, I don’t know very much about him but he was a great goalkeeper for Manchester United around the time 1905. I am from Manchester myself and I’d love to know more about him. Many thanks , Mike Saunders x
08-08-22 Mike Saunders

Saunders, James I have been doing my husbands ancestry for many years & James Edward Saunders was his Great grandfather. I believe he was born in Rawtenstall in 1878 although his father was from Birmingham. I have lots of information & it would be great if either Carolyn or Lindzie would get in touch so we can share the information. Thanks Janet
03-08-21 Janet Colehouse

Saunders, James I would like to know more about James. He was my grandmother's first husband and the father of my late uncle, Ronald James Saunders, who was born in Birminghsm in 1912.
15-11-20 Carolyn Devlin

Saunders, James Hi I was wondering if you ever found out more about James? He is my great great great grandad and I’ve only just started finding stuff out about him
30-08-20 Lindzie mather

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