January 3, 1910
Southend League player dead.
Charles Cotton, of Southed, a victim to Bright’s disease.
The death occurred yesterday morning of Charles Cotton, Southend United’s well-known goalkeeper. Cotton, who had been confined to his bed for five weeks suffering from Bright’s disease, was 30 years of age, and had been with Southend since the formation of the club in 1906.
He played for West Ham for several seasons previous to going to Southend, and he had also assisted Liverpool and Reading.
Before his illness he missed only one match for Southend during four seasons, and it was largely due to him that the United won their way into the Southern League First Division. His last game was against Coventry City on November 13.
He leaves a widow and two children, for whose benefit a friendly game, probably with West Ham, will be played.
(London Daily News: January 4, 1910)
Footballers all over the country will learn with regret of the death of Charles Cotton, the Southend United goalkeeper. Cotton, who was thirty years of age, joined the Southend club upon its formation in 1906, and before then he had played for West Ham, Reading, and Liverpool.
(Daily Mirror: January 4, 1910)
Mr. Charles Cotton, a well known Southend football player, died there yesterday morning from Bright’s disease.
He was goalkeeper for the Southend United, and had previously played for West Ham, Liverpool, and Reading.
(Aberdeen Journal: January 4, 1910)