Stan Charlton

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Stan Charlton
Personal information
Full name Stanley Charlton
Date of birth (1929-06-28)28 June 1929
Place of birth Exeter, Devon, England
Date of death 20 December 2012(2012-12-20) (aged 83)
Place of death Dorchester, Dorset, England
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1952 Bromley
1952–1955 Leyton Orient 151 (1)
1955–1958 Arsenal 99 (0)
1958–1965 Leyton Orient 216 (1)
National team
0000–1952 England amateur 4 (0)
Teams managed
1965–1972 Weymouth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stanley "Stan" Charlton (28 June 1929 – 20 December 2012) was an English football player and manager.

He was born in Exeter, Devon, the son of Stanley Charlton, who played at full back for Exeter City and Crystal Palace during the 1920s and 1930s. Despite his surname, he was not related to the more famous footballers Bobby Charlton and Jack Charlton, who were two contemporaries of his.


Bromley and Leyton Orient[edit]

He started his career as an amateur with Bromley, and won four caps for the England amateur team, and was a member of the 1952 Olympic football tournament squad for the Great Britain team, although he did not play.[1] He signed as a professional for Leyton Orient in 1952, and was a near ever-present for the next three seasons for Orient, as they finished runners-up in the Third Division in 1954–55. He was selected to play for the Third Division South team against the North in 1955–56.


In November 1955 Charlton joined Arsenal with Orient team-mate Vic Groves for £30,000, and succeeded Len Wills as the club's first-choice right back. He made his debut on 24 December 1955 against Chelsea and remained in the same position for nearly all of the rest of the season; he was also an ever-present in 1956–57 and 1957–58, and played for the London XI in both legs of the semi-finals of the 1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup against Lausanne Sports.

Return to Orient[edit]

However, he was dropped by Arsenal after a 3–1 defeat to Burnley in September 1958, in favour of Wills, the man he had originally displaced. Having made only four appearances in the first half of 1958–59 for Arsenal, he moved back to Orient in December 1958; he made 110 appearances for Arsenal, scoring three goals (all of them in the FA Cup). At Orient, he remained at the side for the next seven seasons, skippering them to promotion to the First Division in 1962 and for their one and only season in the top flight, 1962–63.

Retirement and later life[edit]

Stan Charlton retired in summer 1965, having played 366 league matches for Orient over the two spells. He became manager of Weymouth and remained in that post for seven years. After that, he became a district manager for a local football pools company.

Although residing in Weymouth, despite the distance Stan remained very active with the O's and was very much involved with Leyton Orient Supporters' Club where he attended several end of season 'Star Man' awards evenings. He also attended other popular LOSC functions, such as the regular reunions of fellow O's players that played in the Leyton Orient side that won promotion to the 'Old' First Division for the first time in the club's history in 1963. He also took part in a presentation involving Leyton Orient's supporters' trust, the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust.[2]

Stan Charlton died in the early hours of 20 December 2012 in Dorchester Hospital, aged 83.[3]


  1. ^ "XV. Olympiad Helsinki 1952 Football Tournament". RSSSF. 
  2. ^ "LOFT sponsors Theo's Gang". Leyton Orient Fans' Trust. 
  3. ^ Tyrie, Leo (20 December 2012). "Former O's skipper passes away aged 83". Leyton Orient F.C. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 


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