Charlie Fleming

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Charlie Fleming
Personal information
Full name Charles Fleming[1]
Date of birth (1927-07-12)12 July 1927
Place of birth Culross, Fife, Scotland
Date of death 14 August 1997(1997-08-14) (aged 70)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Blairhall Colliery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1955 East Fife 173 (117)
1955–1958 Sunderland 107 (62)
1958–1965 Bath City 300 (216)
Total 580 (395)
National team
1953 Scotland 1 (2)
1951 Rest of the UK[2] 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Charles Fleming (12 July 1927 – 15 August 1997) was a Scottish footballer who played for Blairhall Colliery, East Fife, Sunderland and the Scotland national team. Fleming was nicknamed ’Cannonball Charlie’ for his shooting ability.

Fleming was born in Culross, Fife and joined East Fife from Blairhall Colliery and became an integral part of East Fife's success in the 1940s and 1950s. Fleming won the League Cup with East Fife in 1949 and 1953 and was part of the side that reached the 1950 Scottish Cup Final.[3] During his time with East Fife he won his only international cap, and scored twice in a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland on 3 October 1953, in a World Cup Qualifier at Windsor Park, Belfast. That year the British Home Championship was used as a World Cup Qualifying Group in which Scotland finished second, behind England.

He moved to English club Sunderland in January 1955 for £20,000 (plus Tommy Wright in exchange) where he remained for three seasons.

After his playing career he had managerial spells at Bath City in 1958 and Trowbridge Town in 1965. At Bath City he signed his ex East Fife team mate, Bobby Black.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charlie Fleming". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  2. ^ England Player Honours - International Representative Teams englandfootballonline.com Retrieved 27 Jun 2010
  3. ^ a b Bobby Black interview Archived February 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.