Wilkinson: Charles Edward (Charlie)
Born: Medomsley Co Durham: 07-04-1907
Debut: Preston North End (a): 26-03-1932
5’10” 11st 4lb (1930)
Former Durham miner, Wilkinson played for Wallsend before playing at Consett. He was
signed by Leeds from Consett in September 1928 after a month’s trial. He deputised for Bill
Menzies twice in consecutive games in March 1932 but had to wait until the second game of
the 1933-34 season before Jack Milburn was unjured and he got his third and final game in
the Leeds colours. Unable to make much impression at Leeds, with Jack Milburn a virtual
ever-present, he moved to Sheffield United in October 1933. He played twenty-five games at
Bramall Lane in his first season there in which they were unfortunately relegated from
Division One. He went on to make one hundred and twenty League appearances and played in the
Blades’ 1936 FA Cup Final side which lost to Arsenal. In June 1938 he went to Southampton
but was injured after only three games, underwent a cartiage operation and lost his place.
He moved to Bournemouth at the start of the 1939-40 season, but did not play in the Football
League which was interrupted by the Second World War, and was a player-coach at Dean Court.
He died at Medomsley in late 1985.