Charlie Tickle, Footballer

Charles Henry Tickle was an English professional footballer. He was born in December 1883 in Selly Oak, Kings Norton, near Birmingham. He worked as a stencil-cutter and played football for local clubs Selly Oak St Mary’s and Bournbrook, before signing up with Birmingham as a professional in 1902. At that time, the Birmingham team were called Small Heath. Three years later they changed their name to Birmingham F.C., the Birmingham City F.C.

Charlie played for six seasons with the club, becoming an established member of the team, playing at either outside or inside right. During his last season he was selected to represent England against Scotland at Villa Park.

At the end of the 1907-08 season, the Birmingham club were relegated to the  Second Division. Charlie chose to move to Coventry City, where he spent five years. He then joined Worcester City. After retiring from professional football, he worked for Birmingham Corporation Tramways and played football for their works team.

During the First World War he served as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Charlie died in Birmingham in September 1960 at the age of 76.

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