Full name:Charlie Fleming
Date of Birth:12 July 1927
Place of Birth:Blairhall, Scotland
Date of Death:14 August 1997
Place of Death:Edinburgh, Scotland

Playing career:

Blairhall Colliery
1947-1948East Fife
1948-1949East Fife
1949-1950East Fife
1950-1951East Fife
1951-1952East Fife
1952-1953East Fife32
1953-1954East Fife
1954-1955East Fife
1958-1959Bath City
1959-1960Bath City
1960-1961Bath City
1961-1962Bath City
1962-1963Bath City
1963-1964Bath City
1964Toronto City19
1964-1965Bath City
1965-1966Bath City
1966-1967Bath City
1967-1968Bath City


Charlie was born in Blairhall, Scotland. He started his career with Blairhall Colliery.

He was known as “Cannonball Charlie” because of his hard shot. Scored nearly 500 goals in 14 seasons with East Fife, Sunderland and Bath City.

He joined East Fife in June 1947. Played for the Rest of Britain against Wales in 1951. Scored 32 goals for East Fife in the 1952-1953 season. In all Charlie played in 244 games and scored 175 goals for East Fife.

Picked for Scotland against Northern Ireland in 1953. Charlie scored two goals in Scotland’s 3-1 victory at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Transferred to Sunderland for £20,000 plus Tommy Wright in January 1955. Scored 62 goals in 107 league games.

Joined Bath City as player-manager in July 1958. Scored for 216 goals for Bath City between 1958 and 1965. Helped Bath City defeat Notts County at Meadow Lane in the FA Cup in December 1959. Reached the FA Cup third round with Bath City in the 1963-1964 season.

Joined Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League club Toronto City in May 1964.

Played for the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League All-Stars against Scottish touring club Heart of Midlothian in an exhibition game on June 5, 1964. In front of a crowd of 6,032 Hearts won 2-0 at Varsity Stadium.

On July 15 he scored two goals for Toronto City when they defeated Greek club AEK Athens 4-1.

His 19 goals in the 1964 season helped Toronto City win the ECPSL championship.

In September 1964 he returned to Bath City.

Asked for a transfer in December 1964 and had his request granted.

Joined Trowbridge Football Club as player-manager in April 1965.

Toronto City wanted to sign him for the 1965 season but he could not get away from the U.K.

Joined American Soccer League club Washington Britannica as a coach in September 1967. After four losses and two ties in six games, his contracted was terminated on 19 October 1967.

Flew to Australia in March 1971 to become coach of Sydney’s Hakoah club. Returned to Scotland in October 1971.

Passed away on 14 August 1997 at the age of 70. A minute’s silence was held before the game before the game between Bath City and Dorchester Town on Monday 25 August 1997.

Additional sources:

East Fife – Black and Gold and Blue – Charlie Fleming