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John Charles
Charles in 1954, Wales versus Scotland, Ninian Park
Personal information
Fou name William John Charles, CBE
Date o birth 27 December 1931(1931-12-27)[1]
Place o birth Swansea, Wales
Date o daith 21 Februar 2004(2004-02-21) (aged 72)
Place o daith Wakefield, Ingland
Hicht 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playin poseetion Centre back / Centre forward
Hauflin career
1946–1948 Swansea Town
1948–1949 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1957 Leeds United 297 (157)
1957–1962 Juventus 155 (108)
1962 Leeds United 11 (3)
1962–1963 Roma 10 (4)
1963–1966 Cardiff City 69 (18)
1966–1971 Hereford United 173 (80)
1972–1974 Merthyr Tydfil
Total 715 (370)
Naitional team
1950–1965 Wales 38 (15)
Teams manisht
1967–1971 Hereford United (player-manager)
1972–1974 Merthyr Tydfil (player-manager)
1987 Hamilton Steelers
* Senior club appearances an goals coontit for the domestic league anerly

William John Charles, CBE (27 Dizember 1931 – 21 Februar 2004) wis a Welsh internaitional fitbawer who played for Leeds United an Juventus. Ratit bi mony as the greatest aw-roond fitbawer iver tae come frae Breetain,[2] he wis equally adept at centre-forward or centre-back. Due tae his hicht, physique, an strenth, he excelled in the air, awtho he wis a prolific goalscorer wi his feet an aw, due tae his powerful an accurate shot. Despite his size, he wis an aa a fast player, who wis giftit wi guid technical ability an passin ability, which alloued him baith tae score an creaut goals.[3] He haes syne been includit in the Football League 100 Legends an wis inductit intae the Football Hall of Fame.

He wis niver cautioned or sent aff durin his entire career,[4] due tae his filosofie o niver kickin or intentionally hurtin opposin players. Staundin at 6 feet 2 inches, he wis elknamit Il Gigante Buono – The Gentle Giant.

His brither, Mel Charles an nephew Jeremy Charles, forbye representit Wales. His grandson, Jake Charles, currently plays for Huddersfield Town, an haes representit Wales at youth level.

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Leeds United


Cardiff City

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  1. Charles 2009, p. 26
  2. IFHOF.com
  3. "John William CHARLES". Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. "Footballer John Charles' Italian medal auctioned". BBC News Online. 16 Juin 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  5. "William John Charles – "The Gentle Giant"". soccermond.com. Archived frae the original on 4 Mairch 2016. Retrieved 12 Julie 2014.

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