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Charles Mortimore M.B.E. (Aldershot, Woking, Farnborough, England Amateur)

 



Mark Hardy
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Former Woking and Aldershot player Charles Mortimore has died aged 91. He was in a nursing home for the last few years.

He was also very influential in local schools football and was Chairman, director and later President of Farnborough. The main stand is named after him.


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Re: [Mark Hardy] Charles Mortimore M.B.E. (Aldershot, Woking, Farnborough, England Amateur) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

12/09/2019

It is with a great deal of sadness that Aldershot Town can today confirm that former Shots player Charles ‘Charlie’ Mortimore M.B.E. has passed away.

Charles had been unwell for some time but had plenty of friends and family visited him or asked after him during this concerning period. He was a well known figure throughout non-league, with fans and staff members of a number of sides of allegiance regularly asking after him.

Charles was one of the few amateurs in the professional game, bringing him to his days playing for the Shots, making his debut on 20 August 1949. A performance fans will remember well of Mortimore in an Aldershot shirt came in February 1950 when he scored five goals in a 7-2 win at Leyton Orient. Alongside this performance, Mortimore went on to score 28 goals in 75 appearances for the Shots.

Later Mortimore moved to Woking where he continued to be amongst the goals, going on to become the club’s record goal scorer netting 250 goals in 363 games. This saw him captaining the Cards when winning the Amateur Cup at Wembley on 12 April 1958 on his 30th birthday, in front of 71,000 spectators.

Mortimore also went on to achieve an unbeaten record in Division One, playing his one and only game in the division for Portsmouth on Christmas Day 1953 in a one all draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

Following his success, Mortimore represented England 17 times as an Amateur International and went onto pass on his skills to the younger generation of promising footballers.

Pursuing a career as a teacher during his playing days, Mortimore became involved in local boys football at Cove School. The development of their football skills gave Mortimore great satisfaction and he went on to organise Aldershot and District Schools F.A., which saw him honoured with an M.B.E. for his services to football and also a 50 years’ Service to Schools Football Medal, as a result of his hard work and commitment.

His final adventure saw him work with Farnborough Town starting in the 1980’s, where he worked his way up to Chairman, served on the Board of Directors and then went on to be appointed Club President.

Mortimore left an exceptional legacy throughout the game and will certainly be someone that future ambassadors will try to replicate too.


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Felt compelled to add to this obituary as Mr Mortimore's name has featured quite often over the years in my delvings into the Southern Counties Amateur Championship.

In addition to info' already provided, Charlie Mortimore was a regular for Hampshire in the SCAC team throughout the 50's, with a few games for Surrey at the end of that decade.

For the period 50-51 to 52-53 in the SCAC reports I have gleaned from various newspapers, Mortimore is listed as an Aldershot player, captaining Hants in their defeat at Richmond Road, Kingston-upon-Thames in April 1953.

11 games, 7 goals in this period at these venues: Walled Meadow, Andover; Fratton Park, Portsmouth; Airlie Road, Winchester; County Ground, Swindon; Poltair in Truro; Avenue Ground, Dorchester and "Sports Ground" Worthing.

In the mid 50's Charlie was listed as a Woking or a Portsmouth player in the various press reports I have read, although at Blandford when captain for Hampshire both clubs were credited.

His peak as a goal scorer in this competition came at Victoria Park in Salisbury when he scored four in 7-4 win for Hants over Wilts on Saturday 9th January 1954.

Apart from venues already mentioned Hants played at Priory Park, Chichester; Church Road, Hayes; Basingstoke (Camrose or elsewhere?); and the Dell in Southampton in this period. For some of these games a " J Mortimore" of "RAF" and "Woking" appeared alongside CT Mortimore. His brother or a coincidence re surname?

9 games and 10 goals in this period for Charlie, although I don't have any records for the Final that Hampshire played at Essex in May 1955. I can only assume that he played and could well have scored - venue Ilford FC, Lynn Road. Hampshire lost 2-1 that day.

In the late 50's, I have Charlie Mortimore of Woking playing for Surrey in these SCAC games: at the Memorial Ground, Redhill (1 goal in Dec 56); Plough Lane, Wimbledon (hat-trick versus Kent Sep 1957); and his final SCAC game I have recorded was a 1-0 win for Surrey at The Bull Ground, Sittingbourne. 461 in attendance to see a Charlie Mortimore winner.

RIP Charlie Mortimore.


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Re: [NeilH] Charles Mortimore M.B.E. (Aldershot, Woking, Farnborough, England Amateur) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

J Mortimore was John, Charlie's younger brother (249 app's for Chelsea). Charlie was 6 years older, born 1928 and 1934.

Poltair incidentally is St. Austell's ground.

 
 


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