Farnborough Football Club is very saddened to learn of the passing of Club President Charles Mortimore MBE, aged 91.
Charles had been unwell for some time but many of his friends visited him or asked after him during this period. He was a well known figure within the non-league game retaining his amateur status throughout his playing career, and opposition club officials often asked after him. Charles was a true gentleman of the game and a legend who contributed so much both on and off the pitch throughout his football life. A man who had an illustrious playing career and went on to be a tremendous servant to local sport and its development.
Charles was one of the few amateurs in the professional game in the days he served Aldershot FC making his debut on 20 August 1949. His most notable performance in an Aldershot shirt came in February 1950 when he scored five goals in a 7-2 win at Leyton Orient. This is believed to still be a record for an individual player in an away fixture in the Football League and an honour he shares with a number of famous names. In all he scored 28 goals in 75 appearances for the Shots.
Later Charles moved to Woking where again he enjoyed a glittering career. He became the club’s record goal scorer netting 250 goals in 363 games. This culminated in captaining the side when winning the Amateur Cup at Wembley on 12 April 1958 in front of 71,000 spectators. The date was also his 30th Birthday!
Charles also had one game for Portsmouth on Christmas Day 1953 in a one all draw against Tottenham Hotspurs. This was in a Division One game, now known as the Premier League, and in Charles own words he said that he missed a sitter at the end of the game to secure a win when thwarted by Spurs full-back Alf Ramsey who kicked the ball off the line!
Another achievement was that Charles represented England 17 times as an Amateur International. He was very proud of the caps he received.
During his playing career Charles was pursuing his career as a teacher at Cove School and became involved in local boys football. The development of their football skills gave Charles great satisfaction and he went on to organise Aldershot and District Schools FA. Many of the players went on to enjoy successful careers in the game. Charles was honoured with an MBE for his services to football and also a 50 years Service to Schools Football Medal.
With his close friend Alan Churchill who was President of Aldershot and District Schools, school trips were organised and made both in the UK and abroad.
Charles became interested in Farnborough Town back in the 1980’s and he again introduced some fine young players who went on to play first team football. He had a spell as Chairman, served on the Board of Directors and then went on to be appointed Club President.
This is just a summary of Charles achievements and much more could be said. What is certain is that he was an extremely well respected person in the game and a fine Ambassador for the club.
Rest In Peace Charles.