Reference NumberA-3185-F
TitleCharlie Williams Collection
DescriptionIncludes books, biographies and photographs relating to Charlie Williams' careers in football and the entertainment industry.


SiteBarnsley Archives
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryCharlie Adolphus Williams was born on 23 December 1929 in Royston, Barnsley. His father was a Barbadian who served with the Royal Engineers during the First World War, and his mother was from Yorkshire. After leaving school at the age of 14, Charlie worked in several mines, first being Upton Colliery - but he also worked at Monckton and Bullcroft.

Doncaster Rovers Football Club spotted him playing football for one the colliery teams, and at the age of 19 Charlie turned semi-professional. He made a total of 171 appearances during the 1950s for Doncaster Rovers. Charlie stayed with the club until 1959 - playing for the first team from 1953. He signed for Skegness Football Club and lived in the town for 3 years. Charlie and his family then moved back to Barnsley where Charlie worked for the National Coal Board, as a fitter.

Following this, in the 1970s Charlie made his mark in the entertainment industry. He was one of the first black comedians in Britain to achieve nationwide fame on television; after his breakthrough in the early 1970s with regular appearances on ITV's The Comedians, he went on to host the popular game show The Golden Shot. He was renowned for his catchphrase 'me old flower'. Charlie retired in 1995.

Charlie spent the latter part of his life at Birdwell and died in 2006, his funeral taking place at St. Mary's Church in Barnsley.
Extent2 boxes

Visa relaterade Persons poster.

DS/UK/896Williams; Charlie Adolphus (1927-2006); Footballer and comedian1927-2006
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