McClelland, Charles

Birth Date

8th January 1924

Birthplace

Lochgelly, Scotland

Occupation

Winger

Biographical Text

McClelland enjoyed a successful spell at Exeter City after signing from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1949.

Although he was regarded as a winger by the end of his stay at St James’ Park, he had also featured at inside forward and even in goal on one occasion in a friendly fixture.

The son of Jimmy McClelland, former Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Bradford Park Avenue player, he was on the books at Manchester United as an amateur, going on to Bolton Wanderers.

However, it was not until he signed for Blackburn in December 1946, after a spell with Hyde United, that he made his league debut, going on to make 13 appearances and scoring two goals.

The Grecians were reported as paying a substantial fee for the player in July 1949, and he made his debut and scored a month later in the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

He was placed on the transfer list at his own request in November 1951. His best season at Exeter was in 1953-54 when he top scored with 19 goals in 36 league appearances. He left Exeter at the end of the 1954-55 season and signed for Hereford United for a fee of £400.

McClelland the joined Bromsgrove Rovers, but left there in June 1956 to sign for Worcester City and was living in Malvern.

Appearances

183

Goals

60

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