Pratt, Charlie

Birth Date

8th June 1886





Biographical Text

Birmingham-born Charlie Pratt signed from Everton in 1910 and made nearly a hundred Southern League appearances for Exeter City either side of the Great War. A member of the team which toured Argentina and Brazil in 1914 he was to remain at St James’ Park as a trainer once his playing days were over.

After playing for the Birmingham Schools team, Charlie played local football before joining Birmingham City at the age of 17. A regular in the reserves, he then moved to  Barrow where he was a team mate of future Exeter City forward James ‘Daisy’ Bell.

Signed by Everton for the 1908-09 season, Charlie made just two league appearances in two seasons before heading to St James’ Park to sign for Exeter City in the summer of 1910. Making his debut in the Southern League fixture against Brentford on 3 September 1910, he made 35 league appearances in 1910/11 followed by 21, 14, and 17 in subsequent seasons. A member of the touring team to South America in 1914, he played against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro before returning to make a further 11 Southern League appearances in 1914/15. 

Working in a munitions factory during the Great War, Charlie remained with Exeter City in peacetime and made a final first-team appearance against Queen’s Park Rangers in October 1919 prior to becoming the club’s trainer. 

Charlie died in 1973.







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