Sutherley, Charlie

Birth Date

30th March 1920


Chudleigh, Devon



Biographical Text

Chudleigh-born Charlie Sutherley played for Exeter City as a teenager before the Second World War having signed from his hometown club. He also appeared for the Grecians in the short-lived 1939/40 season and in ‘wartime’ games during 1945/46. He later moved to Penzance where he played both football and cricket. 

He signed on amateur forms as an 18-year-old in 1938 from his local club, Chudleigh, He played in the last nine matches of the 1938-39 season making his debut at Aldershot in April 1939. He also scored once in a 1-1 draw at home to Queen’s Park Rangers.

Charlie played all 3 games in the aborted 1939/40 season for Exeter, and 5 games for Torquay United in the war time football leagues in the same year. As his career came to halt due to the Second World War he was stationed in Colchester with the R.A.F. at the cessation of hostilities in May 1945 and was able to play two games for Exeter in 1945/46 in the Third Division South (South of the Thames) interim competition.

He later signed for Penzance in 1948 and played there for several seasons before ending his career as a left-back. Charlie also became a prominent cricketer and, remaining in the West Cornwall town for the rest of his life, died there in 2002. 







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