Smith, Charles (Charlie)
Charlie Smith’s only games for Exeter City were the five consecutive matches he played in the autumn of 1936. Formerly a player in the Devon and Exeter League he was later at Yeovil Town, Aberdeen and - after the war - Torquay United.
Born in Cardiff, he had been playing for Toc H in Devon and Exeter League when he joined Exeter City as an amateur in 1935. Turning professional at the start of 1936/37 he made his debut against Luton Town in September 1936 and played in the next four matches. Described as a ‘pacy right-winger’ he also ran for Exeter Harriers.
Having spent two seasons at St James’ Park, he signed for Yeovil Town and later followed the club’s manager to Aberdeen before - after guesting for a whole host of teams during the war - returning to Devon to make 23 league appearances for Torquay United in 1946/47.
He also turned out for Dartmouth United and Newton Abbot Spurs whilst working as a self-employed insurance broker in Torquay.
Charlie died on March 31 1984.