Mel Charles: 1935-2016

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Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016, 06:47

Mel Charles, who won 31 caps for Wales, has died aged 81.

The younger brother of John Charles, Mel was a key member of the Wales team that reached the Last Eight of the 1958 World Cup.

He played almost 400 games for Swansea Town, Arsenal and Cardiff City before playing for Porthmadog and Haverfordwest towards the end of his career.

Charles was a regular for Swansea in the Second Division during the 1950s, before a record transfer to Arsenal in the First Division in 1959.

Like his brother, Charles could play at centre-half or centre-forward and scored 6 goals for Wales, as well as lifting the Welsh Cup with Cardiff in 1964.

Even though the title of his autobiography ‘In the Shadow of a Giant’ referred to his famous brother, there’s no doubt that Mel Charles will be remembered as a giant of Welsh football in his own right, as one of the heroes of 1958.

Click the link above for a tribute from former Wales goalkeeper, Dai Davies.