Charlie Tickle

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Charlie Tickle
Personal information
Full name Charles Henry Tickle[1]
Date of birth 1883
Place of birth Kings Norton, England
Date of death 1960 (aged 76–77)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Selly Oak St Mary's
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–1908 Small Heath / Birmingham 88 (14)
1908–1913 Coventry City
1913–1915 Worcester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Charles Henry Tickle (late 1883[2] – after 1919) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham.[1]

Tickle was born in Kings Norton, which was then in north Worcestershire but has been part of Birmingham since 1911,[2] and brought up in the Bournbrook district.[3] He worked as a stencil-cutter,[4] and played football for local clubs Selly Oak St Mary's and Bournbrook, before he signed professional forms for Small Heath, as the Birmingham club were then called, in January 1902.[5]

He made his Football League debut on 18 October 1902 in the Second Division away match against Gainsborough Trinity which Small Heath lost 1–0. Tickle played only twice in the 1902–03 season, and not at all the following year in the First Division.[6] After Charlie Athersmith retired, Tickle established himself in the first team, playing at either outside right or inside right.[7] During his sixth and last season with the club, his performances earned him selection for a Football League representative team which played against their Scottish counterparts at Villa Park.[5]

When at the end of that 1907–08 season, the club were relegated back to the Second Division,[8] Tickle chose to move into the Southern League. He spent five seasons with Coventry City and then joined Worcester City.[5]

Tickle went on to work for Birmingham Corporation Tramways and played football for their works team, of the same name.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 288. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ a b G.R.O. Birth Index, December Quarter 1883, Kings Norton District, Vol. 6c, p. 429.
  3. ^ 1891 UK Census, RG12/2356. f. 114, p. 37.
  4. ^ 1901 UK Census, RG13/2808, f. 133, p. 49.
  5. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 129. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  6. ^ Matthews, Complete Record, pp. 149–50.
  7. ^ Matthews, Complete Record, p. 151.
  8. ^ Matthews, Complete Record, p. 154.
  9. ^ Matthews, Tony (October 2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875–2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4.