Saturday 27 March 2021

RIP Derek Ufton

I was saddened to hear of the death of Derek Ufton who died in his sleep at the age of 92.  He was one of my boyhood heroes.  Here is a tribute I wrote in 2020.

Unfortunately I missed the 7-6 win over Huddersfield because we were Christmas shopping in Woolwich. However, this is surely an appropriate time for a tribute to Derek Ufton, one of the Charlton team I admired in the 1950s:

Derek often suffered a dislocated shoulder, but he is still going strong at 92, even after some ups and downs in his life.

He came from an era when in the summer quite a few players also played cricket (or baseball) while others earned a crust doing maintenance work on the ground.   Wages were reduced in the summer and in any case were no more than a skilled worker would earn which is how owners saw them.

Derek played 277 games for Charlton, scoring no goals.

Voice of the Valley tribute here:

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