(Picture taken from the Cholsey Utd FC webite)
Taken from the AFCW website 15th June 2011: Charlie’s name was synonymous with football in Wallingford for over 35 years as a player and then manager of Wallingford Town, then subsequently as player, founder committee member, groundsman, A Team and first team coach of AFC Wallingford. Charlie was instrumental in establishing AFC Wallingford as a successful playing and community club in the 1990s, before helping us to survive through difficult times more recently; he was one of an increasingly rare breed of lovers of the game who were prepared to go the extra mile for his local football club.
In November 2009 Charlie was diagnosed as having a very rare type of cancer known as cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer of the bile duct. After a 19 month battle Charlie passed away peacefully at 55 years of age on Sunday 12th June at home surrounded by his loving family.
As well as a Wallingford v Wantage shield game played annually in memory of Charlie, a memorial day arranged by Charlie’s family takes place at the Hithercroft every year where the ‘Charlie Allum Memorial Trophy’ is competed for with proceeds donated to the UK’s only Cholangiocarcinoma charity the ‘AMMF‘.
Charlie’s Playing Career
Wallingford Town –1972 (17 years old) to 1988 (33 years old)
Wantage Town –1988 (33 years old) to 1989 (34 years old)
Fairmile Sports & Social –1989 (34 years old) to 1991 (36 years old)
Wallingford United –1991 (36 years old) to 1994 (39 years old)
AFC Wallingford –1994 (39 years old) to 1996 (41 years old)
AFC Wallingford ‘A’ –1996 (41 years old) to 1998 (43 years old)
Charlie with Wallingford Town FC in 1985
Back row, L to R:
(physio), Steve Woods, Jimmy
Aberdein, Charlie Allum, Lee Janes, Tony Price, Pete McClatchie, Bernie Clarke, John Blackmore (Assistant Manager), Steve Melledew (Manager)
Front row: Martin Hunt, Ian Barrett, Harold Wilson, Paul Richardson,
Hughie Cheetham, Martin Gullis, John Wylie
Team Pencil –1976 (21 years old) to 1986 (31 years old)
Charlie Allum – Managerial Career
Wallingford Town –1987 (32 years old) to 1988 (33 years old)
AFC Wallingford ‘A’ –2004 (49 years old) to 2006 (51 years old)
AFC Wallingford –2009 (54 years old) – Joint caretaker manager
Charlie with Wallingford Town FC:
Charlie first played for WTFC in an away game against Abingdon Town Reserves on 25th March 1972.
Charlie’s first First-Team game was on 29th September 1973 vs Wolverton Town and British Rail in the F.A Amateur Cup 1st Qualifying round at Home.
They Lost 3-2 in front of a crowd of 70
Team: Kirk, Brant, Bindon, Townsend, Bell, King(2), Stacey, Franklin, Shorter, Talbot, Long, Sub: Allum
Charlie scored his first goal for Wallingford on 9th March 1974 vs Abingdon Town (Away).
Wallingford won the game 2-1 with Newton-Mold scoring the other goal for Wallingford.
On 19th April 1975 Charlie scored his first Hat-trick.
Wallingford were playing Didcot Town and won 6-1 in front of a crowd of 106.
The other goals were scored by Colin Franklin and Frank Allen (2).
Charlie made 37 1st-Team apperances between 29th Sept 1973 to 27th April 1977 scoring 7 goals.
He also made 103 Reserve-Team apperances upto 23rd April 1977 and scored 64 goals.