12 March 1923
11 October 2009 (aged 86)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 155d
Last game: 27y 167d
Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Collingwood: 32, 34, 28, 27, 30
Ernie Utting (Uncle)
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Somewhat unusually, Charles Utting commenced his senior league career with Collingwood as a back pocket specialist before developing into a first rate centreman. He joined the Magpies from St Joseph 's and made his senior VFL debut in 1943. Evincing many of the attributes most highly prized by Collingwood mentor Jock McHale - relentless determination, courage, resilience and an unflinching toughness - Utting was a key contributor to the Magpies' reemergence as a league force.
Utting produced his best football in his final season of 1950, earning interstate selection as a centreman, and winning the Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest player. Despite being only 27, Utting elected to retire as a player in order to concentrate on developing the family business. His VFL career involved 125 games and saw him kick 17 goals.
Charles Utting was the nephew of Ernie 'Tich' Utting, who had played league football with Collingwood and Hawthorn between the wars.
Author - John Devaney