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Key Facts

Full name
Charles Utting

Known as
Charlie Utting

Born
12 March 1923

Died
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

Senior clubs
Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 32, 34, 28, 27, 30

Family links
Ernie Utting (Uncle)

Charlie Utting

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1943-1950125170.1457%9
Total1943-1950125170.1457%9

AFL: 5,253rd player to appear, 1,746th most games played, 3,948th most goals kickedCollingwood: 469th player to appear, 134th most games played, 337th most goals kicked

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

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.