Former Bluebirds Charlie Rutter passes away, aged 84.
who died on Friday, October 19 2012 at the age of 84 after a long illness. Charlie RutterIt was with regret that we heard of the passing of former Cardiff City full-back
Charlie, who was born in Bromley-by-Bow, East London, joined us from Taunton Town at the end of the 1948/49 season. He made his City debut in October 1950 at Doncaster Rovers, and was a first-team regular in 1951/52 when we gained promotion to top level (the old First Division). It was in March of that season that he played for England B in their 1-0 win against Holland in Amsterdam, becoming the first-ever Cardiff City player to appear at International level for an England side (Jay Bothroyd was the first to appear at senior level).
Charlie was with us until the end of 1957/58, making 135 League and Cup appearances for us before moving to Exeter City for a brief spell and then Wisbech Town. He was manager of Sittingbourne for a short period and then returned to live in Cardiff where he ran a pet-shop business in the Central Market for 40 years, retiring 4 years ago.
We offer our sincere condolences to Charlie's family.His funeral will take place on Friday, October 26 at Llanishen Church (9.45am).