Mel Charles

Versatile Welsh international Mel Charles was capped six times whilst at Arsenal.

The younger brother of John Charles, he signed professional for hometown Swansea in May 1952 and played in two Welsh Cup finals, helping Wales to reach the World Cup quarter-finals in 1958.

He joined Arsenal for £42,750 plus Dave Dodson and Peter Davies in March 1959, scoring 26 goals in 60 First Division games before being sold to Cardiff City for £28,500 in February 1962.

Later with Portmadoc, Port Vale and Haverfordwest, he had business interests in Swansea. His son Jeremy was also a Welsh international.

(With thanks to Leigh Edwards)

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