After retiring from football he worked for various charitable causes. Unfortunately for the last ten years of his life he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and sadly died in February 2010.
Charlie’s wish was to support the work of Newcastle MR Centre and see the second scanner installed. Charlie started another of his famous determined runs. However, the goal this time was to raise £0.5 million to help fund a new scanner for vital research. Although it came too late to help him, the research will benefit the lives of hundreds of others and the lives of future generations.
Charlie was renowned for his stamina and hard but fair tackles. He was a tenacious and fearless player, and brought the same qualities to his life off the pitch. Born in Walker, brought up in the North East, Charlie always considered himself a lucky man.
Playing football for his beloved Newcastle and proud to be a local lad made good, he was part of the ‘glory days’ of the fifties when ‘The Magpies’ brought the F.A. Cup home to the North East. He spent fourteen years at St. James’ Park and until February 2010 was the only survivor of that great 1951 team.
The royalties from his books and after dinner talks were donated to charity as he was determined to give something back to the city that had supported him with such fervour.
This appeal is Charlie’s last big game.
The Charlie Crowe Scanner Appeal is a fitting last chapter to his life and fulfils his motto….
“Try your best, never give up”
For more information visit the appeal website: