Headstone unveiling for the grave of Charlie Parry
About FAW
28 February 2019

Headstone unveiling for the grave of Charlie Parry

The life former Wales international and Football League title winner, Charlie Parry, will be commemorated at an event organised by EFC Heritage Society, in partnership with Oswestry Town Council.

The event, which takes place on Friday 1 March at Oswestry Town Cemetery, will see the unveiling of a headstone at the currently unmarked grave of the footballer, who died in poverty during 1922 aged just 52. It is supported by, Everton FC, the Football Association of Wales, the National Football Collection and the Parry family.

Charlie Parry, who was raised in Oswestry and spent his later years in the town, was a member of the first Everton team to secure the Football League Championship in 1890/91 - when the club was still based at Anfield.

Aside from winning 13 Wales caps, captaining the side on four occasions, he went on to win the Welsh Cup with Aberystwyth Town in 1900.

During his playing career he also represented Chester St. Oswald’s, Liverpool Caledonian, Newtown FC and Oswestry Town (a forerunner of The New Saints).  

He died from tuberculosis in 1922, aged only 52. Prior to his passing, both Everton and Liverpool played in benefit matches for him.

Tragically, Charlie’s wife Ada, passed away just four years later. She is laid to rest alongside Charlie and their grandchild Mavis.  

Charlie Parry, circa 1894.
Charlie Parry, circa 1894.

EFC Heritage Society has conducted grave rededications and restorations for a number of notable former players and club officials. It decided that Charlie’s grave was worthy of restoration in light of his outstanding contribution to the club’s early successes. 

A new headstone has been commissioned and will be unveiled at the event. Thus far, representatives from the Oswestry Town Council, Parry family, FA of Wales, Everton, The New Saints and Aberystwyth Town have confirmed their attendance. 

Brendan Connolly, Chairman of EFC Heritage Society, said: "This is another opportunity to recognise a former player and the Parry family. Charlie made a significant contribution to the history of our great club. I would like to thank Rob Sawyer for his hard work in ensuring our latest project will be delivered. Thanks also to Everton Football Club for their ongoing support and Oswestry Town Council for their assistance with this particular project."

[Main Photograph: Wales v England 1895. Charlie Parry is pictured in the front row, sitting on the left.]