Charlie Keetley was one of 12 children - and there must have been
some excellent genetics around because 5 of his brothers also played
league football. He made a major contribution to getting Leeds into
the top flight for the second time, with 18 goals in 16 games in
the second half of the 1927-28 season, and coming out as Leeds'
top scorer in three of the subsequent four seasons. With Arthur Hydes
taking over the number 9 shirt, Charlie moved on for a short stint
at Bradford City and Reading. He died in 1979.
Arthur Keetley says: Charlie, always known as Wag, worked in
Rolls-Royce Foundry as a core maker before becoming a professional
player. After a brilliant career he returned to Derby. He continued
to work in the foundry through the war years but could not contemplate
staying there until he retired. In spite of his glory days with Leeds
he struggled to raise funds in order to take on the licence of the Sir
Walter Scott on the Osmaston Road, Derby in about 1950. Later on he
was able to move out and take over the New Inn at Chellaston - a Derby
suburb. His brother Tom was at one time only a few doors away in the
Rose & Crown.I am a great nephew and have happy memories of Wag both
at work and on fishing trips. I could supply a scan of a cigarette
card from 1928-9 but this is the only picture that I possess.
Charlie- known to family and friends as Wag, was a coremaker in
Rolls-Royce Derby's foundry before joining Leeds. After footballing,
he had to return to the old job. He managed to escape from the foundry
by becoming the licensee of a small pub near the foundry.
Shaun Keetley says: My name is Shaun Keetley i think i am related
Shaun Keetley says: Hi! I'm Shaun Keetley and i'm related to
Charlie Keetley! My Grandad tells me about him and some more of my
footballing relatives, e.g- Tom Keetley
Laura Keetley says: I am a relative of Shaun and Arthur Keetley if
it is true what our Shaun says then it may be my relative too
Jason Keetley says: I'm related to Charlie Keetley me as he's my
dad's uncle! Meaning he's my grand-uncle! Also I live in Derby