[Article 468]Vale Neville CHARLTON, OAM

Neville Charlton OAM

 1929 – 2014

Wests Player number 508 (1954)


Neville was awarded the OAM in this year’s New Year’s Honours List, in part, for his services to entertaining older citizens in Homes and Retirement Villages on the Central Coast.

Neville has spent his later years living at Chittaway Bay.

He passed away late on Friday night, after suffering a stroke. Neville had fought a spirited battle against illness over recent weeks.

‘Boxhead’ was a nickname that Neville didn’t particularly like. However, it was bestowed by his team mates and rugby league fans as an honour; very much a badge of courage.

Nev Charlton RIP running with ball

Neville was a fearless Player, who was generally regarded as the ‘best prop forward not to play for Australia’. Tough, mobile and an impressive ball distributor, Neville was also a strong leader, captaining Wests in the 1961 Grand Final v St. George.

Nev Charlton RIP Ned and Boxhead SCG

Nev. Charlton played a remarkable 228 first grade games, at three Clubs, over a 16 season span.

All the more remarkable when you remember that he played in a ten team competition, with only 18 games in a regular season.

1948-’53      Canterbury            61 games

1954-’61      Western Suburbs  143 games

1962-’63      Eastern Suburbs    24 games.

 Neville played for NSW in 1959 and 1961.

Nev Charlton RIP 4

Nev was captain of the 1961 Wests Grand Final Team.

It could be speculated that Neville was overlooked for Australian selection due to his larger than life persona, certainly not his abilities.

Nev. rubbed shoulders with some of the greats at Wests during the Magpies ‘Millionaires’ period: Keith Holman, Kel O’Shea, Harry Wells, Peter Dimond, Noel Kelly and many more and will be sadly missed by one and all.

nev charlton poem

This tribute was written by Bill Owens who played alongside Nev at Wests in the 1950’s


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