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 to him.
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
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 too.