CHARLIE DYKE 1926-2013
Chelsea Football Club has learned of the death of our former player Charlie Dyke and wishes to pass on our condolences to his family and friends.
Dyke (pictured centre of back row), who was aged 86, played for Chelsea in the years after the Second World War and made 25 appearances over the course of four seasons.
Born in Caerphilly in Wales, he signed in November 1947 from Troedyrhiw who had just won the Welsh Amateur Cup, having previously turned down a trial with Arsenal.
A 5ft 6in slightly built winger, Dyke made his Chelsea debut in February 1948 in a defeat at Aston Villa but was part of a victory over league champions Liverpool in his first home game, and he remained in the side for the rest of the season. He scored the only goal of the game at home to Sheffield United in the April.
However in the contest to succeed club stalwart Dick Spence who had filled the outside-right shirt for 12 years, Dyke increasingly missed out to Scotland international Bobby Campbell and he played just twice over the next two seasons.
In his final season at Stamford Bridge, 1950/51, he played 10 matches and scored the second of his two goals for the club, in an away win at Charlton. He found the net directly from a corner.
In the summer of 1951 Dyke returned to Wales to play for Barry Town for whom he appeared over 500 times.