Caricature: Tony Charles, of Grantham Town Supporters Club

Caricature of Tony Charles, by Terry Shelbourne.
Caricature of Tony Charles, by Terry Shelbourne.
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Tony Charles’ dedication to Grantham Town FC is demonstrated by his various roles with the club, having been chairman of the supporters club and responsible for the scratch cards and lottery.

This stems from being a loyal fan of the Gingerbreads, with many memories of exciting matches including when they were ‘robbed’ in the first round proper of the FA Cup, losing to Leyton Orient in the fourth minute of added time.

Outside of football, Tony is also a Methodist lay preacher and has helped three generations of children cross the road as the lollipop man on Dysart Road outside Isaac Newton Primary School.

The 71-year-old has two sons and two grandaughters who all live in Grantham.

His wife Barbara, who sadly passed away two years ago from cancer, was a published poet, whose work was read out on Radio 2 and Gravity FM.

Tony now lives in sheltered accomodation on New Street and, as a member of the social committee, helps to organise regular events for residents.