Posted: 5 June, 2012 by Triple M Footy

Footscray Legend Charlie Sutton Dies At Age 88

Western Bulldogs legend, Charlie Sutton, has passed away at the age of 88.

Tags: Charlie Sutton, Western Bulldogs, Footscray, premiership

Western Bulldogs legend, Charlie Sutton, has passed away at the age of 88.

He will be best remembered for captaining the Bulldogs to their only premiership in 1954.

The Bulldogs' Best And Fairest Award was named in his honour.

Sutton was inducted into the AFL Hall Of Fame in 1996.

WESTERN BULLDOGS STATEMENT (via club website): It is with great sadness that the Western Bulldogs announce the passing of Bulldogs hero Charles (Charlie) Sutton.

Charlie died earlier this afternoon at Western General Hospital at the age of 88.

Charlie achieved a long list of accolades throughout his lifetime including 1954 Premiership Captain/ Coach, Coach of the Bulldogs’ Team of the Century, AFL Hall of Fame inductee and inaugural Bulldogs Hall of Fame inductee and Legend.

Despite being very frail, Charlie was determined to attend the Western Bulldogs 2012 Hall of Fame ceremony, less than two weeks ago. 

The Club sends its deepest condolences to Charlie’s wife - Eileen (affectionately referred to as Chubb) and his children Charles, Dorothy, Pam and Gary and their families.

Our thoughts are very much with them at this time of great sadness. 

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, coaches, players and Members of the Western Bulldogs Football Club we are deeply saddened by the passing of Charlie," Bulldogs President David Smorgon said today.

"To me and thousands of Bulldogs fans, Charlie Sutton is 'The Bulldog' — typifying the Bulldog Spirit. One of our great Club Legends, he will be forever remembered for the massive contribution he has made to the Bulldogs over the past seventy years."

"Captain and Coach of our Premiership side in 1954 and Club President 1978 to 1981 - Charlie had red, white and blue in his heart. There is no doubt that Charlie Sutton is the best example of a Bulldog 'through and through' and he will be greatly missed."

On his induction to the inaugural Footscray - Western Bulldogs Hall of Fame in 2010 Charlie had this to say:

"There is more to football than just football you've got to have plenty of guts and plenty of determination…underneath your shirt you have a heart and without heart, you don't win."

Tags: Charlie Sutton, Western Bulldogs, Footscray, premiership

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