Charlie May

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Charlie May addressing his first training session at the Bay

Charlie 'Chooka' May played with and coached Essendon in the VFL, and coached Glenelg 1955 - 1957 .

A centreman in his playing days, May was a member of Essendon's back to back premiership sides of 1923 and 1924. His last game of football was in the 1926 finals series where Essendon fell a goal short of qualifying for the Grand Final and May ended up with a suspension for striking Bob Corbett of Melbourne.

He was non-playing coach of Essendon in 1934 and 1935 and in his later years remained involved with the club as a trainer.

May became South Australia's first full-time football coach when he coached Glenelg Football Club 1955 to 1957, finishing 6th, 6th and 7th.

He was the father of double Essendon premiership player Wally May (famous in his media days as a "special comments" man). Wally played with Sturt in the mid-1950's and in 1956 was Captain Coach of Sturt - thus creating the unusual situation of father and son coaching against each other.


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