On 13th July 2004,
Norwich manager Nigel Worthington surprised the Norwich fans and
the media when he announced that Bolton defender Simon Charlton
had flown out to Kuala Lumpar to sign for the Canaries who were
in Malaysia on a pre-season tour. Simon signed a two year contract
which cost Norwich £250,000
Simon's playing career began with his hometown side of Huddersfield
for whom he made 124 league appearances between 1989 and 1993.
He moved to Southampton where he made114 appearances before joining
Birmingham where he spent three seasons. He then joined Sam Allardyce's
Bolton where he also spent three seasons
Simon made his competitive debut for Norwich on August 14th 2004
in the 1-1 Premiership draw with Crystal Palace
In March 2006, it was confirmed that Norwich would not be renewing
Simon's contract in the summer of 2006 when it expires.
Simon returned to the North West on 8th August 2006 when he joined
Oldham. He retired the following summer after making 25 appearances
for Oldham, scoring once
Simon returned to Norwich in the summer of 2007 where he is the
Under 13s & Under 14s skills coach. He is studying for his
UEFA "B" License
In April 2009, he was appointed as manager of Ridgeons League
side Mildenhall Town replacing Richard Skelly.
Chairman Martin Tuck said: "Simon's appointment is fantastic
news for the club. The knowledge that he has gained during his
professional playing career, being managed by the likes of Sam
Allardyce, Alan Ball and Graeme Souness, is certainly invaluable.
Simon's many football related qualifications, along with his extensive
experience in coaching top young players at Oldham Athletic and
Norwich City, made him the ideal appointment."
Charlton said "You look around and it's difficult to
get your first break in the professional game unless your best
mate is the manager somewhere. I started right at the bottom
as a player and worked my way up and I was watching a documentary
about Brian Clough the other day and he said something similar
when he first started out as a manager. I felt I was coming to
the end of my time at Norwich's academy and wanted to have a go
at senior football. This opportunity came about so I decided to
give it a shot. I met the chairman, chief executive and secretary
last week and they are ambitious as well as. They want to take
the club forward and I believe I can help.
In May 2010, Mildenhall won the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup,
beating Wisbech 3-1 in the final.
The following month, Charlton quit as Mildenhall's manager due
to "unforseen circumstances and opportunities."
As of September 2011, he works as a Football Coach for the Global
Soccer Network, an organisation which looks after the interests
of several UK-based African players and many new talents within
In May 2012, he appeared for the Sealand national football team
in a match against the Chagos Islands. The match was held at the
grounds of Godalming Town
He currently is a summariser of Bolton Wanderers games for BBC Radio Manchester.