Charlie Morris was raised in the south Cheshire countryside in a family of mixed English and Welsh blood. He inherited one of his grandfather’s names, which has confusingly resulted in him being known as either Charles, Charlie, Chas or childhood nickname of Chuck. Another heritage was football and, specifically, Crewe Alexandra. His grandfather became a supporter as a boy in 1900, followed by his uncle, and in turn Charlie also fell for the Railwaymen’s charms.
Football dominated his childhood and schooling, apart from a miserable spell at a rugby-playing, Dotheboys Hall-style boarding school. The game also dominated too much of his adult life after attending Nottingham University, where a year on the student newspaper convinced him that journalism was the life for him. After working on various local papers and The Northern Echo, he moved to what was then known as Fleet Street. A 28-year career on the Financial Times followed, where his first love at last paid dividends and he became its sports editor.
Since retiring he has taught journalism to university students, reading to primary school pupils and continues to write for the Financial Times and football magazine When Saturday Comes. He lives in north London with his wife, who, demonstrating that opposites attract, has absolutely no interest in football whatsoever.