Charlie Rundle came up to Tottenham from Cornwall and made an impact, but could not force himself into the first team as a regular selection.
When Rundle left school, he worked as a railway clerk at Fowey and had played in his home county with St. Blazey, but was playing in a representative game for the Navy when discovered by Spurs, for who he signed in 1946. After only a few games in the A team, then signed a professional contract later that year. On 2nd March, Rundle featured in a first team friendly v Charlton Athletic and at the end of the month was playing his first competitive match v Chelsea in the 1945-46 Football League South. Made his debut at the start of the 1946-47 season, scoring against Southampton in his first game.
Playing at either centre or inside forward and in the remainder of that season, Charlie hit nine more goals in 17 games. Had a little more difficulty getting into the side over the coming years and ended with 28 Football league appearances to his name and his final Spurs match was against Queens Park Rangers on 12th March 1949. In addition to these games, he made one FA Cup appearance and three war-time matches. Played 80 times for the reserve and A teams and scored 22 goals.
Was with Spurs for four years and
was used as cover for the forward line, but did what
forwards do when he was called upon, scoring 12 goals in
32 first team games.
On leaving Spurs in June 1950, Charlie joined Crystal Palace, playing 38 times and scoring twice as the time at Selhurst Park was spent in Division Three South. Staying in the South-East area, Rundle was on the move to Tonbridge of the Southern League in August 1952, ironically coming up against Spurs in the final of the Metropolitan and District League Professional Clubs Cup. The Kent side won 3-0, against a Tottenham XI that had Johnny Hollowbread and George Ludford amongst their ranks.
Charlie must have felt at home at Tonbridge, as during his time there, ex-Spurs Johnny Jordan, Johnny Woodward, Harry Robshaw and Les Stevens were at the club too.
In February 1955, Charlie became player/manager of Betteshanger Colliery Welfare, who were based near Deal in Kent and he stayed there for three years.
On retiring, Charlie worked as a Sports Secretary at Fords of Dagenham and at Thorn EMI. He stayed in the Tottenham area and until the last year of his life, lived in Palmers Green, but his health went downhill after his wife Joyce and daughter Wendy died, leading to him being taken into a local hospital in Cornwall. His brothers George (who played once for Tottenham's A team while on national service) and Vernon visited him until he died.
Charlie's other brother played for Plymouth Argyle.
Was married while at Spurs and Charlie enjoyed playing snooker, being a very good player.
Charlie Rundle died in
Bodmin, Cornwall on 28th June 1997.
He was cremated at the nearby Glynn Valley Crematorium on July 4th.