Former Oswestry Town Defender Finally Set To Receive Headstone

A former Oswestry Town defender is finally set to receive a headstone next month, in an upcoming grave dedication event at Oswestry Town Cemetery.

The grave of Charlie Parry, a former Wales international as well, has remained unmarked since his passing in 1922, aged just 52, but thanks to work by the Everton Football Club heritage society, that is about to change.

The society is a voluntary community body, founded in 2008,  and has conducted rededications and restorations for a number of notable former players and club officials. The society decided that the grave of Parry, who also represented the Toffees 94 times between 1889-1895, was worthy of restoration in light of his outstanding contribution to the club’s early successes.

Charlie Parry representing the Wales national team in 1895. (Front left)

Raised in Oswestry, Parry was a member of the first Everton team to win the Football League Championship in 1890/1891. He also won 13 Wales caps and captained the national side on four occasions. During his playing career, he also represented Chester St. Oswald’s, Liverpool Caledonian, Newtown and Aberystwyth Town, winning the Welsh Cup with the latter in 1900.

The event, which representatives from Oswestry Town Council, the Parry family, The FA of Wales, Everton FC, Aberystwyth Town FC and The New Saints FC will attend, starts at 11:30am on the 1st of March, where Charlie Parry’s new headstone will be unveiled.

TNS FC media will also be there on the day, bringing you updates via our website and social media, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Lead image: Charlie Parry representing Everton in 1894. Credit: Colorsport

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