Charles Adolphus Williams MBE (23 December 1927-2 September 2006) was a mixed-race English professional footballer (one of the first black players in British football after the Second World War), and later became Britain's first well-known black stand-up comedian. He became famous from his appearances on Granada Television's The Comedians and ATV's The Golden Shot, delivering his catchphrase, 'me old flower' in his broad Yorkshire accent. Williams was born in Royston, a small mining village near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. His father, also Charles, had come to England in 1914 from Barbados, and enlisted in the Royal Engineers. After the First World War, his father settled in Royston, where he sold groceries from a horse and cart, and married a local girl, Doris Cook.
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