Charles (Charlie) Wayman was born in Bishop Auckland on 16th May 1921. After leaving school he became a coalminer and played football for Chilton Colliery and Spennymoor United before writing to Stan Seymour for a trial with Newcastle United. He joined the club in September 1941 and during the Second World War scored 35 goals in 71 appearances.
At the beginning of the 1946-47 season Stan Seymour sold Albert Stubbins to Liverpool. As Brian Glanville pointed out: "When the red-headed Albert Stubbins, an altogether larger centre-forward, left Newcastle United for Liverpool at the end of the 1945-46 season, it was Wayman, only 5ft 6ins and 10st 12lbs, who took his place. Quick both in movement and anticipation - a lethal finisher and accomplished ball player - he was instantly effective, scoring four hat-tricks that season. One of them was in the 4th round of the FA Cup, against Southampton, helping Newcastle to win 3-1 after the Saints had taken the lead. Wayman scored 34 goals that season."
In October 1946 Stan Seymour signed Len Shackleton for a record fee of £13,000. Wayman was now a member of a forward-line that included Shackleton, Tommy Walker, Jackie Milburn and Ernie Taylor. It was hoped that Newcastle United would get promotion to the First Division that season. However, they only finished in 5th place. Wayman was top scorer with 34 goals. However, Wayman became involved in a dispute with Stan Seymour and in October 1947 he was sold to Southampton for £10,000.
Wayman was a great success at his new club and in the 1948-49 season was the league's top goalscorer. After scoring 77 goals in 107 games for Southampton, he was transferred to Preston North End in September 1950 for £10,000 plus another player. In the 1952-53 season he was once again the league's top scorer. He also scored in every round of the 1954 FA Cup but was a member of the team that lost the final 3-2 to West Bromwich Albion.
As Ivan Ponting pointed out: "Endowed with exquisite mastery over a moving ball, he loved to demonstrate a trademark trick, which involved flicking the leather over the head of a bemused opponent, nipping round the other side and catching it on his instep before clouting an invariably ferocious shot towards goal. It wasn't that he was flamboyant - in fact, for all his pugnacious manner on the pitch he was an engagingly unassuming individual - but it was a crowd-pleasing manoeuvre that the brave, elusive little marksman simply couldn't resist."
In September 1954 Wayman was sold to Middlesbrough for £8,000. He had scored 105 goals in 157 appearances for Preston North End. Once again he was a prolific scorer with 31 goals in 55 games. He had a short spell with Darlington but a knee injury ended his career in April 1958. After retiring from the game he lived in Bishop Aukland and worked for Scottish and Newcastle Breweries.
Charlie Wayman died on 26th February, 2006.