Simon Charlton, born 25th October 1971 in Huddersfield, began his career with his hometown club and this weekend's opponents, Huddersfield Town, in 1989.
Over a four year spell, the left back made 158 appearances for the Terriers, scoring 2 goals. Charlton was also named in the PFA team of the year for Division 2 (League 1 now) whilst a Huddersfield player in 1992 and 1993.
Following impressive form and successive appearances in the PFA team of the year, Charlton moved to Premier League side Southampton FC in 1993 for a fee of £250,000. Charlton spent four and a half years on the south coast, making over 100 Premier League appearances, before a move to Birmingham City in 1998 for £200,000.
After two and a half years with the Blues, Charlton, at the age of 28, signed for Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in 2000. Charlton joined up with the likes of Colin Hendry, Mike Whitlow, Gareth Farrelly, Ian Marshall and club legend Gudni Bergsson, as Sam Allardyce looked to build a team with plenty of top flight experience.
Charlton made 29 appearances in his first season, as Bolton were promoted to the Premier League following a commanding 3-0 win against Preston North End in the Play off Final.
For the next three years, Simon Charlton was an integral part of the Bolton squad that went from just staying up to a top half side. Following a 16th place finish in Bolton's first season back in the Premier League, Charlton was named Player of the Season, making 37 appearances.
In his final season for Bolton, Charlton made 38 appearances in all competitions, and started in the 2004 League Cup final against Middlesbrough, where Bolton lost 2-1 (Zenden kicked the pen twice). Bolton finished 8th in the league.
In 2004, Charlton moved to Norwich City for £250,000, after playing 135 games for Bolton. Charlton left the Canaries in 2006 for Oldham Athletic. Charlton left Norwich on bad terms. He left the club under something of a cloud, stating his belief that manager Nigel Worthington had made a scapegoat and an easy target out of him.
After a year with the Latics, Charlton retired.
Following his playing career, Charlton has covered Bolton games for BBC radio Manchester, and Charlton also had a brief spell as manager of Mildenhall Town from 2009 to 2010, in the Eastern Counties league (9th tier of English football).