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Players' deaths

Post by BMCCOLL » Sat May 26, 2007 10:58 am

I know this is a bit morbid, but I'm trying to compile a complete list of all players, both senior and junior, who have died because of injuries sustained on the field.

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Post by fatbhoy » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:48 pm

The only senior Scottish player that springs to mind is John Thomson.

I recently read an excellent book on early Scotland internationalist Dan Doyle (by Marie Rowan) and learned that an opponent of Doyle's died after an accidental challenge. His name was William Cropper and he played for Steveley in a friendly against Doyle's Grimsby Town in late 1888/9. He failed to recover after being struck in the stomach by Doyle's knee in a challenge.

Others I can recall:

Marc Vivien Foe, formerly West Ham and Man City, who died on international duty:

Hungarian internationalist Miklos Feher also died on the pitch while playing for Benfica: ... 428803.stm

Celtic fans raised funds for a banner in his honour presented at the away leg in Lisbon last season: ... pic=108664

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Post by lbb » Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:18 am

I don't think Foe or Feher could be filed under 'dying because of injuries sustained on the field.' They were heart problems that could have occurred at any time in their lives.

Much more relevant, but debatable, is the number of head injuries/dementia/Alzheimers from older generation footballers - Jeff Astle, Ally MacLeod, Danny Blanchflower, Derek Whiteford, Alf Ramsay. Mind you, I'm sure a coroner ruled that Astle's death, at least, was caused by repeatedly heading the ball. So that might be one for sure. But it's much less 'dramatic' and more difficult to prove.

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Post by the hibLOG » Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:50 am

Are there not also a few cases of players dying of gangrene and septicemia as a result of broken legs in the days before adequate surgery and disinfection?

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Post by the hibLOG » Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:57 am

I found these articles on Wikipedia which aren't really much help: ... le_playing ... 8Soccer.29

Most of them are people who have suffered heart attacks or been killed in off-field accidents.

However, the biscuit for the most truly bizarre death on the field of play must go to Indonesian player Mistar who was "trampled to death by a herd of pigs that stormed the pitch in 1995". Only during the warm-up mind, not during the actual game. Frank Lampard should count his blessings if abuse from fans is all he's got to worry about...

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Post by stuthejag » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:11 am

I found this article in the Evening Times. I think it was the Monday after the Celtic goalkeepers death. ... ts1931.jpg

The death of James Main of Hibs & Scotland accrued 4 days after he received internal injuries playing for Hibs in a 3-1 defeat to Thistle at Firhill. Thistle had only been at Firhill for a matter of months.[/url]

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Post by Bristol Rovers » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:47 am

On 28th March 1896, Bristol Rovers, then known as Eastville Rovers, played local side Bedminster, one of the forerunners of Bristol City, in the semi-final of the local county cup before a crowd of 4,000 at Greenway Bush Lane; Rovers won 1-0 through a Richard Osborne goal. Bedmister's 27-year-old forward Herbert Edward Smith was injured when Rovers' Fred Lovett challenged him for the ball and left the field with a head injury. Twice he was allowed back on to the pitch and twice he left the field again. Although he did not complete the match, he returned home rather than seek medical treatment and he collapsed at home that evening. Unconscious overnight, Smith died at about six o'clock the following morning.

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:32 pm

Phil O`Donnell on Boxing Day 2007. St.Mirren`s Jimmy Dunlop died when the cut he`d sustained when falling on a piece of glass(!) during a friendly vs. Abercorn on Ne`erday 1892 turned septic. Willie Walker of Leith died after being accidently kicked in the stomach vs. Vale of Leven in 1907. Jimmy Main of Hibs died of injuries after a game vs. Partick Thistle in 1909. Eerily presaging John Thomson, Dumbarton goalkeeper Josiah Williamson died of the head injury he`d received playing against Rangers in 1921. O`Donnell, Dunlop & Main were Scottish Internationalists so, adding John Thomson, two thirds of the known fatalities here had played for their country.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:40 pm

'Big' Bob Mercer collapsed and died in a friendly at Selkirk.

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