Gil Heron

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Gil Heron

Postby scottish » Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:11 am

Q David Wangerin e-mails: "I would like to know about Gil Heron's season with Third Lanark in 1952. How many appearances did he make, how many goals did he score, and what happened to him at the end of the season (I gather he ended up at Kidderminster Harriers, of all places)".

A In American terms Jamaican-born Gil Heron (father of musician Gil Scott-Heron) was one of their biggest stars. A centre-forward, he started playing football while in the Canadian Air Force. In 1946 he was top scorer in the North American Soccer Football League (not to be confused with the 'official' American Soccer League) with 15 goals in just eight games as his club Detroit Wolverines won the title. They played before crowds of 2,000-4,000, respectable by the US standards of the time.

He was spotted by Celtic on tour in 1951 and spent a season at Parkhead where he played just one League game. He also played in four League Cup ties, scoring twice before being freed at the end of the season.

He spent 1952-53 with Thirds. He scored five goals in seven League Cup games but didn't feature in the League. Thirds were relegated and Heron freed again. Yes, he did join Kidderminster Harriers who were then playing in the Birmingham League.

After a year he returned to America where he played for Detroit Corinthians.
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