50 Football Heroes; in War and Peace

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50 Football Heroes; in War and Peace

Post by bluedragon » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:05 pm

50 Football Heroes: in War and Peace” tells the individual stories of bravery of fifty British footballers and includes a summary of their football careers that vary from internationalists to playing at lower levels in the game. 19 players were either born in Scotland or have a Scottish club(s) on their playing CV. The profile of each player goes into more detail of the act of bravery than normally seen in club histories and some may never have been written about before. Each profile includes a career summary with more detail than usually included in a single club’s who’s who.

From World War One….
WILLIE ANGUS VC (Celtic and Vale of Leven). His commanding officer described his action that led to the award of the Victoria Cross as: “no braver deed was ever done in the history of the British Army.” Former Hearts manager DAVID PRATT MM had played for Celtic and Liverpool and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. JIMMY SPEIRS MM played in Scotland for Rangers & Clyde and was capped for Scotland. He lifted the FA Cup with Bradford City. JIM HARVEY DCM (Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic and King’s Park) took over leading his company of the Gordon Highlanders when all the officers became casualties. ARTHUR MURRAY DCM was also awarded an Imperial Russian decoration. He had a brief spell at Airdrieonians and had played for Junior Scotland.

From World War Two…..
Two of our heroes were pilots. JOHNNY LOVE DFC (Leith Athletic & Albion Rovers) was a glider pilot at Arnhem and successfully landed his stricken aircraft. IAN MCPHERSON DFC & Bar (Rangers & Arsenal) had , by January 1945, flown 105 sorties behind enemy lines. WILLIE LYON MC (Queen’s Park & Celtic) saw service with the 8th Army and received his award for service in the Middle East.
Three players were Mentioned in Despatches. JIM HARLEY (Liverpool and Powderhall sprint winner) after the Dunkirk evacuation. FRANK MCGINN, who played most of his senior football in England and Wales, and PETER MCKENNAN (Partick Thistle) were both Mentioned in Despatches after the Normandy landings.

From peacetime…..
KENNY BEATON (an Irvine man who played for both Meadow and Victoria), SANDY HALL (from Peterhead and an Olympic football gold medallist) and JOCK HUTTON (Aberdeen, Blackburn Rovers & Scotland) all rescued people that had fallen into docks. DUNCAN YUILL (St Mirren, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Rangers and Aberdeen) rescued a lady from a canal and JOHNNY CAMERON (St Johnstone) saved a girl from the river Tay. WILLIE MUIR (Dundee, Hearts & Scotland) helped people escape from a fire at his hotel near Dunoon that was situated next to a petrol station.

From wartime and peacetime……
DICKIE MCFADDEN MM was born in Cambuslang but played all his football in England. As well as his wartime decoration he was also commended in the courts for two separate attempts to save the lives of drowning children.

The 19th player……
TOMMY ROWE DFC won an FA Cup winners with Portsmouth before the Second World War and played a few matches for Ayr United while working at the nearby Butlins holiday camp after the war.

From other parts of the United Kingdom…..
The actions of former FA Secretary TED CROKER saved the lives of his crew members after an aircraft crash. Welshman GEORGE LATHAM MC & Bar became a trainer after he hung up his boots and served both Cardiff City and Wales. Separate emergencies led to him playing once again for his club and country! JIMMY MCKNIGHT had left his home in Northern Ireland after he had rescued a boy from a local harbour. However, a certificate from the Royal Humane Society was presented to him in front of a crowd of 10,000 at the City Ground, Nottingham.

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