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PLAYING MEMORIES

The pictures on this page stir fond memories of the different phases of my "on-field" soccer career.


"Far from the madding crowd", and a career in professional football could not be farther from my mind. This 1947 Aberdeen Central School match was as important as any to me (at the time).



No lack of crowd here. Dundee were the opponents when I made my home debut at Pittodrie on Sept. 19th, 1953. It was a tough one up against Canadian born Jack Cowan, a most experienced full back, but a 1-1 tie gave us our first point.



The 1954-1955 season saw Aberdeen win their first ever Scottish league title. Memories galore spring from these names -- Back row from left: Mitchell - Smith - Martin - Allister - Young - Glen. Front row from left: Leggat - Hamilton - Buckley - O'Neil - Hather. (Missing are: Caldwell - Yorston and Wishart). I wonder what that array of talent would be worth today?



The following season, the "Dons" won the League Cup on the 22nd of October beating St. Mirren 2 - 1 at Hampden. Scoring the winning goal is still a special memory for me, as is notching 29 goals in 29 league and cup games that season.



In April 1956, I won my first full cap at Hampden against an England eleven that included legends like Billy Wright - Tom Finney - Nat Lofthouse - Duncan Edwards and Johnny Haynes. I scored the opening goal in the sixtieth minute, but Haynes salvaged a draw for England beating Tommy Younger a minute into injury time.



On June 1st, 1958 Scotland faced Poland in Warsaw as part of their preparation for the World Cup to be held in Sweden. Bobby Collins got both our goals in a 2 - 0 win, but he wasn't able to get in this picture. From left: Imlach - Leggat - Evans - Cowie - Mudie and Caldow.



Just after the World Cup in Sweden, I was transferred to Fulham in the second division. This is the team that won promotion to the F.A.'s top division in my first season. Back from left: Lowe - Cohen - Bentley - Macedo - Stapleton - Langley. Front from left: Leggat - Hill - Cook - Haynes and Chamberlain.



My one and only appearance on the hallowed turf of Wembley turned out to be my only loss to the "auld enemy". Bobby Charlton scored the lone goal with a header. Here are my team mates after a hard and messy practice. From left: Collins - Docherty - Ormond - Leggat - Evans - Caldow - McKay - Herd and Brown. (Dick and MacKay are missing).



Plenty records were broken on Boxing Day 1963 when Fulham beat Ipswich 10 - 1 at the Cottage. This was the first of four goals I scored, three coming in three minutes. A modern day First Division record. (No Premiership back then!). Ipswich beat us 4 - 2 the very next day at Portman Road. It's a funny game at times!



This is my favourite. Not because of this goal I headed past Jack Kelsey in Scotland's 3-nil win at Cardiff but because fellow Aberdonian, Dennis Law, scored the first of his many international goals in this his debut. In addition, Matt Busby, one of my alltime special football people, was our manager that day. Unfortunately it was his first and only time. It was a wonderful experience.

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