Showing posts with label Tall Footballers. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Tallest Falkirk FC Players before WWII

This is another little arbitrary and completely meaningless list of former Falkirk FC players that I have put together. It is completely meaningless on two levels, the first is that we all know that there is no corollary between height & skill in football, the second is that I have probably come across the heights of under a hundred Falkirk FC players in this time.
It is undeniable that footballers have, on average, grown as the population has in the years following the recovery from World War II, but that does not mean there were not people [and players] who were of above average height even in the 19th Century. As a result of this, some of these players probably only got a match because they were tall and had stood out [metaphorically] in juvenile football. 
Height  Name               Position 
6' 3"   Thomas Bellingham  CF  1885/86-1887/88
6' 2½"  Duncan Elliot      GK  1897/98
6' ½"   James Strathie     RB  1933/34-1934/35
6'      George Brewster    OR  1918/19
6'      William Brown      RH  1937/38-1941/42
6'      Robert Wilson      GK  1938/39-1940/41
5' 11"  William Raisbeck   LH  1905/06-1906/07
5' 11"  Stephen MacDonald  RH  1909/10-1916/17
5' 11"  John Robertson     LH  1913/14
5' 11"  Joseph Whitton     GK  1927/28
5' 11"  James McNair       IL  1933/34-1935/36
5' 11"  Kenneth Dawson     OL  1934/35-1950/51
5' 11"  Gilbert McKie      GK  1936/37-1942/43
5' 11"  Alex Allan         IR  1937/38-1938/39
I have included the heights of the following players who were measured within an inch of the above, for the simple fact that I do not completely trust the accuracy of imperial measurements, and it is never clear whether they rounded up or down throughout the 50+ years I have researched.
5' 10½"  John Morrison     CH  1906/07-1915/16
5' 10½"  Thomas Logan      CF  1910/11-1912/13
5' 10"   Joseph McQue      CH  1898/99
5' 10"   Alex Stewart      GK  1908/09-1916/17 *
5' 10"   Frank Reilly      LH  1912/13/1919/20
5' 10"   Thomas Ferguson   GK  1918/19-1931/32
5' 10"   Daniel Thomson    CF  1921/22-1922/23
5' 10"   Patrick Docherty  LH  1934/35-1935/36
5' 10"   Edwin Young       OL  1938/39
5' 10"   William Miller    IL  1938/39-1941/42
5' 10"   Alex Stewart      CF  1938/39-1942/43 *
5' 10"   Henry Pinkerton   LH  1938/39-1945/46
* The two Alex Stewarts were Father & Son.

NB - It says on his wikipedia page that Jock Drummond was 5' 10" but has no supporting evidence, so I have left it out.