Showing posts with label WWII. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WWII. Show all posts

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Some Stuff from WWII

Some historians [not all I know] tend to think that football just stopped upon Germany invading Poland, now that is just a silly notion, but it is one that seems to have permeated into large sections of the population.

You now get [allegedly] serious historical books which give players' matches played with the except Wartime Football tag. Now what is that about? Yes football was reorganised, yes some cubs decided not to operate during the War, but football continued.

For the majority of WWII in Scotland the Scottish Southern League was in existence [southern because there were travel restrictions in place] and it was largely the same as the old First Division, a bit smaller [no Aberdeen or Dundee] and the Scottish Cup was replaced by the Southern League Cup [with group stages as it was limited to the sixteen Southern League Clubs].

The major change was in personnel, many players signed up and were sent to their regimental bases for training, this meant that they were no longer available for their clubs. But the converse was that many other players moved to other areas and were available [occasionally] for their new local clubs.

All in all, football in Scotland got very makeshift, but football continued no matter what. To prove something of the continuity here are some stats from Falkirk FC during WWI, most matches played and most goals scored.


Leading Competitive Scorers [Excl Falkirk 'A' matches]
Player                Lea    Cup    Oth    Tot
Kenneth Dawson        76     7      11     94
John Fitzsimmons      66     6      11     83
James Inglis          39     12     10     61
Charles Napier        38     3      2      43
Robert Keyes          30     4      7      41
Alex Carruthers       16     4      7      37
Thomas Brady          20     5      8      33
Robert Campbell       30     1      1      32
George Brookes        27     1      3      31
Alex Stewart          9      5      15     29

Most Competitive Appearances [Excl Falkirk 'A' matches]
Player                Lea    Cup    Oth    Tot
Robert Shankly        114    31     25     170
Hugh Murray           121    22     19     162
John Fitzsimmons      105    29     19     153
Kenneth Dawson        106    23     18     147
Duncan Ogilvie        94     27     21     142
Gilbert McKie         88     16     21     125
Charles Napier        87     10     10     107
James Stewart         81     15     8      104
James McPhie          58     13     24     95
Alex Peat             62     11     19     92