Research Update October 2020

McKay's spectacular opening goal at Haig avenue, with the ball lodged on the back of the net.

McKay's spectacular opening goal at Haig avenue, with the ball lodged on the back of the net.

The results and line-ups for the whole World War Two period are now complete and match reports have also been added where they were missing. It has been a goal since the start of lockdown to be able to complete this part of our history and I’m delighted that I can finally confirm that it has been done, and in time for Remembrance Sunday too!

The second world war period is fairly unique in that alongside our own registered players we were able to field “guest” players in our line-ups. This was always going to present a challenge identifying each of them and where there are still unidentified players the hunt for information will never stop. This situation however is unfortunately far from unique; Indeed there are players throughout our history of whom we know very little.

In other additions to the website, the details of players transfers, including dates and values (where disclosed), have been added for the period of 1958-1979. More recent transfers are also in the process of being added. Where Players have been unattached or were released/given free transfers, they are recorded as such, rather than stating their previous or next clubs. This I feel is more accurate than stating that we signed someone from, for example, Barrow, whereas in fact Barrow in this example had released the player and we later picked him up without a club.

The “On This Day” page has also been updated to include any transfers that happened.