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Scotland squad for the 1954 World Cup

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:55 pm
by Anderson's Tavern
Does anyone know the identity of the 13 men who actually travelled to Switzerland. Obviously Martin, Cunningham, Aird, Docherty, Davidson, Cowie, McKenzie, Fernie, Mochan, Brown and Ormond played in both games, while I am pretty sure George Hamilton also travelled, as a replacement for Bobby Johnstone. However, I have seen both Celtic's Bobby Evans and Leicester's John Anderson noted as the other non-playing tourist. :?

Can anyone confirm who all made the ill-fated trip.

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:05 pm
by Scottish
George Hamilton & Bobby Evans were the two squad players who travelled but didn't play.

Anderson was one of eight players on 'stand-by.' The others were: Binning (QOS), Combe (Hibs), Copland (Raith), Henderson, Wilson (both Portsmouth), McMillan (Airdrie) & Mathers (Partick)

Scotland could have sent 22 players which was the permitted FIFA maximum but for reasons best known to themselves the SFA sent only thirteen.

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:08 pm
scottish wrote:Scotland could have sent 22 players which was the permitted FIFA maximum but for reasons best known to themselves the SFA sent only thirteen.
This one's probably up there with also using thick woollen jerseys and the non-participation in 1950 as they weren't British Champions.

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:08 pm
by Scottish
Even worse. If you count Bobby Johnstone then there were 22 players listed. Fred Martin was the only goalkeeper!

England only took 17 with them, leaving five on stand-by, though they did have the sense to include a second goalkeeper (albeit uncapped) in the travelling group.

South Korea took 20 players. All other countries had the full 22.

So there isn't even an excuse along the lines of ' we knew no better than' or 'everyone else did it.'

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:13 pm
by ScottishFA
Here is the full Scotland 1954 World Cup squad with their numbers and dates of birth:

1 Fred Martin (Aberdeen) 13 May 1929
2 Willie Cunningham (Preston North End) 22 February 1925
3 John Aird (Burnley) 18 February 1926
4 Robert Evans (Celtic) 16 July 1927
5 Tommy Docherty (Preston North End) 24 April 1928
6 James Davidson (Partick Thistle) 8 November 1925
7 Doug Cowie (Dundee) 1 May 1926
8 John McKenzie (Partick Thistle) 4 September 1925
9 George Hamilton (Aberdeen) 7 December 1917
10 Allan Brown (Blackpool) 19 October 1926
11 Neil Mochan (Celtic) 6 April 1927
12 William Fernie (Celtic) 22 November 1928
13 William Ormond (Hibernian) 23 February 1927

Coach: Andrew Beattie 11 August 1913

The following names were submitted to FIFA, but did not travel with the team:
14 John Anderson (Leicester City) 8 December 1929
15 not allocated*
16 Jackie Henderson (Portsmouth) 17 January 1932
17 David Mathers (Partick Thistle) 23 October 1931
18 Alex Wilson (Portsmouth) 29 October 1933
19 James Binning (Queen of the South)
20 Bobby Combe (Hibernian) 29 January 1924
21 Ernest Copeland (Raith Rovers) 14 October 1923
22 Ian McMillan (Airdrieonians) 18 March 1931

* No 15 was originally allocated to George Hamilton, who was brought into the squad on the withdrawal of Bobby Johnstone (Hibernian).