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RS McColl & WH Smith

Postby bluedragon » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:10 am

While the football connection of the High Street name "R S McColl" is well known in Scotland. I have just come across W H Smith of Birmingham City playing in two matches (3 goals) for the Football Association XI in a six match tour of USA and Australia in 1951.
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Re: RS McColl & WH Smith

Postby ScottishFA » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:56 am

Well he must have been a 'mature' player. William Henry Smith went into the newsagent business in 1828.

I have a sinking feeling that this thread will descend into details of the obscure striking partnership of Marks and Spencer, the midfield trio Morning, Noon and Knight, and that famous Dutch World Cup player, Hertz van Rental.
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Re: RS McColl & WH Smith

Postby Scottish » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:03 am

You forgot the half-back line of Freeman, Hardy & Willis - a shoe-in for every match.
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Re: RS McColl & WH Smith

Postby bluedragon » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:58 pm

scottish wrote:You forgot the half-back line of Freeman, Hardy & Willis - a shoe-in for every match.

Didn't they start off together at Saxone Amateurs? Sorry!
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Re: RS McColl & WH Smith

Postby Rob R » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:52 pm

When Jim Baxter signed for Nottingham Forest the half back line up was known as Hennessey, McKinlay & Bacardi and whilst at Nottingham he befriended Gary Sobers and were known as Drunk & Sobers. In Baxters book he tells the story of how Sobers took him to watch Notts at Trent Bridge and left him in the club house and told the steward to put his drinks on my tab. He then went out and had one of they days that he was famous for scoring left right and centre, when stumps were called and he was still in, got back to the club house and nearly fainted at the size of his drinks bill.
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Re: RS McColl & WH Smith

Postby Scottish » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:02 pm

ScottishFA wrote:Well he must have been a 'mature' player. William Henry Smith went into the newsagent business in 1828.


Just like Neville Chamberlain. Prime Minister in 1939 before embarking on a career as a professional football player with Port Vale in the last 1970s.
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Re: RS McColl & WH Smith

Postby Scottish » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:08 pm

bluedragon wrote:Didn't they start off together at Saxone Amateurs? Sorry!


There is/was an urban myth - from the days before urban myths were called urban myths - that Saxone took its name from a Killie match which had been won/lost 6-1. The only two problems with this theory is that by no stretch of the imagination can an Ayrshire pronunciation of 'six' sound anything other than 'six' and 'one' would always be pronounced 'wan.'

Even if it were accurate the use of dialect for one number and standard English for another is jarring. It's one or the other for both numbers - fower twa, never fower two or four twa.
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