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Sir Sean Connery

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:15 am
by bluedragon
The terrific progress of Bonnyrigg Rose in the Scottish Cup inevitably brings up stories of the football career of one of the club’s most famous players – Sir Sean Connery. Reports of an offer of a trial by East Fife? Interest from Celtic (no according to Sir Sean)? Sir Matt Busby watching him play?

A friend can remember seeing Sir Sean play. The circumstances were sad. Former West Bromwich Albion and England player and then the Albion trainer, “WG” Richardson, died on Easter Sunday 1959 playing in a charity football match. About six months later a match was arranged to raise funds for his widow and children. The TV Showbiz XI was one of the teams. At this time Sir Sean was working on stage, television and film and was in the team with Tommy Steele, the UK’s first “teen idol”. The match was played in front of a large crowd at the George Salters (the weighing machine company) works ground. During the game Tommy went down injured. Some of his followers came on to the pitch to enquire about his well-being to be followed by more and more! This led to the early abandonment of the game but not before a large amount of money had been raised. My friend remembers the game well but cannot recall the detail of Sir Sean’s performance on the field.

Re: Sir Sean Connery

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:44 am
According to Wikipedia(that well known fount of all knowledge) the following quote is attibuted to BBC`s Kenny Crawford relating to Connery playing for Bonnyrigg Rose "for a couple of seasons in the early 50s" - "But there was one reference in the Dalkeith Advertiser from 1951 that described him(Connery) scoring "with a 30-yard shot in a 3-1 defeat by Broxburn Athletic"". Is there ANY truth in this?

Re: Sir Sean Connery

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:02 am
by ScottishFA
Of course there is some truth in it, but the myths get in the way of the story.

There is good interview on the SJFA site:

According to the Bonnyrigg Rose history, there was indeed a goal scored by Connelly (sic) in a Junior Cup tie v Broxburn on 13 October 1951, a match which Broxburn won 3-1. No other goals or appearances by Connery/Connelly are mentioned, but the book does say that T Connery was released by Bonnyrigg Rose in the summer of 1953 (along with nine other players).

There are no relevant newspapers online, as far as I can see, that would provide any further info.

Re: Sir Sean Connery

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:28 pm
Connery`s ALWAYS been a big girl`s blouse. He`s an actor for god`s sake; his tough guy persona`s an act. Technically, he`s a big jessie.

Re: Sir Sean Connery

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:22 pm
An actor of Tobias Funke's abilities? NOW he's a jessie! :lol:

Re: Sir Sean Connery

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:19 pm
by EastJunior
I have a Bonnyrigg team group photo from the period, it’s taken at City Park in Edinburgh before a cup final (can’t remember off hand which one), and Sean Connery is in the front row. If you click on the link above then it shows you the picture, although in poor resolution.

He did play at least one full season, but to get a more accurate appraisal of his time at New Dundas Park, you’ll need to trawl through the Dalkeith Advertiser at Loanhead Library to get an idea of how much of a regular he was in the team.