First Substitute?

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First Substitute?

Post by soccerhistory » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:22 pm

Today I came across a report for the Division One match between Celtic and Leith Athletic for 16 March 1895 when what must have been an unofficial substitute was allowed during the game. Leith's Marshall suffered a broken leg in the first five minutes and was replaced by Hamilton shortly afterwards. Does anyone know of any other early examples of unofficial substitutes used in competitive games?

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Post by Scottish » Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:51 pm

There was the famous example at the Wales-Scotland match at the Racecourse, Wrexham on April 15th 1889 when Trainer, the Welsh keeper failed to turn up. The match was delayed 25 minutes and started with Allen Pugh of Rhostyller Victoria in goal, only for him to be replaced by Wrexham's Samuel Gillam after twenty minutes or so.

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Post by LEATHERSTOCKING » Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:22 pm

Andy Brown(St.Mirren) replaced the injured Sandy Wyllie(also St.Mirren) during the the Scottish League vs. Irish league international @ Ulsterville 29th April 1893. There was an instance of a substitute being used in an international trial game 15 years before that.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:05 am

Alex Young is given in a lot of reference books as the first 'Scotland' susstitute.

However George Young came on some 15 years before in 1946. This also means George is one cap 'short' in some places and his debut 6 months later.

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