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A-Z of West Midlands Football

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 15, 2014

Peter Schmeichel

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SCARBOROUGH'S first ever opponents in a Fourth Division match were Wolves.

A crowd of 7,314 crammed into 'Boro's Mccain Stadium in August 1987 to see two Steves, Bull and Stout, score for the Wanderers in a 2-2 draw.

The return fixture at Molineux later in the season ended 0-0 before 11,391 fans.

Players who have served with 'Boro and other Midland clubs include goalkeepers John Burridge and Michael Oakes (Villa and Wolves), striker Steve Mardenborough, Mick Matthews and Darren Roberts (all Wolves), defenders Brendan Ormsby and Gareth Williams (both Villa) plus Albion connections Chris Hargreaves, 1950s left-winger George Lee and Ronnie Robinson. The former Nottingham Forest and Arsenal inside-forward Colin Addison, who was Baggies' assistant-manager under Ron Atkinson (1978-81) managed Scarborough during the 1999-2000 season.

SCHALKE 04 were Wolves' first ever opponents in a major European tournament. The German side visited Molineux for a European Cup first round first leg encounter in November 1958 and before a near 46,000 crowd, earned a 2-2 draw. Peter Broadbent netted both goals for Wolves.

The return fixture in Germany, played six days later, resulted in a 2-1 win for Schalke before a crowd of 25,000.

PAUL SCHARNER scored seven goals (including the winner in a Premier League win over Aston Villa) in 32 appearances for West Bromwich Albion whom he served from August 2010 until May 2012.

One of few footballers to assist the Baggies wearing contact lenses, Paul did a useful job in defence and midfield, occupying similar positions for his country (Austria: 12 U21 and 40 full caps won between 2000 and 2012) and each of his other clubs, namely SVG Purgstall, VSE St Polten, Austria Veinna, SG Unstersiebenbrunn (on loan), SV Saltzburg, SK Brann, Wigan Athletic (before Albion), Hamburger SV (after leaving The Hawthorns) and finally Wigan Athletic (again, on loan).

He retired in the summer of 2014 with 455 club appearances under his belt, 385 at League level.

Born in Schiebbs, Austria in March 1980, Paul is also a good skier, motor cyclist and snooker/billiards player.

PETER SCHMEICHEL, MBE, was one of the finest goalkeepers in the game during the 1990s, being voted the 'best in the world' in 1992 and 1993.

Fondly remembered for his most successful years with Manchester United, he captained the Reds to victory in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final which completed the treble, and to UEFA Euro 1992 glory with his home country, Denmark.

Born on 18 November 1963 in Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Peter was famous for his intimidating physique (1.91m, 6 ft 3 in tall and 105 kg, 16 st 7 lb in weight) during his playing days, and wore specially made size XXXL football shirts.

Unusually for a goalkeeper, Schmeichel scored 11 goals during his career, including one for the national team. He is also the most capped player for Denmark, with 129 appearances between 1987 and 2001. In addition to Euro '92, he played for his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and three additional European Championship tournaments.

He captained the national team in 30 matches. He also represented Gladsaxe Hero, Hvidovre, Brøndby, Sporting Club de Portugal, Aston Villa and Manchester City in a career that spanned 22 years, from 1981 until 2003.

The IFFHS ranked Schmeichel among the top ten keepers of the 20th century in 2000, and in 2001, he won a public poll held by Reuters, when the majority of the 200,000 participants voted him as the best goalkeeper ever, ahead of Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks.

In 2003, Peter was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his impact on the English game. In March 2004, he was named as one of the '125 greatest living footballers', at the FIFA 100 celebrations.

He was at Villa Park for season 2001-02, making 36 appearances and netting one goal. His career realised 740 club games. His son, Kasper, is also a professional football goalkeeper.

JOHNNY SCHOFIELD was also a fine goalkeeper who made 237 appearances for Birmingham City between February 1950 and July 1966.

Born in Atherstone, Warwickshire in February 1931, Johnny played for Nuneaton Borough reserves before moving to St Andrew's. Initially understudy to the great Gil Merrick, he helped Blues win the Second Division championship in 1955, finish runners-up in the 1960 and 1961 Fairs Cup finals, and win the League Cup in 1963 when Aston Villa were defeated in the two-legged final.

In November 1957 Johnny survived a massive pit explosion at the Baddesley Ensor colliery and three years later suffered a fractured skull keeping goal in a league game against Manchester United.

He was eventually replaced between the posts by Jim Herriot and after leaving St Andrew's he joined Wrexham, later acting as player-manager of Atherstone Town and also assisting Bromsgrove Rovers and Tamworth before ending his career with a second spell at Tamworth, as manager: 1972-74.

A Birmingham City season ticket holder after retiring, Johnny died in Atherstone in November 2006, aged 75.

SID SCHOLEY was Walsall's manager from April 1929 until October 1930. He replaced Jimmy Kerr and was in office for 18 months before handing over his duties to Peter O'Rourke.

Born in Walsall in 1875, he had been trainer at Fellows Park for three years, from 1908 to 1911 and again in 1928-29.

After leaving the Saddlers, Sid worked for the Marine Hydro in Rhyl, North Wales, as well as being an expert masseur, treating many famous sports stars. Between his two spells as Walsall trainer, he was associated with Stockport County and after spending four years in the RAMC during WWI, he was appointed trainer of Birmingham.

In his first season at St Andrew's Blues won promotion from the Second Division. He later had a spell as caretaker-manager at the club (1927-28). Sid died circa 1960.

RICARDO SCIMECA was a defender who made his Football League debut for Aston Villa for whom he appeared in 97 first-class matches during his eight years with the club: 1991-98.

Born in Leamington Spa in June 1975, he gained England 'B' and U21 honours (nine caps won in the latter category) and on leaving Villa Park joined forces with Nottingham Forest for £3m, signed by David Platt. In July 2003 he switched to Leicester City and in May 2004 was recruited by Albion for £100,000. He helped the Baggies retain their Premiership status and went on to make 40 appearances for the club before transferring to Cardiff City in January 2006, retiring in May 2010 with a total of 403 League and Cup games under his belt.

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