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A-Z of West Midlands Football

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

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FRED SCOTCHBROOK was manager of Wolves for fourteen months, from March 1926 until June 1927.

Born in Horwich, near Bolton, Lancashire in 1886, he played for two local clubs before joining Bolton Wanderers as a professional in 1914.

He failed to make the grade at Burnden Park and was forced to retire during the Great War when he became a coach with the Lancashire club. In 1924 he took over as secretary-manager of Stockport County and moved in the same capacity to Wolves two years later.

Fred had an argument with two directors and was subsequently relieved of his duties, allowing Major Frank Buckley to take over team affairs. He was in charge of just 56 games as Wolves boss, winning 24, drawing nine and losing 23. Fred died circa 1963.


Each of our main Football League clubs has, over the course of time, been served by a number of Scotsmen. Here are some of the stars who plied their trade as footballers from World War Two onwards, and those marked with an asterisk (*) also assisted other Midlands clubs:

For Aston Villa – Jimmy Adam, Charlie Aitken, Bill Baxter*, Andy Blair*, Des Bremner*, Jimmy Brown, Neale Cooper, Tommy Craig, George Cummings, Allan Evans, Tommy Ewing, Cammie Fraser, Davie Gibson, Andy Gray*, Willie Hamilton, Tommy Johnson, Frank McAvennie, Brian McClair, Jimmy MacEwan, Johnny McLeod, Pat McMahon, Jimmy McMorran*, Ken McNaught*, Gordon Smith*, Bobby G Thomson*, Joe Ward, Doug Winton and Ron Wylie*.

NB: Tommy Docherty, Alex Massie, Jimmy McMullan and Billy McNeill have all managed Aston Villa.

For Birmingham City – Bertie Auld, Dougie Bell, Willie Bell, Kenny Burns, John Connolly, Archie Gemmill, Alex Harley, Paul Hendrie, Roger Hynd*, Alex Jackson, Andy Kennedy, Graham Leggatt, Ted McMinn, Jock Mulraney* and Jackie Stewart. NB: Willie Bell, Lou Macari and Dave Mackay all managed Blues.

For Walsall – Andrew Barrowman, Johnny Devlin, George Meek, Willie Naughton, Willie Penman and Tommy Watson.

NB: Tommy Coakley, Doug Fraser, Jimmy Kerr, Jack Love, Jimmy MacEwan, Neil Martin, Tony McPhee, Dave Mackay and Andrew Wilson were among Walsall's Scottish managers.

For West Bromwich Albion – Andy Aitken, Arthur Albiston, Ally Brown*, Campbell Crawford, Jimmy Dudley*, Ken Foggo, Doug Fraser, Danny Hegan* (born in but played for Northern Ireland), Graeme Hogg, Bobby Hope*, Willie Johnston*, Andy McCall, Hugh McIlmoyle, Derek McInnes, Sandy McNab, Hugh MacLean, Max Murray, Steve Nicol, Hughie Reed, Ally Robertson*, Jock Wallace and Bobby Williamson.

NB: Scots Steve Clarke, Alan Irvine (2014) and Archie Macaulay have managed Albion.

For Wolves – Joe Baillie, John Black, Chic Brodie, Cameron Buchanan, Pat Buckley, Willie Carr, Danny Crainie, Hugh Curran, Jimmy Dunn, Darren Ferguson, Steven Fletcher, Willie Forbes, Dougie Freedman, Billy Kellock, Billy Livingstone, Garry McAloon, Jim McCalliog, Bobby McDonald*, Scott McGarvey, Alex McIntosh, Jim Melrose, George Miller, Kenny Miller, Frank Munro, Billy Rafferty, Alex Rae, Ally Robertson, Alex Simpson and Evan Williams*.

NB: Andy Beattie, Tommy Docherty and Mark McGhee managed Wolves.

ALEX (Bob) SCOTT was a very efficient goalkeeper, tall and commanding, who played 129 senior games plus 68 during World War Two for Wolves between February 1936 and August 1947.

Born in Liverpool in October 1913, he served with his home town club Liverpool (as a reserve) and Burnley before moving to Molineux for £1,250.

He appeared in the 1939 FA Cup final for Wolves (beaten by Portsmouth) and during the war guested for Aston Villa and Southport, and on leaving Wolves after 11 years' service, Alex signed for Crewe Alexandra, retiring in 1949.

He went on to run a general stores business at Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, and became a detective in the local Borough police force. Alex died in 1962.

GEOFF SCOTT made 19 appearances for Birmingham City over an eight-month period from February to October 1982. A defender, born in Birmingham in October 1956, he played for Solihull Borough and Highgate United before turning professional with Stoke City in April 1977. He switched to Leicester City three years later and after his brief association with Blues he went on to assist Middlesbrough, Northampton Town, Cambridge United, Solihull Borough (again) and Moor Green before retiring to become manager of his second club, Highgate United (season 1988-89). Geoff spent his best years with Stoke, for whom he made 78 League appearances.

'JOCK' McRAE SCOTT was handed 46 first-class appearances by Walsall in the early 1930s.

Primarily a defender, able to occupy both the right and left half positions, he was born in the village of Sanquhur, Dumfries, Scotland in November 1906 and served with Kello Rovers, Nithsdale Wanderers, Luton Town (1928-29), Loughborough Corinthians, Norwich City and Bristol Rovers before joining the Saddlers in the summer of 1931.

He was sold to York City in October 1932 and after spells with Southport and Workington, he announced his retirement, through injury, in May 1938. Jock died in 1981.

RICHARD SCOTT, a midfielder and occasional defender, was born in Dudley in September 1974 and was registered as a player with Birmingham City from July 1991 until May 1993 when he left St Andrew's for Shrewsbury Town.

He made 19 first team appearances for Blues. After three years at Gay Meadow he moved to Peterborough United and in 2001-02 joined Telford United.

TONY SCOTT was a fast-raiding winger who scored 19 goals in 97 first-class appearances for West Ham United before joining Aston Villa for £25,000 in October 1925.

Born in St Neot's, Cambridgeshire, in April 1941, Tony represented Huntingdon & District Schools and played for St Neot's Town before signing as a junior for the Hammers in June 1957, turning professional in May 1958.

On leaving Villa Park in September 1967, he signed for Torquay United for £5,000 and after spells with Bournemouth and Exeter City he retired in May 1974 and later became a coach with Manchester City.

As a teenager, Tony won 12 England youth caps and also played in an FA Youth Cup final. His career realised a total of 378 club appearances, with his Villa record reading five goals scored in 57 outings.

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