The Tale of the Tottenham manager who wore a disguise when he scouted players. What the judge had to say when a Spurs legend appeared before him and when refs mess up should they be sent to South America?
The last Planet Spurs of the season is back with a few of my favourite tales from the wonderful World of Hotspur that you might have missed but are worth remembering...
and certainly wouldn’t happen these days.
Peter McWilliam when traveling to South Wales to watch Mid-Rhonda, the Welsh side who had just won the Welsh League, in their FA Cup tie with Ton Pentre he wasn’t the most popular man locally having already signed local hero Cyril Poynton. It’s thought his prime target had been Lowdell of the opposition but it was Jimmy Seed who caught his eye. When the news got out that McWilliam would be at the game the feeling amongst the local clubs fans was anger and Holland in his history (1) claims they threatened to lynch him if he was discovered at the ground. Certainly various sources claim he would have been lucky to get away with being thrown into the local bog. An amazing 28,000 were at the local derby match. Rhonda went one up in the opening minute which led to a pitch invasion and it was five minutes before the game was restarted.
Eventually Jimmy Seed needed to make a speech reassuring them that he was not being sold against his will. However after that whenever McWilliam returned to the area he continued to wear a disguise, most commonly a wig and beard. A story Jimmy confirms in his own autobiography
Earlier we mentioned the goal in the Huddersfield game at WHL which has been described as the most controversial goal scored at the old ground. The story can be found at, (2). Clearly the ref made a massive mistake that day, but did you wonder what happened to him.
August 1952 and the Birmingham Gazette carries the headline ‘Sacked Referee Goes to Uruguay. FA find him a £110 a month job, (plus £5 a match).’
The paper tells us that after the ref was sacked by the FA they then found him a job in Uruguay. He had been informed in the June that his name had been deleted from the list of league referees for the following season. Sir Stanley Rous the FA Sectary (and later head of FIFA) describing him as a ‘first class official.’ The contract was for one year but if he stays a second he will take his wife and children and he would be leaving England on August 17th.
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Notes – 1 – Julian Holland Official History of THFC.
2 – http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-22
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