Heroes

Football has always had its heroes.  In an homage to those people who have played a role in the development of the game, or have made significant contributions on the pitch, here are some short pen portraits.

  • Cuthbert Ottaway England’s first football captain was arguably the greatest sportsman of his – or perhaps any – era. Cuthbert Ottaway lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented the dark blues at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace at the highest level of cricket. Read ...
  • George B. Ramsay George Burrell Ramsay was a Glaswegian and one of the first heroes of the game. Born on 1st March 1855 Ramsay arrived in Birmingham as a sixteen year old to work as a clerk in a brass foundry. He very soon found fame as a footballer with newly formed local team Aston Villa. It is reported that … ...
  • Billy Meredith Edwardian era hero for City and United.

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