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1930 Tottenham Hotspur signed Wally Alsford as a professional. A fine attacking wing half he was, unfortunately, injury prone and when he played for England against Scotland in 1935 he had appeared in less than 60 League games in five seasons. In 1936 it was thought that injury had ended his career and he was paid compensation but this was refunded in order that he could sign for Nottingham Forest. In his brief career which lasted until 1938 he played in 80 matches for Spurs and 30 for Forest.
1933 John Morrison signed professional forms for Tottenham Hotspur. Became a strong goalscoring centre forward and in a little over two years displaced George Hunt in the 'Spurs side. When War broke out in 1939 he had scored 87 times in 127 League matches but he did not return to the first class game in 1946.
1960 Death of William Robson, assistant trainer to Reading and a former player with the club. He was 54. Began his League career as a left back with Derby County in 1927 and moved to West Ham United in 1933 but did not establish himself in either club's first team. Joined Reading in 1934 and played in 134 League games for them up to 1939. Moved to the training staff after the War. With Derby he played in 12 League games and in 3 with the Hammers.
1961 Fred Else, Preston North End goalkeeper transferred to Blackburn Rovers. Went to Deepdale in 1953 and became one of the most dependable goalkeepers in football yet his only honour was an appearance for England 'B' in 1957. Played in 215 League games for North End and 187 for Rovers before joining Barrow on a free transfer in the summer of 1966.
1965 Manchester City signed Ralph Brand, a Scottish international inside forward from Rangers. Joined Rangers from school, in 1952, and established himself during 1957-58. Whilst at Ibrox won 3 Championship and 2 Scottish Cup medals and 8 international caps during 1961-62. Scored 128 League goals in 207 matches and scored 29 goals in the Scottish Cup, 38 in the League Cup and 12 in the European cup competitions. In representative football he scored 8 goals for Scotland and 8 for the Scottish League. At Maine Road found it difficult to adjust himself to English conditions and played in only 17 games and scored 2 goals in his first season.