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1914 Sheffield Wednesday signed Jimmy Blair, a full back from Clyde. Made his debut with Clyde in 1909 and had played in about 100 matches for them at the time of his transfer. When the First War brought about a shut down of the Football League in 1915 he returned to play in Scottish football. Came back to Wednesday after the War but when he had played only 59 peace-time games for them he moved to Cardiff City in 1920. Spent six years at Ninian Park and played in the 1925 Cup Final when Cardiff were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United. Made 176 League appearances with the Welsh club and a further 61 during his last two seasons with Bournemouth & Boscombe. Between 1920 and 1923 he appeared in 8 internationals for Scotland.
1925 The First Division match at Meadow Lane between Notts County and Birmingham was suspended for over an hour due to a severe thunderstorm. County won 1-0.
1929 Jimmy Smith, Ayr United's record breaking centre forward transferred to Liverpool. In 1927-28 he scored 66 goals for the club in Scottish Second Division matches and 84 in all first class games that season. In the Scottish First Division the following year he scored 26 goals and in his first season at Anfield was Liverpool’s top scorer with 23. It was, however, all he did of note with the club and in two years he had left them.
1958 Derek Tapscott, Arsenal and Wales inside forward, transferred to Cardiff City. Joined Arsenal in 1953 from Barry Town and made his debut in 1954. Won his first Welsh cap a few days after that debut. Was Cardiff’s leading scorer when they won promotion in 1960. Moved to Newport County during the summer of 1965 but injuries restricted his appearances and he left League football at the end of that season. Scored 141 goals in 326 matches in the League and 4 goals in 14 internationals between 1954 and 1959.