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On this day in football history
- 1935 Sam Cowan, Manchester City centre half and former captain, was transferred to Bradford City. He had moved to Maine Road in December 1924 from Doncaster Rovers after playing there for two seasons. Whilst at Doncaster he created the unique achievement of heading a hat-trick of goals from his centre half position. He did this against Halifax Town. For Manchester City he played in three Cup Finals, 1926, 1933 and 1934 but it was not until the last, when he captained the side that he got a Winners' medal. He also won a Second Division medal in 1928 and three England caps against continental opposition between 1926 and 1930. He retired from active football in 1937 and by this time he had played in 474 League games and scored 34 goals. For a number of years he was masseur to Sussex county cricket team. He had one season of football management,in the 1946-47 season when he guided Manchester City to the Second Division title. He collapsed and died when refereeing a charity match on 4th October 1964. He was 64 when he died.
- 1937 Jimmy McGrory played in his last League game for Celtic, against Queens Park at Parkhead. He had played in his first in 1923, when he was also loaned to Clydebank for a short spell in that season. During this time he had amassed a total of 410 League goals in 408 matches, a wonderful average unapproached by any other player over a such a lengthy spell. His total goals scorred in his careere in all first class football was 550. The only player with a comparable figure was Tommy Lawton who also hit well over 500 goals, but half of Tommy's were scored in the unofficial war-time football.
- 1953 Birmingham City signed, Gordon Astall, the Plymouth Argyle outside right. He had joined Argyle in 1947 after service in the Royal Marines and won a Third Division South medal in 1952. At Birmingham he added a Second Division Medal in 1955 and a Cup runners-up medal in 1956 besides gaining two England caps on their summer tour in 1956. He moved to Torquay during 1960-61 season and left the Football League at the end of that season when he had played in 451 matches and scored 113 goals.
- 1965 Matt Busby celebrated his 20th anniversary as Manchester United manager and saw his team beaten 5-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. During his time at the helm he had seen the club win the League Championship on four occasions and won the FA Cup twice.