Merry Christmas

Yesterday I was rummaging around in Tooting’s Oxfam and found a Charles Buchan book from 1955-56.  In it was this picture of young Graham Leggat. How about that?

Leggat had just played a key role in Aberdeen’s first ever league title (in the 1954-55 season).  A few years later he was scoring a super-fast hat-trick on Boxing Day as Fulham destroyed Ipswish 10-1.  He was, of course, one of Fulham’s best ever players.

So yeah, Merry Christmas!  Thanks for reading and see you in 2012.

7 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Merry Christmas Rich and Timmy, you guys do an excellent job making this one of my favorite places on the web.

  2. Loved John Cobbold’s comment: “It could have gone either way – at least until the match began”. The Cobbolds were supposed to have been the friendliest chairmen around – made their money from beer.

  3. Graham Leggat was some player for just £16,000 from memory. He scored in his first 6 games for us.

    My wife and I were at the 10-1 match versus Ipswich, we lost the return game a couple of days later, 4-2, I think. It was the season after Ipswich, under Alf Ramsay, had won the League.

    Seasons Greetings to all.

  4. Ah, memories. I used to get “Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly” magazine as a teenager. Pored over it for hours, and a great thrill if a Fulham player was ever featured (which was as rare then as it is now in the modern day equivalents). And I used to see Leggat playing alongside Haynes and Robson. Yes he was some player. Perhaps his greatest gift was his ability to score with his head. Not a tall man, but a seemingly amazing ability to outjump tall defenders, and with great style. Cliff Jones had a similar ability, but unfortunately had almost completely lost it by the time he joined us.

  5. He was a fine player. I’m sure he would have won more Scotland caps had it not been for their bias towards home based players.

    Best wishes for the festive season to all at CCN.

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