Watty Shirlaw

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Watty Shirlaw
Personal information
Full nameWalter P. Shirlaw
Date of birth 1902
Place of birth Wishaw, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Larkhall Thistle
1924–1927 Bradford City
Rochdale
1928–1932 Bradford City
Halifax Town
Workington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Walter P. Shirlaw, known as Watty Shirlaw (born 1902) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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Career

Born Wishaw, Shirlaw played for Larkhall Thistle, Bradford City, Rochdale, Halifax Town and Workington. [1] [2] For Bradford City, he made a total of 99 appearances in the Football League; he also made 12 FA Cup appearances. [3]

Wishaw Town North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Wishaw is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, on the edge of the Clyde Valley, 15 miles (24 km) south-east of Glasgow city centre. The Burgh of Wishaw was formed in 1855; it formed a joint large burgh with its neighbour Motherwell from 1920 until its dissolution when Scottish local authorities were restructured in 1975.

Larkhall Thistle Football Club are a football club from Larkhall, in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Formed in 1878 the Jags are Scotland's oldest continuous Junior Football Club and currently compete in the West of Scotland Super League First Division. They play in red and white stripes and their home ground since 1881 is Gasworks Park.

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References

  1. Watty Shirlaw at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. Frost, p. 406
  3. Frost, p. 388