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Tewfik Abdullah had a longer league career in both England and Scotland after appearing for Egypt in the Olympics. Either because of their status as amateurs, their parentage, or perhaps because their careers were not very high profile the players mentioned above managed to operate in British football prior to the Hiden ban.
The fact that Hiden was a high-profile international, and as an Austrian a wartime enemy just over ten years before, may have impacted on his application. However, his proposed transfer spurred the Home Office into action. Among their other targets were Aberdeen, Rangers and Hearts who were all contacted by the Home Office in about the presence in their ranks of a number of Canadians and Americans, the clubs were however able to point out in each case, that although the men involved had lived in North America they were born in Scotland and had at no point taken on any other citizenship.
A player who succeeded where Rudi Hiden had failed was Bert Trautmann. Like Hiden he was a goalkeeper and like Hiden he was a former wartime enemy of Britain. Raised in Bremen, Germany, Trautmann was an exceptional athlete from his earliest days as well as being a fervently devoted member of the Hitler Youth from the age of After later being transferred to the Western Front he was captured shortly after the Normandy invasions.
Trautmann gradually began a new life in England, slowly rejecting his earlier beliefs and surprisingly befriending an Jewish Army Sergeant, Hermann Bloch for who he acted as a driver, and eventually marrying an English woman named Margaret Friar.
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During this time he was also keeping goal as an amateur for St. Bert Trautmann at Manchester City Despite a protest from over 20, Manchester City supporters, Trautmann quickly won them, and the wider footballing public, over with a string of impressive displays.
In the space of a little over six years Trautmann had gone from a prisoner of war pariah into a hero and icon of the English game.
Despite occasional cases like that of Bert Trautmann, the effective ban on foreign players in England would remain in place untilthough Scotland took a more relaxed attitude in the s, which saw a small influx of Scandanavian players immediately thereafter. The English football authorities were found to be in breach of the rule on free movement required by the European Community ECwhich Britain had joined in Commonwealth citizens would in future only be allowed to remain in UK after they had lived and worked there for five years.
This late 70s trickle of foreign players, however, did not turn into a flood. The rhetoric used by the likes of Gordon Taylor and PFA Secretary Cliff Lloyd was still very much language evocative of the s and the Depression, and that every foreign player meant the loss of work for a British player.
The FA, while complying with the European Community requirements, put in a number of qualifications: It was, however, well into the Premier League era and the concurrent removal of player nationality restrictions in European competition before that large scale movement of international players to Britain would begin. However, unlike the situation in the s, it is unlikely that the FA, the leagues, or the clubs would welcome this. The club had been home to players of the highest quality such as Alan Kelly Sr.
Ray Keogh is bottom left. Ray would feature in the European Cup defeat at the hands of German champions FC Nurnberg in the first round, but would fare better the following year in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, when Drumcondra made football history by becoming the first Irish side to win a European game on aggregate, defeating Danish side Odense over two legs, with Ray playing both games.
They were drawn against Bayern Munich in the following round. He would also win representative honours representing the League of Ireland selection on a number of occasions.
Inter-league games were usually against British and occasionally mainland European league sides, and were considered to be highly prestigious at the time. The fact that Ray, on several occasions, was judged to be among the best players in the league and worthy of selection is testament to his ability.
He made his debut in against a Scottish XI in a draw and would make several appearances for the league before a move to his next club, Ards based in the County Down town of Newtownards in Northern Ireland. The Northern Irish league was traditionally dominated by the bigger Belfast sides like Linfield and Glentoran, though Ards had enjoyed a league title success in the season. The town of Newtownards was overwhelmingly Protestant and it must have been somewhat daunting for a black, Catholic Dubliner venturing over the border in Ray would spend two seasons with Ards with the team itself struggling at the lower end of the Irish League table as well as brief unhappy spell with Portadown.
His next move would take him to the other end of the island, moving almost km south to Cork, where he would spend a season lining out for Cork Hibernians before moving again after the arrival of former Irish international Amby Fogarty as player-manager.
This move was to Drogheda F. During his time with Drogheda, Ray worked with some notable managers, first former Middlesboro player Arthur Fitzsimons who had previously coached the Libyan national team, and later, player-manager Mick Meagan; the tireless former Everton defender who combined these roles with his position as manager of Republic of Ireland national team. Meagan would bring in other experienced players such as Ronnie Whelan Sr.
They would make it to the Cup final ofbut by that stage Ray had moved on to pastures new.
Despite the drop down from senior football ranks, Ray, as both player and manager would still encounter players of real quality. Professional clubs also usually display players surnames or nicknames on their shirts, Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport when players typically wore thick cotton shirts, knickerbockers and heavy rigid leather boots.
The Laws of the Game set out the equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4. Five separate items are specified, shirt, shorts, socks, footwear, goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts.
While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify that these are required, shirts must have sleeves, and goalkeepers must wear shirts which are easily distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts may be worn, but must be the colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered entirely by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, and provide a reasonable degree of protection.
The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player. In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour. The England national team plays in red shirts even when it is not required.