Walsall player. 420. Alexander “Alec” McClure


Alexander “Alec” McClure (3 April 1892 – August 1973) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre half. He played for Birmingham both before and after the First World War, making 198 appearances in all competitions, and helped them to the championship of the Second Division in 1920–21. He also played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Stoke, Coventry City and Walsall.

Birmingham City

Birmingham City

Born in Workington, Cumberland, McClure was a powerful player with good positional ability, who captained the reserve team before establishing himself as club captain and linchpin of the first team’s defence. He played for the Football League XI in 1921–22 against the Irish Football League. After leaving Birmingham he went on to play for four other Midlands teams, Aston Villa, Stoke, Coventry City and Walsall. On retiring from playing he worked for short periods as trainer at various clubs, including trainer of Birmingham’s juniors, and in 1932 he was appointed assistant manager of the club under Leslie Knighton and later under George Liddell. After leaving football he worked for Rudge motorcycles and went on to run a successful haulage business in Small Heath, Birmingham.
During the First World War McClure served in the Royal Navy and was involved in the Zeebrugge Raid. He died in Birmingham at the age of 81.

Youth career
Grangetown Juniors
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1912–1923 Birmingham 192 (4)
1923–1924 Aston Villa 7 (0)
1924–1926 Stoke 28 (0)
1926–1928 Coventry City 49 (7)
1928 Walsall 11 (0)
Total 287 (11)
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