ALEC JACKSON largely forgotten now but what a player and what a history.
Born in “the rantine”, Scotland made his way with brother Walter across the Atlantic to play for Bethlehem Steel who were recruiting [& paying] Scottish “good uns” for an early american league. Made a big impact and on a summer return home was tapped to sign for Aberdeen. Capped for Scotland before he was 20. Scored the goal in a 1-0 win against England in 1926 and a hat trick in the 5-1 demolition at Wembley in 1928. By that time he had signed for triple league champions Huddersfield and was a losing cup finalist in 1928 & 1930. Signed for Chelsea in 1930 and they were over the moon to get him. Lining up alongside another all time great Hugh Gallacher, the team looked formidable but didn’t deliver. Tempting offers from France and the constraints of the maximum wage led to a stand off in 1932 with him effectively retired from the big time at 27.
A goal scoring winger with a winning smile. He would have been a sensation today.