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Willie Birrell
Willie Birrell
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Willie Birrell (Centre half, 1913-25) - Willie Birrell was centre-half in the Inverkeithing United side that won the 1913 Scottish Junior Cup final and Cowden signed him in that summer. He was a commanding presence in the 1913/14 League campaign, which culminated in Cowden winning the 2nd Division title. However, in December 1914, Willie enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders and departed for the front. In 1919 Willie Birrell was demobbed and returned to play regularly for Cowden. In 1921, he was awarded a testimonial match v Hearts. Thereafter, Willie Birrell remained a fixture in the Cowden side. He played a major role in Cowdenbeath's promotion success in 1924 and made his 1st Division bow in a royal blue jersey some 11 years after his debut for Cowdenbeath. Willie played his part as Cowden finished in a lofty 5th place. He played one final season in the League with St Bernards before hanging up his boots. Willie later emigrated to Canada where he worked for the Salada Tea Company. He died in December 1968.

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