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Willie Lancaster
Willie Lancaster
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Willie 'Lanky' Lancaster (Outside right, 1910-1922) – Born in Alloa. The diminutive Willie Lancaster was signed by Alloa in 1908. He turned to football after a spell at Epsom as an apprentice jockey. He was also an expert billiards player. Willie produced a series of good performances on the wing for the Wasps and Cowden took him to North End Park in 1910. The midget wingman quickly became a real crowd pleaser at Cowdenbeath with his tricky dribbling and goal sense. Lanky was an integraI part of the side which enjoyed so much success both before and during the Great War. He played in 3 championship winning Cowden sides. In 1917, he joined the Royal Navy and whilst stationed in London played for Crystal Palace. After the War, Lanky remained a regular and played for Cowden in the 1920 Qualifying Cup final at Ibrox. In 1921, he enjoyed a benefit match v Dunfermline. A year later, after almost 12 years with Cowden, Lanky was transferred to Clackmannan. He scored 38 league goals in the period 1910 to 1915 for Cowden.

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