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Alex Menzies
Alex Menzies
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Staff Biography

Alex ‘Ming’ Menzies (Half back, 1948-55) – Lord Ewing of Kirkford once said, ‘If you were to cut Ming in half, like a stick of Blackpool rock he would have 'Cowdenbeath' printed around his waist’. Alex Menzies was born in Cowdenbeath. He played with the Cowdenbeath Welfare Boys Club, Kelty St Josephs, Lochgelly Violet, Thorntree United and Dumbarton before joining Cowden in 1948. Ming was a resolute, tough-tackling wing-half and was soon appointed club captain. He was to be the bedrock of the side throughout his 7 years at Central Park. Alex Menzies went on to play in 175 League-games for Cowdenbeath over 7 seasons. He later played with St Johnstone, Stirling Albion and Alloa before the days of ‘the Ming Dynasty’ came to an end in 1961. Ming continued to live in Cowdenbeath and was a well-known local personality. He acted as a scout for Cowdenbeath for some time. In November 1990 Alex Menzies died. Subsequently, Lord Ewing recommended that the new stand being built at Central Park be named after Alex Menzies and this suggestion was adopted by the club.

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