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Bob Middleton
Bob Middleton
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Bob Middleton (Goalkeeper, 1928-30) - Cowdenbeath had suffered a heavy blow with John Falconer's injury. However, the signing of Bob Middleton of Brechin City as a replacement was an inspired move. Bob’s lithe and athletic goalkeeping displays attracted the Scottish selectors to Central Park and in February 1930, he became the first Cowdenbeath player to be capped by Scotland when he played in Scotland's 3-1 win over Ireland. For the next International v England, Middleton was reserve to Jack Harkness. As ever, the English scouts hovered around Central Park and it was only a matter of time before Cowden succumbed to their blandishments. Sunderland purchased Bob Middleton for a 2,000 fee. Bob Middleton played 66 times for Sunderland over the next 3 seasons without ever quite emulating his Cowdenbeath form. Later, he had spells with Burton Town and Chester. He then became a member of the Brechin City board. Bob Middleton died in his native Brechin in 1984.

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