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Cowdenbeath FC Remembers


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Cowdenbeath FC Remembers

PostedNovember 11, 2011

The club and its supporters will once again be represented by members of the Board and players at the Cowdenbeath Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday. On Saturday,the players willwear the special edition shirt witha poppy embroidered onto it as we remember all those who gave their lives for our country and all those who have served or are serving in the UK Armed Forces. Over the years of course, many, many Cowdenbeath FC officials, players and fans have served in this way and their contribution and service is not forgotten and is honoured by Cowdenbeath FC.

We ask all our fans to also remember in their thoughts on that day ex-Cowdenbeath full back George Jordan. George was a member of the Cowdenbeath side which won the 2nd Division Championship in 1939. He preferred to stay at Central Park rather than accept a transfer to Arsenal in 1938. In 1940, when Cowden closed down for the War, he joined the Army. Several English and Scottish clubs sought his services on a guest basis but he refused to consider playing elsewhere. Private 2759374 George Jordan of the 7th Battalion, the Black Watch was killed on active service in North West France on Saturday 8 July 1944. He is buried in the Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados. Ranville was the first French village liberated on D-Day. He was only 27 years of age.

From the 1st World War, we commemorate the sacrifice of Charlie Scott. Signed from Hearts of Beath, Charlie played for his local club Cowdenbeath for two seasons. In 1907, he was transferred to East Fife. During the Great War, he served as a lance corporal in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and died on the Somme on 10 August 1916. He is buried in the Gordon Dump Cemetery, 2 miles from Albert. His name is on the monument that overlooks Cowdenbeath from the top of the hill.

Finally, we also honour George Gardiner Scott who was born in Park Avenue, in 1915. He attended Lumphinnans Primary School and was chosen to represent Cowdenbeath and District Schools. George was impressive enough to be selected to represent Scotland in the schools internationals v Wales at Swansea, versus England at Ibrox, and then to captain the Scotland team when they travelled to Belfast to take on Ireland. After this he joined Cowdenbeath juvenile club Parkview Rangers. He then was signed provisionally by Scott Duncan for Cowdenbeath and farmed out to St Andrew’s United in the juniors. Duncan’s waygoing and subsequent boardroom changes though meant George was never called up by Cowden. He therefore played junior for St Andrew’s United before moving to Lochgelly Albert in 1933.

He went senior with East Fife and then joined Aberdeen in 1937. He played at Aberdeen until War broke out. George joined the RAF as a volunteer in 1941 and went to Canada for training. His family lived then at 260 Perth Road, Cowdenbeath. He was subsequently based at RAF Kinloss with 19 Operational Training Unit. On 26th July 1942, Sgt Observer George Scott was part of the crew of the bomber Whitley BD349 which took off on a training mission. The aircraft suffered engine failure and crashed near Tain bursting into flames. George was reported missing initially but his body was never found. 1117206 Sergeant Observer George Scott is commemorated on panel 93 of the Runnymede Memorial (the RAF memorial to aircrew with no known grave) and on the Cowdenbeath WWII War Memorial at the front of Cowdenbeath Town House. George Scott’s name was also added to the Aberdeen FC War Memorial at Pittodrie in November 2010.

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