Alec Law

Alec Law

The unfortunate Alec Law broke his collar-bone on three occasions in an injury-prone career and also suffered a fractured leg while playing for the Albion against Crystal Palace in April 1936. Yet, despite the setbacks, he maintained a highly creditable scoring-rate, and his record of 40 goals in just 74 games compares with the best in Albion history.

Although born in West Lothian, Alec came to prominence in the Lanarkshire League with Fauldhouse United and went on to sign for First Division Sheffield Wednesday. In three seasons at Hillsborough, the Scottish centre-forward had just nine League outings, scoring four goals, and came south to join the Albion in June 1935.

Bringing the best out of his wingers with raking passes to either flank, Alec was an accomplished leader of the attack, and his speed off the mark enabled him to score at better than a goal game for Albion. In his first first season he led the scorers with 27 goals from 39 games, including two hat-tricks and a four-goal haul at home to Notts County but then his season was abruptly ended by the broken leg.

Sadly, he was never the same player again, and on his recovery he was forced to play second fiddle to Jock Davie. Moving to Chester in the Third Division (North) in June 1939, Alec found his career effectively ended by the outbreak of war.

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