Tom Neal - Charlie Spencer - Jack Weddle
Usworth Colliery, Leeds United & Hull City
Lived in 'The Flat Tops'
THOMAS WALKER NEAL
New Washington, 1910 - 1936
15 September 1936
Neal, a former Miner, joined Leeds in February 1931 from North-East side Usworth Colliery,
the club which produced Billy Furness. He was used as cover for Wilf Copping, Cyril Hornby and Bobby Browne in his five years at Leeds. He moved to Hull City in May 1936 but never made the Tigers' first team.
He suffered badly from severe head pains in the 1936 close season, was admitted into Newcastle Infirmary and never played senior football again. He died in 1936.
Tom Neal played for Leeds United in 18 Division One games and 3 FA Cup Ties.
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Washington Glebe Rovers, Washington Chemical Works,
Newcastle United, Manchester United & England
CHARLES WILLIAM SPENCER
Washington, Dec 1899 - Feb 1953
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One of the items in the collection is a Dinner Menu from a hotel in Brisbane, which named dishes
in honour of the England players, one of which was Cream of Tomato à la Spencer.
[ Evening Chronicle Press Clipping, courtesy of Washington History Society. ]
Portsmouth & Blackburn Rovers
JOHN ROBSON WEDDLE
Fatfield, 5 Nov 1905 - 1979
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Centre-Forward, Jack Weddle joined First Division Portsmouth in 1927 following trials with Middlesbrough.
On his debut in February 1928, he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Burnley.
Jack scored 6 hat-tricks for Portsmouth and finished as leading goalscorer in 7 of his 11 seasons at the Club,
scoring 184 goals in 396 appearances. He moved to Blackburn Rovers in the Summer of 1938.
On retirement, he became a coach at Ewood Park, holding the post for many years.
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