Alec Cheyne

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Alec Cheyne
Personal information
Full name Alexander George Cheyne
Date of birth (1907-04-28)28 April 1907
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 5 July 1983(1983-07-05) (aged 76)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Shettleston Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1930 Aberdeen 127 (48)
1930–1932 Chelsea 60 (11)
1932–1934 Nîmes
1934–1936 Chelsea 9 (2)
1937–1939 Colchester United 64 (35)
National team
1929–1930 Scotland 5 (4)
1929 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1949–1955 Arbroath
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alexander George "Alec" Cheyne (28 April 1907 – 5 July 1983) was a Scottish footballer who played as an inside-forward. He is reputed to have been responsible for the Hampden Roar following his goal in the 'Cheyne International' of 1929.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Cheyne began as a professional for Aberdeen, signing in 1925 from Shettleston Juniors. During his time at Pittodrie he became an idol of the locals, and his goals helped improve the team from regular mid-table finishes to third place in his final season.[3]

Chelsea and Nimes[edit]

He joined David Calderhead's Chelsea in 1930 for a club record fee of £6,000 but, despite playing alongside other talented forwards such as Hughie Gallacher and Alex Jackson,[4] he struggled to settle.

He joined French club Nîmes Olympique in 1932. He returned to Chelsea two years later, finally leaving in 1936.


Cheyne won five caps for the Scottish national team, scoring four goals, including a hat-trick against Norway and a goal direct from a corner – a feat which was only legalised the season before – against England. This last is credited with starting the 'Hampden Roar': as Scotland were playing with only ten players and there was less than a minute remaining of the game, the crowd of over 110,000 took up a roar of encouragement, which continued until well after the final whistle and subsequently became a common sound at Scotland home games. Cheyne is reported to have made scoring from corners something of a speciality, having performed the feat twice more for his club side the following season.[2]

Coaching and management[edit]

Upon retiring Cheyne moved into coaching, initially with Chelmsford City winning trophies in the Southern Football League. He then became manager of Arbroath though without success.



Colchester United[5][6]


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  2. ^ a b Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 Years of The Dons: the official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903–2003. Hodder and Stoughton. pp. 122–123. ISBN 0-340-82344-5. 
  3. ^ Smith, Paul (2007). The Legends of Aberdeen. Breedon Books. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-85983-575-3. 
  4. ^ Hughie Gallacher profile on "Queens Legends" on the official Queen of the South FC website
  5. ^ "Southern League Honours". 
  6. ^ "Southern League Cup Honours". 

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