Alec Gaskell

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Alec Gaskell
Personal information
Full name Alexander Gaskell
Date of birth (1932-07-30)30 July 1932[1]
Place of birth Leigh, England
Date of death 14 March 2014(2014-03-14) (aged 81)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949-1951 Manchester United 0 (0)
1951–1953 Southport 44 (18)
1953-1954 Newcastle United 1 (0)
1954-1956 Mansfield Town 42 (17)
1956–1957 Grantham Town
1957 Tranmere Rovers 6 (6)
1957-1959 Rhyl
1959-1960 Wigan Rovers
1960-1962 Mossley 50 (28)
1962 Winsford United

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Alexander 'Alec' Gaskell (30 July 1932 - 14 March 2014 ) was an English professional footballer. He played in the Football League for Southport, Newcastle United, Mansfield Town and Tranmere Rovers.

Club career[edit]

Gaskell joined Manchester United as an amateur. He joined Mossley on trial in 1950, but remained on the Red Devils' books the following year, when he left the club to join Southport. He scored 18 goals in two seasons there. In 1953, he joined Newcastle United, but his only appearance for the Magpies came in a Boxing Day tie against Middlesbrough, where he was standing in for the injured Jackie Milburn and Alan Monkhouse. In 1954, he joined Mansfield Town. He scored 17 goals in two seasons there. On leaving Mansfield, he joined non-league Grantham Town in 1956. He left Grantham in May 1957,[2] initially returning to Bolton to try to get back into league football, which he did with Tranmere Rovers later that year. Despite scoring six goals in six games, Gaskell left to join Rhyl.

He had a spell at Wigan Rovers, and then joined Mossley in 1960. He scored 28 times in 50 games for Mossley.[3] He retired in 1962, after sustaining a broken wrist at Winsford United. He later found work as a cable manufacturer, working in Quality Control at the BICC complex in Leigh.

Gaskell died at the age of 81 on 14 March 2014. At the time of his death, he was living in Cheshire.[4]


  1. ^ "Alec Gaskell". Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "The way we were". The Grantham Journal. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Complete A-Z of players 1919–2010: Gabrielson to Gurney". Mossley A.F.C. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Alec Gaskell (1932-2014)". Newcastle United. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.