Erich Schaedler

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Erich Schaedler
Personal information
Full name Erich Peter Schaedler
Date of birth (1949-08-06)6 August 1949
Place of birth Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of death 24 December 1985(1985-12-24) (aged 36)
Place of death Cardrona Forest, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1969 Stirling Albion 19 (1)
1969–1977 Hibernian 212 (2)
1977–1981 Dundee 103 (1)
1981–1985 Hibernian 87 (0)
1985 Dumbarton 14 (0)
Total 435 (4)
National team
1974 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Erich Peter Schaedler (6 August 1949 – 24 December 1985) was a Scottish professional footballer of German extraction, who played as a left back. Schaedler was the son of a German POW.[1][2]

Born in Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Schaedler started his career at Stirling Albion in 1969 before moving to Hibernian later that year. It was at Easter Road that he would enjoy his greatest success, forming part of the "Turnbull's Tornadoes" side that won the Drybrough Cup then League Cup in 1972–73, and the Drybrough Cup in 1973–74. This side also finished second in the Scottish League in consecutive seasons.[1]

Schaedler was awarded his only Scotland cap during this period, against West Germany.[1] He was selected in the squad for the 1974 FIFA World Cup but did not play in the tournament.[3]

Schaedler moved to Dundee in 1977, where he collected his final medal, for a First Division championship, in 1978–79. He returned to Hibs in 1981, playing for four seasons before moving to Dumbarton. Schaedler was still playing senior football when he committed suicide on Christmas Eve 1985 in the Cardrona Forest. He died aged only 36.[1]

References[edit]

"Shades: The Short Life And Tragic Death Of Erich Schaedler" by Colin Leslie; Black and White Publishing, October 2013. ISBN 9781845025410

  1. ^ a b c d Forsyth, Paul (19 December 2010). "Profile: Erich Schaedler, Hibernian hero". Scotland On Sunday. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sporting Q & A". The Independent. 21 February 1999. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "1974 FIFA World Cup Germany - Scotland". FIFA. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 

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