Gus Alexander

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Gus Alexander
Personal information
Full name Angus Charles Alexander[1]
Date of birth 10 January 1934[1]
Place of birth Arbroath, Scotland
Date of death 3 January 2010(2010-01-03) (aged 75)[2]
Place of death Workington, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1957 Burnley 0 (0)
1957–1958 Southport 14 (1)
1958–1959 Workington 49 (4)
1959–1960 York City 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Angus Charles Alexander (10 January 1934 – 3 January 2010) was a Scottish footballer who played as a wing half.

He joined Burnley in 1950 as an amateur, signing as a professional a year later. He made no first team appearances for Burnley after leaving for Southport in 1957. After less than a year at Southport, he moved to Workington, where he made nearly 50 league appearances. A move to York City saw him finish his Football League career, where he made seven appearances. After retiring from football, Alexander worked in the steel industry for a number of years before retiring in the 1990s.


Born in Arbroath, Angus, Alexander started his career with Arbroath YC before joining Burnley as an amateur on 5 July 1950 and signing a professional contract on 25 January 1951.[2] Although he was considered an understudy to Jimmy McIlroy,[4] he made no first team appearances for Burnley, and served his National Service from 1952 to 1954 in Cyprus and Suez while playing football for the British Army.[2][3] After completing his military service, he joined Southport for a four-figure fee in July 1957.[2] He made 14 appearances and scored one goal in the league before the club placed him on the transfer list because he was dissatisfied with playing reserve team football.[1][2] He signed for Workington in February 1958 in exchange for Tommy Kinloch,[5] making 49 appearances and scoring four goals in the league.[1]

Alexander joined York City in June 1959 as part of an exchange deal which saw Tom Brownlee move to Workington.[3] After making seven appearances for York he left the club in 1960, and subsequently worked for the Distington Engineering Company.[3] He had trials with his former club Workington in December 1961, but the club was unable to afford to sign him.[3] He made no further professional appearances. After working in the steel industry for 14 years and then at a printing firm, he took early retirement in the early 1990s.[4] He died in Workington on 3 January 2010 at the age of 75 after suffering from an illness.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 18. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile : Gus Alexander". Southport F.C. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Jarred, Martin; Windross, Dave (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922-1997. Citizen Publications. p. 6. ISBN 0-9531005-0-2. 
  4. ^ a b c "Obituary - Gus Alexander, of Workington". Times & Star. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ Tommy Kinloch career at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database