José Gallego (footballer, born 1923)
|Full name||José Augustin Gallego|
|Date of birth||8 April 1923|
|Place of birth||Errenteria, Spain|
|Date of death||17 September 2006(aged 83)|
|Place of death||Cambridge, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Outside forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Gallego was born in Errenteria in the Basque Country in Spain. His father was a Spanish government worker who fled to England as a refugee in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Gallego arrived in England as a 14-year-old along with his three sisters and his younger brother, Antonio, who was also to have a short career as a professional footballer, as a goalkeeper with Norwich City.
The family settled in Cambridge where José first played football with Cambridge City in 1942. In 1945, he was joined by Antonio in the Cambridge City side, now coached by former West Ham United, Southampton and England forward Vic Watson and in 1946 the team won the East Anglian Cup.
In the summer of 1948, he moved to fellow Second Division club, Southampton. Although he scored on his debut for the reserve team, he made only one first-team appearance when he replaced the injured Wilf Grant at outside-left in a 3–0 defeat at Barnsley on 2 October 1948. Gallego was the seventh player that season to have worn the No. 11 shirt, before Grant returned for the next match. Although his debut was described as "most promising" and "deserving another try", Gallego suffered from a cracked ankle after being given a "hard time" by the Barnsley full-back and decided to quit full-time professional football.
Southampton tried to sell him to Exeter City in the summer of 1950, but Gallego refused and instead joined Colchester United along with his Southampton team–mate Bill Rochford. Colchester were embarking on their first season in the Football League, but Gallego only made four appearances before dropping down to non-league football.
Career outside football
Gallego worked for thirty years for the Gas Board in Cambridge as a meter inspector and continued to play golf until well after his 80th birthday.
Gallego died on 17 September 2006 at the age of 83.
- Barry Hugman's Footballers - Jose Gallego
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- "Joe Gallego R.I.P.". Cambridge United FC. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2012.[dead link]