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Sunday, 8 November 2009

They Wore the Dark Blue for Club and Country - William Longair

This third such article in this series concentrates on William Longair- a Dundee FC Hall of Fame inductee. It is fair to say he was the original "Mr Dundee FC" given his incredible service to the club. He was an original member of the 1893 team and came from East End FC. There is a terrific article on him on the official website that recognises his contribution to the wonderful early history of the club.
William "Plum" Longair with the Dundee Charity Cup during his time with East End

William Longair was born in Dundee in July 1870 and had a couple of short spells in England before returning to his first love on each occasion. Indeed, his spell at Newton Heath was especially brief with 1 appearance, although he did notch 1 goal in the process.
As previously mentioned in the earlier "They Wore" articles, "Plum" (as he was known) was one of three Dundee players to be selected to play Ireland in Belfast on the 31st March 1894- the same day an under strength Dundee side were defeating "Dundonians" 6-0 at Carolina Port. Sadly it would be his only cap but, gladly, Scotland won the game 2-1 virtue of an Irish o.g. in the 25th minute and another goal 3 minutes later.

Longair's International Match:
Sat 31st March 1894- Ireland 1-2 Scotland, Cliftonville Grounds, Belfast, 6,000

Sadly, Plum would pass away aged only 56, but it is estimated that 20,000 lined the streets at his funeral- a quite remarkable fact and perhaps illustrates the regard in which he was held by the city's footballing public

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