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    Ex Players day to remember 

    Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:37:44 AM

    Visitors to Recreation Park on Saturday were, Rob White (John White’s son), Eddie “Edwin”  White (John White’s brother who played for both Alloa Athletic & Falkirk), Archie Murphy (who played for Alloa Athletic alongside John White) his wife Margaret, Jimmy (one of Archie’s footballing brothers) and his daughter Helen and son in law Jon Rubber who have made the trip from Jersey. The club were delighted the party could join them for the derby game against Falkirk a club John White and his brother Edwin both played for along with “The Wasps”. It will be very exciting for Edwin and Archie coming back to Recreation Park after such a long while, with many memories of the past.  Archie celebrated his 81st birthday, yesterday on the 21st March, we hope they all had a day to remember.

    Archie Murphy – left half with Alloa Athletic 1956 -1962

    Signed for Alloa Athletic 19th September, 1956 from Armadale Thistle

    Born on 21st March, 1933, now 81 years old

    Appearances for Alloa Athletic  

    Season 1956/57              LG    29 (-)  1        LC   0 (-)   0        SC       3   (-)   0

    Season 1957/58              LG    36 (-)  3      LC    0 (-)   0        SC      1    (-)   0

    Season 1958/59              LG    32 (-)  5      LC    5 (-)   0        SC      0    (-)   0

    Season 1959/60              LG     35 (-)  2     LC     5 (-)   2       SC      1    (-)   0

    Season 1960/61              LG     26 (-)  1     LC     5 (-)   0       SC      0    (-)   0

    Season 1961/62              LG     32 (-)  1     LC     4 (-)   0       SC      1    (-)   0

     

    Totals                              LG  190 (-)  13    LC   22  (-)  2      SC      6    (-)    0

    Complete                           218   (-)   15

    Moved to Cowdenbeath  23rd June, 1962

    Archie Murphy joined Alloa Athletic two months prior to John White, who moved to Recreation Park from Bonnyrigg Rose in November, 1956. It didn’t take the players too long to build up a partnership.

    Exert from Clyde Match Programme – 30th March, 1957

    Archie Murphy has struck up a partnership with John White and many of Alloa’s raids are engineered on the left wing. What was ironic about that statement as John White appeared mainly as No. 8 for Alloa, while Archie donned either No. 6 or No. 11 shirt which was also worn by Eric Walker.

    Exert from Ayr United match Programme – 12th October, 1957

    The visitors half back line of – Murphy, Kidd & Vint is a formidable obstacle, as well as quite giving a service to their forwards, Archie Murphy managed to notch one of the goals last week against St. Johnstone in a fine 2-0 victory for The Wasps. John White at inside-right is another to watch.

    Exert from Alloa Athletic Match Programme v. Arbroath – 13th September, 1958

    The new goalposts at Recreation Park are a gift of Mr George Mathewson, proprietor of The Station Hotel, Alloa and president of the Supporters Association.

    Also – John White will be a noticeable absentee from The Wasps frontline, he is currently on duty with the Scottish Command XI at Cowdenbeath.

    Exert from Alloa Athletic Match Programme v. Forfar Athletic  - 18th October, 1958

    Centre Forward in the Wasps line up today is Marshall Gibb from manager Jerry Kerr signed from Armadale Thistle, where he previously brought Archie Murphy.

    Exert from Alloa Athletic Match Programme v. Ayr United  - 21st February, 1959

    Our Scottish Cup Tie with Brechin City ended victoriously, we now go forward to meet Third Lanark at Cathkin Park next Saturday, incidentally our Scottish Cup attendance v. Brechin City, at just under 3,000 is our largest home gate this season.

    Eddie “Edwin” White – Centre Forward 1961

    Signed for Alloa Athletic on 10th Jan, 1961 on a one months trial, previously had played with Musselburgh Athletic, Falkirk 1957 -59 when he made 19 appearances and scored 13 goals, then moved to Bradford City 1959 – 60 where he made four appearances and scored once, then followed a short spell with Arbroath in 1960 – 61 before joining “The Wasps” in 1961.

    Born on 13th April, 1935, now 78 years old.

    Appearances for Alloa Athletic

    Season 1961/62     LG 3  (-)  1         LC    0 (-)   0       SC    4 (-)  1   Total   7  appearances (-)  2  goals

    Exert from Alloa Journal 13th January, 1961

    Eddie White, 25 year old centre forward, signed on a months trial formerly of Falkirk, Bradford City & Arbroath he will make his debut against Queen’s Park tomorrow reports Alloa manager Archie “Curly” McPherson.

    Exert from Alloa Journal 20th January, 1961

    Bulkier than his brother John, Eddie showed determination and was full of running, Willie Mclean netted twice in 4-1 victory over Queens Park, with White also notching a goal on his debut.

    Exert from Alloa Journal 3rd February, 1961

    The Wasps kicked off their Scottish Cup this season with a local derby against East Stirlingshire at Recreation Park, the game was a cracker with the home side edging the game 5-4 thanks to a Neil Martin hat-trick, the crowd was a disappointing 2,438 with gate receipts £ 208.

    Exert from Alloa Journal 3rd March, 1961

    White netted Alloa’s second goal against Forfar Athletic in the 55th minute after keeper McKay had failed to hold a Pat Foley shot, the game looked over but “The Wasps” what a hard job they made of reaching the Scottish Cup Quarter Finals as the game ended 2-1.

    Exert from Alloa Journal 17th March, 1961

    After the disappointment of losing to Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Cup Quarter finals it appears Eddie White might have played his last game for “The Wasps” but what a find they have discovered in Neil Martin who having moved further forward has caught the eye with his goal scoring exploits.

    Dunfermline Athletic did that season go onto the Scottish Cup Final where they defeated Glasgow Celtic 2-0 to lift the trophy under the guidance of manager Jock Stein, who would later move to manage Celtic. Playing for Dunfermline Athletic in the final was Dan McLindon who would later go on to manage Alloa Athletic.

    Archie Murphy gets his foot back on the ball!



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