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Alex Parker Rip

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Sad to say the best tackling full back I ever say in the RBJ has died at home in Gretna. He was a stalwart of our 62/63 team and was known through out the leagues for his ability to slide a tackle and come out with the ball every time. The late George Best said the he was one of the few backs that scared him. Alex was never the quickest but what he did have was timing, superb timing. Injuries suffered in the RB cause meant that he spent many years on crutches and he eventually lost a leg last year. We used to call him the Falkirk Falcon, swoop and he have the ball, RIP Alex and thanks for being a truly great blue

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"Parker moved to Merseyside in 1958 when Everton paid £18,000 for his transfer. Although his Toffees debut was delayed by his requirement to fulfil National Service in Cyprus, he eventually became a stalwart in the side which won the 1962-63 League Championship. Parker left Goodison Park in 1965, joining Southport for £2,000".

R.I.P Alex.

 

 

 

Sad to see him leave us at the time but it gave a chance to a local fullback, who came through the ranks to be another long serving player with us and a good one, that was Tommy Wright.

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A truly great full back,I think he invented the sliding tackle he had it of to perfection.He and George Thompson in the left back position formed a very good Scotish full back team. RIP

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