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Adam Blacklaw

Personal information
Full nameAdam Smith Blacklaw
Date of birth2 September 1937
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
Date of death28 February 2010(age 72)
Height5 ft 11½ in
Playing positionGoalkeeper (retired)

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Adam Smith Blacklaw (2 September 1937 - 28 February 2010) was a Scottish professional football player who played as a goalkeeper.

Blacklaw joined the Burnley ground staff as a schoolboy apprentice in 1954, directly from Frederick Street School in Aberdeen, earning a professional contract in October of that year. He made his first-team debut on 22 December 1956 and spent over ten seasons with the Clarets. During this time he earned a League championship medal in season 1959-60 and an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1962. Blacklaw weighed around 15 stone, giving him a great advantage at a time when goalkeepers had less protection than they do nowadays. He joined Blackburn Rovers for £15,000 at the start of the 1967-68 season and stayed for three years before finishing his career with short spells at Blackpool in season 1970-71 and moving into the non-league game with Great Harwood in season 1971-72.

Blacklaw represented Scotland at schoolboy level 3 times, at Under-23 level and also at full international level. He made his debut in a 4-3 defeat by Norway on 4 June 1963 and gained a further two caps. Scotland defeated Spain nine days later, on 13 June 1963 with a 6-2 victory in Madrid and Blacklaw's final appearance for Scotland was on 7 December 1965 in Naples, where they lost 3-0 to Italy. Blacklaw's first two international matches, against Norway and Spain respectively, were friendlies and his third and final cap against Italy was a FIFA World Cup qualifying match.

Blacklaw died on 28 February 2010. For their fixture away to Arsenal F.C. on 6 March 2010 the players wore black armbands in memory of him.

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