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Albert Buick

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Full nameAlbert Thoroughgood Buick
Place of birthArbroath, Scotland
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionCentre-half

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Albert Thoroughgood Buick (17 January 1875 25 March 1948) was a Scottish footballer who played with Arbroath, Heart of Midlothian and Portsmouth.

Born in Arbroath, Buick started his career with home-town Arbroath F.C., where he stayed until 1896. In July of that year he joined Hearts, answering an advertisement from the then reigning Scottish Cup holders. He appeared infrequently as Hearts won the 1896-97 League title but became a more regular player the following season. He played in Hearts 1900-01 Scottish Cup win, where the Edinburgh side defeated Celtic 4-3 in the final and was club captain by the time the side reached the 1902-03 final, where they lost to Rangers.

Buick's appearance led many commentators to consider him an unlikely defender. He measured only 5 foot 7 inches tall, had a slight stoop and his long, gangly arms earned him the nickname "spider". However, his all-action style and stamina earned him many admirers and two caps for the Scottish national team in March 1902. These came against Ireland and Wales and Buick scored in both games as Scotland won 5-1 on each occasion. The stature of his contemporary and rival for the centre-half position, Alex Raisbeck, was said to have ensured he didn't win more honours.

Buick moved south to Southern Football League side Portsmouth in 1903 and was eventually joined by six former Hearts team-mates. He spent eight season with Pompey, most notably helping the team to an upset victory over Manchester United in an 1906-07 FA Cup replay.

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