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Alec McClure

Alec McClure
Personal information
Full nameAlexander McClure
Date of birth3 April 1892
Place of birthWorkington, England
Date of deathAugust 1973 (aged 81)
Place of deathBirmingham, England
Playing positionCentre-half

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Alexander "Alec" McClure (3 April 1892 August 1973) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre-half. He played for Birmingham both before and after the First World War, making 198 appearances in all competitions, and helped them to the championship of the Second Division in 1920 21.

Born in Workington, Cumberland, McClure was a powerful player with good positional ability, who captained the reserve team before establishing himself as club captain and linchpin of the first team's defence. He played for the Football League XI in 1921 22 against the Irish Football League. After leaving Birmingham he went on to play for four other Midlands teams, Aston Villa, Stoke, Coventry City and Walsall. On retiring from playing he worked for short periods as trainer at various clubs, including trainer of Birmingham's juniors, and in 1932 he was appointed assistant manager of the club under Leslie Knighton and later under George Liddell. After leaving football he worked for Rudge motorcycles and went on to run a successful haulage business in Small Heath, Birmingham.

During the First World War McClure served in the Royal Navy and was involved in the Zeebrugge Raid. He died in Birmingham at the age of 81.

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