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Willie Buchan

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Full nameWilliam Ralston Murray Buchan
Playing positionInside-forward

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William Ralston Murray "Willie" Buchan (October 17, 1914 - July 6, 2003) was a Scottish professional football player and manager. He played for Celtic, Blackpool, Hull City, Gateshead, Coleraine and East Stirlingshire.

Buchan signed professional forms with Celtic in 1933 and spent four years with the Glasgow club, winning the Scottish League Division One championship with them in 1935 36 and the Scottish Cup in 1937.

In 1937, Buchan signed for Joe Smith's Blackpool for £10,000, then a record transfer fee involving a Scottish club, making his debut on November 20, 1937, in a 2 0 defeat at local rivals Preston North End. He scored his first goals for the club two games later, in a 2 2 draw at Middlesbrough on December 4. He went on to score ten more goals in the 23 remaining games of the league season and, with his total twelve goals, finished joint-top scorer with Bobby Finan (see Blackpool F.C. season 1937 38).

The following season, 1938 39, he finished joint-top scorer again, this time with new signing Jock Dodds, the pair scoring ten goals apiece. During the first of six seasons of inter-war football that followed, Buchan returned to Glasgow in an attempt to re-join Celtic, but the club showed little enthusiasm. He instead joined his local team, Stenhousemuir, as a guest player. When the club closed down for the duration of the war, Buchan returned to England to become a PT instructor in the Royal Air Force.

At the end of the war, Buchan returned to Blackpool. In Buchan's final season at the seaside, 1947 48, he made fourteen appearances in a start-stop season, his place in the line-up restricted due to the form of Stan Mortensen, Stanley Matthews and Ernie Taylor. His four goals game in two games: two in a 2 2 draw with Wolves on September 6, 1947, and two (one a penalty) in a 3 1 victory over Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on November 29. His final appearance for the club occurred on May 1, 1948, the final day of the league season, in a 7 0 demolition of Preston North End at Deepdale.

Buchan joined Hull for the start of the 1948 49 campaign. In his only season with the club, he made forty league appearances, scoring twelve goals.

In 1949, he joined Gateshead, with whom he made 88 league appearances and scored 16 goals. After a short spell as player-manager of Northern Irish club Coleraine, Buchan finished his career in his native Scotland with East Stirlingshire.

Buchan died on July 6, 2003, aged 88.

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