Ken McPherson

We regret to report the death of Ken McPherson, a centre forward who had a short but well-remembered spell at Meadow Lane.

He was a former paratrooper, easily identified with flame-coloured hair, who Notts plucked him from the obscurity of non-league football with Horden Colliery Weflare in West Hartlepool in 1950 and, for a couple of seasons, he played in the reserve team, understudying Tommy Lawton.

When he got his senior chance in 1952-53 he took it with relish, scoring four goals

against Blackburn Rovers in the December of that season, helping Notts to romp to a 5-0 triumph.

He continued to show a remarkable scoring touch, with a total of seven goals in five games and at the end of the season finished with 14 goals in 19 League and Cup appearances.

It drew him to the attention of other clubs and, before the start of the following campaign, Middlesbrough paid £15,000 to take him back to the North East. In a career spanning five League clubs he amassed 117 goals in 382 appearances, as well as playing for New York side Americans during the close season.

Ken died on 5 February, a month short of his 91st birthday, and his funeral takes place at Wilford Hill at 12.40 p.m. on Thursday 15 March.

We offer our since condolences to his wife Connie, son Dean and other members of the family and friends.

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