From the thousands of young men who have played in the North Lancashire Leagues there are a small number who also played in the Football League and some who even played at International level for their countries.  For want of a better word I have named them “Giants” and they are listed below.  North Lancashire League teams are underlined and International teams are in green.  Every month an article on one of these fine young men will appear on the right.

Jack Crayston: Grange, Ulverston Town, Barrow, Bradford Park Avenue, Arsenal, England

Norman Joseph Winn: Lancaster Discharged, Morecambe, Bradford City, Chorley, Lancaster Town, Morecambe

Richard “Dickie” Bond: Royal Artillery, Preston North End, Bradford City, Blackburn Rovers, Lancaster Town,
Garstang Town, England

Billy Harrison: Marsh Wesleyans, Lancaster Town, Bury

George Grass: Bolton-le-Sands, Lancaster Town, Morecambe, Bury

Joe Myerscough: Galgate, Lancaster Town, Manchester United, Bradford Park Avenue

Ray Charnley: Red Rose Boys Club, Bolton-le-Sands, Morecambe, Blackpool, Preston North End, Wrexham, Bradford Park Avenue, England

Geoff Slack: Morecambe Grammar School Old Boys, Morecambe, Stockport County, Netherfield, Horwich RMI, Lancaster City

Ron Mitchell: Red Rose Boys Club, Bolton-le-Sands, Morecambe, Leeds United

Alan Spavin: Carnforth Juniors, Preston North End, Washington Diplomats, Morecambe, Dundalk

Alan Taylor: Bolton-le-Sands, Morecambe, Rochdale, West Ham United, Norwich City, Vancouver Whitecaps,
Cambridge United, Hull City, Burnley, Bury

Bill Holden: Burnley, Sunderland, Stockport County, Bury, Halifax Town, Lancaster Moor Hospital, England “B”

Albert Dainty: Standfast Dyers & Printers, Preston North End, Stockport County, Southport, Lancaster City, Morecambe, Bolton-le-Sands

Harry Sharratt: Wigan Athletic, Blackpool, Bishop Auckland, Oldham Athletic, Charlton Athletic, Nottingham Forest,
Caton United, Great Britain (1956 Olympics)

Raich Carter: Sunderland, Recce Regiment (North Lancs League), Derby County, Hull City, Cork Athletic, England

Peter Doherty: Coleraine, Glentoran, Blackpool, Royal Air Force (North Lancs League), Manchester City, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Doncaster Rovers, Northern Ireland

Alec Smith: Primrose Juniors, Morecambe Juniors, Weymouth, Accrington, Bolton Wanderers, Halifax Town,
Preston North End

Bill Holmes: Morecambe Grammar School Old Boys, Morecambe, Lancaster City, Blackburn Rovers,
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers, Great Britain (Olympics Helsinki), England Amateur International

Jack Lytham: Lancaster Corinthians, Lancaster Co-operative, Galgate, Dallas Road Old Boys, Lancaster Lads’ Club,
St Peter’s Old Boys, Chesterfield, Lancaster City, York City, Hull City

Albert Robinson: Caton United, Poole Town, Lancaster City, Morecambe, Bentham United, Ingleboro,
Crystal Palace

William Tyson: Blackburn Rovers, Accrington, Williamsons

Thomas Cornthwaite: Galgate, Bradford City, Bury

Charles Clark: Bentham Wanderers, Morecambe, Barrow, Ingleton, Morecambe

Dave Hodkinson: Red Rose Boys Club, Oldham Athletic, Morecambe, Lancaster

Joe Hodkinson: Lancaster St Mary’s, Lancaster, Glossop North End, Blackburn Rovers (£1,000 transfer fee in Jan 1913), Lancaster Town, England

John “Jackie” Clarke: New Mills, Oldham, Lancaster, Storeys

Tom Middleton: Nelson, Ingleboro

John Thompson: Barrow, Morecambe Park Villa


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