Alex Raisbeck a popular manager


Saturday, September 17 – 1927
Undoubtedly the most talked of team at the moment is Bristol City, who, promoted from the Southern Section only last May, has carried all before it in every match yet played. Manager Alex Raisbeck is one of the popular personalities in football and the success which has attended his efforts in building up a side worthy of the great West Country city has given untold pleasure to his many friends and admirers.
Alex Raisbeck was one of the greatest centre-halves the game has known, for he played six times for Scotland against England, and once against Wales. He was in his prime as a player from 1900 to 1908, during which period Liverpool never had a more talented half back on their list. When his playing career was over he became secretary-manager of Hamilton Academicals, and came south in 1921 to take over the helm at Ashton Gate.

He has had an uphill fight, but his red hair has always been proverbial for pluck, and his Scottish brains have made him an astute spotter of talent, so that in course of time he has built up the team that is to-day the talk of the Second Division. Yet to me the most amazing part of Alex Raisbeck’s work is that it has been done for a club that not so very long ago had real domestic trouble and strife. He has handicaps to overcome which few people will ever realise to the full.
(Derby Daily Telegraph, 17-09-1927)

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