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Hall of Fame: vote for the standout player of 1910s

24 September 2019

Club News

Hall of Fame: vote for the standout player of 1910s

24 September 2019

Voting for the 1910s Hall of Fame nominee is now open. This will be the fourth fan nomination to the Rovers Hall of Fame as we look to induct 14 new faces - one per decade - as part of our 140 year celebrations.

This will be the 21st Rovers legend to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, to read up on all the others please click here.

Voting closes 4.30pm on Friday September 27 and the winner will be announced at our special 140 year celebration match against Portsmouth on October 5.

This week, supporters are invited to vote for the standout player of the 1910s from a four-man shortlist which was compiled by Rovers historian John Coyle.



Centre-forward Victor came from Rotherham and joined Rovers from fellow Midland League side Rotherham Town at the start of the 1909-10 season. He only made 15 League appearances in his first season but scored an impressive nine goals. The following season he finished joint top-scorer (with Billy Jex) with 23 League goals and he added 19 more in 1911-12. He subsequently moved on to Gainsborough Trinity. After World War One he made 43 Football League appearances for Exeter City, by now playing as a half-back.



The son of a quarry owner from near Sheffield, Laurie joined Rovers in 1907 as an amateur after playing for Sheffield FC and Wednesday Reserves. He was appointed captain straight away and managed 14 League goals in a successful first season. Over the next three seasons he contributed a total of 37 League goals, playing as a winger or inside-forward. He was immensely popular with his team-mates, especially after he presented each of them with a rabbit just before Christmas 1907. In February 1911 he and his brother, who also represented Rovers, emigrated to Canada to run a farm, but he returned for a brief spell with Rovers in 1913-14 while on holiday.



 A much travelled inside-forward, Billy had three seasons at Rovers in three separate spells. He joined Rovers from Norwich City in 1908 and announced himself with 20 goals in 27 League games before moving to local rivals Rotherham Town. He came back in 1910 and finished joint top-scorer in the League with Victor Green (23 goals) as well as scoring a hat-trick in a FA Cup tie. After spells with Gainsborough Trinity, then in the Football League, and Croydon Common (Southern League) he came back to Rovers for 1913-14, and finished top scorer, albeit with only six goals.



A member of a Derby football family, Billy joined Rovers in 1910 having made 50 Football League appearances for Gainsborough Trinity and Sheffield United. His experience made him an obvious choice for captain when Laurie Bramall emigrated. Over three seasons he scored 20 League goals and from the left-wing he created many more. He captained the Rovers team that won the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Challenge Cup in 1912 when they beat Sheffield United Reserves 3-0 at Wath-on-Dearne. By then Billy had been joined in the team by his older brother Harry, an experienced goalkeeper.


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