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Rover of the Day: Wilf Shaw

21 April 2020

Wilf Shaw born on April 21 1912

Wilf, a full-back, joined Rovers from Rossington Colliery in 1930 and made his debut in the final match of the 1930-31 season, a 0-0 draw at Darlington. It took Wilf several seasons to earn a regular place, but in 1934-35 he appeared in every League game as Rovers secured the Championship of Division Three (North), their first honours as a Football League team.

Wilf went on to make 193 senior appearances for Rovers and played up to the outbreak of World War Two, as well as appearing in some wartime matches. He enlisted as a Private in 2nd Battalion, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and he was killed in action in Germany on 20th February 1945, aged 32.

Wilf’s older brother, George, made 26 League appearances for Rovers in 1923-24 before going on to win an England cap while with West Bromwich Albion.

Team photo of the 1935/36 squad - Wilf Shaw is third from the left on the back row.

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