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Rover of the Day: Cecil Stirland

15 July 2020

Cecil Stirland born July 15, 1921

Born in Adwick-Le-Street, Cecil signed for Rovers in July 1938 but had still to make his first team debut when World War Two broke out.

Having played in many wartime games, Cecil made his Football League bow for Rovers in 1946-47 and was a key member of the team that won the Third Division (North) Championship with a then-record points haul. He formed an effective defensive partnership with Syd Bycroft, remaining at Belle Vue until January 1950, when he signed for New Brighton.

After the Wirral-based club was voted out of the Football League in 1951, Cecil ended his Football League career with Scunthorpe United.

He died in 2004, aged 82. Cecil’s record for Rovers was 74 senior appearances, during which he failed to find the net.

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