Shining in Scottish League (picture)

September 1945

South Yorkshire Times September 29, 1945

Shining in Scottish League

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A product of local junior football who has been in the Army for four and half years, and has now found his way into Scottish League football is Private Bernard Saxton, second Black Watch, son of Mr and Mrs H Saxton, March Street, Conisbrough stop

Private Saxton, whose father is a check weighman at the Cadeby Main Colliery, is a former Mexborough Secondary School boy who played for the School and later for local junior clubs. He also played cricket for Conisbrough.

He joined up six of years ago and are seen service in Somaliland, North Africa, Syria, Palestine, Crete, India and was one of Wingate’s Chindits.

Abroad he played football with his regiment and is now billeted in the Kilmarnock district. Yet a run with Kilmarnock reserves and as now been signed professionally. Following his display against Queen of the South two Scottish newspapers wrote of him: “Saxton, the lad who filled the centre half position in Kilmarnock’s reserve team against Queen of the South, gave a good account of himself. He was no third back and gave his forwards grant support. He is worth persevering with.

Another report stated, “Saxton, at centre of, was a find. This tall lad gave an excellent exhibition will no doubt be kept by the club.”

Private Saxton as two more brothers in the Forces. Leonard is a sergeant instructor in the Middle East and Ronald, who was recently called up, is serving with the York and Lancs.