Player #367

Appearances:

152

Starts:

152

Goals:

5

Seasons:

4

Alex Massie
Alex Massie

Source: Football card #26 Alex Massie issued by Godfrey Phillips under the Soccer Stars series, 1936.

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Alex Massie
Alex Massie

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Alex Massie

Position

Midfielder

From

1935-36

To

1938-39

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Alex Massie

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

29
30
31
32
33

Division

D1
D2
D2
D1
FLS

Appearances

152
25
35
47
45
0

Starts

152
25
35
47
45
0

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

5
2
1
2
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Alexander Massie

Birth Date

Tuesday, 13 March 1906

Birth Place

Possilpark, Glasgow

Birth Country

Scotland

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Heart of Midlothian

From

For

£6,000

On

December 1935

Previous Clubs

Shawfield Juniors |
Partick Thistle |
Petershill FC |
Glasgow Juniors |
Glasgow Benburb |
Glasgow Ashfield |
1925-27 Ayr United, 24 (4) |
1927-28 Bury, 17 (4) |
1928-30 Bethlehem Steel Corporation FC, USA, 32 (12) |
1930 Dolphin FC, Ireland |
1930-35 Heart of Midlothian, 181 (19) |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Retired

For

Released

On

1945

Subsequent Clubs

Retired |

Alex Massie
Alex Massie

Source: Football card #26 Alex Massie issued by Godfrey Phillips under the Soccer Stars series, 1936.

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Alex Massie
Alex Massie

Source: Football card #26 Alex Massie issued by Godfrey Phillips under the Soccer Stars series, 1936.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1935-39 £6k, 152 | 5 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Jimmy McMullan |
Jimmy Hogan |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 7 December 1935

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 7 December 1935

Manchester City (a), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Wednesday, 1 January 1936

Final Appearance

Saturday, 6 May 1939

Middlesbrough (h), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 6 May 1939

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Scotland

Died

20 September 1977, Aged 71

Alex Massie

Player #367 for Aston Villa, Alexander Massie, known as Alex Massie, played as a midfielder for the club in the position then known as a wing half. Alex played for Villa between 1935-36 and 1938-39 making 152 appearances and scoring 5 goals.

Alex was born in Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland on 13 March 1906 and made his debut appearance for Villa on the 7 December 1935 aged 29.

Already a relative veteran by the time he arrived, Villa had signed Alex from Hearts for a fee of £6,000 in December 1935 as Villa attempted to boost the squad with experience to stave off potential relegation.

Massie had had a varied and nomadic career up until his move to Hearts in 1930 but had proved sufficiently capable to receive a national call up for his native Scotland winning eighteen caps during his career.

Unfortunately despite Alex making 24 appearances and scoring twice he could not help Villa avoid the drop and the club were relegated for the first time in their history.

Despite those early troubles however, brighter days were to follow for Alex in a Villa shirt. Alex was an almost permanent presence on the team sheet and missed only two matches as Villa won the Second Division Championship in 1937-38 after two seasons out of the top flight. Alex was then an ever present in Villa’s final top flight season before football was suspended for WW2. Given his age, Alex wouldn’t play for Villa at the highest level and although he appeared 3 times in the regional league arranged to bring football back to the people in 1945 he would - at 39 - play no further part for Villa on the pitch.

A stylish and brainy half back despite the set back of relegation, Alex captained Villa with rare tact ahead of making his final appearance for the club in the regional post war league against Luton Town at Villa Park on 1 September 1945 however his final official senior game had come in the final game of the 1938-39 campaign on Saturday, 6 May 1939 .

To celebrate the occasion of his 'second' final game, his team-mates presented Alex with a travelling suitcase - the prominence of which is unclear - but happily Alex didn’t use it to move on from the club he had served so well since 1935.

Alex’s contribution to the Villa however was not ended by his retirement as a player as once he hung up his boots he was almost immediately appointed manager in August 1945 in place of Jimmy Hogan.

Alex led Villa to 8th in 1946-47, 6th in 1947-48 and 10th in 1948-49 before falling to 12th in 1949-50 after which Alex left Villa in August 1950.

Alex passed away in Welwyn Garden City on 20th September 1977 aged 71.
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