The Aberdeen-born striker who won an Olympic gold medal with Canada

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the death of a former Aberdeen and Peterhead striker who enjoyed a 25-year playing career.

Many great names have played for both clubs over the years, but Alexander “Sandy” Hall could boast the distinguished honor of an Olympic gold medal.

Born in Aberdeen on December 3, 1880, the center forward was joint top scorer at the 1904 Games in St. Louis, United States with three goals.

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He and his Galt FC teammates represented Canada, having emigrated to the North American country three years earlier.

A 4-0 victory over St. Rose Parish and a 7-0 demolition of Christian Brothers College, both from the United States, secured gold for the Ontarians.

Hall began his career at Blue Toon, where he spent three years. After a short stint with Buckie Thistle in 1901, he signed for the Toronto Scots before moving to Galt.

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