Freddie Renucci
Freddie Renucci
Freddie Renucci
● Freddie Renucci (SRV)

born in Scotland

Alfredo Renato Renucci was born on Monday, 17th April, 1939, in Glasgow.

The goalkeeper signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle circa Saturday, 27th July, 1957, having most recently been with Petershill.

Aged 18, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 21st September, 1957, in a 6-1 defeat away to Clyde in the SFL First Division.

Freddie kept his only clean-sheet on Saturday, 12th October, 1957, in a 3-0 win at home to Falkirk in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 4th October, 1958, in a 3-2 defeat at home to Aberdeen in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 14 occasions.

His club-list included Petershill, Partick Thistle, East Fife, Weymouth, Falkirk, Hamilton Academical and Albion Rovers.

Freddie died on Sunday, 10th March, 1985, in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, aged 45.

Bio Extra

Glasgow-born of Italian parents, Freddie won 18 Scottish youth and amateur international caps, but never lived up to that early potential. The goalie came through early in the juniors at Petershill before signing for Davie Meiklejohn's Jags in the summer of 1957. The teenager managed to rack up 14 first-team appearances in his two years at Firhill, although he was 3rd ranked to Tommy Ledgerwood and Davie Thomson. The arrival of 20-year-old John Freebairn (immediately thrust into first-team action) in October 1958 must have been a tad demoralizing. Before season 1958-59 was through, Freddie had a short spell assisting East Fife.

By the end of that second season, a number of clubs expressed an interest in taking him on, including Spurs, Oldham, Leeds, and even a couple of Italian teams. In the end, he signed for Weymouth of the Southern League. However, he failed to impress there, appearing just once in a Southern League match and once in a Western League Division 1 match, before being consigned to the reserves with Weymouth 'A'. Speaking to the Bristol Evening Post in late October 1959, Mr Arthur Coles, Weymouth manager, said: "He was studying to be an accountant and he failed a major examination recently, He went to pieces after that. He is a far better 'keeper than he has ever shown us".

With his contract at Weymouth having been cancelled by mutual consent, Freddie returned home to Scotland and signed for second tier Falkirk in late October, 1959. He played a few League games for the Bairns, but moved on to Hamilton just 6 weeks after signing. 4 months later he was freed by Accies and was out of the professional game for a couple of years, before signing for Albion Rovers in June, 1962. He was released by the Wee Rovers in September 1962, never having played a League game.

(WS/AFK)



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