Charlie Buchan

Charlie Buchan, Sunderland; "Touched By God"

Given the stature with which Charlie Buchan was viewed in the game the ace marksman could legitimately claim to be the greatest Sunderland player ever. Football player, decorated WW1 hero, newspaper columnist, friend of the stars; Buchan kept company with the likes of cricketing icon Sir Jack Hobbs. A superstar of his day here we see Buchan limbering up before a 1920’s SAFC game. Buchan, like his adoring Wearside public wept when he was sold to Arsenal. Buried at Golders Green cemetery in London his epitaph reads “God’s finger touched him and he slept”, perhaps in recognition of who gave him his talent.

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