12 Facts About Alex Govan


Alexander Govan was a Scottish professional footballer who played at outside left.


Alex Govan is credited with being responsible for Birmingham's fans adopting Harry Lauder's song "Keep right on to the end of the road" as their anthem.


Alex Govan played football for Bridgeton Boys Club, was capped for Scotland at schoolboy level, and played one youth international match for his country, against Wales youth team in 1945.


Alex Govan was recommended to Plymouth Argyle manager Jack Tresadern by Alec Hardie, head of the club's Scottish scouting network, who thought he would go on to represent Scotland at senior level.


When Birmingham City showed an interest in signing Alex Govan, he was reluctant to move away from the Plymouth area, as his wife was a local girl, but when manager Bob Brocklebank promised them a house, the deal went ahead.


Alex Govan scored on his debut and finished that season with eight goals.


Alex Govan was the man who first sang the Blues anthem Keep Right on to the End of the Road on the way to Birmingham's 1956 FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.


The strengths of Alex Govan's game were hard work, pace on the wing and exceptional goalscoring ability.


In March 1958 Alex Govan was transferred to Portsmouth but failed to settle; six months later he returned to his first club Plymouth Argyle.


Alex Govan contributed to the club winning the Third Division championship that season before retiring the following year, and settling in Plymouth.


In 2012, Alex Govan was one of seven former players elected to Birmingham City's Hall of Fame.


Alex Govan died at his Plymouth home on 10 June 2016 at the age of 86.