Millers pay tribute to legend Shaw

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JACK Shaw, a record goalscoring legend at Rotherham United and later to play top flight football with Sheffield Wednesday, has died aged 87.

His tally of 46 goals, in league and cup, in 1950/51 helped the Millers into what is now The Championship and remains a Rotherham record for goals in a season which included five in an FA Cup tie at Darlington for which the team travelled on a coach with the registration number of GET 7 - and they scored seven!

A lean, quick, skilful centre forward who was good in the air for his size, he finished with 139 goals from 279 appearances for the Millers before the club sold him to Wednesday in 1953 at a time when the Owls were in the top flight.

He made a total of 65 appearances for Wednesday, scoring 27 goals and was then put on the coaching staff but made a further solitary playing appearance during an emergency some two years after his last game!

Originally from Edlington, he was spotted by Rotherham playing for the village’s pit team, Yorkshire Main Colliery. After leaving Wednesday he joined Denaby United and, although he lived latterly at Warmsworth, he died in a care home in Denaby.

The club will have a minute’s applause at Monday’s home game with Gillingham in memory of him and also for right back Peter Perry who was a member of the Rotherham side which played in the first ever League Cup Final in 1961.

Treeton-born Perry, who died this week aged 75, made 118 appearances for the Millers between 1958 and 1962 at a time when Rotherham were in football’s second tier.

A club spokesman said: “Jack Shaw was a club legend and a true great from a successful and memorable time in the club’s history. We were sad to learn of his death, and also that of another stalwart Peter Perry and our thoughts are with their families.”