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Players in exile, 1946

Copy of a letter to Stanley Rous, Secretary of the Football Association, sent on behalf of Manuel de Irujo, former head of the Basque government and a representative of the Spanish Republican Government in exile. Irujo asks for a match to be arranged between Republican footballers and a British team. The majority of the Republican players played for French teams, having fled Spain following Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War in 1939. The exception was Coventry City's striker Emilio Aldecoa, who became the first Spanish player in the English league when he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1943.

Included in a file on 'Spain, 1945-1948', from the archives of the Trades Union Congress; document reference: MSS.292/946/2

Letter regarding the Spanish Republican football team, 1946