Freddie Glidden, Scottish footballer, Died at 91

Mr. Frederick Glidden was born on September 7, 1927, and died on January 1 2019.

He was a Scottish professional footballer who spent most of his career with Heart of Midlothian.

Brought up in Stoneyburn, Glidden played for a few diverse adolescent sides as a forward before moving to a half-back job after joining junior side Whitburn.

Frederick earned selection for the Scottish junior international team in that role and eventually the chance to sign for a professional League side.

Frederick signed provisionally for Hearts in 1946 but spent two years farmed out to local junior side Newtongrange Star, where he played alongside future Hearts teammate Willie Bauld.

After returning to Hearts in 1948 and playing several seasons of reserve-team football, he made his debut in November 1951 against Queen of the South.

Although Frederick played as a right-back on that occasion, it was as right-half that he gained a regular role in the first team later that season.

In 1954 Hearts’ Bobby Dougan sustained the second serious injury of his career and required a cartridge operation.

After covering for Dougan during his enforced lengthy absence, Glidden took over the position on a permanent basis.

He was part of the side that ended Hearts 48-year trophy drought by winning the 1954-55 League Cup and captained the team to Scottish Cup victory in 1955-56, a moment he recalls as the “sweetest” in his footballing career.

He completed his set of domestic medals as Hearts won the League title for the first time since 1897 in the 1957-58 season but a recurring back injury during the following season limited his appearances and eventually led to his departure from Tynecastle.

Frederick joined Dumbarton in 1959 and played three seasons for the Second Division club before retiring in 1962.

Throughout his playing career, he had been registered on a part-time contract, simultaneously working in the West Lothian County Water Department.

Frederick later worked as a sub-postmaster in Edinburgh.

Frederick continued to follow former side Hearts and was a regular spectator at their home games for many years.

He died at 91 years old.