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Dennis Westcott was born in Wallasey, Lancashire, on the 2nd July, 1917. He played for England Schoolboys before joining New Brighton. Major Frank Buckley signed him for Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 1937.

Westcott made his debut for Wolves in a FA Cup replay against Grimsby Town. Playing on the right-wing he scored one of the goals in the 6-0 victory. He joined a team that included included Stan Cullis, Bill Morris, Dennis Westcott, Gordon Clayton, George Ashall, Alex Scott, Jack Taylor, Tom Galley, Dicky Dorsett, Bill Parker, Bryn Jones, Joe Gardiner and Teddy Maguire.

Westcott kept his place on the right-wing for the games against Manchester City and Chelsea. For the game against Portsmouth he replaced the injured Gordon Clayton at centre-forward. In the 1936-37 season Westcott scored six goals in 10 league appearances.

In the summer of 1937 Major Frank Buckley was approached by a chemist called Menzies Sharp. He claimed he had a "secret remedy that would give the players confidence". It is believed that Sharp's ideas were based on the experiments of Serge Voronoff, a French doctor, who had been born in Russia. Between 1917 and 1926, Voronoff carried out over five hundred transplantations on sheep and goats, and also on a bull, grafting testicles from younger animals to older ones. Voronoff's observations indicated that the transplantations caused the older animals to regain the vigor of younger animals.

Sharp's "gland treatment" involved a course of twelve injections. Buckley later explained: "To be honest, I was rather sceptical about this treatment and thought it best to try it out on myself first. The treatment lasted three or four months. Long before it was over I felt so much benefit that I asked the players if they would be willing to undergo it and that is how the gland treatment became general at Molineux." Only two Wolves players, Dicky Dorsett and Don Bilton, refused to undergo the "gland treatment".

Westcott was out of the team at the beginning of the 1937-38 season. However, Major Frank Buckley sold Gordon Clayton to Aston Villa in October 1937. Westcott replaced Clayton as centre-forward and scored his first hat-trick against Swansea City. He also got four goals in Wolves 10-1 league victory over Leicester City.

After this defeat the club complained to Montague Lyons, their member of the House of Commons. Lyons demanded that the government instigate an investigation into this treatment. When Walter Elliot, the Minister of Health, rejected this request, Emanuel Shinwell, the Labour MP, suggested that considering Wolves' impressive form, ministers of the Conservative government should be put on a course of these injections.

In the 1937-38 season Wolves finished second to the mighty Arsenal. Westcott finished the season as top scorer with 22 goals in 28 appearances.

Westcott did even better in the 1938-39 season. He scored hat-tricks against Grimsby Town and Brentford. That season Wolves finished second to Everton. Wescott scored 43 goals in 43 appearances. His fellow striker, Dicky Dorsett managed 26 goals that season. The captain of the side, Stan Cullis, was generally acknowledged as the best centre-half in the Football League. That season also saw the arrival of teenagers, Billy Wright, Joe Rooney and Jimmy Mullen, in the side.

Wolves also enjoyed a good run in the FA Cup and beat Leicester City (5-1), Liverpool (4-1) and Everton (2-0) to reach the semi-final against Grimsby Town . Westcott scored four goals in the 5-0 victory over Grimsby. However, Portsmouth beat Wolves 4-1 in the final at Wembley. Wolves became the first team in the history of English football to be runners-up in the sport's two major competitions in the same year. Afterwards, it was discovered that the Portsmouth players, like those of Wolves, had also been injected with monkey glands.

The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 brought an end to the Football League. The government imposed a fifty mile travelling limit on all football teams and the Football League divided all the clubs into seven regional areas where games could take place. Wolves joined the Midland League with West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Leicester City and Walsall. Wolves won the 1939-40 championship. Top scorers were Dennis Westcott (26), Dicky Dorsett (16) Jimmy Mullen (7) and Billy Wright (5).

Wolves also won the Football League War Cup in 1942 beating Sunderland 4-1. During the war Westcott scored 91 goals in 76 appearances.

Westcott was in great form in the 1946-47 season. He scored four goals in a game against Liverpool. The following Saturday he added four more against Bolton Wanderers. That season he was top scorer with 38 league goals in only 35 games, a club record.

The following season he scored 14 goals in 25 appearances before being sold to Blackburn Rovers. Over the next two seasons he scored 37 goals in 63 games for the club. He also played for Manchester City (1949-51) and Chesterfield (1951-52). In his first-class career he scored a total of 200 goals in 300 games.

Dennis Westcott died from leukaemia on 13th July 1960.


Dennis Westcott

Dennis Westcott (July 2, 1917 in Wallasey, Lancashire – 13 July 1960) was an English footballer, who played for New Brighton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Chesterfield as a striker.

Westcott started his career at Everton, but was released. He then joined nearby New Brighton of the Third Division (North). In 1937 he had a trial with West Ham, but was rejected. Instead, Wolverhampton Wanderers signed him, giving him a debut against Grimsby in an FA Cup tie. Wescott scored one of the goals as Wolves won 6-2. In his first full season with Wolves he scored 22 goals, making him the club's top scorer. The following season he scored 43 goals in 43 appearances, setting a club record which stood for 50 years until it was broken by Steve Bull. Westcott played in the 1939 FA Cup Final, but Wolves were beaten 4-1 by Portsmouth.

In 1939 competitive football was then suspended due to World War II, depriving Westcott of several years in his prime. During the war he played four wartime internationals for England. When competitive football resumed in 1946, Westcott continued his goalscoring exploits, setting another club record with 38 goals in the 1946-47 season which made him topscorer in the league. In 1948 he was released by Wolves, and signed for Blackburn Rovers in the Second Division. At Blackburn he scored 37 goals in 63 appearances. He then signed for Manchester City, where he scored 36 goals in 72 appearances, finishing as the club's top scorer in each of the two full seasons he played. He then moved to Chesterfield, and finished his career with Stafford Rangers.

He played for England four times between 1940-1943, scoring 5 goals. However, as these games were during wartime, they are not recognised as full internationals and no caps were issued.

He died from leukaemia in 1960 at the age of 43.


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Wallasey, Cheshire born centre forward Dennis Westcott began his football career with Wallasey Grocers in 1933 and played for Leasowe Road Brickworks in 1934. After trials with Everton and West Ham United he signed for Third Division (North) New Brighton in January 1936, making his Football League debut against Mansfield Town the same month, scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory at Sandheys Park. He scored 10 goals in 18 appearances before the end of the season before First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers stepped in for his signature in July 1936 for £200.

He scored on his Wolves debut in a 6-2 fifth round FA Cup victory in February 1937 and scored 22 goals in 1937-38 as Wolves finished as runners up in the League Championship, with Westcott scoring an FA Cup hat-trick at Swansea Town in January 1938 and 4 goals in a 10-1 thrashing of Leicester City in April 1938. But that was a mere taster for what he was capable of producing. In 1938-39 he scored 43 goals during the campaign including 11 in Wolves’ run to the 1939 FA Cup Final, where he had to settle for a runners’ up medal as Wolves were beaten 4-1 by Portsmouth at Wembley. In the League he scored hat-tricks against Chelsea, Grimsby Town and Brentford, and he was at it again against Grimsby Town in the FA Cup semi-final when he scored 4 times in a 5-0 demolition at Old Trafford.

However his career was then severely interrupted by the advent of the Second World War depriving Westcott of several years in his prime. During the War he scored for Wolves as they won the 1942 War Cup Final against Sunderland, he also guested for Cheltenham Town, Liverpool and Brentford and played four wartime internationals for England scoring five goals.

When competitive football resumed in 1946, Westcott continued his goalscoring exploits, setting another club record in the 1946-47 season with 38 goals (which stood until Steve Bull passed it over 40 years later) which also made him top-scorer in the Football League. He scored on his only representative appearance for The Football League in March 1947. His total included back to back four goal salvos at eventual champions Liverpool and against Blackburn Rovers in December 1946, his four goals at Anfield only being equalled as a goalscoring feat for a visiting player by Andrey Arshavin for Arsenal in April 2009. Despite his goals, Wolves’ 3-3 home draw to Blackburn Rovers on the final day saw them finish third in the League Championship.

Having scored 125 goals in 147 peacetime appearances for Wolves, in April 1948 he signed for Blackburn Rovers during the month prior to the club’s relegation to the Second Division, where he scored 37 goals in 66 appearances over the following two seasons, in both he was the club’s top goalscorer. In February 1950 he was sold to Manchester City for £12,500 and although they were relegated three months later, he top scored for the club with 25 goals in 1950-51 as they won the Second Division Championship at the first time of asking. After a season in the First Division, having scored 37 goals in 75 appearances for The Citizens, he joined Chesterfield, and had a single season for The Spireites in the Third Division (North), top scoring with 23 goals in 43 appearances before joining non league Stafford Rangers in 1954.

In 2017 he was inducted into the Wolverhampton Wanderers Hall of Fame.

His older brother Ronnie was also a footballer most notably with Arsenal, with whom he made two appearances before suffering a career ending knee injury.


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Liverpool FC legends: Dennis Westcott’s great game is recalled

THERE were 52,512 spectators packed into Anfield just a few weeks before Christmas 1946 when Liverpool took on one of the top teams of the day, Wolverhampton Wanderers for a key First Division encounter.

THERE were 52,512 spectators packed into Anfield just a few weeks before Christmas 1946 when Liverpool took on one of the top teams of the day, Wolverhampton Wanderers for a key First Division encounter.

When the game kicked off at 2.15pm, none could have predicted that by the final whistle, the home side were to suffer a 5-1 defeat with one of the opposition players scoring four times.

And until Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin struck four goals in Tuesday night’s incredible Premier League match, Dennis Westcott held the distinction of being the last player to achieve that feat in a league game at Anfield.

Westcott was a truly remarkable footballer who banged in goals for fun in a career that saw him create records at Wolves and whose life was to be tragically cut short by a devastating illness.

Westcott was born on July 2, 1917 in Wallasey. By the time of his early teens it was clear he was a player of some promise but attempts at joining Everton and West Ham United, where he had a trial, proved fruitless. He played for England Schoolboys and was signed by New Brighton as a 15-year-old.

Wolves soon became interested in him and he was signed by Major Frank Buckley in February, 1937.

Debuting on the right wing, Westcott started as he was to go on with a goal as Wolves beat Grimsby Town 6-2 in the FA Cup.

The afternoon of December 7, 1946 really was Westcott’s day as his four goals all came in the first half as a Liverpool side boasting the likes of Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Albert Stubbins and Billy Liddell were left shell-shocked.

Reds’ keeper Cyril Sidlow picked the ball out of his net six times in all, but one Westcott effort was ruled out by the referee.

In April, 1948 Westcott left Wolves for Blackburn Rovers and later played for Manchester City and Chesterfield before retiring from first class football in the summer of 1953.

His career statistics were truly outstanding – 200 goals in 300 appearances.

Tragically, on July 13, 1960, Westcott succumbed to the disease leukaemia. He was just 43 years old.

As a footnote, the Reds picked themselves up and went on to win the title by one point from Manchester United. Will history be repeated there too?


The Westcotts

The Westcotts of Ontario have had media ties for more than half a century.

Clare Westcott, the father:
Clare can type his full-time media resume using only 11 words: Toronto Telegram, Monday to Wednesday. Fired for refusing to work weekends.

Says Clare: "I came to Toronto in 1950 (after 10 years with Hydro in Western Ontario) to a job at the Telegram. It paid $2,750 a year and my intention was to take journalism at night at the newly established Ryerson Institute. I left my wife and baby son in Seaforth and lived in one room on Dalton Road. The deal with my quite new wife was that I would return home every weekend, for she worked for three doctors and lived in an apartment above their medical clinic.

"While in high school and through the later 1940`s, I worked part-time for the weekly Seaforth News. I started at the Tely at Melinda and Bay on a Monday morning, and registered for night school at Ryerson the same day. On the Wednesday, I saw my name on a posted list of those who were to work on the weekend. I went up to a man who looked important and told him I had promised my wife I would return to Seaforth every weekend and would not be able to work. He asked my name, then called someone on the phone and said, 'Make up Westcott's pay, he`s through.'

"At later Tely reunions, I was the guy with the lapel badge (which I framed and still have) saying simply, Toronto Telegram - Clare Westcott - Monday to Wednesday. In later years, the guy who fired me became a good friend. It was J. Douglas MacFarlane - who was turfed from the Tely by John Bassett about 20 years later, with about the same grace as JDM dumped me."

Clare vividly remembers his firing: "About 30 minutes after J.D. made the call - I presume to payroll - a fellow came up and gave me a cheque for three days. I did work only three days, Monday to Wednesday, and I damn well left early Wednesday when I was turfed."

But Clare quickly landed on his feet.

" I was so very lucky to have bounced to another job, even though it paid about $100 less. I became a minor spear carrier for Leslie M. Frost and hung around Queen's Park for the next 35 years. I was awash in humility through all those years, for everyone knew I was a high school dropout. I quit Grade 11 to join the army and was rejected as unfit, so I left school for Hydro. Now, when I look at my Grade 11 school picture, I see the unfit Westcott is the only one still alive."

Among the numerous sidebars in Clare's life: He was campaign manager for Frank McGee in the June 1957 election in Scarborough, winning with the largest majority in history (Clare is now writing about the big win and how Gratton O'Leary , John Bassett , J.D. MacFarlane , Laurie McEchnie , Val Sears , Dalton Bales and the short-lived Sunday Telegram made the record win happen.)

In the mid 1960's, Clare, the high school dropout, was appointed to the Board of Governors of Ryerson and in the early 1970's, former Premier John Robarts and Clare received the first two honourary degrees .

After retiring from Queen's Park in 1985, Clare was appointed Commissioner of Metro Toronto Police, only to be fired by David Peterson in 1989. Then it was on to special assistant to Finance Minister Michael Wilson until 1993, when made a citizenship court judge in Scarborough. Fired again, this time by the Chretien government.

Clare also returned to his newspaper roots during the 1980's and 1990's, writing a weekly column for the Seaforth News.

"I wrote a column about this and that - politics and politicians, people I knew - and anecdotes from my years in government, including pieces about newspaper folk. Wrote 200 to 300 columns."

The writer in Clare found an unexpected source of material after selling their house in Scarborough and moving into a condo.

"I had a library of about 2,000 books and about as many 78s and vinyl records. Many of the books were up to 100 years old and I had a lot of vintage records and a few hundred tapes. So I rented a stall at the Pickering Antique Market and liked it so much, I was there every Sunday for two years. Wrote a column about it."

In the decades since his three-day stint at the Tely, Clare has retained ties with the media, became good friends with JDM, wrote a few pieces for the Sun and "had great relations in the 70's and 80's with Sun staffers at the Queens Park press gallery, especially Claire Hoy and his replacement, Lorrie Goldstein ."

Genevieve, the daughter:
Genevieve Westcott , one of New Zealand's most recognized journalists and a sought-after public speaker, got her start in Canadian media as a Vancouver Sun financial reporter. At 23, she became the Vancouver Province's youngest editorial page writer.

Television beckoned and Genevieve continued her media climb, working at Canwest Television Network, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and as West Coast bureau chief for CTV National News. She capped her Canadian TV career as an anchor and correspondent for CTV's W5.

In 1984, Genevieve moved to New Zealand, where the award-winning journalist continued to impress employers and viewers at TVNZ's Eyewitness News, with appearances on newsmagazines Close Up and 60 Minutes anchored TV's A Current Affair and The Westcott File worked as a 20/20 correspondent and also hosted ZB radio programs in Aukland.

With 13 national and international awards for journalistic excellence on her resume, she is also a sought-after public speaker through her Westcott Communications firm.

Jamie Westcott, the son :
Jamie Westcott was born into a growing family on May 30, 1964. While attending General Crerar Public School in Scarborough, young Jamie became keenly interested in Latin, but the school didn't teach Latin.

Clare and Virginia Westcott never discouraged any of their children when it came to education so after he completed Grade 8, they enrolled Jamie at Regina Mundi College, a private Catholic high school in London, Ontario.

With six of their other children attending or planning to attend the University of Western Ontario, the University of Windsor, York University and the University of Toronto, the Westcotts took out a second mortgage to get Jamie into Regina Mundi in 1978.

Jamie got his taste of Latin in London and graduated from high school in 1983 as an Ontario Scholar. His parents wanted him to attend the University of Toronto, but Jamie opted for St. Michael's College in Toronto.

Clare says university life wasn't what Jamie was expecting. With the media success and adventures of his older sister in mind, his thoughts turned to journalism. Within a few months, he dropped out of St. Michael's and switched to journalism at Centennial College in Scarborough.

"Jamie was 21 and about halfway through journalism when the cancer was discovered in December of 1986," says Clare. "He didn't want to stay in school for he didn't know for sure how long he had. The doctor told him he thought they found all the cancer, but couldn't be sure.

"The doctor told his mother he would likely have three to five years if it returned - and longer if it went into remission. I am sure Jamie then knew the odds."

Jamie, operated on in January of 1986, began a series of heavy chemotherapy sessions that continued into spring.

With the help of Doug Creighton , Jamie joined the Toronto Sun family in May of 1986 as a summer student. The good-natured new staffer helped co-workers get past the hat he always wore by saying he was self-conscious about losing his hair during chemo.

The Westcott media streak continued, with Jamie feeling right at home at the Sun, winning four awards for crime reporting and writing tabloid cops and robbers stories and features with flare. His presence in the newsroom was appreciated and he was elated by the acceptance.

Cancer being the cruel bastard that it is, Jamie's fight for life came to an end June 13, 1989, at Scarborough General Hospital, where he was born. He was 25. It was a blow to fellow Sun staffers who came to admire Jamie as a man and journalist.

The Jamie Westcott Memorial Award, initiated and sponsored by the Toronto Sun in his memory, was awarded annually through the 1990's for crime reporting. Jamie was told about the new award shortly before his death.

"Jamie was afraid he would be forgotten because his working life was so short," says Clare. "The award was given out through the '90's, but budget cuts by the Quebecor folks resulted in it being dropped. "

( Editor's Note : One more entry for the ever expanding heartless Quebecor Wall of Shame.)

Clare said when Jamie went off to school for those five years in his teens, they had no idea he would be gone from their lives at 25.

"We didn't know then we would be losing him, for in those five years away, we only saw him during the summer holidays and maybe one weekend a month. I cherish the plaques he got for the four newspaper awards he won in his short three years at the Sun."

He also cherishes a June 1, 1986, letter Jamie mailed to his sister, Genevieve, and her husband, Ross, in New Zealand. The letter, written a month after he started working at the Sun and three years before his death, captures Jamie's eagerness to be accepted and productive.

So far, so good. I've had about a dozen assignments, mostly soft stuff. But a few good stories made the paper. This place is fun all the time . . . work gets done . . . but there’s no tension or bitching like I thought there would be!

There are five students here now, and they usually keep 2 or 3, so I’m just gonna try & impress the hell out of them!

Slow news day today, so I’m just hangin' out & taking calls. I hear you are up for more. awards. Way to go.

Still haven’t taken a pic for a story cuz no matter who I shoot, they seem to have a file picture to use instead.

I was using the Pentax, but I have no flash for it so I take an idiot camera from work now. It’s just a Nikon one-touch, but I would really like to take more shots.

Did my first pick up yesterday when I worked the police desk. All those radios going at once is confusing, but once I begin to understand what they’re talking about, I’ll know what to listen for.

Only 2 more treatments left & then I’ll be back in the hair business. Yeah!

Anyways, the editor’s back so I’ll have to get back on full alert. Thanks again for the sweater. Tell Ross he has good taste.

Clare Westcott, son Jamie and 20 other family members flew off to New Zealand in 1987 for the wedding of Genevieve Westcott and husband Ross. During their stay, Clare and Jamie visited The Rainbow Warrior, a ship that had been sunk by the French secret service. Jamie, like most loyal and enthusiastic Sun reporters in the 1970's and 1980's, took notes during his stay in New Zealand and on his return, wrote two stories about his trip, including a full page fishing story with pictures. His beard, his contagious smile, his enthusiasm for writing and his Terry Fox bravado while battling cancer are all components of the memories family, friends and co-workers have of Jamie almost 20 years after his death.


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