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7 famous footballers who committed suicide

Top 5 / Top 10 31 Jan 2015, 20:43 IST
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#6 Hughie Gallacher (1903-1957)

Hughie Gallacher

Born on 2 February 1903, Gallacher played a total of 624 senior games for eight different clubs, scoring 463 goals in the process. With a lack of height and weight, he had excellent ball control, guile and instinct that helped him go past opposing defenders with ease. 

Gallacher was one of the prolific goalscorers for the Scotland team. He scored 23 goals from his 20 appearances with an eye-catching average of 1.15 goals per match. Hughie was also a part of the Scottish team that defeated England 5-1 at Wembley in 1928. Gallacher then departed for England, where he played major roles for Newcastle United and Chelsea, before retiring in 1939.

However, he faced issues in his personal life. In 1934, he ended up in bankruptcy court due to a prolonged and acrimonious divorce. Later, after his retirement, Gallacher returned home drunk and tossed a lamp at his son mistakenly, which led to him being denied access to his child.

On 11 June 1957, the 54-year-old Gallacher walked in front of an express train and killed himself. He had written a note before he committed suicide, saying that he regretted what he had done.

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