Former Scotland and Charlton defender John Hewie dies

John Hewie (back row, left) with the Scotland 1958 World Cup squad
The Scotland football team set to take part in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. From left to right, (back row) John Hewie, Eric Caldow, Thomas Younger, Edward Turnbull, Robert Evans and Douglas Cowie; (front row) Graham Leggat, James Murray, John Knight Mudie, Robert Collins and James Imlach

Former Scotland and Charlton Athletic defender John Hewie has died in a Lincolnshire nursing home, aged 87.

Hewie was born and raised in South Africa to Scottish parents and moved to England to join Charlton in 1949.

He played 19 times for Scotland, including at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, scoring two goals, one of which was against Spain in a qualifier.

His son Adam told BBC Scotland that his father had played in nine positions for Charlton across 16 seasons.

On a handful of occasions Hewie played in goal for the Addicks, but his favoured role was at left-back.

John Hewie with the Scotland squad to play Yugoslavia at the 1958 World Cup
John Hewie (back row, extreme left) with the Scotland squad to play Yugoslavia at the 1958 World Cup

In Scotland's 4-2 win over Spain at Hampden in 1957 he stepped up to slot home a penalty.

However, his luck deserted him when he struck the post with a spot-kick in the 2-1 World Cup defeat by France the following year.

After more than 500 Charlton appearances, Hewie left England to play for Arcadia Shepherds in Pretoria in 1969 but returned a quarter of a century later.

His son recalled a story of Sir Alex Ferguson seeking him out.

Adam Hewie said: "When Alex Ferguson came down to Charlton with Manchester United he asked Keith Peacock (the former Charlton midfielder) if he could meet my dad, who was in the hospitality lounge.

"They chatted away and Sir Alex told him he had enjoyed watching him play for Scotland."

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