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Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2023-01-19 17:00:39

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One thing I would like to answer, as I recall I was asked about this a few years ago, is about Alex James in the 1920s, and why a player who played in the Second Division was ranked as the best British insider in the last 20 years, considered by a large part of the public.
Well, I want to explain right off the bat that the level of English football, while not as high as in previous decades, was still very strong and widely disputed – and that was no different in the Second Division. The First Division and Second Division level were similar, therefore there was no football abyss presented.
Yes, Alex James, playing for Preston North End, only played in Second Division in the latter half of the 1920s. He did, however, perform sublime football there, to the point of being regarded as the best insider ever made in recent times. So much so that, even playing there, Alex James was still selected to play for Scotland, being considered a key player alongside Hughie Gallacher and Alan Morton.