John Picken

Scotsman ‘Jack’ Picken was an instant hit as he scored on his debut as the Reds defeated Bristol City 5-1 on the opening day of the 1905-06 Division Two season.  By the season’s end he had netted 20 goals in 33 games and helped the Reds to promotion in second place.  With fellow prolific goalscorer Peddie in the side, as well as Charlie Sagar who scored 16 goals in 20 appearances, United’s attack was impressive and there were a few high scoring games along the way (including a 6-0 win on the final day of the season when Picken scored twice).  Picken also netted a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory over Chesterfield in March 1906.

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