Pattullo, the soccer player returned from the war

He was the top scorer Paulino Alcántara wanted to look like, and Josep Samitier considered him the best player Barcelona had ever had. He revolutionized the central front position with his famous half-turns, over a meter high and was handsome, charismatic and extremely popular with fans. It was called George Pattullo. This Scot, whose fans called the great Pattullo, was 21 when he debuted with Barça in September 1910, scoring a draw with 1 against Espanyol. His stage at Barça lasted only 23 games, but in this short career he scored no less than 43 goals. In May 1911, Pattullo left the city that had stolen his heart to return to his homeland, Scotland.

However, in March 1912 Barça had to face Espanyol in the semi-finals of the Copa de los Pirineos. Taking care of the club's desperate need to play a final match with Barca, Pattullo has traveled nearly 1,800 km from Glasgow, his city, and traveled to the Industry Street sector. He scored two goals in Barça's 3-2 win – one of them at the time of the discount – and when the final whistle came, he left the field cheered by the fans. His hero status has been immortalized with a portrait published in Stadium : " The footballer of the day is a big favorite of the Barcelona public "In April 1912, with the devotion of the followers of Pattullo intact, the Scotsman returned to his country again.

Five years later, in the same month, Pattullo was in a muddy and muddy area of ​​northern France. Time was not appropriate for that time of year: snowflakes were falling from the plumed sky and they were a cold of fear. The Scotsman had already witnessed many horrors of the First World War, but in April 1917 the crucial offensive was launched at the Battle of Arras and the British army was gaining positions for the Germans. Pattullo, like all his friends, had entered the British army in 1915 and that same year he had been sent to France. He was gradually climbing up to the second lieutenant of the 21 battalion of the Scottish Tyneside Brigade.

Problems with toxic gases

The days when Barça played in a crowded crowd seemed to be light years away. Now the role of Pattullo and his company was to avoid the danger between the unoccupied land that separated British and German positions and provide refueling points to prepare for the advance of the army. On April 10, Pattullo's company, led by his friend, Captain Herbert Waller, captured a German trench. General Ternon, of the Scottish Tyneside Brigade, wrote of the battle: "I deeply regret that among the dead officers, unfortunately, was Captain Waller He found death while chasing an enemy sniper who had caused problems from the top of the ridge ". Although historians generally believe that the battle was a British victory, Britain lost more than 150,000 cash during the offensive and gained little ground. Because of the death of his dear friend, Pattullo became a captain in the functions of his company. In June 1918, on the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of the king, Pattullo was decorated with a military cross for his valor.

George Pattullo survived the war, but suffered from respiratory problems for the rest of his life because of the toxic gas used in the battlefields. Apparently, the month of April has always been monumental in the life of the Great Pattullo. Ten years after witnessing the horrors of the war in France, he returned to the city he loved, in the city he had never forgotten. On April 15, 1928, George Pattullo arrived in the bright green of the Cortes meadow. They had invited because the fans could see it once again. The followers dedicated a bold ovation as they walked toward the central circle before the Cup quarter-final. Josep Samitier, inspired by his hero's knowledge, scored four goals in a 7-3 win against Oviedo. I Pattullo was welcomed as a hero he deserved.

As a player, he did not have the technique of Alcántara, Samitier, Cruyff or Messi, but, as a man, he faced death in the fields in France and survived. Barça should pay tribute to their memory to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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