MATT VALLANCE

John Hewie (right), a versatile Scottish/South African footballer who made his name with Charlton Athletic, pictured in 1954. Picture: Getty Images
John Hewie (right), a versatile Scottish/South African footballer who made his name with Charlton Athletic, pictured in 1954. Picture: Getty Images
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Tributes have been paid to the former Scotland left-back John Hewie who died this week in a Lincolnshire nursing home. He was 87.

Hewie’s passing severs another link with Scotland’s great footballing past. The South African-born Charlton Athletic defender was capped 19 times between 1956 and 1960, and played for Scotland in the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden.

Charlton club secretary Chris Parkes said: “He played in every jersey from 1 to 11. I particularly remember him playing as a stand-in goalkeeper in season 1961-62 after Willie Duff got injured. John played in goals for four games, we won two and drew the other two and Willie Duff always joked that he was lucky to get his place back.

“John was a lovely man, and a total Addicks fanatic. His passing leaves a huge void.”

Hewie’s parents came from Selkirk but emigrated to South Africa, where John was born in Hercules, outside Pretoria.

Former Rangers player and fellow South African Johnny Hubbard said: “I knew John back in South Africa. In fact, we came to Scotland around the same time. Mind you, he had to come by ship – Rangers then could afford to fly me over. He was a natural sportsman and a real gentleman.”