Walter Gerrard, Derek Currie and Jackie Trainer arrive in Hong Kong on September 10, 1970. Ian Petrie is next to former Caroline Hill owner Veronica Chan, with future Hong Kong coach Kwok Ka-ming on the right. Photo: SCMP Walter Gerrard, Derek Currie and Jackie Trainer arrive in Hong Kong on September 10, 1970. Ian Petrie is next to former Caroline Hill owner Veronica Chan, with future Hong Kong coach Kwok Ka-ming on the right. Photo: SCMP
Walter Gerrard, Derek Currie and Jackie Trainer arrive in Hong Kong on September 10, 1970. Ian Petrie is next to former Caroline Hill owner Veronica Chan, with future Hong Kong coach Kwok Ka-ming on the right. Photo: SCMP

When Hong Kong football made history – 50 years since the first Western pros landed in Asia to play for Rangers

  • Derek Currie, Walter Gerrard and Jackie Trainer launch a new era of professionalism in Hong Kong and Asia after they sign for upstart side Rangers
  • The trio were unwitting guinea pigs in team owner Ian Petrie’s experiment to bring in overseas pros, beating a path to Asia for a flood of foreign talent

Topic |   Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA)
Walter Gerrard, Derek Currie and Jackie Trainer arrive in Hong Kong on September 10, 1970. Ian Petrie is next to former Caroline Hill owner Veronica Chan, with future Hong Kong coach Kwok Ka-ming on the right. Photo: SCMP Walter Gerrard, Derek Currie and Jackie Trainer arrive in Hong Kong on September 10, 1970. Ian Petrie is next to former Caroline Hill owner Veronica Chan, with future Hong Kong coach Kwok Ka-ming on the right. Photo: SCMP
Walter Gerrard, Derek Currie and Jackie Trainer arrive in Hong Kong on September 10, 1970. Ian Petrie is next to former Caroline Hill owner Veronica Chan, with future Hong Kong coach Kwok Ka-ming on the right. Photo: SCMP
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