Govan, the man that brought Keep Right On to St Andrews has passed away


The man that brought the famous Keep Right On anthem to St Andrew’s has sadly passed away this morning.

Alex Govan, who also played for Blues, was to celebrate his 87 birthday next Thursday. The Blues legend played on the wing and scored 60 goals in 187 appearances between 1953-58.

Govan is credited bringing Harry Lauder’s vaudeville classic ‘Keep Right On to the End of the Road’ to the stands. 59 years on and it is still sung in full voice by the St Andrew’s faithful today and has become one of England’s most historic football chants.

Legend has it that the Glaswegian sang the song during Blues’ run to the 1956 FA Cup final when they were drawn away in every round. However, they couldn’t overcome the mighty Man City in the Wembley final.

Govan joined Birmingham from Plymouth Argyle for £6,500 in the summer of 1953.
Govan joined Birmingham from Plymouth Argyle for £6,500 in the summer of 1953.

He was a key part of the side which won the Second Division in 1955 and helped the club to their highest ever league finish when they came sixth in the First Division the following year.

He was also a part of history, playing in the first English club to play in major European competition and even scored both goals in the club’s famous 2-1 win over Inter Milan.

In 1956-57 he set a club record by scoring 30 goals in all competitions including five hat-tricks – three in ten days.


More recently in 2012, he was inducted into the Birmingham City Hall of Fame.

Our thoughts go out to Govan’s family and he will always remain in Blues’ history.

Keep Right On!


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