Earlier this month, Spanish football historian Lartaun de Azumendi published a 43-Tweet-long thread to explain a remarkable discovery he had made about Martyn Veitch, the man usually cited as the last foreigner to play for Athletic Bilbao before they introduced their famous Basque-only policy.
His discovery quite literally changed the history books, as several days later, Athletic Bilbao updated its website to reflect Lartaun’s discovery. The thread was in Spanish, but as a professional translator specialising in sport, I’m always on the look out for interesting stories that would interest English readers, so I asked Lartaun if I could translate it.
Although I have published a version on Twitter, I recommend reading it on here, where I’m free from the shackles of the 280-character limit. Enjoy!
A 43-tweet research thread explaining why Athletic Bilbao never had a player called Martyn Veitch.
Who was Veitch? And what’s the story behind Athletic’s last foreign player before the club adopted its Basque-only policy in 1911? It’s a story we knew (almost) nothing about, until now.
1/ HILO de investigación de 43 tuits
Nunca hubo un jugador llamado Martyn Veitch en el @AthleticClub.
¿Quién fue Veitch y cuál es la historia del último inglés del Athletic –antes de que el Club renunciara a los foráneos en 1911–, del que (casi) nada se sabía hasta ahora? pic.twitter.com/bUbYhBpNVW
— Lartaun de Azumendi (@sietecallero) May 10, 2020