Spanish born brothers, Joe and Tony Gallego were part of the Lilywhites team that reached the first round of the F.A. Cup for the first time in the Club's history in 1946. They had also helped the Lilywhites win the East Anglian Cup earlier that same season.
The Lilywhite 1946-47.Standing (left to right): W. Harmer, G Dean, R Saddington, T Gallego, L J Parr, H Bullen and V Watson (trainer). Seated: J Woods, J Chapman, F Bernard, G Fergusson and J Gallego.
Both brothers had come to England as refugee, with their three sisters, when their father fled the Spanish Civil War in 1937.
Jose Gallego, know as Joe, was born on April 8th, 1923 in Errenteria, Spain. A goalscorer winging, he usually played on the left wing but could also play very effectively on the right. He first played for the Lilywhites in 1943 and while at Milton Road scored two hat-tricks for the Club. The first being against the R.A.F. in the East Anglian League on February 26th, 1922 and the second as they beat Abbey United 8 nil in a qualifying round of the F.A. Cup on September 22nd, 1945.
Having been one of the stars of the Lilywhites run in the F.A. Cup during the 1946-47 season, many scouts from professional clubs came along to watch. This was not welcome by the Lilywhites management as they did not want to lose their stars. Eventually come in January 1947 joined 2nd Division Brentford as a professional.
During the summer of 1948 he moved to fellow 2nd Division side, Southampton for who he made just one league appearance. He then played four matches for Colchester, in their first season in the Football League, but really he wanted to return to Cambridge. His chance came with Cambridge United (formerly Abbey United), who had just joined the United Counties League as a semi-professional club. Tony was also there at the time and Joe was to make his debut against Great Yarmouth on August 18th, 1951.
At the end of the 1955-56 he moved to Biggleswade Town, who had by this time also signed his brother. He was to continue playing football to he was 50, playing for the likes of Exning United, Milton and Camden United.
Away from the football pitch he worked for nearly 30 years as a Gas Board Meter inspector in Cambridge and died at the age of 83 on June 17th, 2006.
The younger brother of Joe, Tony was born Antonio Gallego on June 2nd, 1942 in Errenterria, Spain. A goalkeeper, he at first played for Abbey United and was part of the Abbey United team that beat the Lilywhites, who included his brother in their team, 7-2 on December 11th, 1943.
In 1945 Tony joined his brother, Joe, at Milton Road.