Choosing film over football was one of Sir Sean Connery’s “more intelligent moves”

Sir Sean Connery is known for staring in some of the greatest movies of all time, but did you know his career could have taken a different path as a professional footballer?
A young Sir Sean Connery played junior football with Bonnyrigg Rose and was chased by East Fife, amongst others.A young Sir Sean Connery played junior football with Bonnyrigg Rose and was chased by East Fife, amongst others.
A young Sir Sean Connery played junior football with Bonnyrigg Rose and was chased by East Fife, amongst others.

During the early 1950s a young Sir Sean, who sadly passed away over the weekend, aged 90, laced up the boots and played for a couple of seasons with junior side Bonnyrigg Rose.

He played in the Scottish Junior Cup, his 30-yard screamer a Rose consolation goal when they were beaten in the second round 3-1 by Broxburn on October 18, 1951.

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The Midlothian side were amongst those leading the tributes to their most famous player, saying: “Sean Connery was only ever contracted to one club, ours (1951-53).

“He left an indelible mark on our history and he always recognised our part in his. “

Quite how talented the man considered the greatest James Bond of all time was on the football field has stirred up some debate.

It has been claimed that Sir Matt Busby made moves to take the then young part-time actor to Manchester United and offered him a £25-a-week contract.

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“I really wanted to accept because I loved football,” Sir Sean is quoted as saying.

“I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves.”

He was also linked with East Fife, a club who were a real powerhouse in Scottish football during the early 50s.

Again, the movie legend said: “I played for Bonnyrigg Rose, and I was offered a trial by East Fife.

“That’s the truth. Celtic, no.”