Fred Martin gained his first representative appearance for Scotland in a League XI that played against a Welsh League XI in 24th September 1952. Played in torrential rain, the Scots lost by 3-0 although Fred was reported as having a good game with little or no chance of stopping the goals.
This jersey is the one that Fred wore that night and it has come to the AFC Heritage Trust as the oldest jersey in The Aberdeen Collection.
Some time later, Fred gave the jersey to a young lad to wear whilst plying football and it is remarkable that it has survived almost intact after its heavy usage. Unfortunately, being a piece of woollen clothing, the jersey has shrunk through being washed and is consequently a good deal smaller that when it was worn by Fred in that match in 1952.
Fred played three times for the Scottish League XI as well as on six occasions for the full International side, becoming the first goalkeeper to represent Scotland in the World Cup in 1954.